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Celebrating the Freedom to Read: How to Read Out!

This guide highlights Banned Books Week (Fall, 2014), and provides information about book banning, censorship and intellectual freedom.

Live Event: Join Us!

Our live, on-campus Read Out is Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11:30-2pm,  in front of Geisel Library.

You may drop in during those hours. If you'd like to reserve a time, sign up here, and we'll do our best to accommodate your schedule.


Read Out Ideas

Video Content Guidelines

You have four DIY video format options for the 2014 Banned Books Virtual Read-Out:

1. Read from a banned or challenged book. Three minute video. This is the most popular option and usually includes some brief introductory information on where and why the book was banned or challenged. You may also add a comment about why you believe the book is important.

For ideas, check out these lists of:

2. Pick a favorite banned/challenged book and in three minutes discuss why the book means so much to you and how you would feel if someone prevented you from reading the book.

3. A video of an eyewitness account of local challenges can be submitted. This video should be no longer than three minutes long, also.

4. Create a promotional video for Banned Books Week like the videos featured here. The video should be no longer than five minutes long. The video’s message should focus on celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

DIY Video? Yes!

Create Your Own Read Out Video

Simply create your video on YouTube, then send us the link using this form.

The small print: By submitting a link you agree the Library may use your video on its website and youtube playlist.


  • Pay attention to sound. Avoid background noise.
  • Lighting should be on your face, not behind you.

  • Title and tag your video.
    The title of your video should include "BBW Virtual Read-Out" or "Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out." A good example is "BBW Virtual Read-Out: A reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" or "A reading from The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-out." Suggested tags being used nationally  for this event  are: "virtual read-out" or "banned books." If you want your video discoverable by the BBW Virtual Readout Youtube channel, please use them.
  • Need more specifics on video settings, or to see a sample script?