The library does a lot of different things. Many of the newer things that we do involve media materials and computers and mobile, digital devices and so on and so on; and that’s all good. You want us to do and provide those things and we want to do and provide those things for you. BUT, even though we are far more than just books these days, we still love the printed word; the only thing we love more is getting other people into reading.
So let’s play BINGO!
You can print your own form by clicking on the following link, Bingo, or stop by the second floor of the library to pick up a form. For those of you that are up to the challenge of reading four to five books by the end of 2016, and not just any books but books that meet the necessary criteria, your prize will await you at the second floor reference desk. If you have questions give us a call at 309-524-2470 or stop by the Moline Library reference desk.
John Locke (b. August 29, 1632, Wrington, UK; d. October 28, 1704, High Laver, UK)
What you should read: Two Treatises on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Some Thoughts Concerning Education
For more information on John Locke, click here.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (b. August 30, 1797, London, UK; d. February 1, 1851, London, UK)
What you should read: Frankenstein
For more information on Mary Shelley, click here.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (b. September 1, 1875, Chicago, IL; d. March 19, 1950, Encino, Los Angeles, CA)
For more on Mr. Burroughs, click here.
Danielle Steel (b. August 14, 1947, New York, NY)
For more on Danielle Steel and her books, click here.
For more information on Sir Walter Scott, click here.
Georgette Heyer (b. August 16, 1902, London, UK; d. July 4, 1974, London, UK)
For more information on Georgette Heyer, click here.
H.P. Lovecraft (b. August 20, 1890, Providence, RI; d. March 15, 1937, Providence, RI)
For more on Lovecraft, click here.
Ray Bradbury (b. August 22, 1920, Waukegan, IL; d. June 5, 2012, Los Angeles, CA)
For more on Ray Bradbury, click here.
For more information on Nelson DeMille and his books, click here.
Jorge Luis Borges (b. August 24, 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina; d. June 14, 1986, Geneva, Switzerland)
For more information on Mr. Borges, click here.
Paulo Coelho (b. August 24, 1947, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
For more information on Paulo Coelho, click here.
Orson Scott Card (b. August 24, 1951, Richland, WA)
For more on Orson Scott Card and his works, click here.
John Green (b. August 24, 1977, Indianapolis, IN)
For more on John Green and his books, click here.
Ira Levin (b. August 27, 1929, New York, NY; d. November 12, 2007, New York, NY)
For more on Ira Levin, click here.
For the last month or so there has been a display up in the fiction section of the Moline Public Library entitled “Top Books People Only Pretend to Have Read.” It’s gone surprisingly well – people have been taking books off of it and everything! So, I decided to expand to the World Wide Web.
It began when staff stumbled upon a few articles online on the topic (sites included BuzzFeed, the Federalist, the Huffington Post, The Telegraph (UK) and io9, to name a few). So we compiled a list and pulled them for the display. Most of them are things you would probably expect – long-winded classics with dense language, most of the angsty Russians, just about everything by Dickens, things that “they” tried to make you read in high school, stuff like that. There were a few surprises though, with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and the Fifty Shades series all on the list as well. In fact, here is a link to a quick, non-comprehensive list compiled from some of the sites listed above: Lies.
You may be asking, “Who lies about reading a book?” Well, according to a British study cited by thewire.com, over 60% of people questioned admit to lying about reading a book.
“But why?” you ask. First, I think that you are trying too hard to not look like you are one of the people who lie about what they read. All the questions make you seem suspicious, that’s all I’m saying. Second, according to the study, it is mostly just to impress people with how intelligent they are. I think that, with our friends, Harry Potter, Frodo, and Mr. Grey, on the list, we can also safely add being part of the crowd – not wanting to feel like to only person who hasn’t read something – to the list.
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It was on this day, (fictitious) August 18, in the early years of the 20th century that the bearded dynamo, Professor Challenger (perhaps the third most famous protagonist created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, behind a certain famous detective and his doctor friend) first discovered The Lost World atop a high plateau in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. And what did he find there? Actually, all manner of ridiculous things, but chief among them – DINOSAURS! Most of them did not want to be friends.
Coincidentally, (fictitious) August 18 is also the day that the devious Dennis Nedry sabotaged the computer system at the newly-created, island theme park, Jurassic Park (in Jurassic Park the novel, not the movie – August apparently wasn’t Hollywood enough so they changed it to June), leading to the escape of several of the park’s residents – which would happen to be DINOSAURS! Most of them didn’t want to be friends either.
It turns out, dinosaurs, at least the meat-eaters, not terribly nice.
So, avoid any remote islands or isolated rain forest plateaus that might attract or harbor otherwise extinct animals today. There are much easier ways to get your hands on dinosaurs anyway. Like in books. Now, if I only knew where you could go for those…
Herman Melville (b. August 1, 1819, New York, NY; d. September 28, 1891, New York, NY)
Best Known for: Being a sailor aboard merchant vessels and a whaling ship; apparently not caring for his time as a whaler (he jumped ship); living for a time in the islands of French Polynesia (where he was when he jumped ship); becoming a successful writer by publishing novels Typee and Omoo (which were based upon his time in Polynesia); following that with a series of novels (and later poetry) that were considered mediocre at best and failures at worst – like Moby Dick, for example; and for finally being rediscovered a hundred years after his death and being hailed as a literary genius of the American Renaissance
For more on Herman Melville, click here.
Best Known for: Growing up poor in Harlem with an abusive step-father and ever-present racial discrimination; being openly gay in the mid-twentieth century; being a longtime friend and one-time roommate to Marlon Brando; moving to France at the age of 24, where he lived for the majority of the rest of his life; being active in social and political activism, including the American Civil Rights movement, even though he lived in France at the time; being a friend and associate to many of the most prominent artists and social reformers of the era; and for writing several novels and essays exploring racial, sexual, class, family and identity issues in America and the world as a whole – while several of his writings are well-known, two of his most well-known may be two of his firsts, the novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and the collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son
For more information on James Baldwin, click here.
Isabel Allende (b. August 2, 1942, Lima, Peru)
Best Known for:Being a prominent Chilean journalist; being the cousin of Salvador Allende, president of Chile (1970-73); having to eventually flee with her family to Venezuela after General Augusto Pinochet staged a military coup and took over Chile (she would move from Venezuela to California in 1987); being a talented and prolific author, starting with her first work, The House of the Spirits, all the way through to her most recent, The Japanese Lover; and for championing feminist and humanitarian causes and starting her own foundation to help support women and children in need
For more information on Ms. Allende and her books, click here.
Wendell Berry (b. August 5, 1934, Henry County, KY)
Best Known for:Being a lifelong midwesterner, a Kentuckian to be specific (with a few brief pauses for time spent in Europe and New York); being an outspoken humanitarian and activist as well as a strong supporter of environmental conservation and protection; living on and working a 125-acre farm in Henry County, KY called Lane’s Landing since 1965; writing several novels, short stories and essays (many of which revolve around living close to the land, agrarian/rural life in America and how it is changing and the struggles that people face in their lives) – it is probably his short fiction and essay collections that he is best known for; and for receiving several awards for his humanitarian and environmental efforts and his writing – he is the only living author to have been inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame
For information on Wendell Berry and his books you can click here.
Alfred Lord Tennyson (b. August 6, 1809, Somersby, England; d. October 6, 1892, Lurgashall, England)
Best Known for: Being the son of a relatively well-off country vicar; losing the family fortune (unfortunate investments); being a prolific and well-known poet from an early age – “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is perhaps his best known poem in the US; being made Poet Laureate of Great Britain by Queen Victoria (who was a fan); turning down a baronetcy twice before finally accepting becoming Baron Tennyson at the behest of the queen in 1884; and, thanks to such lines as “‘Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all,” for being listed by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations as the ninth most quoted author in the world
For more on Alfred Lord Tennyson, click here.
Garrison Keillor (b. August 7, 1942, Anoka, MN)
Best Known for: Being a popular radio personality; creating A Prairie Home Companion radio show; being a (self-diagnosed) high-functioning autistic person; wearing red shoes (seriously); writing several books, stories, essays and articles for different publications – including The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly; and for creating Lake Wobegon, the fictional Minnesota community where much of his fiction takes place
For more on Mr. Keillor, click here.
Jonathan Kellerman (b. August 9, 1949, New York, NY)
Best Known for: Having a PhD in clinical psychology; being a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine; being married to Faye Kellerman, a well-known crime writer; writing multiple non-fiction works on child psychology; and for his many popular psychological thriller novels, especially his long running Alex Delaware series
For more on Jonathan Keller and his work, click here.