Nothing like rocking the block with the Independence Public Library on a beautiful Thursday evening, which is exactly what about 50 to 75 local residents did! The library hosted the 3rd annual Rock the Block: I’m with the Banned celebration, which is a community event that coincides with Banned Book Week, Sept. 23 to 29. Banned Book week celebrates the freedom to read. The family-friendly event included banned book-themed carnival games such as Captain Underpants Laundry, Zombie Ring Toss and more. Participants partook in a photo booth and a street dance as well as joining in a mural painting which will be displayed inside the library when completed. Community organizations participating in Rock the Block included: Youth Leaders in Kansas, Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame, Friends of the Library, Kansas Children Service League, My Family, Low Vision Support, Community Mission for Improved Housing, SKIL, Cub Scout Pack No. 16, Westar Energy, Imagination Library, Diversity Task Force and Project Q&A. Other booths set up offered Tree Facts and many of the booths had games available for children to play and win small prizes. Many of those present enjoyed creating some chalk art along the library sidewalk and as long as it doesn’t rain, everyone is welcome to venture down to the library and take a look. The Friends of the Library sold hot dogs, chips and a drink for $5 or a family combo for five for $20. Music was provided by a live radio broadcast with 94.9 MY FM. More photos are available on our website,