Friday, September 28, 2012

LitSoup: Banned Books Week

This month's LitSoup isn't a question, but instead a focus on Banned Books Week, which is celebrating its 30th year next week.

Below, I've embedded a YouTube playlist that features videos of authors speaking on banned books and celebrities participating in a Virtual Read-Out.

Want to do your own Virtual Read-Out? Check out this information from
Are you looking for a way to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week? Consider participating in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out!
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the second year in a row, readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.
If you do a Virtual Read-Out, let me know. I'll post them on the blog. (If you'd like to do a Virtual Read-Out but don't have a camera or YouTube account, email me and we can schedule a time for you to stop by the office.) For now, check out this playlist of other readers conducting a Virtual Read-Out:

If you're looking for a way to celebrated Banned Books Week that doesn't involve recording and publishing a video of yourself, I recommend reading a book from the American Library Association's Top Ten List of Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011. Maybe I'll finally get around to reading "The Hunger Games" to celebrate ...

What is your favorite book that you've found on a banned or challenged list?

— Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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