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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:25
Help your garden bloom with new ideas in "Liven Up Your Landscape" programs at the Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Starting a Rain Garden, Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm, Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardener, will share some tips and tricks to getting started, and some recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Pick up an application for the City of Rock Island's Rain Garden  program at the end of the evening.

Flying Flowers in Your Garden, Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm, Roxie and Dallas DeShane, River Bend Wildland Stewards, will share what host plants each butterfly wants for their larvae. Learn what you can do to attract these "flying flowers" to your garden this spring. Handouts will be available.


Vegetable Gardening - A Feast For the Eyes and Palate, Monday, April 15, 6:30 pm, Make your vegetable garden the star of the neighborhood by choosing edible plants that are nutritious, tasty, and beautiful. Sandy Russell from Tastes of the Rainbow will show how using organic or heirloom seeds will add color and flavor to your vegetable garden.


Check our library website for dates!


Starting April 1, you can say "charge it" at Rock Island Public Libraries. All Rock Island Libraries will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. as a payment option on DVD checkouts, fines, charges, and donations to the library.


Charges for DVD checkouts will no longer be placed on account.


Spring Cleaning?

Mark your calendars for the library's annual drive-up-and-drop off event for shredding personal papers. The free Community Shred Collection Day is Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, in the alley outside the Main Library.  Please note that Thursday is correct; there was an error in the Township newsletter.


Representatives from Document Destruction & Recycling Services will be on hand to collect personal papers for secured bulk shredding at their monitored facility in Davenport. Additional shred days held at other libraries. Check the Money Smart website or call 309-732-7303.


America's Music Coming to the Library


From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded "America's Music" project.


Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n' roll, mambo, and hip hop. Upcoming events include:


Thursday, April 11: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Kick-off of the America's Music project, featuring a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers, at RiverMusic Experience.


Tuesday, April 16: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Blues & Gospel Week, featuring a Blues & Gospel film and discussion of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1 and Say Amen,Somebody: Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Or, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 309-524-2470.


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music and has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional local funding from Riverboat Development Authority.

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