An Evening with Michelle Zauner

Online Program, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Musician and author Michelle Zauner discusses her music career and her beloved bestseller Crying in H Mart. Her memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity was a New York Times notable book of the year.

Best known as a singer and guitarist who creates indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast, Grammy Award-nominated Zauner has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world.

In conversation with Jessica Hopper, Chicago-based music critic, producer, and author.

Register for the event here.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events.

Meet the Authors: Jessica and James Ege

Children’s Program Room, Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:30am

Meet local author and local illustrator of “Cassidy’s Agility Adventure”. This story is about Cassidy, the author’s loveable dog learning to run the dog agility course. Hear excerpts from the book read out loud, see some of the illustrations up close and see film clips of Cassidy in action. You can even try to run a mini agility course yourself!

MWC Poetry Reading

Silver/Bronze Room, Thursday, May 12 from 6:30pm

Moline Public Library & Midwest Writing Center are coming together to bring you an evening of poetry! Join us to hear selections from winners of Midwest Writing Center’s National Poetry Month Poetry Contest. Come share in an evening of that beautiful combination of local authors at your local library.

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 7, All Day

Celebrate your love of comics and graphic novels here at the Library! Come in costume, pick up a free comic or two, play some games, enjoy some art made by members of the community and take some fun pictures! Check out all our departments for fun comic-themed games and crafts.

This program is meant for all ages and no sign up is required. 

Much thanks to The Friends of the Moline Public Library and Mellow Blue Planet for sponsoring this awesome event!

Saving a Family in WWII Hungary

Meeting Rooms, Wednesday, May 4 at 12:00pm

When Davenport resident Jeno Berta, Sr. was a seven year old boy, he witnesses the Nazis march a group of Jewish people through his village in Hungary.  His family would soon after hide a Jewish family in their barn.  Mr. Berta will share his family’s story of helping this family survive the Holocaust.  

Registration is required for this program.

Books to Film – May 22

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Movie: All My Puny Sorrows
Release Date: May 3
What the book is about: You won’t forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking. But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Her long-time agent has been calling and neither Yoli nor Elf’s loving husband knows what to tell him. Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Movie: Around the World in 80 Days
Release Date: May 6
What the book is about: One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

The Ravine by Robert Pascuzzi
Movie: The Ravine
Release Date: May 6
What the book is about: On a typical weekday morning in a peaceful suburb of Akron, Ohio, the town awakens to discover that Rachel Turner and her son, Evan have been brutally murdered during the night. A short while later, Danny Turner is found in his car at the bottom of a ravine, after having taken his own life. Any explanation as to why a loving father and husband would suddenly commit a series of such heinous crimes has gone to the grave with the accused. The mystery only deepens as the details of the murders emerge, and evidence of premeditation as well as Danny’s hidden past are revealed. Subsequently, Rachel’s closest friend, Carolyn Bianci, sinks into a deep depression, while her husband, Mitch, copes with his despair by attempting to uncover the facts of the crime. Eventually they encounter Joanna Larson, a fascinating woman who possesses extraordinary spiritual gifts.

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
Movie: Operation Mincemeat
Release Date: May 11
What the book is about: In 1943, from a windowless London basement office, two intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple & complicated—Operation Mincemeat. Purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking the Allies were planning to attack Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed & the Allies ultimately chose. Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 & the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu were very different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. A perfect team, they created an ingenious plan: equip a corpse with secret (but false) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would hopefully take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, who hoped it might ring true to the Axis & help bring victory.

Firestarter by Stephen King
Movie: Firestarter
Release Date: May 13
What the book is about: The Department of Scientific Intelligence (aka “The Shop”) never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called “Lot Six” while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

Illinois Libraries Present: Nick Offerman & Jeff Tweedy

Online Program, Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us for an evening with actor, humorist, and woodworker Nick Offerman. Best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed series Parks and Recreation, Nick will be discuss his newest book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside. His hiking buddy, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, will join him in conversation. 

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. 

You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a fun evening. Register for the event here.

LP and the Vinyl – Visiting Artist Series Performance

Meeting Rooms, Monday, April 25 at 6:30pm – 7:45pm

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Quad City Arts Visiting Artist, LP and the Vinyl!  The quartet’s “wide array of influences includes everything from jazz, R&B, and rock, to 80’s and 90’s hits, Brazilian music, and classical music. Blending these sounds together, LP and The Vinyl has created a highly unique and personal approach to music-making that leaves its audiences energized and craving more.” 

For more information about the band, visit

Registration is required.

Lobby Book Sale

Library Lobby, Friday, April 22 from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Fill a bag for a donation at the Lobby Book Sale – a bargain at any price! Friends volunteers will conduct sales and provide bags to fill.

Proceeds from sales benefit library services and programs. Learn more about Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation.

During the April sale, you can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a basket of media and women’s goodies for Mother’s Day. Tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5, and are available to buy through April 22 at the second floor information desk. Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, May 4th – you do not need to be present to win.