Author Event: Rick Beyer, author of “The Ghost Army”

Beyer Slide

Rick Beyer will speak as part of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist series.

Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award-winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast.  With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News. Rick wrote and produced the PBS documentary The Ghost Army, which has been honored with a CINE Golden Eagle and audience awards at several film festivals.

Thank you to our media sponsor for this event, WQPT, PBS for the Quad City region.


Over There ProgramWith songs and stories, Barry Cloyd, singer/songwriter,  portrays his grandfather, Chalmer M. Cloyd Sr. who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 with music and stories..  He shipped out to France on the RMS Carpathia as a Mess Sergeant and then fought as an infantry soldier in some of the most brutal battles of the “War to End All Wars.”

Sponsored by Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation.

5 Historical Fiction Books to Read If You Don’t Like Historical Fiction


Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

For as long as I can remember, the historical fiction genre has been a blind spot in my life as a reader. I can never make it through the recommendations. If I had a nickel for every time I picked up and put down The Book Thief, I would be a very rich person. But then I realized that not all historical fiction novels take place in World War II and get made into major Hollywood blockbusters. In fact, according to Wikipedia, pretty much any novel that doesn’t take place in the present can be considered historical fiction—it’s just the WWII books that get the most popular. So, if you’re like me and don’t enjoy the typical “historical fiction” recs, here are five titles to check out that you might enjoy.

See the list of non-WWII historical fiction options at Book Riot.

Love & Frankenstein

Mary Shelley Sign

The world’s first Science Fiction novel, Frankenstein, was written by a 19-year-old named Mary Shelley.  The story of how she came to write such a novel reveals the painful struggle of a brilliant and rebellious mind. Born of two idealistic parents, Mary turned her back on 19th century English social norms to have a relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Come and be enchanted by nationally touring actress and award-winning storyteller Megan Wells, as she tells Mary Shelley’s true story of that famous “dark and stormy night.”


incredible bats show

Come and see live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats!

Sharon and Dan have been promoting bat education through these presentations since 1996 with the goal of teaching and informing their audiences about the many benefits of this misunderstood and feared creature. Sharon is an elementary school teacher/ librarian. She has been trained by Bat Conservation International in the conservation of bats. Dan has over 20 years of experience caring for captive Fruit bats.

Driver’s License Exam Review Class

rules of the road
Nancy Johnson, associated with AARP and the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State will present a free, 90-minute Illinois Rules of the Road class for seniors.  Registration is required.

Why are Books That Shape? From Codices to Kindles, Why This Rectangle Stays Golden

Anyone who has ever tried to organize their bookshelves can tell you that books are not a standard size. In fact, even books that fall under the same category (mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardcovers) can vary wildly. It makes a perfectly matched shelf very difficult.

Despite all of those different sizes, though, almost all books have a certain proportion. From books that could hang off your keychain to dictionaries you can hardly lift, they are almost always rectangles taller than they are wide, at around the same proportions (width:height of about 5:8). And this isn’t a new invention of mass printing: according to The Book by Keith Houston, the oldest books in the world have about the same proportions, though they were often slightly taller than our books now.

Why is that?

Read the whole article at Book Riot to find out.