Beloved for her colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa, children's-book author Jan Brett will visit the Davenport Public Library's Eastern Avenue Branch on December 2, her area appearance courtesy of Prairie Lights Book occurring in tandem with the grand opening of the library's new Enhanced Children’s Area.

Curated by Christine Chandler, curator of Natural Sciences at the Putnam Museum & Science Center, the enthralling exhibition Tales from Tails: Storybook Beasts will be on display at the Davenport venue through May 31, inviting guests to embark on a wild adventure through the world of literature.

In a beloved seasonal tradition, family audiences are invited to the Vibrant Arena at the MARK from November 30 through December 3 to experience the wonderful world of Disney – on Ice – in the brand-new touring sensation Find Your Hero, with the Moline venue transformed into an enormous skating rink and some of the studio's most beloved characters joining Mickey Mouse and friends for an unforgettable adventure.

Its artists boasting singular performers and acts that have landed them in the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as on TV's America's Got Talent and Ripley's Believe It Or Not, the touring sensations of Hellzapoppin bring their Holiday Hullabaloo Circus Sideshow to East Moline venue The Rust Belt on November 29, this outrageous, rock-'n'-roll-fueled event having already performed in excess of 3,000 shows throughout 16 countries.

With the Moline Public Library's guest on November 28 a noted author and speaker, Dr. Ellen M. Tsagaris will deliver the presentation American Doll and Toy Museum, a lecture on the Rock Island venue for which she currently serves as executive director, with Tsagaris also showing some inclusion from her extensive collection and talking about the history of toys and dolls.

Employing his personal story and a deep knowledge of Native history, storyteller and historian Brian “Fox” Ellis will share how his family avoided the Trail of Tears and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation in Black Hawk's View of American History, the November 16 LeClaire Community Library program that will transport attendees back into those dark days of American history with both humor and genuine insight.

A Staten Island, New York native best-known for co-creating and starring in truTV’s long-running hit Impractical Jokers, comedian Sal Vulcano brings his national tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on November 19, an evening of inspired standup from the longtime Tenderloins comic and popular host of Hey Babe! and Taste Buds podcasts.

In a special in-person program on November 19, the astonishing accomplishments of a noted European will be the focus of the German American Heritage Center lecture A Doorway to Heroism: Rabbi Romberg's Great Uncle Richard Stern, with this fascinating historical account co-presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Despite the event's title, an Oscar-nominated international treasure will indeed appear at Davenport's Adler Theatre on November 10, when the nationally touring An Evening with the Late John Cleese treats audiences to an evening with the legendary British actor, writer, and comedian famed for Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, and the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises.

Participating in a special virtual event co-offered by the Rock Island Public Library and Illinois Libraries Present, a world-class chef, author, and restaurant owner will share stories and Thanksgiving-dinner tips in A Taste of Love with Maya-Camille Broussard, the November 8 online program featuring the star of Netflix’s Bake Squad and owner of the Chicago based Justice of the Pies.