Libraries prepare for diverse writer to come to Quad Cities

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Rock Island and Davenport Public Libraries are bringing in award-winning writer Jason Reynolds for four presentations in the Quad Cities in late March.

To help people learn more about his work in advance of his arrival, they’re also hosting book talks at local coffee shops in February and March, according to Lisa Lockheart, who works in publicity and outreach for the Rock Island Library. 

Reynolds writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. He was recently featured on the PBS “Great American Read” for his novel in poem form, Long Way Down.

The first book talk is next week, Tue., February 19 at Rozz-Tox Coffeehouse in downtown Rock Island. The second is March 19 at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse. Both start at 5:30 p.m. 

The book talks will give neighbors an opportunity to informally talk about Reynolds’ work, says Lockheart. 

Lockheart also tells Local 4 News the library has delivered books to Rock Island High School, Edison Junior High, Frances Willard, and Thurgood Marshall Learning Center in preparation.

Reynolds will be in person in Davenport on March 28, in the morning at a junior high and in the evening at Davenport Public Library; and twice in Rock Island on March 29, in the morning and afternoon at  Rock Island High School Auditorium. 

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