Banned Books Are The Focus of Library Event, Video

Banned Books focus of event, video. Source: Scott Houston, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC.
Banned Books focus of event, video. Source: Scott Houston, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC.

Banned Books Week is coming up September 25-October 1, 2016. This annual event draws attention to the ongoing issues with banning of old and new books, and celebrates the freedom to read in the US.

Braswell Memorial Library is participating in the “Virtual Read Out”and will be filming a YouTube video (on September 8, 2016, 5-7:30pm) in the library’s Wiley Room. Right now, the library is seeking teens to participate in this video.

Says Scott Houston, the Teen and Information Services Librarian at Braswell, “If you love a book that has been banned or challenged and would like to talk about what it means to you please join us during our filming.”

Celebrate Banned Books Week with a film based on a challenged or banned book on September 28, 2016, 5-7:30pm, in the Braswell Computer Lab.

BML’s Virtual Read-Out Viewing Party is September 29, 2016, and includes videos and activities, 5-7:30pm in the Braswell Computer Lab.

Braswell Memorial Library is located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC.  For more information about the video and other Banned Books Week events, contact Mr. Houston at 252.442.1951 x.257.

This is the third year as the teen librarian that Mr. Houston has organized events during this book-oriented — and freedom-oriented — week.  A display is set up each year.  This year is the first time that the library is participating in the Virtual Read Out with a YouTube video creation.  Their special event last year included a Banned Books Film Festival with films based on “challenged books.”

According to the American Library Association, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

Check out to find out more info about the Virtual Read Out and banned books.  There are surprising books on the list! A list of the top-ten challenged books for 2015 may be found at


Source: American Library Association,
Source: American Library Association,
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