Fun with Children's Books - July 22-Aug. 2
robot with have book will travel masthead Join us at 10:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 22 to Aug 2, for Monarch Club and Reader Riot at the 30/31 Branch Library! You'll find fun activities and books your children will absolutely love to read. Monarch Club is for grades K-2, and focuses on award-winning picture books. Reader Riot is for grades 1-3, and includes fun beginning reader books. Both are free, and offered at the same time.

Build your child's love of reading with your library!


Learn how to use your tablet!
icon for Android system tablets - green robot If you have a new Android Tablet, and want to learn more about how to use it, join us on Monday, July 22 for Using Your Tablet, 6:30 pm. at the Main Library. You'll gain great tips for new things you can do with it. This session is for users of Android tablets only. Bring your device - it's a hands-on class!
Teen Gaming Night and Teen Craft Night

Teen Gaming Night - 6:00 pm, Tuesday, July 23, Main Library. Snacks and free play with Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii, board games. Ages 12 to 18.


Teen Craft Night, Try all sorts of different crafting projects with the materials we have on hand. 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Thursday, July 25, Main Library.


And there's more!


Teen Feature Movie: Tuesday, July 30, 1:00 to 3:30 pm, Main Library. Free movie and popcorn.


Teen Reading Wrap up Party:  6:00 to 7:30 pm,Tuesday, August 6, Main Library. Hear who won Beneath the Surface Summer Reading prizes, enjoy games and snacks, and celebrate one more time!

Teen events are for ages 12 to 18. Bring your bingo card summer reading form and complete a square for attending these programs!

Last Free Family Performance: Thursday, July 25
photo of Babaloo Music and Fun Join us on Thursday, July 25 for the action-packed, high-energy musical antics of Babaloo Music and Fun. Two free shows:
10:00 am, Main Library, 401 19th Street
1:30 pm, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.

Best described as a one-man musical comedy act for children of all ages, Babaloo has been wowing children with a raucous, zany brand of entertainment for nearly 20 years.  The interactive shows get kids smiling, laughing and up their feet, featuring singing, stomping, dancing, bucket-beating and bubble-busting fun. And with award-winning songs like "My Toothbrush Fell in the Toilet" and "The Wee Wee Dance," what kid could resist? 
Cool off with Friday Children's Movie
Join us for a great children's movie and popcorn at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 26 in the Main Library Community Room. This fun Disney movie about a grumpy old man, a huge bunch of balloons and his flying house, offers fun for the whole family. Our favorite line? "Squirrel!"
Return your summer reading logs & contest entries
Compass Rose illustration with globe in middle The clock is ticking on our summer reading journey - make sure you return your children's Have Book Will Travel reading logs, and your adult summer reading entries by Friday, July 26! Kids who get at least half-way through the form earn extra tickets to win fun prize baskets. Adult prizes include a Kindle and Kindle Fire HD, and gift cards. Teens get a little longer to earn rewards - until Aug. 2.

Remember, you can't win if you don't bring back your forms, so get reading!
Check out a pass for free summer fun

You can now check out a free family pass for:


The Figge Art Museum - Pass admits four


Niabi Zoo  - Admits two adults /up to 4 children,


The Quad City Botanical Center - Admits 4

Sorry, passes can't be reserved for a specific day. Each pass checks out for seven days, and must be picked up and returned in person at the issuing library branch.

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Pick up your free travel notepad (while supplies last) and make a note to attend these free programs:

Historic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Moline:  7:00 pm. 7:00 pm, June 17 at Riverside Cemetery. Explore the fascinating history at two of the Quad Cities' oldest cemeteries. Registration is requested but not required: Call

Close-up photo of mourning woman statue at Chippiannock Cemetery

732-7341 to do so. If you find you're available that night, meet the tour group at the cemetery's 5th Avenue entrance.


Movie Flick: Sink your teeth into free popcorn and a movie based on a book. 5:30 pm, June 18, Main Library. We can't tell you the title here, but here's a tip: Great white shark, plus summer beach-goers equal a classic film with lots of action beneath the surface. (Novel by Peter Benchley.)


Learn how to use new technology and new library services next week, too:

Downloading Music with Freegal: 6:30 pm, June 19,

Main Library. Yes, now you can download free music with your Rock Island Library card and an Internet connection. You do have to be a Rock Island Library cardholder to use this digital service.


Using Your Tablet: 2:30 pm, June 20, Main Library (For users of Android devices only.) Do you have a new tablet PC or a new Kindle Fire HD tablet? Want to learn more about what you can do with it? Join us for a free how-to session.
Make sure you bring your device - this is a hands-on session, and the library will not supply devices for use.(Have an Apple tablet? Join us in July for a session just for you.  Details at left.)
Read to Win, Starting June 3!

book with wings attached With reading programs for children, teens and adults, the family that reads together this summer may just win together. Have Book Will Travel and Beneath the Surface reading contests for children, adults and teens start June 3 and run through July 26 at the Rock Island Main Library, 30/31 Branch and Southwest Branches.


Have Book Will Travel reading logs for children from the "read-to-me" to "reader" levels will be available Monday, June 3. Pick up a form, add your name to the reading globe,  and start tracking your reading journey! Kids can track by title or time read, with prizes and extra chances to win awarded at the half-way and ending destinations. Prize pick up starts June 17.


Adults can stow away on their own reading adventure simply by completing an entry form for every book audiobook or eBook they finish between June 3-July 26. One entry per book read, please. Winners will be chosen by random drawing with rewards including a Kindle eReader, Kindle Fire HD tablet or gift cards.


Teens ages 12 to 18 are dared to go Beneath the Surface of reading by completing a bingo card form of various actitivies, which include reading and attending programs. 10 squares qualify teens for a prize drawing, with 25 squares equalling an automatic prize.


Check our website for free programs!

More Fun for Adults

book as suitcasePick up your free travel notepad on June 3 (while supplies last) and make a note to attend these free programs:

Have Book Will Travel: Free travel planning tips from Marsha Holmes of Gulliver's Travel Agency. 6:30 pm, June 4, Main Library.


Independent Movie, 6:00 pm, June 6, Main Library.


Historic Cemetery Tours, 7:00 pm. June 10 at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island; and 7:00 pm, June 17 at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Explore the fascinating history at two of the Quad Cities' oldest cemeteries. Registration requested but not required: Call 732-7341.


Movie Flick: Free popcorn and movie based on a book. 5:30 pm, June 18, Main Library. Tip: This movie might make you decide you need a bigger boat!

More to do for kids this summer!
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Storytimes, Lego Clubs, Math Clubs, Kids' Scrapbooking, Special Performers - it seems there's no end of ways to take flight with reading and free activities this summer. Here is just a brief sample of the fun to be had this summer at your library:


Global Math Club: 3:30 pm, Tuesdays, June 11-16, Main Library. Fun with math, from tutor Elizabeth Russell.


Kids' Scrapbooking Mondays: Free for 2nd grades and up. Materials supplied! 3:00 to 4:00 pm, June 10, Main Library; June 17, 30/31 Branch, and June 24, Southwest Branch.


Niabi Zoo at Your Library: Free show & tell with zoo animals. 11:00 am, June 13 at Main Library and 11:00 am June 20 at Southwest Branch.


Friday Fest Movie: 1:00 pm, June 21, Main Library.


Games from Around the World Night: Learn more about the world by trying the games people play in other countries. Fun for the whole family! 6:00 pm, June 27, 30/31 Branch.


To see all your traveling options, pick up a brochure or calendar today! Or visit our website.

Tons for Teens

Beneath the Surface type

Teen Feature: Classic movie & free popcorn. Pick up your reading logs, too! 1:00 to 3:30 pm, June 7, Main


Library Treasure Hunt: Follow the clues to uncover the treasure & win great prizes! 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 13, Main


Teen Iron Chef: Create a culinary masterpiece and win! 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 18, Southwest


Teen Gaming Night: 6:00 to 7:30, June 20, Main Library. Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii, board games & snacks!


Zombie Night: Be prepared for the zombie invasion with a plan, zombie make-up, a zombie movie & snacks. 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 27, Main Library

New Service for Music Lovers!

Now you can download music from the Rock Island Library - and what's more, you can keep it.


Freegal Music serviceRegistered cardholders of the Rock Island Public Library with accounts in good standing can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month via the library website. Downloaded tunes become part of your personal music library - they do not disappear or need to be returned after a set period.  Sorry, this service is not available to patrons of non-subscribing libraries.


Full instructions are available on the Rock Island Library website under "Download This."

A free class will also be offered at 6:30 pm on June 19 at the Main Library.


Explore the World of Bike Touring & Book Writing Monday

bicylists blurred Discussion:

Bike Touring and Book Writing,

Monday, May 13,

6:30 to 7:30 pm,

Rock Island Main Library


Rock Island author Chuck Oestreich will informally discuss his novel, "Bicycle Moon," and lead a discussion about practical tips for touring on a bike. Chuck has toured cross-country on bike in the United States and 10 countries.

Writing a novel has been one of his lifelong dreams, and he'll talk a little bit about the story and share some practical tips he's learned over the years about bicycle touring. Come share your own tips and stories about touring on two wheels!


No books will be for sale, but if you have one, bring it along! Event is free and open to the public.

Learn about the Rock Island Civil War prison

Heritage Documentaries logo Film & Discussion:

The Rock Island Civil War Prison:

Andersonville of the North?

6:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, May 23

Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

The event is free and open to the public.


The 30-minute documentary tells the story of the Rock Island Confederate prison camp using dramatic photos and other high-definition images. It documents the life of prisoners using their own words from diaries and letters and demonstrates that the death rate at Rock Island was much lower than the astonishing death rate at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. The title, "Andersonville of the North," is derived from a passage in Margaret Mitchell's literary classic, Gone with the Wind.


Writers/directors Ed Isenberg and Ezra Sidran will be present to discuss the production and answer questions. The documentary is also available on DVD.

New Service for Music Lovers!

Now you can download music from the Rock Island Library - and what's more, you can keep it.


Freegal Music service Rock Island Public Library has joined Library Ideas™' network of public library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Rock Island Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its music collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.


Registered cardholders of the Rock Island Public Library with accounts in good standing can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via the library website. The library underwrites the purchase of the music. Downloaded tunes become part of the patron's personal music library - they do not disappear or need to be returned after a set period.


Freegall is compatible with a number of devices, and Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

  • Users must have a Rock Island Public Library card in good standing. As a subscription service, Freegal is not available to patrons of other libraries. (Unless your library also subscribes. Contact your home library.)
  • Patrons will need their Rock Island Library card number and PIN to access the website.
  • Up to three (3) songs may be downloaded per patron per week. Downloads can't be withdrawn once finalized. Each song does have a sample clip so you can listen before you download.
  • Users must download from home. This service is not available from library computers.

Full instructions are available on the Rock Island Library website under "Download This." A free class will also be offered at 6:30 pm on June 19 at the Main Library.


PrairieState Legal Services at Main Once a Week

Hours have changed for a new awareness service from Prairie State Legal Services 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 only, on the 2nd floor.  Prairie State will offer information and assistance with navigating public benefits for food, cash, medical assistance, disability and township assistance.

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Storytimes & Lego Clubs

Children's Play Cube purchased with Friends funds Morning Storytimes for Birth to Five - 10:30 am these dates:

  • Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, at the 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street.
  • Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road
  • Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street.

Evening Storytimes for All Ages - 6:30 pm on these dates:

  • Monday, April 1, Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, April 8, 30/31 Branch
  • Monday, April 15, Southwest Branch

Wednesday Lego Clubs - 4:00 pm on these dates:

  • April 3, Main Library Children's Room,
  • April 10, 30/31 Branch
  • April 17, Southwest Branch

Saturday Lego Time:

10:30 am, April 13, Southwest Branch,

STEM-tivity hands-on science program:

Fun with kites, 11:30 am. April 13, Southwest Branch


All of these events are free. Drop in for some fun at your library.

Kids' Read In
child reading on storytime rugDrop by two locations of the Rock Island Public Library on Thursday, April 4  for Kids' Read In Events. Bring a book you like or pick one from our shelves, and enjoy light refreshments while you read amongst our books.
1:00 pm, Southwest Branch Community Room
4:00 pm, Main Library Children's Room
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 6: 30/31 Branch

Saturday, April 13: Southwest Branch

Saturday, April 20: Main Library Children's Room

Saturday, April 27: Main Library Children's Room


Part of the April "celebration of children's books," also known as El Dia. Free!

Fun for Teens, Too!

Teen chef preps his winning plateTeen Gaming Nights: Play Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii games, or board games. Two opportunities to get your game on this month:

  • April 2nd at 6:00 pm at Main
  • April 23rd at 6:00 pm at Southwest

Teen Iron Chef Contest:

  • Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.

Do you have what it takes to be our next Iron Chef? Compete against other chefs for a chance to win great prizes for your skills. Our judges will taste your culinary masterpieces and decide who will be the next Iron Chef!


Teen Movie:

  • April 18th at 6:00 pm, Main Library Community Room.  Enjoy a movie, snacks and fun.  Free!

All Teen events are for ages 12 to 18.

What's New?

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.

Rock Island, IL: If you're in the mood for spring, the Rock Island Public Library is ready to help you liven up your landscape with a new series of gardening programs in March and April.


The following Liven Up your Landscape programs start at 6:30 pm in the second-floor Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.


Go Wild, Go Native: Wednesday, March 6. Looking for some new ideas for your garden? Head to the library for a program with Marilyn Andress from Interstate Resource Conservation and Development, RiverBend Wildland Stewards. Ms. Andress will share tips and recommendations and the benefits of adding wild and native plants to your garden.

Putting Some Herbs in Your Life: Wednesday, March 13. Herbs add flavor and color to your garden and your home. Peg Christensen, from QC Herbs, will share her knowledge about how easily you can add herbs to most areas of your life, including your kitchen, bathroom, closets and more.

Starting a Rain Garden: Monday, April 1. Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardener, created his first rain garden more than a decade ago. Mr. Mays will share some tips and tricks to getting started, how he began his first rain garden, and some recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Attendees can also pick up an application for the City of Rock Island's Rain Garden reimbursement program at the end of the evening.

Flying Flowers in Your Garden: Monday, April 8. Can you identify the butterflies of our area by some of their caterpillars? Roxie and Dallas DeShane, River Bend Wildland Stewards, will share what host plants each butterfly prefers for their larvae, so you can attract these "flying flowers" to your garden this spring. Handouts will be available to help you plan and plant your garden.

Vegetable Gardening - A Feast for the Eyes and Palate: Monday, April 15. Learn how to make your vegetable garden the star of the neighborhood by choosing edible plants that are nutritious, tasty, and beautiful. From the flashes of gold dangling from a Sunshine Cherry Tomato on a decorative trellis to the bright blue peppers of a Filius Blue pepper plant, a vegetable garden can provide a feast for the eyes and for the palate. Sandy Russell from Tastes of the Rainbow will show how using organic or heirloom seeds can help you add extra color and flavor to your vegetable garden.


Programs are free and open to the public. For more news about Rock Island Public Library events, visit, call 309-732-7323 (READ), or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at library locations.


Quad City Mallards logoPlayers from the Quad City Mallards will be joining us for the regular Lego Club programs this month at our 30/31 and Southwest Branch. Join us and make something creative:


4:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street, and


4:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 20, Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


Lego Club is free and is open to grades K through 6.

edible book Bake what you love by entering an edible book creation into our "Book Lovers Edible Book Contest."


Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Main Library Community Room

401 19th Street


Earn a gift card to a cooking store by creating a tasty edible book baked good to be judged in one of three categories: Best Tasting, Most Elaborate and Best Looking. We need to know if we'll have entries, so please call 309-732-7330 by Feb. 13 to let us know that you plan to enter the contest. (Your item does not have to be ready until Feb. 16.)


Don't want to bake? We need judges! Baking is not required to attend the event. Come see the entries!


What is an edible book? The only requirements are that entries must be edible and must relate to a book in some fashion. For example, entries may look like a book or book cover, may refer to a character, or may play off a title or quote in a book.

Keeping Your Most Important Accessory, Your Keys
image from AARP driving program2:00 to 3:00 pm,
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


This free program with tips on safer driving for retirees and seniors is presented by AARP Driver Safety program instructor Caryl Altemus. The program also includes an overview of what is included in the full AARP Driver Safety programs, with information about upcoming courses. No registration is required. Drop by!


Read to Survive, Survive to Read Teen READ challenge is Jan. 6-Jan. 26. Forms are available all Rock Island Library locations. Read, survive and win!


Please note that this month's Teen Gaming Night is at the Main Library.


More teen fun in January:

Jan. 17: Teen Trivia Night, 6:00 pm, Main Library

Jan. 22: Teen Gaming Night, 6:00 pm, Main Library

Jan. 31: Teen Iron Chef, 6:00 pm, Main Library.



Friday, Jan. 18 is an early dismissal day for Rock Island/Milan school. If you're looking for something to do, bring them to our Friday Fest movie at the Main Library.  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" starts at 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Community Room. It's rated PG.




Readers will be in the winner's circle, with the "Driven to Read" winter reading challenge at the Rock Island Public Library.


Challenges are available for both children and adult readers from Tuesday, Jan. 22 to Friday, March 1. Children from pre-school to 6th grades can pick up a Driven to Read reading log and choose to read either 16 books or for six hours of accumulated time. Prizes will be awarded at the halfway point and finish line.


Adults ages 18 and up may participate by completing one entry form for each adult book, eBook or audiobook completed during the Jan. 22 to March 1 challenge period. Entries will go into a random drawing for the grand prize of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD, or secondary prizes of gift cards and passes to restaurants, merchants and attractions.


Children's reading logs and adult reading challenge entries are due back to the library by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1. Children may pick up prizes as they earn them; Adult winners will be called. Forms will be available starting Tuesday, Jan. 22 at all Rock Island Library locations.


Winter reading prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Rock Island Public Library.