Banned Books Week: Participate in ALA’s Virtual Read-out plus Terrific Vonnegut Comments on Censorship!

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Banned Books Week is upon us, and there are many ways you can celebrate. On Friday, we posted a link to activities calendars for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and other central Indiana institutions. But what if you don’t live in Indiana or you don’t have time to get to an event? No problem! There are still chances for you to participate.

If you would like to know about Banned Books Week events happening in your area, check out the handy calendar of events at the official Banned Books Week site.

If you would like to participate in a Banned Books Week event but do not have time to attend one in person, you can participate virtually. This year, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have set up a YouTube channel dedicated to Banned Books Week. You can upload a video of yourself reading a passage from your favorite banned book. (For a list of banned books through the years, click here.) The video cannot be longer than two minutes. Click here for requirements for the video and instructions for uploading it to the YouTube Banned Books Week channel.

For those of you who decide to read from a banned or challenged Vonnegut work, please post a link to your Virtual Read-out video in the comment section of this blog post or drop me a line at [email protected]. If I get enough links, I’ll compile them into a list and make them available in a future blog post.


For those of you who are looking for information about what books to read and/or why books have been banned, check out this great infographic. It gives you the ten most challenged books of 2010 and shows you the reasons why people challenged them. (Fortunately, no Vonnegut work made the top 10 of 2010!)

Finally, have you ever wondered how Kurt Vonnegut felt about efforts to prevent people from reading certain books? This article from the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald includes an excerpt from a letter Vonnegut wrote to the head of the Drake, North Dakota, school board in response to a 1973 book burning (!), which included copies of Slaughterhouse-Five as some of the kindling. Let his words inspire you to participate in a Banned Books Week activity either in person or online.


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  1. Karen Dorner

    I’m already getting tired of banned book week this year.

    Why? Because as we sit and watch books like Keeley Thomson: Demon Girl get stripped off the internet before it can even start by Christian pressure groups, everyone keeps talking about how bad it was that Fahrenheit 451 was once challenged in a school library twenty-six years ago.

    The points are all valid, but ignoring the present and lamenting the past won’t work now. The world moves faster and ignoring new threats just means you lose.

    Don’t know what I;m talking about? Kind of my point.

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