The Zinio for Libraries app is being replaced by the new RBdigital app.
For current Zinio users, and any other Moline Library patrons that are interested in eMagazines, there is a new app in town. The new RBdigital app is available to the public starting Tuesday, June 27.
Switching is easy. All you need to do is download the free RBdigital app from your app store of choice and then log in to the new app using the same log in information (email and password) that you used in the Zinio app. And that’s it!
For first time users, once you download the app, all you will need is your Moline Library card number, your email address and to create a password in order to create an account.
Once you’ve done this all of the magazines that you have checked out in Zinio (if you have any) will automatically show up in the new RBdigital app. You will have to re-download titles but other than that there isn’t anything else that you need to do. Plus, you can search for and check out new issues or magazines right in the app (as opposed to being rerouted to a browser window like in the old app).
For those of you reeling for the sudden change, don’t worry, you have plenty of time to adjust to the idea before you make the switch. The Zinio for Libraries app will still be up and running for a couple of months before it is phased out in favor of the new app. So, if you don’t like change (or just want to wait for the unfortunately inevitable bugs in the new app to be worked out) you can safely wait a little while.
As always, if you have any questions or problems with the app feel free to stop by the second floor reference desk and we will be happy to help.
Upcoming Movies Based on Books
Valerian by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin
When it comes out: July 21
What the book is about: In the 28th century, the Terran (Earth) empire is vast, stretching across the galaxy, and Galaxity is its capital. But a big empire means big responsibilities, fighting trouble where and when it pops up. Valerian and Laureline are Galaxity agents who protect mankind from rogue time travellers and alien threats and they won’t be spending a lot of time sitting around. Their adventures across time and space are just getting started.
When it comes out: August 4
What the book is about: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
Who is up for a little horror-western-sci-fi-fantasy? The first book in this expansive, genre-mashing series lays out the characters you will need to know for the movie – Roland, the Gunslinger; Jake, the boy; and the “man in black.” As for what it is about… well, it gets a little complicated (although it’s nothing compared to the series as a whole) but the first line, written above, really says it all.
No. Not all of them. Don’t worry, your candles and cake are safe. We’re just talking about “Author Birthdays,” the blog segment.
Why? We’ve come full circle, literally. The Earth has completed an entire orbit around the sun since we started with “Author Birthdays” (that means a year has gone by) and after this week there won’t be any more weeks that we haven’t already covered together.
I know. I know. There are many authors that we missed the first time around and newly famous/infamous authors are popping up all the time, but lets give the numbers time to build back up a bit before we start in again. We’ll do other things that are just as cool. Maybe (dare I say it) cooler.
In the meantime, The Last Author Birthdays (Possibly) Ever!
George Orwell (b. June 25, 1903, Motihari, India; d. January 21, 1950, London, UK)
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: 1984
For more information on George Orwell, click here.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (b. June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switzerland; d. July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France)
“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Confessions
For more information on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, click here.
Never talk about the Road! …
Although, now that I think about it, I might be getting that mixed up with something else. Maybe I should go to this helpful program to get a quick refresher of the Rules of the Road.
A volunteer instructor, associated with AARP and the Illinois Secretary of State Office, will present a review course of the Illinois Rules of the Road in a free, 90-minute class. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the reference desk at 309-524-2470 or stop by the reference desk to sign up. Drive safe!
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
To get to Novelist Plus just click on the “Catalogs & Databases” tab at the top left of the Moline Library website and find it on the list. Once you click on the link you will need to enter your 14 digit library card number (if you are accessing Novelist from outside the library) and then you should be all set to begin searching and browsing for your next read.
How about time travel?
June 19 was not turning out to be a good day for Hank Morgan. He was an intelligent, successful engineer with thousands of people working for him, but, it turns out, not all of them were happy with him. In fact, one went so far as to bash him in the head with a crowbar, and, as if that weren’t enough, Hank woke up in middle-ages England of all places. This was beyond a little perplexing since Hank had been in 19th century Connecticut when he was last conscious.
Hank, who would soon become known as “The Boss,” didn’t have much time to consider this odd change in scenery though, as he was accosted by a lance-wielding knight on horseback soon after his arrival. Things only got more complicated from there.
Without giving too much away; Hank, using his knowledge of engineering and science, quickly rose to a position of power posing as a great magician and spent the next three or four years trying to turn medieval England into an industrialized (and Americanized) utopia. Also, King Arthur and Merlin were involved. All did not go well.
Still, A for effort, Hank.
Want to learn more? Check out A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.
Want your shot at building your own utopia? That’s a bit more difficult (we would like to take this opportunity to advise against the “angry employee with crowbar” path to changing history) but it is possible and there is no time like the present. It’s summer, the sun is shining, people are out and about and there are things to do everywhere, so let’s get to it. First things first, find a problem, any problem – small, big, medium-sized, whatever – and fix it, or at least make it better. Then repeat. It’s going to take a while, but then Rome (or an industrialized Camelot with a modern standard of living) wasn’t built in a day.
… Baby in a small, unmanned spacecraft hurtling towards Kansas.
Gulliver traveled by sea to (accidentally) reach his fantastic destinations – this traveler’s journey was a touch more… celestial.
Once upon a time Lara and Jor-El had a baby. He was everything they could ask for in a bouncing, baby boy and they named him Kal-El and loved him very much. If their planet wasn’t about to violently explode they would have been very happy. But it was about to explode and it was too late to do much other than boil an egg… and maybe save their infant son from sharing their fate. You see, Jor-El and Lara were scientists, and not just any scientists; they were, like, the scientists. While, on the one hand, this made them distressingly aware of their planet’s ultimate demise long before anyone else, it also afforded them certain opportunities; specifically access to the materials and technology necessary to quickly and quietly construct a spacecraft built for a single, very small, astronaut.
And so, moments before their entire civilization was turned into flaming space debris, they swaddled their precious baby in his favorite blanket, which had the added benefit of being nigh indestructible, placed him carefully in the craft and set him on a course that would take him across the galaxy where, if all went well, he would land on a planet that they had determined would be hospitable to their child.
It is hard to say what wonders baby Kal-El saw on his trip and what he thought of it – he was just a baby after all. What we do know is that he made it to his destination, where he landed safely, if not smoothly, on June 18 by the local calendar. He was found and taken in by a young couple that lived nearby where he landed. They were kind, honest people that raised the boy as their own. Not knowing of his origins, or even his true name, they named him Clark. He’d eventually be known by a different name.
I know he’s Superman (I hope that you’d figured that out already and I didn’t just ruin the surprise), but still, across space. As a baby. Makes trying something new this summer seem a lot more reasonable, doesn’t it?