Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series has been successfully presenting authors in the greater Cedar Rapids area since 2008. Each year, the series presents three well-known authors to wide acclaim. The program has been put on hold in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Out Loud! is the only author series of its kind in the Cedar Rapids metro area, and complements the occasional readings presented by others in the community, as well as similar programming in Iowa City.
The series is funded by the Giacoletto Foundation. The Giacoletto Foundation was established in 2007, fulfilling the wishes of the late Giacoletto brothers. Born in Clinton, Indiana, John worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids and Lawrence was a professor of engineering at Michigan State University.
Media support for the series has been provided by The Gazette.