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Nominations for TV Series Reveal Scores of ‘Human Angels’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 16 August 2013 08:27

Nominations of “human angels” are pouring in for a national TV series that will tell the stories of everyday Americans who give of themselves to help others.

“We’re finding there are so many people from every walk of life – young children and teenagers, the very elderly, rich people and poor – quietly extending their hands to others,” said Jim Lindsey, chairman of  Angel Wings Entertainment, LLC, a company on a mission to find and inspire “human angels” across the country.

“So many of their stories have brought tears to our eyes. These are people who see a need and say, ‘I can do something about this. I can help,’ And with their gifts of time and service, they transform lives.”

The company is still accepting nominations at Those selected as Angels will be featured in mini-documentaries and stand to win money for their charities. It’s part of a multi-media effort to “shine a light on the best of human behavior” and inspire a national movement of giving and caring.

The effort is funded in part by an endowment from philanthropist John Shimer, who teamed with a like-minded group of veteran media and marketing professionals.

Shimer’s work with a “human angel,” a woman who established a vocational school in impoverished Uganda, inspired him to launch the Angels Among Us Project. That effort to recognize and reward service to others led to the creation of the media company, Angel Wings Entertainment. Shimer is a director of the charitable corporation Fortune Family Foundation.

“We need to see more stories about the good things people do, rather than all the bad,” Shimer said. “If we want to see the best in human behavior, we need to be showing people what that looks like.”

The Angel Wings Entertainment board includes Lindsey, a renowned brand builder and former vice-chairman of the top advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, as well as a leader of ad agencies McCaffrey & McCall and Hill Holiday/Wakeman & DeForrest.

It also includes CEO Tom Keegan, an entertainment industry veteran who has worked on more than 500 productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and national syndication, including the Emmy Award-winning Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (ABC), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (motion picture for NBC), The Hollywood Reporter, Front Runners and Celebrity Sweepstakes.

Follow Angel Wings Entertainment on Twitter: @AngelWingsTV.

E-Galley Now Availabe for Wisdom From the Oval Office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 09 August 2013 13:40

New Book on Ultimate Presidential Quotations Now Available – Right Here

For E-book galley-   Click on “Widget” below.

Abraham Lincoln said “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today that he was yesterday.” If you were to read the new book Wisdom from the Oval Office by Pierce Word, you would surely rise in the regard of President Lincoln if he were alive today.  The book gathers together the sage thoughts of the forty-four American presidents in the largest collection of presidential quotations ever assembled. Thoughts on love, life, success, politics, wisdom, and thirty five other categories are brought to light and bring insight into varying perspectives of the nine generations of presidents.

Along with Abraham Lincoln, the words of the presidents from Washington to Obama are presented about a broad range of subjects such as love, religion, God, and friendship. The flow of quotations and the manner in which they are categorized shows the frame of mind of each president such as Lincoln’s spirituality, Nixon’s binocular view of love and fear, and Obama on parental love.

You are invited to see for yourself. Just click on the “Widget” below (it is just a URL to NetGalley)) and you will be able to read the galley through the month of August. .

Wisdom from the Oval Office, pub date July 26, 2012 is available at Barnes and Noble,, Amazon and fine book stores nationally.

Contact: Don Bracken, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 845-398-8161

Click on Widget here

New book urges readers to ‘think, think, think’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:48

‘No Room on the Fence’ offers a new method of critical thinking and explains why it’s important

ARTHUR, Iowa – Author, scientist and former teacher Merle D. Schramm was inspired to write his new book “No Room on the Fence: A Serious Discourse on Controversial Topics” (published by CrossBooks) after witnessing the lack of critical thinking and knowledge his students displayed.

“The students did not know the difference between democratic government and a republic form of government,” he says. “Most students didn’t know the biblical background of the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Many of the students could not name the early presidents.”

When he dug deeper into the issue, he realized the flaw was not a lack of knowledge. Rather, it was as failure of critical thinking. “No Room on the Fence,” he says, is intended to help any person research and think in a logical fashion. He believes it will help them learn not just to believe, but to think about what they believe.

“It is imperative,” Schramm says, “that people need to return to scientific reasoning to get our nation back to a Christian basis. Our nation can survive only when a true revival takes place. And only God can do that.”

“No Room on the Fence”

By Merle D. Schramm

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781462728190

E-Book | 68 pages | ISBN 9781462728206

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Merle D. Schramm attended the Universities of Northern Iowa, Colorado State, South Dakota, California’s UCLA, Northern Colorado and Montana State. He received his master’s degree in science from the University of Colorado in 1977. He taught physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics in high schools, elementary schools and junior colleges. He also worked as a pesticide research chemist with the Colorado Health Department and as a nuclear weapons research chemist and physicist at Dow Chemical Company. He and his wife have taught Sunday school classes for more than 60 years.

CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks’ innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to or call 1-866-879-0502.


Library Lines: Organizing Tips, Computer Class, Hug-A-Book and more! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:27
More for Adults in August!
Overdrive Ebook and Audio Book download service Want to learn about eBooks and how to use them to read anywhere, anytime? Begin with a free eBook/eAudiobook Demo, 6:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. You'll learn how to use the Library's eBook/audiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer.
Learn 5 Ways to Becoming More Organized

Do you spend more time looking for things than actually using them? Want some tips for getting better organized when the kids go back to school?

If any of those statements describe either you or someone you live with, take advantage of a free program in August from the Rock Island Public Library, "5 Steps to Getting Organized." The free presentation by professional organizer and national speaker Mona Brantley of "Organize That"  is Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

Mona will provide logical and helpful hints, tips, and tricks that will make a difference in your life.  You will discover the one difference between organized and disorganized people, while also understanding why you have trouble getting or staying organized.

The program is free and open to the public.

Share the Joy at Hug-A-Book!

Join us for "Tunes for Tots" at this year's Hug-A-Book event for early learning! 

Musician Chris Dunn, of Rock Island, will provide music for children ages two to five from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 22 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Each child attending the event will also receive a free children's book and Hug-A-Book bag to keep, courtesy of the Merrill Harris Hug-A-Book Memorial Fund of the Rock Island Public Library Foundation.

Each Hug-A-Book event includes an educational program aided to support the early learning needs of two-to-five-year-olds. Music helps very young children practice language, recognize sounds and develop reasoning ability - all skills that help your child become more ready to read and learn!

Hug-A-Book is free and open to the public.

Two More Events for Teens
Teen Gaming Night: 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 15, Main Library. Play Xbox 360 and Wii Games on the library's big screen, try out some board games, and enjoy snacks, For ages 12 to 18 only. 

City of Bones Teen Party, Wed., Aug. 21, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Main Library. Celebrate the release of the film based on the popular teen novel, "City of Bones," by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunter trivia, snacks for mundanes and downworlders, and a movie. Ages 12 to 18 only.

Midwest Prairie Paintings on Display

See a vanishing slice of the environment, with an exhibit of Midwest Prairie Paintings by Davenport artist Pamela Bradner Ohnemus. You can view the show during library hours from Aug. 2 to 30 on the second floor of the Main Library, 401 19th Street.

Ohnemus works in acrylics and notes that, "Prairies have been reduced to isolated fragments that require conservation and preservation.  Less than one percent of the pre-settlement tall grass prairie remains."

Her highly detailed works involve layers of color over complementary under paintings, bringing delicate flowers and plants to life with subtle texture and natural patterns. Her website is

Confused about computers? Let us help!

Getting Started with Computers, Monday, August 26th, 2:0 0 to 3:00 pm, Main Library. If you've never used a computer before or just are not comfortable with one, this is the class for you!  This one-hour class starts with the very basic lessons on computers and how to start using them.

Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. No computer skills required.

Psst ... The City Wants to Hear from YOU!

City of Rock Island Logo The City of Rock Island is asking for resident input to help officials create a comprehensive plan of growth, development and policy for the next 20 years. During August, residents are asked to complete an online community survey. Those without computers can use one at Rock Island Public Library branches or the Martin Luther King Center. You can find the survey at this link. Thanks!

Happy Human Book Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities   
Friday, 02 August 2013 14:02

Our July book detailed the the struggle of freethinking men and women since the founding of our nation to maintain separation of church and state and to promote ideals such as anti-slavery, women's rights, and civil rights.

Our next meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m . We will discuss the monograph "Regaining Balance: The Evolution of the UUA" by Michael Werner. See Jack Wiley for copies.

RSVPs not required, but appreciated. Karen Fowler's contact information is in the  directory, or contact Stephanie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Anyone who is on FaceBook is welcome to join the FaceBook group "Happy Human Book Club of the Quad Cities." To join, contact Karen Fowler.

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