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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:44
It's National Library Week: Celebrate Libraries with Us!

Communities Matter at Your Library" is the theme of National Library Week, April 14-20, and to celebrate, the Rock Island Public Library is bringing together varying interests, services, and communities of learners and readers.


Take a Pass! Two new cultural and attraction passes became available just this week for checkout at the Rock Island Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branch Libraries. You can now checkout a free family pass for:


  • The Figge Art Museum in Davenport - admits four
  • Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley - admits two adults and up to 4 children, and
  • The Quad City Botanical Center - admits 4

Passes check out for seven days, and must be picked up and returned in person at the issuing library branch. There is a $1 per day fee if passes are not returned on time.


A new awareness service from Prairie State Legal Services also started this week 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 and Wednesdays on the 2nd floor of the library to offer information and assistance with navigating public benefits for food, cash, medical assistance, disability and township assistance. Prairie State Legal Services volunteers cannot offer legal advice.


Read on for more special events this week!


5:30 to 7:30 pm, Blues and Gospel film and discussion, Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. The scholar-led discussion on Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home and Say Amen,Somebody, is the first of three Rock Island Library programs in the America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway series.

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America's Music is a grant-funded series of film viewings, discussions and performance events at Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf and Davenport Public Libraries, River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. For more events in the series, visit


10:30 am, Special "How I Became a Pirate" storytime presented by Circa 21, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Captain Braid Beard (Janos Horvath), from the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse's new musical adventure, will stop by to help read stories, talk like a pirate and help with pirate crafts for ages birth to five. The musical is based on the popular children's book of the same name, by Melinda Long.
  • 4:00 pm: Lego Time, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Make something fun for display at the library with Lego-brand building blocks.

Later in the week, on Friday, April 19, join us for a dinosaur storytime at 10:30 am at the Rock Island Main Library Children's Room. Free story and dinosaur activity, especially for ages birth to five.


Wednesday: Download eBooks and eAudiobooks

Free sessions on how to use the Library's OverDrive eBook subscription to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks for free to read on an electronic device:

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm Southwest Branch.

Details online - click the OverDrive or OneClickdigital logos on the right side of our webpage.


Thursday, April 18: Teen Movie Night

Join us at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, April 18, for a Teen Movie Night at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


The free movie screening, snacks and more fun is especially created for ages 12 to 18.


Saturday: Special El Dia Family Storytimes

Quetzacoatl imageStart your family's Saturday off right with tales from around the world for the whole family!


Each of the short storytimes start at 10:00 am, and include a fun activity:



Saturday, April 20: Main Library Children's Room

Saturday, April 27: Main Library Children's Room


El Dia is an annual celebration of children's books and reading, created by author Pat Mora. Free!

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