MOLINE, IL – With a standing-room only crowd expected for WQPT's Imagination Station, the Quad Cities Public Broadcasting Station is issuing a call for volunteers to help with the day's activities, which will take place at the Western Illinois U...

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb story starring Thomas Alan Taylor and Adam Cerny will play at the Circa ’21 Speakeasy on February 25, 26 and 27 at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm).

The musical by Stephen Dolginoff was nominated for a Drama Desk...

MOLINE, IL – WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-f...

MOLINE, IL -- "Letters Home to Hero Street" is now available to teachers nationwide through PBS LearningMedia, which provides access to thousands of free, innovative, standards-aligned and curriculum-targeted digital resources. The curriculum was ...

MOLINE, IL – WQPT is launching a short subject program, "Exploring with Mr. Scott," which is designed to help encourage children ask questions, try different ways of using materials and offer them a wide range of new experiences. The program...

MOLINE, IL -- In October, more than 30 "Stories of Service" were collected at eight locations across the Quad Cities by WQPT at Western Illinois University as a part of the station's "Embracing Our Military" initiative, and today (Nov. 18) those stories were delivered to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in a ceremony attended by Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO.

"WQPT's 'Stories of Service' is a wonderful collaboration between public television staff and local agencies, including libraries, veterans service providers and retirement communities. WQPT's staff created a thoughtful model which included easy-to-use recording equipment and community volunteers to preserve stories for future generations," Susan Eleuterio, Veterans History Project trainer on behalf of the Oral History Association and the American Folklore Society, which are partners with the Veterans History Project.

Twenty volunteers and 10 staff members collected stories from veterans of World War II and Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan at WQPT-Quad Cities PBS at Western Illinois University, the Center for Active Seniors (CASI), Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Moline Public Library, St. Ambrose University, UnityPoint Health-Trinity and WVIK.

"We are thrilled that our representatives have presented these stories to the Library of Congress and we are proud of the impact that our 'Embracing Our Military' initiative has had on our veteran community," said Mary Pruess, WQPT general manager.

More information about "Embracing Our Military" and "Stories of Service" can be found at wqpt.org.

WQPT, in partnerships with regional media organizations and businesses, is hosting a community-wide effort to collect veteran experiences for inclusion in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

"Our goal is to capture as many stories as possible to memorialize the experiences of our area's veterans," said Jamie Lange, who has been leading WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.
All veterans are invited to share their stories, which will be recorded Friday, Oct. 23 between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Center for Active Seniors (CASI)
1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
4011 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 102, Moline, IL

Moline Public Library
3210 41st St., Moline, IL

St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

UnityPoint Health-Trinity
4500 Utica Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, IA

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR
3808 8th Ave., Rock Island, IL

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS at Western Illinois University
3300 River Dr., Moline, IL

Call WQPT at (309) 764-2400 to schedule an appointment at any of the site locations.  WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT, in partnerships with regional media organizations and businesses, is hosting a community-wide effort to collect veteran experiences for inclusion in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

"Our goal is to capture as many stories as possible to memorialize the experiences of our area's veterans," said Jamie Lange, who has been leading WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.
All veterans are invited to share their stories, which will be recorded Friday, Oct. 23 between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the following locations:
Center for Active Seniors (CASI)
1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
4011 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 102, Moline, IL

Moline Public Library
3210 41st St., Moline, IL

St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

UnityPoint Health-Trinity
4500 Utica Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, IA

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR
3808 8th Ave., Rock Island, IL

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS at Western Illinois University
3300 River Dr., Moline, IL

Call WQPT at (309) 764-2400 to schedule an appointment at any of the site locations.
WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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1920s Female Detective Series Returns for Season Three

MOLINE, IL – WQPT will celebrate the premiere of the first episode of season three of the 1920s female detective series, "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries," with a premiere party and screening.
The event, set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, will kick off with heavy appetizers and a cash bar, along with a display of authentic 1920s fashions. The event will be held at City View Celebrations Trimble Pointe, (701 12th Street, Moline, IL). Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire, and a prize will be given for "best dressed."
The party is open free to WQPT members and is $15 for non-members. At 6 p.m., the episode's screening is open free to the public.
RSVP is required by contacting WQPT at (309) 764-2400.
For more information contact Lora Adams at (309) 764-2400.
WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT, the Quad Cities Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) station, has announced Michael Carton has joined the station as the new director of education and outreach.

Carton has been a teacher for seven years, most recently as a first grade teacher at Frances Willard Elementary. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University, with a degree in elementary education, and is the recipient of the 2015 Master Teacher Award from the Dispatch Argus Newspaper. He has also been honored by PBS with a Teachers Innovator Award.

Carton began his association with WQPT as a member of the first class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors in 2004. Since that time, he has remained a committed volunteer, most recently earning the National Friends of Public Television Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on WQPT's new special event for families, Imagination Station. WQPT chose Carton as its Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

"I am really looking forward to this opportunity to reach more students in my new role with WQPT," said Carton. "I have had the good fortune of teaching 30 first graders, but this job gives me the ability to make a difference to even more people, from pre-school through adults."

"Michael is a seasoned professional who will combine strengths of classroom teaching with the power of PBS programming for the benefit of all children in our region, expanding that vision to include learners of all ages," said Mary Pruess, WQPT general manager. "We are delighted to welcome him to our team."

Carton succeeds Ana Kehoe, who spent 20 years in the WQPT position, retiring last year.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University. For more information, visit http://wqpt.org/.

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