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New Book on Rural Education Teaches America History Recounted In “We Were Pretty Darn Good” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Monday, 13 May 2013 13:45

There was a time when country living was a significant part of American life. That time and place needed an educational system that would work, and whatwas finally made to work is the subject of a new book by Steve Grineski. We Were Pretty Darn Good, a story of progressive education in rural communities, links President Theodore Roosevelt’s Report of the Country Life Commission with the need to educate thousands of children born on farms and homesteads. Author Steve Grineki, with an eye for vivid detail, traces the response to that report.

Focusing on the teacher preparation at the legendary Morehead Normal School in Minnesota and the contributions of its graduates to the transformation of America, Steve Grineski traces the results of the teaching efforts over two generations, With verbal sketches of several “darn good” teachers and the specific results of their teaching efforts, he brings into clear focus, the training and dedication of the rural teachers who brought to their students, the world of analytical thought and inspiration, much of it driving bountiful changes to significant measures of the  American landscape. We Were Darn Good is a fascinating book and is a long overdue chapter, not just in the annals of American education, but in the wider panorama of American history

Steve Grineski PhD serves as liaison between the Minnesota State University-Morehead  Teacher Education and the Moorhead, Minnesota, Alternative Education programs. He has presented and been published widely in diverse areas including cooperative learning and corporate school reform..

We Were Darn Good is available at Barnes and Noble bookstores, Books a Million, BN.com and Amazon and bookstores nationwide.

 
Library Lines: Biking, History & More PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Monday, 13 May 2013 13:21
Explore the World of Bike Touring & Book Writing Monday

bicylists blurred Discussion:

Bike Touring and Book Writing,

Monday, May 13,

6:30 to 7:30 pm,

Rock Island Main Library

 

Rock Island author Chuck Oestreich will informally discuss his novel, "Bicycle Moon," and lead a discussion about practical tips for touring on a bike. Chuck has toured cross-country on bike in the United States and 10 countries.

Writing a novel has been one of his lifelong dreams, and he'll talk a little bit about the story and share some practical tips he's learned over the years about bicycle touring. Come share your own tips and stories about touring on two wheels!

 

No books will be for sale, but if you have one, bring it along! Event is free and open to the public.

Learn about the Rock Island Civil War prison

Heritage Documentaries logo Film & Discussion:

The Rock Island Civil War Prison:

Andersonville of the North?

6:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, May 23

Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

The 30-minute documentary tells the story of the Rock Island Confederate prison camp using dramatic photos and other high-definition images. It documents the life of prisoners using their own words from diaries and letters and demonstrates that the death rate at Rock Island was much lower than the astonishing death rate at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. The title, "Andersonville of the North," is derived from a passage in Margaret Mitchell's literary classic, Gone with the Wind.

 

Writers/directors Ed Isenberg and Ezra Sidran will be present to discuss the production and answer questions. The documentary is also available on DVD.

New Service for Music Lovers!

Now you can download music from the Rock Island Library - and what's more, you can keep it.

 

Freegal Music service Rock Island Public Library has joined Library Ideas™' network of public library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Rock Island Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its music collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

 

Registered cardholders of the Rock Island Public Library with accounts in good standing can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via the library website. The library underwrites the purchase of the music. Downloaded tunes become part of the patron's personal music library - they do not disappear or need to be returned after a set period.

 

Freegall is compatible with a number of devices, and Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

  • Users must have a Rock Island Public Library card in good standing. As a subscription service, Freegal is not available to patrons of other libraries. (Unless your library also subscribes. Contact your home library.)
  • Patrons will need their Rock Island Library card number and PIN to access the website.
  • Up to three (3) songs may be downloaded per patron per week. Downloads can't be withdrawn once finalized. Each song does have a sample clip so you can listen before you download.
  • Users must download from home. This service is not available from library computers.

Full instructions are available on the Rock Island Library website under "Download This." A free class will also be offered at 6:30 pm on June 19 at the Main Library.

 

PrairieState Legal Services at Main Once a Week

Hours have changed for a new awareness service from Prairie State Legal Services at the Main Library, 401 19th Street.

 

Trained volunteers from Prairie State Legal Services will be available from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Mondays only, on the 2nd floor.  Prairie State will offer information and assistance with navigating public benefits for food, cash, medical assistance, disability and township assistance.

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Rock Island Library Hosts Civil War Documentary Screening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 10 May 2013 15:02

Rock Island, IL: The Rock Island Public Library will host a screening and discussion by Heritage Documentaries on Thursday, May 23 of “The Rock Island Civil War Prison: Andersonville of the North?” The screening starts at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The 30-minute documentary tells the story of the Rock Island Confederate prison camp using dramatic photos and other high-definition images.  It documents the life of prisoners using their own words from diaries and letters and demonstrates that the death rate at Rock Island was much lower than the astonishing death rate at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. The title, “Andersonville of the North,” is derived from a passage in Margaret Mitchell’s literary classic, Gone with the Wind.

Writers/directors Ed Isenberg and Ezra Sidran will be present to discuss the production and answer questions. The documentary is also available on DVD.

For more news about Rock Island Public Library events, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.

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Negotiation and Peacebuilding Series Coming to Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:51

The Moline Public Library and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities welcome historian Dr. Arthur Pitz as he leads the series Building Peace in the Middle East, beginning in June.  The program will be held four consecutive Tuesdays, June 11, June 18, June 25th and July 2nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Moline Library, 3210 41st Street.

Participants will learn the art of conflict resolution and international relations through the methods of the Harvard Negotiation Project.  These principles will be applied to current issues facing the Middle East through active group discussion and consensus building.

This grant-funded program is provided by the generosity of the United States Institute of Peace, the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

Space is limited for this event, so registration is required.  Participants may sign up by visiting the Moline Public Library or calling 309-524-2470.

Illinois teachers may choose to attend this series for 8 CPDUs, with a $25 fee through the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education or one hour of graduate credit from Aurora University for a $100 fee.  Contact RIROE at 309-736-1111 for more information.

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A former volunteer firefighter has his book published…The Volunteer. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Ward   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:13

This is the first novel of its kind because its storyline centers on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service personnel and not on the paid departments.

Scotrun, PA-- Tom Ward has a new book out, The Volunteer, just released by Cambridge Books whose advanced copies are available on Amazon.com.

In 1983, in war-torn Lebanon, Robert J. Doyle ordered the complete destruction of an unsuspecting village. As he walked through the carnage later, he vowed one day he would somehow pay off the loss of innocent lives.

Later, Doyle decides to become a volunteer firefighting paramedic. He feels that with each life and property he helps to save; he makes a payment on his debt. For years, as Doyle responds to his community's calls for help he ignores his own needs. To counteract flashbacks brought on by burnout, Doyle uses alcohol to keep going. Still, the memories of the destruction and dead villagers compel him to respond.

The Volunteer centers on one man's struggle with to find inner peace. And examines the question of what compels volunteers to respond no matter what time of day or night, to sacrifice their time, financial resources, their talents, and even their lives in the service of their communities.

"I am ecstatic at this time to finally have 'The Volunteer' published after all these years," said Tom Ward. "For the past 20 years this story has always been important to me because it shows one man's reason why he volunteers to serve his community. But his is only one reason out of 800,000 other reasons of those who serve their respective communities.

Hollywood always makes movies and TV series about the Paid Departments and not once ventured to portray the volunteer firefighter or emergency medical service personnel. These men and women willingly place themselves and everything they hold dear into harm's way for their communities and don't expect anything in return not even a thank you.

Hollywood's neglect and that of other authors was and always has been my motivation to get my novel published for it tells of one volunteer's reason why he is willing to risk it all for his community."

Cambridge Books is a small press located in Cambridge, MD.

"We are very proud to have published The Volunteer by Tom Ward," said Arline Chase, publisher. "We are a small company and choose our books carefully. We only publish work from writers we feel are talented and have a lot to offer."

Tom has a trilogy, The Volunteer, Volunteers: A Breed Apart which he is editing and Station 1260-1270 which he hopes to finish.

Tom Ward enjoys meeting fellow volunteers both firefighters and emergency medical service personnel, and may be contacted by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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