Moline News from the Past

Dug out by
Bob Conklin, Adult Services Librarian
“Moline Dispatch Archives” database at

Moline Evening Mail and Journal
Monday, March 3, 1913, page 5

According to the 1914 Moline City Directory,
Manufacturers Hotel was located at 3rd Avenue (now River Drive)
and the southeast corner of 16th Street, Downtown Moline,
(now east of Rodman Drive connecting to Arsenal Island)  
The hotel building no longer exists.  A parking lot occupies the area.

Happy Birthday, Doctor Seuss!

Today, March 2, is Theodor Geisel’s birthday! You more than likely know (and love) him by his pseudonym, Dr. Seuss.

In honor of an icon that gave many of us some of our earliest reading experiences, here are some of our favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. They contain all the same wit, humor, absurdity and caring as his beloved stories.

Thank you and happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”

“Everything stinks till it’s finished.”

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”

Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit at the Library

Genome Exhibit

This poster exhibit was produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institute of Health’s Genome Research Institute.  WQPT’s copy of this exhibit has been used in tandem with Ken Burns’ The Gene documentary. The posters are located near the Reference area on the second floor of the Moline Public Library.  

DVD copies of The Gene are available for checkout from PrairieCat libraries.

The Real McCoy: The Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongs


This entertaining sing-along program traces the evolution of traditional Irish ballads and melodies that have become firmly entrenched in American folk music.

Registration required. Please provide your email address to receive the Zoom link.


Back by popular demand!

Join us to do chair yoga from the comfort of your home. Daina Lewis, a Registered Yoga Teacher, will teach this fun Zoom class. Chair yoga offers modification for standing and seated poses for those that need the extra support.  New to yoga?  This is a perfect way to play in poses and learn how to take your practice anywhere you go.  This class is open for all levels and remember…Yoga is for every body! 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Sign up for one or all five classes.

This program is funded through a generous grant from UnityPoint Health Quad Cities

The Friends Bookstore is back!

The Friends of the Moline Public Library Sale Room (or Friends Bookstore if you don’t have time for all that) is open for business! Magazines, books, and various media may be purchased from the store, located directly to the right after you enter the main library. We even have items available for purchase beyond our store hours – just browse the racks outside of our door and deposit your payment in the After Hours Cash Box.

Proceeds from store purchases go to the Friends Foundation which, in turn, helps fund library programs and projects. We appreciate your business!

We are still unable to accept donations at this time, but we are hopeful that we will be able to again in the near future.

Remember when going to the movies was a thing people did? Books to Film – March 2021

It has been a year since we’ve posted about upcoming movies that are based on books and, while many of us still won’t be rushing to theaters any time soon, now seems as good a time as any to start again.

So here it is. For those of you that always like to read the book before you see the movie (even if only to be able to say “the book was better”) the following is the list of book adaptations hitting big screens, phone screens and/or in-between screens next month.

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Movie: Moxie
When it comes out: March 3
What the book is about: Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Movie: Chaos Walking
When it comes out: March 5
What the book is about: Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

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My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
Movie: My Salinger Year
When it comes out: March 5
What the book is about: At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger’s, on her own dangerous and liberating terms.

The World to Come
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The World to Come by Jim Shepard
Movie: The World to Come
When it comes out: March 5
What the book is about: A collection of ten stories, the titular tale and basis for the film being about two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each story the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale.

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Cherry by Nico Walker
Movie: Cherry
When it comes out: March 12
What the book is about: A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at – robbing banks.

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Dutch by Teri Woods
Movie: Dutch
When it comes out: March 12
What the book is about: District Attorney Anthony Jacobs is confident of the witnesses and associates he has gathered to testify and vows to bring to justice Bernard James, Jr.-Newark’s most notorious gangster. James, also known in the streets as “Dutch,” is noted to be the most dangerous criminal to come up in Jersey in the last 30 years. From his experience and skill as a young car thief, Dutch recognized the opportunity to become the ruler of the streets and seized it. Feared by all, and completely fearless, Dutch and his dangerous clique take over the lucrative heroine trade from the clutches of Nigerian drug lord Ojiugo Kazami. With both the respect and protection of the Italian Mafia, Dutch becomes the most terrifying force on the streets. Now he’s on trial for allegedly masterminding what the press has dubbed “The Month of Murder,” a brutal, thirty day, killing spree where none were spared. With Dutch facing multiple life sentences and a possibly death penalty, the streets are in a mixed uproar of celebration and dread. Will this be the end of Dutch’s reign of terror or just the beginning?

Yes Day!
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Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Movie: Yes Day
When it comes out: March 12
What the book is about: No matter how silly the requests, there is one day a year when kids always receive positive answers: Can I have pizza for breakfast? Yes! Can we have a food fight? Yes! Can I stay up really late? Yes! This day is simply called Yes Day and it’s the best day of the year.

Genre Friday – Sagas

Sagas started out a Norse thing, which explains all the sailing around and Vikings in the earliest examples.

Sagas have been around for a while. Originally an oral tradition (in fact, the word saga comes from an Old Norse word meaning “something spoken”) they started being written down 800 or 900 years ago. Generally speaking they were accounts of major historical (or legendary) events, the lives of important figures or family histories. Some of the most famous and well known examples are the family sagas of the Icelanders (the ones that helped inspire J.R.R. Tolkien to create Middle-Earth and all the stories that take place there). The thing they pretty much all had in common is that they were complex stories dealing with dramatic or heroic events that spanned a significant period of time – years to generations.

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If anywhere says “Time passing in a dramatic fashion here,” it’s Iceland. Photo by Cassie Boca on Unsplash

The historical sagas are still around – for example, you can read all the Icleandic sagas online here – but the term has also been coopted by modern literature as a genre that includes stories that are complex, deal with dramatic or heroic subject matter and cover a long period of time. Go figure.

Sagas can be fiction or non-fiction and can overlap with several other genres; memoirs, historical fiction or non-fiction, magical realism, literary fiction, science fiction, and so on. Some sagas are not just a single book – many are released as a series, with each book dealing with a new generation or event. They all count as sagas as long as they fit the general criteria mentioned above. Regardless of overlapping genre, family sagas are still the most common type of saga, with stories often covering the doings of generations of a family (or group of interconnected families) but historical events and legendary figures pop up too.

For those feeling forvitinn, here is a list to get you started.

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