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RiverShare Libraries Introduce New OverDrive eBooks System by July 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:41

Readers Gain a Local Platform for Checking out eBooks at RiverShare Libraries

Readers of eBooks at libraries in the bistate RiverShare Libraries consortium will gain easier access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, thanks to the formation of a new, local eBooks platform on July 1 by their member libraries.

In this first phase of the project, RiverShare Libraries have formed their own OverDrive eBook buying group, moving eligible titles over to a new site, Local eBook and audiobook readers will have easier access and less competition for popular titles. The site will appear slightly different, but work much the same. Phase Two will move OverDrive titles to the library's central catalog. Patrons will be able to view and check out eBook titles in the same catalog where all other library materials are available, providing one-stop shopping for both print and digital titles. This second phase is expected to be complete later this year.

"The entire goal is to make the checkout process of digital titles as easy as possible for RiverShare patrons," said Maria Levetzow, chair of the transition project for the Rivershare consortium. "A smaller pool of libraries makes for shorter hold lists. It will be easier to login, as there's no longer a need to select a library from a long list."

Area libraries had provided access to the OverDrive eBooks engine alongside hundreds of other libraries through separate websites. That forced readers to compete for access to those books with hundreds of patrons, driving up wait times for popular titles. It also prevented any sharing of eBook collections between Iowa RiverShare and Illinois RiverShare Library members.

OverDrive is compatible with most e-readers, tablets, computers, and smartphones. To try out OverDrive or ask questions about the new platform, please visit your RiverShare member library for information and assistance.

About RiverShare Libraries: RiverShare is a consortium of 20 libraries with 30 locations in the Quad Cities and surrounding area.  Member libraries serve over 200,000 patrons and provide access to over 2 million items.  More information about RiverShare can be found at, at Facebook at Riversharelibraries or twitter @RiverShareLib.

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Illinois National Guard recognizes media stations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Monday, 23 June 2014 07:57

CHAMPAIGN, IL (06/20/2014)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion recognized Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) stations that stood out above their peers with a minuteman statue at the IBA 2014 Silver Dome Awards in Champaign, Illinois, June 18.

- WRHL, 102.3 "The Coyote" in Rochelle, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for small market radio.

- WYMG, 100.5 "Springfield's Classic Rock" in Springfield, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for medium market radio.

- WUSN, US99.5 in Chicago, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for large market radio.

- WREX, NBC Channel 13 in Rockford, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for medium market television.

- WMAQ, NBC Channel 5 in Chicago Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for large market television.

- Dana Communications was recognized as the Ownership Group Award winner.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 20 June 2014 14:04

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, has been awarded $30,000 from the Illinois Arts Council for the creation of a new documentary “Letters Home to Hero Street.” The film will deal with correspondence from Hero Street soldiers to their families as they fought and died in World War II and the Korean conflict.

“We are so pleased to receive the grant because it allows us to create a documentary on a topic that is near and dear to our community,” said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.

The project is being conducted in cooperation with Fourth Wall Films, headed by Kelly and Tammy Rundle.

“I am excited to be working with the Rundles. We have aired all of their documentaries and they always create compelling films that are beautiful and well researched,” said Director of Local Content Lora Adams.

The documentary will be completed by the end of the year and will air on WQPT in early 2015.

WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, is a media service of Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois.

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Governor Quinn Names Acting Communications Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:33

Deputy Communications Director Grant Klinzman Assumes Top Press Post

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Grant Klinzman will immediately assume the role of Acting Communications Director for the Governor's Office. Klinzman has been serving as Deputy Communications Director. The Governor's chief spokesman and Communications Director, Brooke Anderson, is leaving the Governor’s Office to join the Quinn for Illinois campaign.

"Grant will do a great job overseeing state communications and ensuring information is effectively delivered to the public,” Governor Quinn said. "For the last three years, Brooke has been an energizing force in my administration and I'm grateful for her excellent work and ethic of service.”

Anderson's last day with the state is today, June 1, 2014. Klinzman's new role as communications chief begins immediately.


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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:52

MOLINE, IL  -- PBS, CPB and WQPT recently announced the launch of a new veterans’ initiative, which will roll out over the next several years, that features national content, along with local community engagement efforts to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life. The initiative includes national, multi-platform content on PBS under the banner of “Stories of Service,” and the community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), “Veterans Coming Home.”


“The programs featured as part of ‘Stories of Service’ tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation’s military history,” said Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO. “As America’s storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families.”

“Americans will connect to these powerful stories of courage, commitment and sacrifice. They will see the veterans as people who have so much to contribute as they return to civilian life. And once they hear and see these stories, they will be compelled to respond through their local public media stations to work with local business and veterans organizations, faith based and community groups,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “We know CPB’s partnership with PBS, America’s public media stations, local veterans and business organizations, working with the men and women who are sharing their personal stories, will create opportunities for our troops and their families in the communities in which they live and continue to serve.”

“WQPT is very happy to be working once again with WVIK to create our own ‘Stories of Service,’” said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.  “Our two year Embracing Our Military initiative has already featured national programming, local programming and community events to better inform our Quad Cities and surrounding communities about the role the military and their families play in our area.”

PBS and WQPT’s ‘Stories of Service’ programming kicks off with the May 21 premiere of “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which is funded by CPB. The series explores Moore’s search for answers to important questions about veterans returning from war. Longer range, the programming line-up includes the highly anticipated 2016 documentary on the Vietnam War from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Currently, the PBS and WQPT programing under “Stories of Service’ includes our veterans interstitials created in partnership with WVIK, “Moments in History” interstitials created in partnership with the Rock Island Arsenal, “Inside the Gates,” produced by CBS4 and  upcoming  programming like: “Death and the Civil War,” American Experience (7 p.m., June 24); “Day of Days – June 6, 1944 ( 7 p.m. June 10); “Unsung Heroes – The Story of America’s Female Patriots (7 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 17); and Nova’s “Escape from Nazi Alcatraz” (8 p.m. June 12). More about information about WQPT’s programming can be found at


Upcoming programming includes:

“Coming Back with Wes Moore”

7-9 p.m., May 21, 28 and June 4

A three-episode series, executive produced by best-selling author and veteran Wes Moore and Joel Olicker of Powderhouse Productions, tells the story of Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back,” “Fitting In” and “Moving Forward.” (Produced by Powderhouse Productions; funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB] Diversity and Innovation and Bank of America.)

“Death and the Civil War” (encore)

7-9 p.m., May 24

Based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering,” this acclaimed program by Ric Burns explores a critical aspect of the Civil War experience: the implications of the war’s staggering and unprecedented death toll. “Death and the Civil War” is written and directed by Ric Burns, edited by Li-Shin Yu, and produced by Robin Espinola, Bonnie LaFave, and Ric Burns. Oliver Platt is the narrator. The original concept was developed by Paul Taylor, and the cinematography is by Buddy Squires, Stephen McCarthy and Allen Moore. Music is by Brian Keane. Executive producer is Mark Samels; exclusive corporate funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for “Death and the Civil War” provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Dedicated to Strengthening America’s Future Through Education; the Nordblom Family Foundation and the Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation, members of the Documentary Investment Group; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB] and PBS and public television viewers.) 


NOVA’s “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets”

7-9 p.m., May 15

NOVA joins an exclusive team as they carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary D-Day beachheads of Normandy, revealing the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses and ultimately liberate Europe from the Nazis. (Produced by WGBH Science Unit; major funding for NOVA provided by Boeing, The David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB], and PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding for “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets” provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.)

About WQPT-Quad Cities PBS

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS is a media service of Western Illinois University. Founded in November 1983 the station has received local and national awards for their production work and educational outreach.


About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.


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