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Banned Books Week: Join the virtual Read-Out protest on YouTube

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During Banned Books Week, the American Library Association urges readers to pick up a book that’s been banned or challenged at one time or another.

And now readers can do just that – and share that book with others – on the Banned Books Week Read-Out YouTube channel. YouTube users can upload videos of themselves reading from banned or challenged books on the channel to show their support for freedom from censorship. Selections posted on the YouTube channel so far have included readings from "The Perks of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote, and “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller.

Videos are limited to two minutes. In addition, users can also upload three-minute videos detailing their eyewitness accounts of books being challenged in their area.

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