Virtual Read-Out Criteria


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

1) You can submit a video no more than 3 minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book. The video should include 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. Please keep your remarks brief.

Here is a list of banned literary classics as well as a list of frequently challenged books throughout the years. You should also check out Mapping Censorship and Robert P. Doyle's Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read for more ideas. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read is available for purchase at the ALA Store or can be found at your local public library.

2) Choose a favorite banned/challenged book and discuss what the book meant to you and how you would feel if someone prevented you from reading it. The video should be no longer than three minutes long

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

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.

Submit a video

Use this web form to send information about your YouTube video. If you are a bookstore, library, or other organization facilitating a Virtual Read-Out, please create a playlist on your YouTube channel with all the Read-Out videos and submit that URL. You do not need to submit the URL of each individual video.

You can start uploading videos now and throughout Banned Books Week. You are also welcome to post after the week and throughout the year.