COVID-19 Update – Moline Public Library still offering some phone and online services while closed!


Closing Alert from for duration of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

In line with the decisions made in our community to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Moline Public Library is closed through the end of April.

The health and safety of our library patrons and staff is our biggest concern and the decision to close was made in accordance with the local, state, and national recommendations.

All items currently checked out will have their due date extended to May 1. No late fees will be assessed during our closure. If you wish to return items before then, the drive up book return will be available.

Moline cardholders whose accounts are set to expire in March and April will have their expiration dates extended.

Due to the suspension of delivery services between libraries, cardholders will not be able to place holds in the PrairieCat Catalog at this time. Patrons with any current pending holds will be handled after that service resumes. Holds that have arrived, but have not been picked up, will be available when the library reopens.

We invite you to visit our web site frequently for updates and to use many of our online services with your Moline Public Library Card:

Many of these services can also accessed by downloading our app MPLToGo.

Beginning Thursday, April 2 the Library’s Information and Reference desk will be available to answer questions by phone. This service will be available Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm. Please be aware that, due to limited resources and staff, responses to more complex or in depth questions may take up to 48 hours.

Updates on library services will continue to be sent through our social media outlets.

Thursday Ditto: Hillbilly Elegy

If you missed this best seller a few years back when it was new, now is the time to pick it up and read it – before Ron Howard comes out with the movie version.

If you didn’t miss it and loved it, well, then this is for you.

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The Life Cycle of a Library Book

It’s not unusual for the sight of library books in a dumpster to throw the public into a tizzy. The reality is, however, that this is part of the natural life cycle of a library book. Whether the book is beyond repair or simply outdated, the dumpster is often—though not always—the final resting place for library books. If a book is recycled instead of straight trashed, there’s always the possibility it will return as a new book, reincarnated. It’s the circle of life. A new chapter. The turning of the page.

But let’s go back to the beginning. If you’ve never thought much about it, you might now be wondering what is the life cycle of a library book? Where do they come from?

Find out (and read the rest of the article) at BookRiot.

Identity Theft Protection Program

identity theft protection social mediaIdentity theft is the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. The number of consumers who were the victim of identity theft topped 14 million in 2018 and over $1.7 billion in out of pocket costs.  Credit card fraud continues to be the top type of identity theft.  Illinois ranks 10th in the nation in complaints of identity theft.  We will discuss warning signs, what to do right away, protecting your identity and developing a recovery plan.

Storm Spotter Training

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Hosted by Rock Island County Emergency Management and instruction provided by the National Weather Service, emergency response personnel and other interested individuals will learn about severe weather conditions.  Spotter training covers severe weather hazards, including tornado and thunderstorm structures, movement identification and safety precautions.

This class will be repeated on April 1st.


The Grace of Silence Book Discussion

Led by Thea Holmon-Ellis

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In preparation for WVIK’s Intelligent Conversations event featuring NPR journalist Michele Norris, Thea Holmon-Ellis, Academic Advisor, Scott Community College, will facilitate a book discussion of Norris’ book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.

In addition to print and audio copies of the book being available from PrairieCat libraries, Moline Public Library patrons can check out a limited number of copies on hold at the library’s information desk or can checkout an e-copy of this title via Overdrive.

Space is limited and registration is required.