A performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 45 minutes? Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 27 at the Rock Island Main Library for a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities, fairies and puppets, with The Waldorf Theatre Company, a professional touring company sponsored by The Waldorf College Theatre Department in Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf College prides itself on "original practices" from Shakespeare's time. Join us for a free program! Where? Main Library Community Room, 401 19th St. FREE

Celebrate D-Day Bravery: The Men of the Normandy Invasion, 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 31, Main Library Community Room. 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the June 6 D-Day invasion. To celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of the US troops, Robert Mueller of French Battlefields will present the story of the American forces' seaborne and airborne invasion of Normandy, France. His program details the critical roles of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and of the 1st, 4th, and 29th Infantry Divisions, describing events through the actions of individual soldiers. Mueller's presentation includes battlefield maps, historic and contemporary photographs, and ends with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, site of the day's bloodiest fighting.

Kick Off Summer With Family Fun, Pet Parade! Paws to Read Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival - All Ages! Saturday, June 7, Noon to 3:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library parking lot, 401 19th Street. Come to our carnival to register for summer reading and pick up your summer reading registration prize, while supplies last. The carnival includes events for the whole family -- adults, children and teens! The fun includes a bounce house, animal events, costumed pet parade, K-9 police dog demo, special games, mascot visits, face-painting, and magic!  The carnival schedule includes: Noon - registration, games & snacks, 1:00 pm - Costumed pet parade - enter now! 2:00 pm - K-9 police dog demo by the Rock Island Police Department.  Free hot dogs and pop will be available, and you can also purchase Kona Ice for dessert. Register your pet now for our costumed pet parade by May 31. If your pet has paws and can walk on a leash or be carried in a secure carrier, it qualifies! Prizes for best reading theme, best pet/person match, most original entry. To sign up your pet, download this entry form and return it to any Rock Island Library.

Children's Storytimes, Legos, Crafts!  Evening Storytime: 6:30 pm, May 5, 30/31 Branch Evening Storytime, 6:30 pm, May 13, Southwest Branch Wind down your day with a story for your little ones! Morning Storytimes, 10:30 am at these locations: Tues., May 6, 30/31 Branch Wednesday, May 7, Southwest Branch Friday, May 2 & May 9, Main Library Fun story, song & activity for ages birth to five. Lego Block Club, 4:00 pm, these locations: Wed., May 7, Main Library May 14, 30/31 Branch May 21, Southwest Branch Develop creativity and building skills, ages K-6. Kid's Crafternoon - 4:00 pm, May 28, Main Library. Fun make & take spring crafts for ages K-6. To get a head start on more than 85 FREE events for summer, download our June & July calendars now!

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