If you’re looking for free ways to engage your child or teen this February, the Rock Island Public Library has some pretty sweet deals planned for you.

Two free movies on the afternoon of Friday, February 14 will help give Rock Island and Milan children and teens something to do in their time off school. (Elementary students in the Rock Island/Milan School District have early dismissal on February 14, while junior high and high-school students are out for Parent-Teacher conferences.) Options include an animated movie for children at the Rock Island Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road, and a movie for teens ages 12 to 18 at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Both movies start at 2:00 pm, and include popcorn and refreshments. They are free and open to the public.


On Tuesday, February 18, the Rock Island Library Children’s Department offers a special “Big Screen Story.” The event features an animated version of the beloved story Knuffle BunnyA Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems on the library’s big screen, followed by a craft.  “After a day with Daddy at the Trixie quickly notices that her cherished Knuffle Bunny is missing and turns to her father to help her get him back.” The free event for ages 6 and under takes place from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Community Room of the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street.


February wraps up with an event four years in the making – a Leap Year Celebration! A Leap Year has 366 days instead of 365. The Rock Island Public Library plans to celebrate the extra day in February with a wide variety of drop-in Leap Day crafts and activities in the Downtown Library Children’s Room,  401 19th Street. Families may visit anytime between 1:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 29 for the free activities.

For more information about Rock Island Public Library events and services, visit the library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, or call 309-732-READ. Rock Island Library events are also listed on Facebook and at Burbio.com.


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.