National Book Store dares you to read out loud

Here’s a challenge for you bookworms: get in front of the camera, record yourself reading your favorite line or passage from your favorite book, then upload said video to social media for all the world to see.

Tough, right? First of all, how on earth can you choose a favorite?! Second of all, you’re camera-shy and would really rather bury your pretty face in a book.

National Book Store, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, launches the Read Out Loud Challenge. The mechanics are simple. Post a video of yourself reading out loud an excerpt from your favorite book and challenge three other people to do it. When you upload to either Facebook or Instagram, add the hashtag #ReadOutLoudChallenge and tag @nbsalert.

Here’s a reason to accept the challenge: for every 75 videos posted, the NBS Foundation will set up a library in a public school, complete with Project Aklat racks that consists of DepEd-approved books. Project Aklat is an initiative that started in 2006 through the NBS Foundation, and 400 libraries have been set up since. Now, with the ongoing ROLC campaign, NBS aims to set up 100 libraries nationwide.

You can also look at it this way: it’s your chance to honor a beloved author, recommend a title, and discover more exciting books to read.

Let’s see those videos!

(The video featured is posted by DJ Chico Garcia on his official Facebook page. Check out more ROLC videos by following the #ReadOutLoudChallenge hashtag.)