Books are Brain Food for Adults

Join us this week for our LAST Recipe Club and Swap event for adults!


chocolate bars Monday, July 23 at 6:00 pm in the Main Library Community Room. Chef Rachel Doumia will demonstrate a dessert and offer chocolate cake samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert recipe to share in the recipe swap portion of the event. (Admit it: We had you at chocolate.)


Are you reading to win? Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations for the Adult summer reading club. Top prize is a new Sony® eReader. Entries due by July 27. Winners will be notified by phone Friday, August 3.

Reading is So Delicious for Kids

Egyptian fruit bat photoWednesday, July 25 is BAT time! Join us for the Incredible Bats Show, 10:00 am, Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.

Licensed USDA Class C exhibitors Sharon and Daniel Peterson have presented multimedia shows on bat education for the past 15 years. The show offers facts about the diet, living habits and many benefits of an often misunderstood and feared creature. Attendees will also meet the couple's live Egyptian Fruit Bats. The bats were born in captivity, and are one of a sub-order of Old World fruit bats, Rousettus Aegyptiacus. (Native species of bats cannot be captured, sold or traded. Most are protected by state and federal laws.)  Details here.

One week left to read! The Reading is So Delicious summer reading logs are due back July 27, so keep reading!


All programs are free. No library card required. Questions, call the Children's Room at 309-732-7360,


Teens: Feed your Mind - READ!

Teens have two program choices this week (and two more next week.) Sweet!


illustration of a round pizza The Great Pizza Taste Test, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 24. Blind taste tests of area pizzas. You pick your favorite! Rock Island Main Library, ages 12 to 18.


Teen Movie/Food Event, 5:30 pm, Thursday, July 26. Come see Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Johnny Depp, and make a food craft you can eat. (Nothing too gross, we promise!) Sweeney Todd is a musical about a murderous barber, so the content may not be suitable forSweeney Todd movie poster younger or more sensitive teens. (Better for ages 16 and up generally, but use your own judgment.)


And here's a heads up for next week:


Final Teen Iron Chef contest, 4:00 pm, July 30, Main Library.


Mark your calendars for the Teen Summer Wrap-up Party, Tuesday, July 31! It starts at 5:30 pm in the Main Library Community Room. Teens can pick up their prizes, play Wii and other games, eat snacks, and just generally bask in their summer reading success.



Keep reading! Teen summer reading prizes include books, DVDs, gift cards, or the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle® eReader!

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Rock Island Library has added OneClickdigital, a new service that allows you to download thousands of audiobooks for enjoyment on a portable listening device. All books are iPod compatible. To learn how to use it, sign up for a free online webinar to be offered on July 24, or click the link on our website to create a user name and get started. Details:


OneClickdigital subscription made possible by funding from the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District.

Week 8 of Summer Reading

Our thanks to:

Summer Reading events and prizes sponsored by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch events) and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation (summer art and drama.)

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