Dubuque County Reads


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The James Kennedy Public Library is participating in the first annual Dubuque County Reads book discussion! We have partnered with the Dubuque County Library District, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, University of Dubuque Library, Clarke University Library, and Loras College Library to create a new county-wide initiative. The purpose of the Dubuque County Reads program is to facilitate events that encourage productive conversation around a common book. This year marks the first of what will become an annual program. Each year will feature a different book, with the selected title aiming to invigorate community members and inspire dialog about important issues and topics. The selected title for 2023 is Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig, a disability advocate and Instagram star.

Dubuque County Reads book discussions will happen at various locations around the county between April 15-27. Different libraries will be holding discussions on different days and times in the hopes that one of them will work with your schedule so you can attend. Feel free to attend as many as you are able to, wherever you are able!  Most discussions will be in-person, but there will be one virtual session run by the James Kennedy Public Library and Carnegie-Stout Public Library.

The book is available to borrow at each participating library, with the appropriate library card required. Digital copies are available to borrow on Hoopla through the Carnegie-Stout Public Library or James Kennedy Public Library, with the respective city resident library card required. Some libraries may even have audiobook copies to borrow. Alternatively, you can purchase a copy of the book from River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque with a 30% discount.  Community poster

To register for one of these programs please complete this online form, https://bit.ly/DBQCOreads. Book discussions will be held at following locations: 

• April 15 at 11 a.m. at the Farley branch of the Dubuque County Library District

 • April 17 at 2 p.m. at University of Dubuque

• April 18 at 6 p.m. at James Kennedy Public Library

 • April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Asbury branch of the Dubuque County Library District

 • April 21 at 6 p.m. Virtual Discussion

 • April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Multicultural Family Center

• April 25 at 12:45 p.m. at Clarke University

 • April 27 at 4 p.m. at Loras College