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…