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Rock Island Library Launches 2021 Winter Reading Challenge with “Curbside Cocoa Kickoff”

January 5th, 2021

Since few things go better with cozy wintertime reading than a hot cup of cocoa, Rock Island Public Library will launch its 2021 Books Like Us Winter Reading Challenge with a Curbside Cocoa Kickoff. The free drive-through event for all ages is offered from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 8 in the Curbside pickup lane outside the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Participants can meet library staff, and pick up a free winter reading kit with cocoa, goodies, details about winter reading, and other Rock Island Public Library services.  The event is free and no registration is required.... Read More

Rock Island Public Libraries Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays

November 19th, 2020

All Rock Island Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays. All locations are open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon) on Saturday, November 28. Online services and book-drops are open during the holiday break. RIPL remains open for Grab and Go, Curbside, and Online services in compliance with Tier 3 mitigations in the Restore Illinois Plan. Only quick browsing, material checkout, returns, and limited-time public computer/WiFi reservations are allowed. Tables, chairs, and extended visits are not available.  A maximum of one-hour per... Read More

Chiropractic, Physicians, Scientology All Clash in New True Legal Thriller

November 17th, 2020

Howard Wolinsky is a veteran Chicago medical reporter, and he’s spent the past 40 years tracking the tale of a lifetime. His new book, “Contain and Eliminate,” tells the stunning, sprawling true story of how chiropractors – with the help of a Clinton, Iowa native and prominent Chicago patent attorney – took on the powerful American Medical Association (AMA), and triumphed in court. The father of the attorney, George McAndrews, was a chiropractor in Clinton who the local MDs called a quack. George never forgot that, and his brother, Jerry McAndrews, was the former head of Palmer College... Read More

Virtual Fred Ewing Case and Lola Case Writers-in-Residence Set for Nov. 12

November 7th, 2020

The Western Illinois University Department of English will host a virtual version of the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Case Writers-in-Residence Thursday, Nov. 12. This year’s writers include Tiffany Quay Tyson, Hillary Leftwich and Rebecca Roanhorse. A question and answer session will be held at 3 p.m. over Zoom. To get the event link, email Professor Erika Wurth a et-wurth@wiu.edu. A reading will be held at 5 p.m. via Facebook Live on the WIU Department of English Facebook page. •Tyson is a native of Jackson, MS. She is the author of two novels, “The Past is Never” and “Three... Read More

Hug-A-Book At Rock Island Library This Week!

September 20th, 2020

Families can sign up to pick up a Hug-A-Book: Play kit next week filled with at-home activities to support preschool learning through play. The event kit is available at Rock Island Public Library locations. To sign up for the at-home Hug-A-Book kit, visit the library event calendar at www.rockislandlibrary.org, or call 309-732-7360.  Registered participants may pick up the kit anytime during library hours between September 21 to 26. Pick up is available inside the Rock Island Downtown and Southwest Libraries from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday, or via Library Curbside pickup Monday-Saturday,... Read More

Rock Island Library Offering Tons Of Awesome Events During September!

September 19th, 2020

The official “spokesperson” of National Library Card Sign-up Month is Wonder Woman, who reminds everyone that libraries are wonderful. The Rock Island Public Library is also providing wonderful reasons to celebrate with special prize drawings, yard signs, and new events that help you maximize use of your library card. All new and renewed Rock Island Library card applications received during September will be automatically entered into prize drawings for library gifts, book bags, and prizes. Patrons who already have a Rock Island Public Library card can enter with a Library Card Sign-up Month... Read More

Davenport Public Library Presenting Webinar On Women’s Suffrage Movement

September 9th, 2020

The Davenport Public Library is pleased to partner with the Hoover Museum and Presidential Library for a live webinar on the Women’s Suffrage Movement! This event is part of the 3rd Thursdays at Hoover’s Presidential Library & Museum series. Join us as we explore the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 pm. To register for the event, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5515970772587/WN_O2s1P7_DTyWvrLgczHpbug This year, 2020, marks the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which enfranchised... Read More

The Color of Friendship: Local Teacher and WIU Alumna Writes About Diversity

September 9th, 2020

MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University alumna and Macomb school teacher Adrienne Graham grew up playing school in Maywood, IL, and telling stories with her sister. Now, she’s a first-grade teacher in Macomb who recently published her own book, “The Color of Friendship,” focusing on children learning about diversity. Graham, who graduated from Western in 2014, with a teacher education degree, and in 2018, with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, is in her seventh year of teaching for the Macomb School District. This past year, she decided it was time... Read More

Davenport Public Library Offers Storytime Live Wednesdays In September

September 6th, 2020

Join the Library’s youth services department on the Facebook Live every Wednesday beginning in September at 10:00 am for some storytime fun! We’ll read stories, sing songs, share interactive games & fingerplays, and hopefully, brighten up your day. We also love to say “Hi!” to our storytime friends who are watching live, so grownups (or kids if they have their grownup’s permission) are invited to drop a name in our Storytime Live comments for a fun shout-out. Each storytime video will remain on the Library’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/davenportlibrary/... Read More

Rock Island Public Library Announces Expansion of Digital Magazine Collection

July 20th, 2020

Rock Island Public Library (RIPL) has vastly expanded its selection of digital magazines available through RBdigital, a service of Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD.)  After a year on the RBdigital platform, RIPL moved from a basic subscription of just 50 magazines to an unlimited subscription offering access to 3,200 magazines. RBdigital features full-color, digital magazines for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming, and mobile-app download, available anytime with an internet connection. Rock Island Public Library patrons can add new and back issues to their personal reading libraries... Read More