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Get Tech Help in March at the Rock Island Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:59

Rock Island, IL: Assistance with figuring out that new smartphone or tablet is as close as the nearest Rock Island Public Library. The library will offer more programs in March on using Kindle Fire, Apple and Android devices, on using free library services to add content to your device, and drop-in "Gadgets and More" sessions for asking other questions.

A series of "Getting to Know your Device" classes on Mondays in March will cover basic functions, settings, organizing apps, tips, and more general information on using a particular brand or operating system of computer tablet and smartphones. Participants should bring their devices. Classes include:

  • Getting to Know Your Android device: 6:00 pm, Monday, March 2, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.
  • Getting to Know Your Apple device: 6:00 pm, Monday, March 9, also at the Main Library.
  • Getting to Know Your Kindle Fire tablet: 6:00 pm on Monday, March 16 at the Main Library.

"Download This," a class on using free library content services to download magazines, music and movies, will be offered at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 3 at the Main Library. Participants can bring their devices and library card and try out the services, which currently include Flipster for popular magazines, Freegal Music and Freegal Movies and TV.

"Gadgets and More" drop in sessions will be offered at the 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street. The Gadgets and More sessions allow participants to bring in their new device and get one-on-one tips and answers to questions about using it. Staff will be available in the bookstore room on Tuesday, March 17 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and on Thursday, March 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Participants should bring a fully-charged device, with the set-up phase completed.

No registration is necessary for any of the above programs. For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website at, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.


Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

Iowa ‘gas tax’ proposal would spur growth of biodiesel use in state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Biodiesel Board   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:22

Iowa Biodiesel Board supports House and Senate bills as strong energy policy

DES MOINES – The Iowa Biodiesel Board registered today in support of legislation that would raise the state’s fuel tax. A provision of the legislation would give a partial exemption to the new tax for diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11).

The proposed tax increase (HF 351 and SF 257) is 10 cents a gallon for both diesel and gasoline as part of a plan to address Iowa’s infrastructure needs. A provision provides a 3 cent exemption for biodiesel blends of B11 and above for 5 years.

The IBB, whose membership includes biodiesel producers, soybean farmers and other stakeholders, called the biodiesel nod a bold leadership move.

“This is smart policy on the part of our state leaders that will benefit the entire state, and we thank them,” said Grant Kimberley, executive director of IBB. “Doing everything we can to encourage biodiesel production and usage generates significant economic activity for Iowa. Every gallon of biodiesel we use at home is one less equivalent gallon from the Middle East, and keeps money in our state.”

Kimberley added that IBB members are hopeful the 5 year sunset will be extended to 10 years down the road.

Iowa biodiesel plants produced 227 million gallons in 2014, down slightly from the 2013 record of 230 million gallons. Yet the state’s 10 operating biodiesel plants have an annual capacity of more than 300 million gallons, showing a lost economic opportunity for Iowa.

Moreover, encouraging the blending of biodiesel into the state’s diesel supply can help Iowa meet its own renewable fuel goals, Kimberley said. According to a recent Iowa Department of Revenue report, “…the study forecasts that approximately 13 percent of Iowa’s petroleum…will be replaced by biofuels in 2020, falling short of the Legislative goal of 25 percent.”

Currently in Iowa, gasoline is taxed at 21 cents per gallon with ethanol blends containing at least 10 percent taxed at only 19 cents per gallon. Diesel is taxed at 22.5 cents per gallon with no incentive for biodiesel. The ethanol differential would continue.

“Unfortunately, federal legislation has proven to be unreliable for biodiesel,” Kimberley said. “The states that create the most supportive environment for biodiesel will be the most successful in reaping the industry’s economic benefits.”

New research shows in 2014, the increase in economic activity generated by biodiesel production supported more than 4,300 full-time equivalent jobs. It contributed more than $471 million to the state’s Gross Domestic Product. Other research shows biodiesel adds 74 cents a bushel to the price of soybeans, lowers soybean meal feed costs for livestock producers by $25 - $40 a ton and also adds value to livestock production.

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil. The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.


Invitation to Celebrate E-week & STEM at Feb. 26 QCESC Banquet - Please Pre-Register by Feb 22nd PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 February 2015 09:37

Feel free to share this with others that might be interested in attending.

The deadline to register is Sunday, February 22.

You are cordially invited to attend the 53rd Annual Banquet of the Quad City Engineering & Science Council being held on Thursday, February 26th at John Deere's Worldwide Headquarters (One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois).

This banquet is held during Engineers Week (E-week), and everyone is cordially invited including students to attend this premier, annual event to celebrate, network and pay tribute to the great Engineering and Science Professionals and Educators we have in the Quad City Region. This includes supporting the next generation of Engineering and Science Professionals through supporting students.

Our very special, keynote speaker will be William White, Midwest Regional Vice President for Project Lead the Way, the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology) education programs.  William has a degree in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State University where he played football later playing in the NFL for 11 years including in the Super Bowl.  William will be speaking on "Pursue Your Dreams, Prepare for Reality" sharing his inspiring, personal journey and how he overcame obstacles.

The event begins at 5:00 P.M. with networking social hour with student displays including from PLTW and FIRST robotic along with Universities with a silent auction.  Appetizers will provide for all paid attendees along with cash bar.  Seating for dinner occurs at 6:00 PM with plated dinners with four entrée choices with dessert.

Rauner, Kirk Statement on FutureGen Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Varallo   
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:20

Springfield – Governor Bruce Rauner and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Energy’s decision to end federal funding of FutureGen, the public-private clean coal project in Meredosia, Ill.:

“We are thoroughly disappointed in the Administration’s decision to hastily end the bipartisan FutureGen project. This decision will block advancements in clean coal and more than 1,000 new jobs in Central Illinois. We will not give up on this state-of-the-art technology and bringing new jobs to the state.”


QCESC Awards, Bridges and Banquet Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCESC   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:16
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, February 6th for Award Nominations including STEM Teacher of the Engineer and Jr & Sr. Engineer and Scientist of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Annual QCESC Banquet held during Engineers Week on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Application and information can be found at:
  • The 8th Annual Battle of the Bridges Contest February 6th and 7th for all ages, with 2-4 people per team at the Putnam Museum, 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa 52804. Details and Pre-Registration (a must!) can be found here:

    We will continue to register teams until we reach our capacity (40 per day).  All of the materials are provided with no pre-work required.
  • Pre-Registration is Open Now for the QCESC Annual Banquet, February 26th. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. The 53rd Annual Banquet of the Quad City Engineering & Science Council celebrating Engineers Week & STEM Education and Careers will be held on Thursday, February 26th at John Deere's Worldwide Headquarters (One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois) beginning at 5:00 P.M. with networking social hour, silent auction, displays including by students, dinner, Order of the Engineer Inductions, scholarship presentations to high school students, annual awards and guest speaker.  Our very special, inspiring keynote speaker will be William White, Midwest Regional Vice President for Project Lead the Way who played 11 years in the NFL including in the Super Bowl, attended Ohio State University with a degree in metallurgical engineering.
  • To Pre-Register and view details, visit:

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