Music lover? No waiting with Hoopla

Whether you want to listen to the original Broadway recording of Hamilton, you are in the mood for a Prince retrospective or looking ahead to the Keith Urban’s concert at the iWireless in October, Hoopla has your music available 24/7.

With your Moline Public Library card, visit and click on Hoopla!  You can check out 7 titles a month.  No waiting, no holds.

For more information, contact the library’s information desk at 309-524-2470 or



The Bard Is Dead, Long Live the Bard!

The Bard

William Shakespeare 1564-1616

400 Years of Shakespeare

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The most famous playwright in history died at the age of 52 on April 23rd, 1616. Not that he was the most famous playwright in history then, but the intervening years have been good to Mr. Shakespeare. His work has been produced (and reproduced) in print, on stage and screen, as sound recordings and radio dramas, and so on, and so on. Not to mention all the parodies – just yesterday I watched an amusing cartoon parody of Puck’s well-known, final monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is hard to overstate the breadth of influence that he has had on literary, theatrical and popular culture.

For those looking to scratch the Shakespeare itch, all of his writings are available online. I am sure that a quick Internet search would produce several results – like MIT’s Shakespeare site, which has his complete works in one convenient location. If you are looking for something a bit more tangible don’t forget that you can always find Shakespeare at your local library.

For more about the man himself, you could start with this quick list of little known Shakespeare facts from The Telegraph, a UK newspaper. And speaking of UK newspapers, here is a list of Shakespeare celebrations happening in the US from The Guardian – pay special attention to Chicago’s yearlong Shakespeare festival highlighted towards the beginning of the article – it’s only a couple of hours away.



You have discovered the new Moline Library Adult Services Blog! Well done!

But we hear you saying, “Okay, and…?” You should be more excited than that, but it’s okay, we’ll work up to it.

After all, of the 175,000 or so blogs created a day only one of them is this one. It is a snowflake in the blizzard – unremarkable unless you pay close attention to it, at which point it becomes unique and memorable. What we are trying to say is, ‘Pay close attention to this blog!’

Will it be the only place for you to go for news about books and authors, reader’s advisory and genre studies, libraries and publishing? No. Definitely not. Will it be the best place for you to go for news about those things? Fingers crossed, but realistically… 175,000. A DAY.

But, we will cover all those topics and, more importantly, we will have news and information about this library, the Moline Public Library, your library. And we will be the only and best source for news about all that other stuff that you could technically find elsewhere and news about books, programs and events at your library. That’s one-stop-shopping, that’s convenience, that’s why you should keep coming back.


It’s a big deal.

There. Now you should be excited.