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Celebrate the freedom to read at the Princeton Public Library

PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Library will host a Virtual Read-Out event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in recognition of the 30th anniversary celebration of Banned Books Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

This is the second year in a row in which the American Library Association has invited readers from across the country and around the world to participate virtually by selecting a banned or challenged book and recording a short excerpt to be uploaded on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

On Oct. 2, the library will record local readers interested in participating, along with library staff and board members. Those who are not interested in reading can support the event by attending as audience members. Readers should select an excerpt no longer than 2 to 3 minutes long. For anyone needing a list of banned or challenged books, the American Library Association Banned Books Week website has suggestions; go to www.ala.org/advocacy/banned.

Film-makers and videographers can also submit their own videos, either reading from a challenged book or promoting Banned Books Week. The library would love to feature some of these videos on its YouTube channel as well as submit them with its Virtual Read-Out videos. For more information, go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1944. The library is located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. All programs at the Princeton Public Library are free and open to all.

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