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

In cooperation with Rock Island homeless organizations, we are collecting supplies for men, women, and families struggling with homelessness and housing insecurity.

Shelter wish lists include non-perishable food, toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies, socks, and underwear in original packaging, and more.

As our community prepares for another long and cold winter, please consider a gift of comfort.

Donation boxes at all locations.

PDF of Shelter Wish List

Southwest Craft Night, Tuesday, November 12, 6-7PM

As you're counting your blessings, make a box of thanks to hold them! Free craft for all ages at our Southwest Library location (9010 Ridgewood Road.)

Register at this link

Learn more about the legalization of recreational cannabis

Tuesday, November 12


Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street

Community Room, 2nd floor

Refreshments served

Illinois will legalize recreational cannabis (marijuana) in 2020, and many have questions about expected impacts and issues.

The Rock Island Library and Rock Island Community & Economic Growth Department have partnered to bring answers. Expert panelists from Human Resources, Law, Government, and Business will be on hand to take your questions.

Submit questions in advance at any Rock Island Library, or in person. We'll also have index cards at the event for people who want to hand in questions.

More Thought-Provoking Programming for Adults

Frieze Lectures Continue

Our lecture series with Augustana College continues with two more presentations on the theme, "The Power of Protest: Student Activism 1969 to today."

2PM, November 5: Vickie Phipps, art department, on the art community's emerging response to activism

2PM, November 12: Dr Thomas Tredway, retired college president, speaking on Bill Sampson, an Augustana graduate murdered 40 years ago in a civil rights protest.

This year's series is dedicated to Sampson's memory.

Both lectures are free, and are at our Downtown Library location. Stay for coffee, cookies, and more conversation afterwards!

Learn about an amazing story from World War II

Wednesday, November 13


Downtown Library

Author Brooks Carver brings to light a different WW2 story — the work of the first all-female air force.

Learn about "the Night Witches," young Russian women who risked their lives flying dangerous combat missions against the German Luftwaffe.

Literary influences of BTS

Bangtan Book Club finale — Thursday, November 21


30/31 Library

This month, the club will discuss Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. His book inspired the BTS song Butterfly.

Free, Please Register


Entertaining Programming

Relax with a Cinema at Southwest movie!

Thursday, November 21 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Southwest Library

Showing: Aladdin, the 2019 live action remake of the animated classic.

Read (and discuss) something interesting!

Alpha Book Club, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

30/31 Book ClubHarry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

Southwest Book ClubWoman in Cabin 10

Last Call Book ClubHillbilly Elegy

For details, click the highlighted book club name. Discussions open to anyone who's read the selection!

Also in November, Midwest Writing Center is holding a community conversation about Devin Hansen's book, Guts: The Lane Evans Story. See the details here.

Coming Attractions for December

Return of Tuneful Tuesdays — December 3

Our noon-time music series returns Tuesday, December 3 for a concert of seasonal music by harpist Devon Carpenter.

Join us from noon to 1PM in our Downtown Library for a mid-day music break. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Tuneful Tuesdays is made possible by Jim and Carol Horstmann through a gift to the Rock Island Public Library Foundation.

Build a Cat Castle — December 4

5:30-7:30PM, Wednesday, December 4, Downtown Library. Registration required.

Build the lion in your living room the adorable habitat they deserve! Use our supplies and instructions to make your cat a customized cardboard castle, boat, food truck, or even airplane. Fun for all ages (children will need help with cutting materials.)

Free, and registration is required. Sign up at this link, or call 309-732-7341.

Burbio is a FREE website and mobile app that puts all Rock Island Public Library, Rock Island Schools, City and Park & Recreation events all in one calendar. Sign up at Burbio or download the free App.

Follow the calendars that interest you. You can even create a personalized events feed. Never Miss a Rock Island Event Again!

Due to excess inventory, all Rock Island Public Library used bookstores are not accepting material donations of any type at this time.

Please help us reduce our backlog by shopping our used book sale areas!

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