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Ad Buy Targets Big Oil in Iowa Markets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeremy Funk   
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:34

By Clare Foran

December 5, 2013

Biofuels backers and a coalition of organizations opposed to the renewable-fuel standard will line up on Thursday to give testimony during the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing on the proposed 2014 mandate. At the same time, interest groups are also making a push to shift the conversation onto the RFS outside the Beltway.

Americans United for Change, a progressive advocacy group, is launching an ad buy suggesting that cuts to the renewable-fuel standard will hurt American farmers and the domestic economy.

The ad, which will air primarily in the Des Moines, Iowa, marke—in the heart of corn country—urges viewers to ask EPA to leave the mandate intact and directs them to visit the website www.savetherfs.com.

"Tell the EPA to stand with Iowa farmers and small towns, not big oil," the narrator says, while images of a farmer standing in a corn field and idyllic street scenes appear in the background. "Tell the EPA: Don't gut the renewable-fuel standard."

In a statement, Brad Woodhouse, the president of AUFC, continued the attack on big oil: "The industry that brought us the Gulf oil spill loves the new RFS rule as it stands and would love nothing more than to keep rural America quiet until the ink is dry. That's why it's incredibly important that Americans in the heartland make their voices heard, because the strength in numbers of those who benefit from the RFS can beat big oil's deep pockets."

Watch the full ad here.

 
New for December at your Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R. I. Public Library   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:41
New Info - Community Partnerships at Your Library
Get Enrolled for Health Insurance! Walk-in one-on-one help sessions are available on the 2nd floor of the Rock Island Main Library from the Rock Island County Health Department on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and again on Tues., Dec. 10. Every Thursday, you can get help from Genesis Health System, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, also at the Rock Island Main Library. 

Do you know someone who speaks Spanish? Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities will be at the Rock Island Main Library from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 14 to offer Spanish-language information on getting a Temporary Visitors Driver's License (TVLD) and on applying for health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

World AIDS Day Awareness Program. The library is partnering with the Project of the Quad Cities to host an HIV/AIDS Awareness Education & Testing program on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10:00 am to noon in the library Community Room. The test is a quick cheek swab. www.tpqc.org or 309-762-5433.
Movies & More on Thursday
Independent Movie Night for Adults - Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Movie is "Teddy Bear," the story a shy bodybuilder who longs to find true love. Movie is not rated. Danish, Thai, English, with English subtitles. 

30/31 Big Book Sale - Monthly sale from the Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, first Thursday of each month. Thursday, Dec. 5, 9:00 am to 8 pm, Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library.
Take an Art Break!
Artist Bryan Cotton's one-man show, runs December 3 through January 3 at the Rock Island Main Library. The 28-year-old Rock Islander specializes in ink and pen creations in architectural abstract illustrations, cityscapes, murals, cartoons, and still life perspectives. He primarily works in ink, but also creates in watercolors, marker, colored pencil and pastels. Stop by to see his work on the 2nd floor anytime during regular library hours.

 

NEW: Online Magazines Now Available!

 

Rock Island Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books, is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, the world's largest newsstand.

 

Through the library website, Rock Island Public Library cardholders will have free, unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices. New magazines just added in the past week include  Scholastic Parent and Child, Vibe, Harper's Bazaar, Cloth, Paper, Scissor, Digital Photo, Saveur & Popular Photography. Check them out online!Patrons can browse from the library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, no waiting lists, and no limit to the number of magazine downloads. Remember to look for the free reader apps at the bottom of the Zinio page!

 

This service was made possible to patrons of the Rock Island Public Library by funding from the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District.

Begin Here to Learn Something New!

Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, December 9th, 3:30 to 4:30pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume. Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register. Keyboarding and mouse skills required.

 

Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Learn how to use the Library's eBook and eAudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer. Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

Library How-To: Download Music, Tuesday, December 17th. 2:00 -3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Learn how to use the Library's music service, Freegal, to download music to your computer and personal devices. Must have a Rock Island, Bettendorf, Davenport, or Sherrard District Library card to use Freegal.  Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

Library How-To: Download Books, Friday, December 27th, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Did you get a new eReader or Tablet under the tree? Learn how to use the Library's eBook and eAudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer. Registration is not required - the library does not supply devices.

 

Teen Fun in December

Teen Iron Chef contest: Monday, Dec. 16, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18.

 

Dr. Who Party, Thurs, Dec. 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Come to the Main Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! Play trivia, win prizes, and enjoy snacks fit for a Time Lord! Ages  12 to 18.

Holiday Hours
Rock Island Libraries will close early at 5:30 pm on Monday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 30. 

Rock Island Libraries are closed on Dec. 24 & 25 for the Christmas holiday, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year's Holiday. 

We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season!
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Muriel DeBuque announces release of ‘The Impossible Texan’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:35

New book takes readers through one lady’s fight to find her family

SAINT REGIS FALLS, N.Y. – In “The Impossible Texan” (published by AuthorHouse), author Muriel DeBuque’s new novel, readers follow Sarah Rogers as she navigates the many pitfalls of life.

Sarah Rogers moves to Austin, Texas with her husband, Steven, to begin their life together. Back home in Gooseneck, there is a journal and a treasure that a ghost showed her. Soon she is pregnant and alone. As she struggles to raise quadruplets, she finds that they are slowly turning against her.  With her world falling apart around her, Sarah must figure out where her family is running off to and why she is so alone in the world.


An excerpt from “The Impossible Texan”:

“‘Wait a minute,’ she said and went into her bedroom. When she came back, she was carrying a small blue box. ‘Before I open this, I’ll tell you a story. When I first found it, it was red like a ruby; in fact, that’s what I thought it was, but it is as big as a golf ball. But when you hold it in your hand, it becomes warm. The meaning of this is in this paper, which is old and yellow and needs to be handled with care. I can read some of it, and the date has the number 1589. I take it; it was the year that someone won it. There is a journal in my parents’ estate that tells all about the first Samuel Sommers and what he has done. Someday I’m going to find it. I just have to get back home to do it.’”

“The Impossible Texan”

By Muriel DeBuque

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 320 pages | ISBN 9781481760225

E-Book | 320 pages | ISBN 9781481760218

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

About the Author

Muriel DeBuque lives in northern New York with her husband, Loren, and their rat terrier, Killer. They have eight grandchildren, one step grandson and three great-grandchildren.

 
New book presents three stories of ‘Fatal Females’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:33

Protagonist Tony Rawlins find difficult circumstances during his search for romance

LANSDALE, Pa. – In M. Paul Chinitz’s new novel, “Fatal Females: A Tony Rawlins Mystery Trilogy” (published by Trafford Publishing), a gullible man seeking romance learns, at a terrible cost, that he needs to be more careful in how he makes his choices.

Tony Rawlins answers a provocative ad in the personals section of a paper and finds himself convicted of a murder he did not commit. Evidence later gets him released pending a retrial when his accuser can be found. Meanwhile, his boss asks him to examine a murdered man’s business accounts, which leads him into uncovering other murders, including his accuser.

An excerpt from “Fatal Females”:

“‘Dunkins said I’d find you here.’ I looked up from my plate of goulash, the Wednesday alternative to fish at Rose’s Diner. I knew that voice only too well to be surprised at seeing Reva Morgan’s somewhat plump figure wedge into my narrow booth.

‘The broiled salmon would have been a better choice,’ she continued in her also somewhat confrontational style.”

The three stories that make up “Fatal Females” move rapidly. “There are murders,” Chinitz explains, “but not ‘gore.’ Tony’s relations with manipulative women, some good, some bad, all leave him alone at the end.”

 

“Fatal Females”

By M. Paul Chinitz

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995309

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995316

E-Book | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995293

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

About the Author

M. Paul Chinitz is a retired computer engineering manager and adjunct university professor who published a technical book on computer design and numerous training manuals on computers for Univac (now Unisys). He is also the author of “Keonah Days.” Chinitz lives in Pennsylvania. “Fatal Females” is his second novel.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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M. Paul Chinitz announces release of ‘Keonah Days’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:31

New book takes readers on an adventure to find themselves through love, laughs and friendship

LANSDALE, Penn. – In “Keonah Days” (published by Trafford Publishing), author M. Paul Chinitz’s new romantic novel, readers listen to Emmett Borden as he regales them with his tale of finding love in an unusual place.

After the death of his wife, Emmett Borden finds himself emotionally drained. Instead of continuing this way, he makes a vow to change his life for the better and once again enjoy life. He finds this new life in the sleepy town of Keonah, Iowa, where he stumbles upon a nuts and bolts store that is not all that it seems.

Here, he will begin a spontaneous adventure that will help him rediscover love, friendship and his life’s purpose.

An excerpt from “Keonah Days”:

“‘Yes, I think so. Mina’s overly protective. Too much so for a young boy; they grow too timid’. Looking straight at me, she handed me her plate and, getting up, added ‘I don’t think a man should be too timid either. What do you think Mr. Borden?’ Without waiting for a reply she turned around and walked into the house. I decided it would be prudent to thank my host and escape.”

 

“Keonah Days”

By M. Paul Chinitz

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 304 pages | ISBN 9781426940309

E-Book | 304 pages | ISBN 9781426940965

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

About the Author

M. Paul Chinitz has published a book on computer design, was a contributing author on other technical books and numerous computer training manuals at Univac (now Unisys) and has been an adjunct professor at Drexel and Penn State Universities. Now retired, he enjoys writing and traveling.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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