Vote! Early!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt


Early voting started at the Moline Public Library today, October 24, and goes through November 3. Voting takes place from 11am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, in the meeting rooms right across from the main entrance. Feel like you need to prepare yourself ahead of time? No problem. Click here to go to site for the Election Division of the Rock Island County Clerk’s Office where you can find a list of candidates and a sample of the ballot you will be filling out.

Once you’re ready, come to the library and vote to fulfill your obligation as a free citizen of the United States of America and to have your voice heard. And do it early to avoid long lines on November 8. Even when fulfilling one’s civic duty, long lines are just the worst.



capslokkFor those of you unfamiliar with this holiday (which is forgivable since it has only been around since 2000), a little background:

According to, Caps Lock Day started when Derek Arnold of Iowa (Yay for homegrown holidays!) decided that he had simply had enough of people using all caps when writing on the web – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. He created Caps Lock Day to bring attention to this very important issue. Seriously, there is no reason for it – it just makes everyone think you are shouting or that you have poor keyboarding skills.

The best way to Celebrate Caps Lock Day is quite simple, don’t use caps lock! OR YOU CAN IRONICALLY USE ALL CAPS FOR EVERYTHING TO REMIND EVERYONE NOT TO DO IT. Either way, you can always use the computers at the Moline Library to send, post and/or write whatever you want, capitalized or not.

Everybody needs a friend!

Welcome to National Friends of Libraries Week!

As a thank you for all you do all Friends of Libraries can read this blog free of charge for the whole week!

FotMPLSeriously though, if you enjoy programming at your local library (or just your library in general) thank a Friend today. Friends groups across the country help to keep their libraries going. The people that are part of these groups have made a commitment to helping their libraries by volunteering their valuable time and energy to raise funds that help make library programming and services possible. Since their founding in 1990, the Friends of the Moline Public Library have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from dues, fundraisers and sales from the Friend’s Book Store (located right by the new material shelves in the library) and fund many of the programs that the library puts on for the public, as well as helping to provide other services and equipment the library needs. They are an invaluable resource and greatly appreciated! We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you Friends!

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Moline Public Library and/or volunteering in the Friend’s Book Store please call (309) 524-2470 or stop by the library for more information.

“I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”     – Carl Sagan; astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and all-around smart guy