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My Library Rewards Launches At RIPL

June 15th, 2019

With access to a universe of items and services, having any library card is a reward in itself. And now there are few extra rewards, thanks to a first-in-the area program adopted by the Rock Island Public Library. The Rock Island Public Library is the first public library in the Quad Cities to subscribe to My Library Rewards™, a reading incentive program that promotes literacy, learning, and community engagement. With it, library card holders earn rewards just for checking out items at Rock Island Public Libraries. Any cardholder over age 12 who uses their card at a Rock Island Library... Read More

Summer Reading Lifts Off Into New Galaxies of Fun At RIPL

June 10th, 2019

Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as Rock Island Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories” as part of their 2019 summer library program. Activities include a summer of space-related events, art projects, science and engineering experiments, performer shows, movies, creative crafts, Navy Bands and tasty treats, and more. The library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenges are open to all ages, including children, teens, and adults. All feature goal-oriented reading missions, incentives, and more. Participants may enter and track their reading progress either... Read More

Rocket into Reading with a September event for Grades K-3 at Rock Island Library

September 25th, 2018

Developing the next stage of reading is the goal of a Rocket into Reading event for ages 5 through 8 at the Rock Island Public Library onThursday, September 27. The free event is 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Rocket into Reading is aimed at the learning needs of children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades. Launch the reader in your home with super sports-themed fun and the gift of a free book and sports bag. The event includes free sports games, crafts, and activity stations designed to improve skills and interest in reading. Rocket into Reading is the next stage... Read More

QC Diversity Book Drive Seeking A Wide Variety Of Literature

April 14th, 2017

The great Maya Angelou once said, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” The QC Diversity Book Drive is collecting books for grades K-6 with a focus on strong women and girls, people of color, LGBT individuals, and a wide variety of people to reflect our diverse community. Subjects include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, women’s history, environmental education, inclusiveness, and more. They are collecting books throughout the month of April to be distributed to students at Monroe Elementary... Read More

Readers Can Go Bananas At Rock Island Library

January 12th, 2017

Families can warm up this weekend in the tropical setting of the Quad City Botanical Center with a free family event from the Rock Island Library. The Library and the Botanical Center have teamed up to offer the Go Bananas for Reading event on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue. The free family event helps the library kick off its Chill Out and Read winter reading campaign, which promotes the joys of reading for all ages. Participants can sign up for the library’s winter reading contests and pick up a registration prize, while enjoying life size... Read More

New Book Asks, What If The Three Magi Were Ninja Wizards?

December 16th, 2016

You’ve all heard the classic tale of the Nativity – Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus as the three wise men follow a star to offer their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But what if… the three wise men were NINJA WIZARDS sent to protect Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus from the evil of King Herod and Satan, who sought to kill the holy family before they made it to Bethlehem? That’s the pulse-pounding premise of THE ARIMATHEAN, a new action- adventure novel from author Sean Leary. The book is an action-packed popcorn tale that’s part “Lord of the Rings,”... Read More

Play Trivia for a Great Cause – Helping Kids Love Reading!

October 19th, 2016

The Rock Island Public Library Foundation will host a “Books for Kids” Trivia Night on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. The trivia night raises funds for the Lorene Evans Watts Fund for Children’s Materials, which supports purchases of children’s items at Rock Island Libraries. Cost to play is $10 per person. Participants may increase their chances to win by purchasing mulligan stickers, doubler round stickers or bidding to win answers for a round from the night’s celebrity genius. Snacks are... Read More

Mystery Writers Night Skulks Into Muscatine

October 18th, 2016

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Published authors Erik Therme, Rob Cline, and Lennox Randon will share tips on how to write a page-turning, spine-tingling books during the Fall Fiction Workshop: Writing the Thriller from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Room 27 of Strahan Hall on the Muscatine Community College Campus. The event is sponsored by Writers on the Avenue and is free with the support of a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Writers of all ages and genres are welcome. For more information email  or call (563) 275-6343.  Read More

Sergeant Signing Book On Christian Faith, Health Issues Saturday at Book Rack

October 7th, 2016

The discussion over mental health challenges can be a difficult one. Admitting concerns can be daunting and treatment options and social stigmas surrounding the issue are often intimidating to those suffering from this disease, as well as those whose lives are touched by those suffering. The issue of mental health and the facilitation of discussion about its perspectives is the driving force behind the inspirational book “Courage To Rise Above,” by Quad-Cities author Jennifer Sergeant. Sergeant will be signing her book this weekend, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Book Rack, 4764 Elmore Ave.,... Read More

Bucktown’s History Gets Its Turn In The Spotlight With Turner Book

September 29th, 2016

Join Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) as it launches “A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s Infamous District Transformed,” a new book (published by The History Press) written by Jonathan Turner, arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus. Copies of “A Brief History of Bucktown” will be available for purchase in the Boho Chic Gallery on Final Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. when Jonathan will host a book signing during Bucktown’s wine walk. An exhibit featuring Bucktown-themed artifacts (on loan from the German American... Read More