Friday, September 23, 2011


The Banned Books Reading Returns to the Quad Cities September 30 at Bucktown’s Final Friday

The Midwest Writing Center and Davenport Public Library are teaming up to bring back to the community a Banned Books Reading to kick off the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week (BBW) has been observed at the end of September or beginning of October since 1982, celebrating the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those controversial viewpoints to all who wish to read them. Intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. BBW reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

On Friday, September 30, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Bucktown Center for the Arts’ Final Friday party, local authors, poets, librarians and artists will participate a public reading of favorite passages from books, poems and plays that have been frequently contested in the United States. The public is invited to enjoy this special reading, celebrating our freedom to read and intellectual freedom. Door prizes will be given away during this free event located on the 3rd floor of Bucktown at 225 E. 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa.

Additionally, the Davenport Library will have special book displays and literature available during BBW. Stop by the Main Street Library (321 Main Street), Fairmount Street Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) or the Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) to check out a frequently banned or contested book and show your support of intellectual freedom.

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