ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (September 28, 2021) Join us for a virtual "read-out" of passages from books that have been challenged for their right to remain available to the public. This annual event is co-presented with the Midwest Writing Center in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 26-October 2, 2021, 6-8PM. Join us in celebrating our awesome freedom to read!

Using Zoom, local volunteers will share their favorite passages from works that have faced censorship challenges, and what the freedom to read means to them. You're invited to watch online along with us, and if you'd like to volunteer as a reader, please contact Ryan Collins at the Midwest Writing Center, (309) 732-7330 or e-mail

To receive the ZOOM link to our meeting by e-mail, please register at this website:

The event, which will be held at the Midwest Writing Center and the Rock Island Library, will also be available livestream via the Midwest Writing Center’s Facebook Live page:

Censorship divides us. Reading unites us.

Works may contain mature content.

Readers include:

1. John Turner

2. Elena Vallejo

3. Emily Kingery

4. Angela Campbell

5. Genevieve Trainor

6. Jodie Toohey

7. Ann Boaden

8. Lisa Powell Williams

9. Aubrey Ryan

10. Mary Davidsaver

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