Get Your Banned Book On…Do a Virtual Read-Out!

Have your two minutes of fame reading a dangerous book for a YouTube video – participate in the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

Banned Book Week Virtual Read-OutBanned Books Week (September 24 – October 1 this year) turns a spotlight on attempts to censor books in libraries, schools, and bookstores around the U.S.  This year, you can show your support for the “freedom to read” by posting a video of yourself reading excerpts from a banned or challenged book to a dedicated YouTube channelHere’s how:

  1. Pick a book from the American Library Association’s lists of Banned & Challenged Classics or Frequently Challenged Books (browse at left of this linked page by year, authors, and decades).
  2. If you don’t own a copy of the book, search the GSU Library GIL-Find catalog by title (or perhaps the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System catalog), and go check it out!
  3. Find a favorite passage to read from the book – and remember your video can be no more than 2 minutes.
  4. Grab your digital video device – if you don’t have one, you can check out a Flip video camera from the GSU Library!
  5. Rock your banned book reading for the camera – and maybe give a shout out to the GSU Library for clueing you in to the Virtual Read-Out.
  6. Follow the instructions HERE for uploading it to the dedicated YouTube Channel.

Banned Books WeekCurious to learn more about the history of book censorship? Here are some other library resources to explore:

  • Various books on the role of libraries in opposition to censorship.
  • An article exploring U.S. public opinion from 1976 to 2006 regarding removing racist books from public libraries.


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About Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

Team Leader for Research Data Services and Librarian for Sociology & Data Services
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