How you can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Banned Books Week Virtual-Read-Out

Are you interested in participating in Banned Books Week, but don't know how? Consider joining many celebrities, libraries and bookstores across the country in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

Libraries are welcome to participate, too, and can find more information on video equipment and release forms on the Virtual Read-Out for Libraries instruction page.

Video criteria

  • Choose a favorite banned/challenged book and talk about what the book meant to you and how you would feel if someone prevented you from reading it.
  • A reading of a banned or challenged book. The video should include information on where and why the book was banned or challenged. You may also wish to add your thoughts on the importance of keeping that particular book on library or bookstore shelves.
  • Discuss an eyewitness accounts of local challenges.
  • For those who are camera shy, you can still participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out by creating a video montage that centers on banned/challenged books. Thomas University created a video last year that can be used as an example.

Submitting your video

Submit your video by filling out this form. You must have a YouTube/Gmail account in order to upload to YouTube.

Video examples 

Find some inspiration by exploring the Virtual Read-Out playlists. The celebrity playlist includes authors from Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher to Stephen Chbosky and Dav Pilkey, as well as actors Jeff Bridges and Whoopi Goldberg!