Concert at the Moline Public Library!

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Musicians John Heasly and Jerry Schroeder perform original songs, traditional folk songs, and light pop songs from the 60’s and 70’s. Their musical repertoire includes “Garden Party” by Ricky Nelson, “You are My Flower” by the Carter Family, and “Back Home Again” by John Denver.   Also old-time songs with the ukulele such as “Five Foot Two” are played.

John Heasly plays guitar and harmonica.   Accompanying him, Jerry Schroeder plays ukulele and guitar,.

The free concert, open to all ages, is sponsored by the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation.  Information desk, 309-524-2470.



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We’re offering two sessions of this free 8 week course series. One will meet every Wednesday from 6pm until 7:30pm, beginning September 4th until October 23rd. The other session will meet every Thursday from 10am until 11:30am, beginning September 5th until October 24th. These courses are open to anyone wanting to prepare for the United States citizenship test.

You must have basic English language skills.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

8 New Comic Book Series for the End of Summer

The season may be winding down, but things are heating up for comics fans, with unusual plot lines and new kinds of heroes.

Visit NYT>Books for the list.

10 Books Like GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE (…But Much Better)

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I love self-help, motivational, inspirational, woo-woo books. They’re cheesy and they make me feel good. But [Rachel] Hollis’s book did not make me feel good. It didn’t address any social or cultural challenges that we need to be talking and thinking about in this scary time. So, here are some books like Girl, Wash Your Face, but better, to help you navigate life with a little more tact and confidence.


Click here for the whole article and the complete book list on Book Riot.

Twisted Tales of the QC

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Jeff Adamson will present Twisted Tales of the Quad Cities.  This is local history like you may not have heard it before– weird but true facts and stories about the area, from a misplaced river to to a local connection to the JFK assassination.

Figge Art Museum Presents…


Figge Art Museum Outreach staff will present an overview of the work of multi-disciplinary artist, Vanessa German, who uses found objects in her work.  Participants will then be guided to create their own works of art in a similar style.

The library also has a Figge Art Museum pass for patrons to check out at the circulation desk.


What do Julia Child, Nachos, and Woodstock have in common?

If you guessed today, August 15, you’re right!

Go buy yourself a plate of nachos as a prize. Or a French dish… Or tickets to a music festival. Whichever you’d enjoy most.


August 15 is a big day in the world of cuisine as it happens to be the birthday of both Julia Child (1912) and Ignacio Anaya Garcia (1895).

Julia Child, in case you don’t know, was a hugely popular and influential chef, cooking show host and author whose career spanned decades and helped change the way Americans cook. She is a household name to this day and her cookbooks continue to inspire home chefs to try their hand at French cuisine.

Ignacio Anaya Garcia worked in the El Moderno restaurant in the Texas-Mexico border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 when a group of American women came in looking for a quick snack. The kitchen was shutting down for the evening (or, depending on which story you hear, hadn’t finished setting up for lunch) and didn’t have any food ready so Ignacio threw together some ingredients and called it “Nachos Especiales.” Nachos were here to stay!

And, as if that wasn’t enough to make today special, today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Woodstock music festival!

Joe Cocker performs in front of huge lighting- and soundtowers

In honor of everything connected with this special day, here is a short and eclectic list of books for you to enjoy.

Thumbnail The Road to Woodstock Ultimate Nachos : From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails Mastering the Art of French Cooking
The Everything Easy Mexican Cookbook : Includes Chipotle Salsa, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chiles Rellenos, Baja-Style Crab, Pistachio-Coconut Flan... and Hundreds More! My Life in France Woodstock : The Oral History Dark Side of the Spoon : The Rock Cookbook

Learn how to use at the Moline Public Library!

Ancestry Library Edition Database Class

Trace your family history through the in-library online database, Ancestry Library Edition. The popular database includes over 10 billion genealogical records, the world’s largest online family history resource.

Bob Conklin, Adult Services Librarian, discusses and demonstrates basic features of the database.  Collections within the database include birth, marriage, and death records, military records, newspapers, and immigration records, and much more.

Seating is limited and registration is required in person at the 2nd floor Information Desk or by phone at 309-524-2470.



Underground Railroad Program

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In this collaborative arts and history program, Vocalist Tony Sconyers will begin and close this program on the Underground Railroad by singing a selection of Spirituals.  Angela Snook, Geneseo Historical Museum, will speak about our local region’s role in the Underground Railroad, including at least three known homes in Geneseo that were confirmed Underground Railroad hideaways.