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David Collins Writers Conference Opens New Pages To Writers

June 23rd, 2017

Have you ever dreamt of seeing your name on the front cover of your very own publication? Or maybe you already have and want to network and expand your horizons with other local authors. Whatever your personal situation may be, if you have a love for the written word, you cannot miss the 2017 David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. The Midwest Writing Center (MWC) will be holding this year’s annual David R. Collins Writers’ Conference June 22-24 at St. Ambrose University, McCarthy Hall (518 W Locust St Davenport). The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference will include intensive three-day... Read More

Learn About The Underground Railroad, Monday at Rock Island Library

March 18th, 2017

Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad,  and WGN America’s television series, Underground, have reignited interest in the real-life network that helped enslaved peoples escape the South during the Civil War. Now you can learn about the local routes of the Underground Railroad with a free March 20 presentation at the Rock Island Public Library. “Underground Railroad Locally” talk is presented at 2:00 pm by Angie Snook in the Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Snook is the curator of the Geneseo Historical Museum, itself an Underground... Read More

Public Astronomy Night at Niabi Zoo Saturday

March 17th, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to view Mars or Jupiter in the clear Spring night sky? Then wonder no longer. The Popular Astronomy Club will be holding a Public Astronomy Night on Saturday March 18 in the Niabi Zoo parking lot. Telescopes will be available to look through or you can bring your own, if you prefer. If the skies are clear, the Popular Astronomy Club will bring out their mobile observatory and club telescope. Mars will be visible at sunset around 7:05pm and Jupiter after 10pm.  They will also look for the Beehive Cluster, Cor Caroli (beautiful double star), La Superba... Read More

Start the New Year with Some Early Learning at Rock Island Libraries

January 5th, 2017

Parents of children under five can take advantage of Rock Island Public Library early learning programs designed to help very young children be ready to read and learn in 2017. The library’s early learning programs kick off next week off with Play and Grow for ages three and under and their caregivers. Play and Grow is offered at 10:30 am Friday, Jan. 6 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Activities use the Talk, Sing, Play, Read and Write learning model to support the learning and developmental needs of young children. The structured play group meets on the first week of each... Read More

Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure! Swings Into Putnam

January 4th, 2017

Yo ho! Yo ho! A Pirates life for me! Do you ever wish you could be a pirate? Does the idea of sword fighting and sailing the high seas leave you thrilled? Were you a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series? Then this year’s interactive exhibit at the Putnam museum is for you. From now through January 15, 2017 “Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure!” will be open at the Putnam Museum at 1717 W 12th St. Davenport. This interactive exhibit features some of the greatest shipwrecks in the entire world, and sections focusing on Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Barnaby Corsairs, and Privateers and Buccaneers.... Read More

Learn About ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ Mythological Creatures And More At Spellbound

December 16th, 2016

In the genre of fantasy and enwrapped in the mysteries of our world’s history, there have been mentioning’s of creatures that are not on Earth today. Spanning from Unicorns to Leviathans “mythical” creatures have filled the stories of our childhood and enchanted and thrilled us to imagine and seek the unknown. There is even a science pertaining to researching mythical creatures known as Cryptozoology. On Saturday, Dec.17, 2016 the gift shop known as Spellbound will be holding a class titled “Mythical Creatures.” The cost is $5 at the door or you can register here: Do... Read More

Kaplan Named Top Online College In Iowa

November 16th, 2016
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In a 2016 study Kaplan University, Davenport Campus, ranked as the No. 1 college out of 51 schools in Iowa that offer online classes or degree programs. The analysis was conducted by, a website that provides reliable information about top online colleges and degree programs by featuring school rankings, program guides and career outlooks. Kaplan University’s Davenport campus offers numerous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online, including ones in the fields of business, criminal justice, health sciences, education and more. The school also offers several online... Read More

Grow A Love Of Reading At Food For Thought Fundraiser

November 9th, 2016

Guests can help the Rock Island Public Library Foundation “Grow a Love of Reading” at the organization’s annual Food for Thought fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 10. The event takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The event’s Grow Your Love of Reading theme uses vintage seed packet graphics to illustrate how early reading activities at the Rock Island Public Library plant a seed of lifelong learning. Early learning events supported by the Foundation in 2016 include Hug-A-Book learning opportunities, Head Start preschool visits, and... Read More

You’ll Get A Punch Of Humor Out of New Library Program

November 1st, 2016

Rock Islanders were busy founding a new City in 1841, but that wasn’t the only notable event of that year. The 2016 Frieze Lecture Series discussion theme celebrates “1841: The Year That Rock Island Began,” with a lecture Nov. 1 by Dr. Kelly Daniels, associate professor of English. Daniels will speak on “A Punch of Literary Humor,” which covers the 1841 birth of the British humor magazine named Punch, and all that has meant for for satire and humor in writing through National Lampoon, The Onion, and beyond. Daniels helps lead Augustana’s creative writing program... 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