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|Walk through history, Enjoy Saturday stories, Learn More in September!|
|News Releases - Local Events|
|Written by Rock Island Public Library|
|Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:18|
Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, September 3rd. 2:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. This class will help you to use the Internet more effectively. Learn about some of the Library's databases, search engines, and how to move around online. Reservation is required - space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. Keyboarding and mouse skills required.
Registration is required - space is limited. Call the Rock Island Library's Reference Desk, 309-732-7341, to register. No computer skills required.
Independent Movie Night, Thurs., Sept. 5, 6:00pm:
A young widow clinging to the memory of her late husband is profoundly affected by the arrival of a young photographer in her village. 97 minutes.Portuguese with English subtitles.
Movies (and popcorn) are free and open to the public. Movies are not rated; content may not be suitable for all.
Friends of the Rock Island Library host their monthly half-price book sale on Thursday, Sept. 5, 9:00am to 8:00pm, Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street. Used book and material sale; benefits Rock Island Library programs.
Both events occur monthly on the first Thursday.
From a walking tour of Rock Island saints and sinners to a lecture program on how the early brewing industry affected the lives of women, local history is on tap at the Rock Island Library in September. The events are part of the library's partnership with Experience Quad Cities and its second-annual East West Riverfest focus on arts, culture and heritage from Sept. 6-22. Rock Island Library events are free and open to the public.
Lace up your shoes for a walk among "Reformers and Reprobates." From local reformers such as Miss Ellen Gale and Minnie Potter to the reprobates of the John Looney era, Rock Island history is full of fascinating saints and sinners.
Learn About the WPA in the Quad Cities: The Rock Island Public Library will present Dr. Jeff Hancks from Western Illinois University for a program on The WPA in the Quad Cities on Monday, Sept. 16 at 2:00 pm in the Main Library, 401 19th Street. This free program will meet in the second-floor Community Room and is open to all ages.
The Works Project Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were federal work relief programs begun under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. As the largest and most ambitious of the Depression-era agencies, these programs employed millions to carry out construction, parks, and arts projects. Dr. Hancks will speak generally on the various relief projects carried out nationwide during the Great Depression and specifically on projects benefiting the Quad City area, such as the Rock Island Longview Park Greenhouse, Lock & Dam #15, the Moline Municipal Airport and Black Hawk State Park. Rock Island native Jeff Hancks is a special collections librarian at Western Illinois University in Macomb.
Proper Ladies & Painted Women: Women, Work, and Reform in a Wet City: Learn about the rich history of brewing in the Quad Cities, and how that industry affected the lives of local women, with a free lecture program by Augustana College professor Dr. Jane Simonsen on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The free program takes place in the Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, and is open to the public. Dr. Jane Simonsen is an associate professor of history at Augustana College, where she specializes in U.S. women's history, gender studies and Native American studies.
Additional events going on at the Rock Island Library during the East West Riverfest time period include free morning and evening children's storytimes, three "Smart Start" Saturday storytimes, free Lego block construction times, the "Ripples of Inspiration" art exhibit at the Main Library, adult classes in how to use Email and Microsoft Word, and an eBook demo at the Southwest Branch. For more details about library events, visit the Rock Island Library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, sign up for an email newsletter, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323 (READ.)
Free copies of the East West Riverfest guide are also available at all Rock Island Public Libraries. More than 300 events at 60 different community venues are posted on the East West Riverfest website at www.eastwestriverfest.com.
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