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Release: Free download dates for new book PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Suzanne Morgan   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:07
Free e-Book Download
April 12, 13, 14,
“IT AIN’T FINE IF IT DON’T RHYME”
A 190 page, eclectic collection of lyrics written over the past 50 years by Toronto & New York songwriter, Andy Halmay, will be available for free downloads on April 12, 13, and 14 on amazon.com
The lyrics and lead sheets in IT AIN’T FINE IF IT DON’T RHYME include songs recorded by Paul Simon, Carl Perkins, Fred Neil, Lillian Briggs, The Geezinslaw Bros., Eddie Fontaine, Skip Roper, Bob Riley, Betty Ann Shor and many others on Columbia, RCA Victor, Brunswick, London, Baton, Tibor, Sunbeam and Justice record labels.
Some lyrics are from songs yet to be recorded and some from upcoming films.  One of these introduces a new genre, “Comic Country Rap;” another, Halmay originally wrote for an off-Broadway revue, provides a consummate and humorous definition of the word “Baksheesh” (tip or bribe) used throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Youthful and energetic octogenarian Halmay, a multi-award winning ad man (JWT, Y&R, B&B, Ted Bates) has worked with legendary names such as John Huston, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jackie Gleason, Lorne Greene, and wrote songs between commercials. Later he switched to feature film development where he is now introducing “Musical Product Placement,” a concept that integrates musical talent in the stories of films that leads to musical entities promoting the films before the films are released; subsequently, once in release, the films promote the artists.

 
Press Release - Meet Davenport Public Library's New Director, Mr. KennethWayne Thompson! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:52

Meet the new Davenport Public Library Director, Mr. KennethWayne Thompson, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street).  This reception is open to the general public and gives residents a chance to meet the newest leader in the Quad Cities.  Please join the staff, library board, and FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library in welcoming Mr. KennethWayne Thompson to our community!  Light refreshments will be served.  KennethWayne starts as library director on Monday, April 8.

For more information contact Steve Hart, PR & Marketing Coordinator at (563) 328-6833.

 
A Book by Me: Holocaust Series PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deb Bowen   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:53
A BOOK by ME: Holocaust Series

True stories written by children for children




Teaching History, Tolerance, Courage, Compassion, Kindness, Perseverance, Integrity, Cooperation and more.
Announcing a new title in the A BOOK by ME series
#74 The Footstool
The story of a Catholic husband and wife taken from their
happy lives in Poland to serve as forced labor under the Nazis.
Written by Alanna Rumler and illustrated by Jennifer Banks.
Both girls are from Geneseo, Illinois.
Alanna Rumler
Alanna Rumler
The next book to be released in the Holocaust Series is The Footstool by young author Alanna Rumler, illustrated by Jennifer Banks, both of Geneseo, Illinois.
This story was told to Alanna by the granddaughter of the survivor named Jozef Kodyra. Ironically, Jozef was born in the United States and his family moved to Poland when he was a young boy. He grew up there, married Helena and started their family.

Ironically they are not Jewish but nonetheless were taken as prisoners to Dachau Concentration Camp. You can read more about their story below.
It's wonderful the young author was able to meet Jozef's granddaughter named Amanda who passed along his story. Amanda, Alanna and the young artist named Jennifer were able to preserve the story for future generations.

Amanda would like to speak in classrooms in the Quad Cities area to help educate students. If you know a teacher or you are a teacher interested in your class hearing this important story, please contact us today.  She will have copies of this book to sell by April 12.
Sincerely excited about storytelling,
Deb Bowen
Creator, A BOOK by ME

 
WQPT AIRS LOCAL PRODUCTION “STOP BULLYING WITH DR. JENNIFER CAUDLE” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 11 March 2013 12:44

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, will air the new program, “Stop Bullying with Dr. Jennifer Caudle,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

“After our community conversations with our ‘Achieve Quad Cities’ project, we discovered that the top reason given for dropping out of school was bullying,” said Interim General Manager, Jamie Lange.  “As a result of those talks, we felt the next logical step was to see what we could do as a station to convene the many anti-bullying programs in our area and highlight their services.”

WQPT, in conjunction with nonprofits addressing bullying – known as CARE QC (Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education) – has provided community conversations, television programming and a performance of “The Ugly Duckling” by Ballet Quad Cities.

A panel discussion, which was taped Feb. 21, was moderated by Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an anti-bullying expert and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- School of Osteopathic Medicine. The discussion featured panelists Angie Kendall, community education program manager, Child Abuse Council; Robin Peterson of Genesis Psychology Associates; Ellie Hoeper, a student and member of “Stomp Out Bullying” Drama Team; and Jerry Jones, a parent and the Chief Operating Officer for the United Way of the Quad City Area.

Jill Myers, associate professor of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University, has created an interactive survey for parents and children to take together for further discussion about the topic of bullying. The Cyber Safe Cyber Savvy Survey can be found at www.wqpt.org/stopbullying, along with other resources.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.

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New book shares Bettendorf restaurant owner’s inspiring story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Ersan   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:36
BETTENDORF, Iowa – Happy Joe Whitty loves people, and it shows. He loves to have a good time and to make people laugh, and that's just what his new book, “Not Your Average Joe” does.

“Walk into Happy Joe's in Bettendorf, Iowa, for their lunch buffet and chances are good that you might find me there, sitting down at my favorite round table, enjoying a slice of the taco pizza I created and made famous,” Whitty said.

“I will sit there for hours, talking to guests, telling jokes, and waiting for children to come by. Any child passing me will be rewarded with a wooden nickel, good for a scoop of ice cream or bowl of frozen 'Joegurt,' and that child will know without a doubt that they are a pretty special kid. Because Happy Joe said so.”

Readers are sure to love these feel-good stories about a hard-working, good-natured man and his endeavors in business and in the business of making people happy. “I’m not only living proof of the American dream, but proof that the American dream can become a reality for any one of us,” Whitty writes. “This is my story. And yours.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.amazon.com.

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