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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

Rock Island Library Releases Quad-City Quarantine Cookbook

November 14th, 2020

The Rock Island Public Library has created the Quad City Quarantine Cookbook to document how the community spent time in their home kitchens during the Covid-19 shutdown. This very tasty project is available for checkout, download, or purchase. Reference Librarian Rachel Ippolito first cooked up the special library project this spring, and then invited participation from other libraries in the Quad City Adult Programming Librarians Facebook group. The cookbook features 70 submissions from Illinois and Iowa patrons of the Rock Island, Colona, Cordova, East Moline, Silvis, Bettendorf, Davenport,... Read More

Rock Island Public Library Presents Vallillo Online Concert ‘Oh Freedom! Songs Of Civil Rights’

November 9th, 2020

The Rock Island Public Library presents Macomb singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo in a special online concert of Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement at noon on Tuesday, November 10. The concert will be live streamed via Facebook Live on the Rock Island Library and Chris Vallillo Music Facebook pages. The award-winning folk singer will perform pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement. From “We Shall Overcome” to “This Little Light of Mine”, music played a vital role in the civil rights movement, both as inspirational rallying points and as a way of spreading... Read More

Second Rock Island Public Library, Augustana College Frieze Lecture Rescheduled to Thursday, November 5

October 27th, 2020

The second Rock Island Public Library/Augustana College Frieze Lecture, Tip of the Iceberg: Understanding the Bigger Picture of Pandemic Disease Severity with Dr. Rebecca Heick has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Though the rising toll of COVID deaths is a major focus of concern and intervention, Dr. Heick’s remarks will note that mortality is just the tip of the iceberg. Less severe, but perhaps long-lasting, disease and after-effects of infection are much more common. As an assistant professor of public health at Augustana, Heick will consider the bigger prevention... Read More

Rock Island Public Library Programs Look At Global Crises, Past and Present

October 17th, 2020

The 23rd annual Frieze Lecture Series for the Rock Island Public Library takes a deeper look at our reaction to global crises, past and present, in a two-part series presented by Augustana College professors with expertise in history and public health. Free and open to the public, the 2020 Frieze Lectures are offered online at 2:00 pm on two Tuesdays in October 20 and 27. The 2020 series topics include: Tuesday, Oct 20: Why We Forgot the 1918 Flu: A Historian Looks at a Century of Pandemics. Dr. Lendol Calder, professor of history at Augustana College, will consider the global influenza pandemic... Read More

Rock Island Frieze Lectures To Focus on Old, New Pandemics

October 15th, 2020

Given that 2020 is certainly a year for the history books, it’s no surprise that the 23rd annual Frieze Lecture Series for the Rock Island Public Library takes a deeper look at our reaction to global pandemics, past and present. The free, two-part series will be presented by Augustana College professors with expertise in history and public health. The following lectures will be offered online at 2 p.m. on two Tuesdays, Oct. 20 and 27 – Tuesday, Oct 20: Why We Forgot the 1918 Flu: A Historian Looks at a Century of Pandemics. Dr. Lendol Calder, professor of history at Augustana College,... Read More

New Library2Go Mobile Library Schedule Rolls Until October 30

September 28th, 2020

Library2Go, the Rock Island Public Library’s traveling outreach vehicle, is now running on a weekly schedule. The new schedule is in effect through October 30. From Monday through Thursday, routes run from 10 am to 11:30 am, in the afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and in the early evening, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The ongoing schedule brings library materials, held items, return capabilities, free WIFI access, and library card signup to the following Rock Island and Milan locations: ·         Monday: Morning, St. George Greek Orthodox Church; Afternoon, Black Hawk State Park,  Singing... Read More

Rock Island Public Library, AOK Network Partner to Promote Learning through Play

September 24th, 2020

Families can sign up to pick up a Hug-A-Book: Play kit this 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 through September 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, by... Read More

Rock Island Public Library Offers Homebound Resources Program

September 23rd, 2020

The Rock Island Public Library recently introduced a Homebound Resources service to deliver library materials to Rock Island and Milan residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound. “Though we’ve always allowed patrons to designate an official representative to pick up and return materials for them, that’s sometimes not convenient or even possible,” said Victoria Schoess, Director of Circulation Services for the Rock Island Public Library. “We created the Homebound Resources service to deliver materials to those who don’t have a representative and can’t get out.”  Homebound... Read More

Rock Island Public Library Celebrating Library Card Sign Up Month

September 21st, 2020

All September, Rock Island Library is celebrating National Library Card Sign Up Month with special prize drawings! All new or renewed cards issued this month will be entered automatically into a special prize drawing. Already have a library card? You can enter, too, with our Library Card Bingo Sheet. Just complete Bingo in any direction, and bring the card in to be entered.  Bingo sheets are available at any Rock Island Library location or online via this link. Drawings held October 5, so return your Bingo card before then. Tell a friend to lasso a library card this September. It’s a wonderful... Read More