Documentary Film Screening at the Library

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The film American Creed will be screened.  Dr. Edwin Ubeda, SAU Education Professor, will facilitate a discussion following the screening.

Co-produced by Citizen Film & WTTW – Chicago Public Media, American Creed is a PBS documentary constructed around a seminar-style conversation co-led by the renowned historian David M. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of best-selling books about American history and his Stanford University colleague, the political scientist and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Their dialogue throughout the film interprets different kinds of American civic activism and models the exemplary, respectful dialogue that American Creed: Community Conversations seeks to support in public libraries around the country.  For more information about the film, visit

This program was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Community partners for this film screening and discussion include WQPT- Quad Cities PBS, World Relief Moline and Dr. Ubeda with Saint Ambrose University.



Photography and the Civil War

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Rebecca Tulloch presents the history and use of wet plate photography during the Civil War. The audience will learn about the history of the birth of photography, famous 19th century photographers such as Louis Daguerre and Matthew Brady; a description of the wet plate photographic process and a demonstration of a wet plate 1850s box camera.

Sponsored by Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation. 


Tour the Moline Fire Station during National Fire Prevention Month!

fire prevention monthOctober is National Fire Prevention Month.   Remember school tours of your local fire station?

This tour isn’t for school kids–rather for grown ups who’d like to know more about how our Moline Fire Department operates at Central Station.

Space is limited and registration is required by contacting the Information Desk at 309-524-2470,

A World Erased

A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets presented by Noah Lederman

A World Erased

This program is sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities, the Rauch Family Foundation II and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Based on his book of the same title, this program traces the evolution of a young man’s quest to uncover the stories of his grandparents’ harrowing past—a riveting journey through repressed memory, unspeakable trauma, and the landmarks of European genocide that led the author to a fresh understanding of his family’s wartime past and his own identity.

A determined historian, dogged sleuth, and gifted storyteller, Lederman flecks his memoir with black humor and refreshing candor, illuminating how the horrors of the Holocaust are transmitted through the generations. Noah Lederman is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in such publications as: The Economist, the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Sun-Times,

For more information, visit

AUTUMN IS HERE! You know what that means…


If you are new to Banned Books Week, it is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read whatever you want, the freedom to encounter, express and discuss new or different ideas, even (maybe even especially) ideas that some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books 2019

Usually held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types to recognize current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

Stand up for your rights and read a banned or challenged book today!

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Genre Friday – Bumbling Detective Mysteries

They can’t all be Sherlock Holmes.

Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Photo: Shout! Factory & MGM)

Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, The Pink Panther (Photo: MGM)

Looking for a little slapstick with your sleuthing? Enjoy mysteries where the gumshoe is as clueless (if not more so) as the reader? Do you love when everything works out despite the bizarre twists and turns that life throws at your favorite hapless protagonist?

Bumbling Detective Mysteries might be your thing then.

Incompetent, oblivious or just inexperienced, the would-be crime solvers in this mystery sub-genre are normally in way over their heads, whether they know it or not. Many of the most famous examples come from film or TV, ranging from Inspector Clouseau (above) to Inspector Gadget (whose drop brim trilby and trench coat were not a coincidence), but there are plenty of examples in print as well.

With a frequently light and almost always humorous feel, many of these stories could be said to overlap with the Cozy Mystery sub-genre, but they don’t have to as a rule. All that is required is a sleuth that muddles through the danger and confusion and somehow arrives at the end with a solution without ever really knowing how they arrived there, even if they pretend to have had it all under control from the beginning.

Here is a quick list of books for those looking for a bit more Clouseau than Holmes in their next read.

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Did you like Lilac Girls, an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden since WWII?

If so, we’ve got some recommendations for you to try.

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Libraries Transform Book Pick

The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a new digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries.

At the same time, it gives public libraries and the professionals working there opportunities to engage with readers about the ebook, as well as showcase digital collections and other library resources and programs.

Participating is easy! Do you have a public library card? Great! (And if you don’t, visit your library to get one.) Does your public library use Overdrive to serve your community’s ebook needs? (Most do, but if you aren’t sure, check back during October 7-21 to find a library.) All public libraries in the U.S. currently participating in OverDrive will be ready to lend unlimited copies of the ebook to borrowers during the reading period October 7-21, 2019, which makes it a great pick for your book club. Not a member of a book club? Discuss After the Flood with us on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.

Cool! But what are we reading?

The Book Pick: After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Available for download October 7-21

Book cover: After the FloodKassandra Montag (photo by Nancy Kohler)
Photo: © Nancy Kohler


An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

A note from Donna Seaman, the Booklist editor who helped select this title: “As we pondered the criteria for the Libraries Transform Book Pick,” Booklist’s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman observed, “we found ourselves––and by ‘we’ I’m referring to myself, Senior Editor Susan Maguire and Associate Editor Annie Bostrom––galvanized by how the overarching theme of transformation is manifest in such totality and so very dramatically in Kassandra Montag’s After the Flood, a speculative epic set in a world ravaged by climate change. We also felt that the strong women protagonists in this tale of a mother’s quest for a lost daughter made for exciting reading, as does Montag’s skill in provoking us to think about timely issues as she holds us rapt with the timeless thrills of heroism, adventure, and suspense. After the Flood is an ideal catalyst for lively and probing book-club discussions.”

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Do you know about the “Great Book Scare”?

When the Public Feared That Library Books Could Spread Deadly Diseases

“The great book scare” created a panic that you could catch an infection just by lending from the library

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At the height of the book scare, news outlets reported that dust from library books could spread infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox and scarlet fever. (kevron2001 / iStock)

On September 12, 1895, a Nebraskan named Jessie Allan died of tuberculosis. Such deaths were a common occurrence at the turn of the 20th century, but Allan’s case of “consumption” reportedly came from an unusual source. She was a librarian at the Omaha Public Library, and thanks to a common fear of the time, people worried that Allan’s terminal illness may have come from a book.



Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort sit together on a sofa in the movie “The Goldfinch.”

Photo: Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in The Goldfinch (Warner Bros.). 

If you’ve been asleep for the past few months, which I completely understand, you may have missed that the Donna Tartt Cinematic Universe is kicking off with The Goldfinch.  The film opened September 13 in the U.S. If you’re not busy rereading the Dickensian modern masterpiece, check out these other books like The Goldfinch.

Click to see the list on Book Riot.