Dubuque Library Launches All Community Read Program

Dubuque, IA- A new community reading program has become quite the page-turner.

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library is giving away 4,000 free copies of the book  “Picking Cotton”.

This is part of their  “All Community Reads Program” in collaboration with six other Dubuque organizations. 

The book centers around co-authors Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton. Thompson wrongfully accused Cotton of sexual assault, after spending eleven years in prison Cotton was DNA evidence found Cotton innocent. Thompson and Cotton formed an unlikely friendship from tragedy. 

Library Director Susan Hendricks highlights the importance of reading this piece. 

” It’s the kind of book the conversations are going to continue long after the book has been read” 

Looking for a copy? You can find the book at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, all Hy-Vee locations, Five Flag Center, Fountain of Youth, Clarke University, The University of Dubuque, and Loras College. 

Both Thompson and Cotton will be visiting the Dubuque Five Flags Center on November 5th at 7 pm. 

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Asia Singleton is a senior at Loras from Chicago, IL. She currently works as a reporter and producer for LCTV News. Asia is majoring in Media Studies.

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