ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (October 14, 2022) — Fall Frieze Lectures, "Ideas That Changed Everything," with Augustana College. Celebrate our 150th year with other ideas that had big impacts on their time. Join us at 2PM, Thursday, October 20 and 27 and November 3 and 10, at our Downtown Library for free presentations by Augustana College professors.

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (September 3, 2020) — All September, we're celebrating National Library Card Sign Up Month with special prize drawings. All new or renewed cards issued this month will be entered automatically into our drawing.


ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (January 6, 2020) — Your winter reading can earn rewards for you when you enter the Rock Island Public Library Winter Reading Challenge.


ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (January 4, 2020) — Our new Library2Go Mobile Library vehicle starts a regular route schedule Monday, January 6, 2020.

You're invited to join us at the official ribbon cutting:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2:30PM remarks and ribbon cutting

Across from Earl Hanson Elementary School

(Mobile Library parked from 2:30-4PM)


Register now for our After-Holiday Interactive Movie!

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (December 2, 2019) — 

Home Alone, Friday, December 27

1-3PM, Rock Island Downtown Library

Community Room, 401 19th Street

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (November 1, 2019) — Thought-provoking topics and life-long learning for adults and all ages this November. Check them out!

Give some comfort this holiday season! Community Comforts Donation Drive

November 1-30, 2019, All RIPL Locations

QUAD CITIES (February 12, 2019) — February is Library Lover's Month, and even with a short month, there's plenty to love! Show your support: Drop by our Downtown Library and fill out a heart to go on our Ground Floor "Library Lovers Month" display. Or check out something, whether it's book, audiobook, DVD, cake pan (we have some heart-shaped ones,) board game, culture pass, eBook, eAudiobook, streaming movies or music, downloadable music, research tools, and more. We love that!

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (January 29, 2019) — By now, you've probably gotten the message that just about the entire Quad Cities is planning to stay at home Wednesday and avoid the punishing wind-chills predicted for our area.

We've had so many interesting events come up in April, that we thought it was worth an update! To get library news directly in your email, sign up for Library eNews at

Community Shred Day

10:00 am to noon, Saturday, April 12, Rock Island Main Library. Bring personal papers to be safely shredded by Document Destruction and Recycling Services, a division of City Carton. This is a drive-up, drop-off event provided as part of the Rock Island Library's participation in Money Smart Week Quad Cities.

Shredding personal papers helps protect your financial identity! For confidentiality, papers are collected in locked bins by bonded DDRS representatives and shredded under video monitoring at the DDRS plant in Davenport. No shredding onsite. Staples and paper clips do not have to be removed.

For more details, contact Rock Island Library at 309-732-READ (7323).

Know Your iPad/Tablet

2:30 pm, April 14, Main Library. Free program with tips and tricks on using your iPad or other computer tablet. Bring your device! No registration required.

Download eBooks/audiobooks

2:00 pm, April 15, Main Library. Learn how to use the library's services to get free ebooks/audiobooks for your eReader, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. No registration required. Bring your device and your library card to make this a hands-on event.

Celebrating Shakespeare with Prenzie Players

William Shakespeare turns 450 this April! Join us at 6:30 pm on April 15 at the Main Library for an entertaining look at how the Prenzie Players present shows such as King Lear in innovative ways.

Shakespeare's Life in His Works, with Don Wooten

6:00 pm, April 22, Main Library. William Shakespeare turns 450 years old this April, and to celebrate, we're bringing in local expert Don Wooten. A careful look at Shakespeare's plays reveals what we think about his early life in Stratford. Free.

Download This! How to on Downloading Library Content

6:30 pm, April 16, Main Library, Learn how to use free library services to download or stream free music, movies and magazines from library services Freegal Music, Freegal Movies/TV and Zinio for magazines. You can use these services if your library subscribes and you have a current library card.

Monday: The Imagination of Edgar Allen Poe!

Actor Dan Haughey in EA Poe E. A. POE: Edgar Allan Poe's Imagination!, a one-man show on the work of Edgar Allen Poe with Dan Haughey is Monday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm at the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Actor Dan Haughey becomes a modern literary critic for a Edgar Allen Poe prominent newspaper as he interprets excerpts from some of Poe's most entertaining and creative works. In this 45-minute drama some of Poe's greatest poems, short stories, and satires, including   The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Tell Tale Heart  Haughey both performs and critiques Poe's work in the guise of a skeptical critic.


The program is free and open to the public.

Questions about signing up for Health Care Act coverage?

Enroll now logo Rock Island Public Library will provide space to two community agencies to assist people in signing up for health insurance coverage. All questions answered by trained representatives of the participating agencies. The service is available on a walk-in basis.


No appointments  necessary.


Rock Island County Health Department counselors will help members of the public sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Health Department representatives will be available at the Rock Island Southwest Branch library on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and at the Rock Island Main Library on Thurs. Oct. 17,from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Also starting Oct. 15, health insurance navigators from the Enroll Quad Cities project of Genesis Health System will be at the Rock Island Main Library on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, and at the library's Southwest Branch on Wednesday afternoons. Dates and times include :


Rock Island Main Library

401 19th Street, Rock Island, 2nd Floor rotunda area

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 28, from 9:00 am to noon
  • Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Rock Island Southwest Branch Library -9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island

Community Room  -

Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from noon to 3 pm.


The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.The weekly drop-in sessions will continue as long as there is adequate demand. For more information, visit or call (563) 421-ENRL (3675) to speak with a Genesis navigator.


More Ways to Learn at Your Library!

Getting Started with the Internet, Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 11:00 am to noon, 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.


Getting Started with Email, Monday, Oct. 21st, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Need help setting up an email account or learning how to use yours?  This class should help!  Learn how to send email, attach files, and more!  Registration required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Monday, Oct. 28th, 11:00am to noon, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Want to learn more about Microsoft Word?  Learn how to create letters, papers, and work on your resume.  Registration is required - space is limited.  Call the Rock Island Library's Reference desk, 309-732-7341, to register.  Keyboarding and mouse skills required.


Library How-To: Download Books, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Southwest Branch, Learn how to use the Library's ebook and eaudiobook service OverDrive, to download books to your personal devices and computer.

Still Time to Sign Up! Trivia for a Good (Library) Cause

Books for Kids Trivia Night, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Event is an annual fundraiser for the Rock Island Library Foundation's Lorene Evans Watts fund for children's books, materials and supplies at the Rock Island Public Library.  $10 per per player; teams of eight. Light snacks may be brought in; beverages must be purchased at cash bar. To sign up for a table, call the library at 309-732-7305 or email


More Events for Teens

Teen Iron Chef contest: Tues, Oct. 15, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Teens ages 12 to 18 can take part in a monthly Iron Chef competition. Choose your ingredients and test your culinary skills against other teens for the next Iron Chef crown. Ages 12-18 only.


Teen Allegiant Party, Tues, Oct. 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Celebrate the release of the final book in the popular "Divergent" teen book trilogy by Veronica Roth. Snacks, trivia, plus a movie, for ages 12 to 18.


happy-halloween2.jpg Teen Halloween Party, Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  Celebrate Halloween at the Rock Island Public Library. Snacks, scary movie, costume contest & games for ages 12 to 18.

Art by Dee Schricker at Main Library

Works by Dee Schricker will be on display at the Main Library from Oct. 2-31.


Entitled "Unique Techniques," the show is open for viewing during regular library hours.  Works include paint, raku clay work, fabric and metal. Ms. Schricker is a partner in the Boho Chic Fine Arts gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,  225 E 2nd Street, Davenport.


"Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new glaze recipe, is my daily passion.  To make something beautiful out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth or found objects, gives a satisfaction I cannot find anywhere else.  When someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home, to me it is an honor like no other," Dee Schricker.



Frieze Lectures Explore Global Connections

Lectures on "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" will be offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12.

Join us in October for:


Tuesday, October 22: Dr. Peter Kivisto, who holds Augustana's Richard A. Swanson Chair in Social Thought and was this year named Distinguished Professor at Finland's University of Turku, will speak on the role of ethnicity in the 21st century, setting the stage for a series that explores the gradual erosion of racial and societal dividing lines.


Tuesday, October 29: Dr. Margaret Morse, a member of Augustana's Department of Art History, will provide an overview of African Art from the College's collection, examining these works in their original contexts while discussing how Western perceptions of African masks and sculpture have influenced traditional and current artistic production on the continent.


The fall partnership has brought Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library since 1998 for college-level lectures on literature, art, music and the sciences with no tests or grades. This year's series is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the series as part of the Library's 125th anniversary. (The name refers to an architectural feature surrounding the top of the Main Library building.)

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