Author Birthdays – February (almost) over!

Amy Tan (b. February 19, 1952, Oakland, CA)

tan“In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Joy Luck Club

For more information on Amy Tan, click here.


W.E.B. Du Bois (b. February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, MA; d. August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana)

dubois“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Souls of Black Folk

For more information on WEB DuBois, click here.



Victor Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France; d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France)

Hugo“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Les Miserables

For more information on Victor Hugo, click here.



H.W. Longfellow (b. February 27, 1807, Portland, ME; d. March 24, 1882, Cambridge, MA)

longfellow“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Song of Hiawatha”, “Paul Revere’s Ride”

For more information on Longfellow, click here.


John Steinbeck (b. February 27, 1902, Salinas, CA; d. December 20, 1968, New York City, NY)

steinbeck“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath

For more information on John Steinbeck, click here.


Dee Brown (b. February 29, 1908, Louisiana; d. December 12, 2002, Little Rock, AR)

brown2“The Indians knew that life was equated with the earth and its resources, that America was a paradise, and they could not comprehend why the intruders from the East were determined to destroy all that was Indian as well as America itself.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

For more information on Dee Brown, click here.


Ralph Ellison (b. March 1, 1914, Oklahoma City, OK; d. April 16, 1994, New York City, NY)

ellison“America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Invisible Man

For more information on Ralph Ellison, click here.


John Irving (b. March 2, 1942, Exeter, NH)

irving“I think better of our behaviour as individuals than I do when we see ourselves as members of a group. It’s when people start forming groups that we have to watch our backs.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules

For more information on John Irving, click here.


Peter Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, WI)

straub“Everyone wants to get better as they go along, but sometimes it’s all you can do to stay consistent.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Ghost Story

For more information on Peter Straub, click here.


Author Birthdays – Valentine’s Week Ed.

Judy Blume (b. February 12, 1938, Elizabeth, NJ)

blume“Everybody wants to share life and be in love and be loved.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and/or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

For more information on Judy Blume, click here.


Frederick Douglass (b. circa February, 1818, Talbot County, MD; d. February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.)

ERA:  CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

For more information on Frederick Douglass, click here.


Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931, Lorain, OH)

morrison“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Beloved

For more information on Toni Morrison, click here.


All the hoopla!

Highlighting Moline Library resourcesHoopla!

hoopla-buttonYour public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

hoopla is a digital media service offered by Moline Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Over 200,000 titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

Interested? You can find instructions for using getting started and using hoopla here; instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-computer for computers, or instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-a-mobile-device for mobile devices. Or you can stop by the 2nd floor reference desk and ask any hoopla questions you have.

Author Birthdays – February, round 2

William S. Burroughs (b. February 5, 1914, St. Louis, MO; d. August 2, 1997, Lawrence, KS)

burroughs“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Naked Lunch

For more information on William S. Burroughs, click here.


Charles Dickens (b. February 7, 1812, Landport, UK; d. June 9, 1870, Higham, UK)

dickens“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, etc.

For more information on Charles Dickens, click here.


John Grisham (b. February 8, 1955, Jonesboro, AR)

grisham“When you work at street level you never know who’s going to walk through your door.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Whistler, etc.

For more information on John Grisham, click here.

Trying to decide what to check out next?

The New York Times Best Sellers List is a good place to start. Here is what currently tops the list for fiction:


  1. A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron – 8 weeks on the List

A canine narrator undergoes a series of reincarnations.

       2.  A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman – 36 weeks on the List

A curmudgeon’s gruff exterior masks a generosity of spirit. Originally published in Sweden in 2014.

  1. NEVER NEVER by James Patterson and Candice Fox – 2 weeks on the List

Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigate the disappearance of a mine worker. The first in a new series.

  1. POWER GAME by Christine Feehan – NEW this week

A super-soldier with enhanced abilities teams up with a genetically engineered spy in this Ghostwalker novel.

  1. DARK HUMANITY by Gwynn White and various authors – NEW this week

A boxed set of science fiction and fantasy offerings.

  1. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis – NEW this week

A security expert starts to sabotage Elle’s love life.

  1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins – 101 weeks on the List

A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals.

  1. THE WHISTLER by John Grisham – 14 weeks on the List

A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos.

  1. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur – 7 weeks on the List

Poetic approaches to surviving adversity and loss.

  1. THE APARTMENT by Danielle Steel – 4 weeks on the List

Four young women share a Hell’s Kitchen loft.