Celebrate the fall of Barad-dur at the Moline Library!

Tolkien Reading DayAccording to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!

So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.

There’s Still Time!…

To read the book before the movie comes out.

Zookeepers WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

When it comes out: March 31 (better hurry on this one)

What it’s about: True story of how zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland helped to save their animal charges as well as hundreds of people during the Nazi occupation of their country in the early days of WWII.


WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

When it comes out: April 7

What it’s about: The story focuses on Auggie, a young boy born with a facial deformity, who is about to start attending school for the first time. The story is as much about how Auggie and others view him as it is about the struggle to fit in and to accept.


Lost City of ZThe Lost City of Z by David Grann

When it comes out: April 14

What it’s about: Another non-fiction book about historical events, this is the author’s account of his search for the lost expedition of the famous British explorer Percy Fawcett that disappeared in the Amazon in 1925 searching for the eponymous fabled city. The narrative jumps back and forth between the authors own journey into the jungle and Fawcett’s ill-fated expedition.

Author Birthdays – Forward, March!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. March 6, 1927, Aracataca, Colombia; d. April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico)

Marquez“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude

For more information on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, click here.


Bret Easton Ellis (b. March 7, 1964, Los Angeles, CA)

Ellis“I’d rather let the fiction speak for itself and I don’t want to write fiction that tells people how to feel, and I don’t want to be judgmental in the fiction.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: American Psycho

For more information on Bret Easton Ellis, click here.


Douglas Adams (b. March 11, 1952, Cambridge, UK; d. May 11, 2001, Montecito, CA)

Adams“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For more information on Douglas Adams, click here.


Jack Kerouac (b. March 12, 1922, Lowell, MA; d. October 21, 1969, St. Petersburg, FL)

Kerouac“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: On the Road

For more information on Jack Kerouac, click here.



L. Ron Hubbard (b. March 13, 1911, Tilden, NE; d. January 24, 1986, Creston, CA)

Hubbard“I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Battlefield Earth

For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, click here.


Richard Condon (b. March 18, 1915, New York, NY; d. April 9, 1996, Dallas, TX)

Condon“I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Manchurian Candidate

For more information on Richard Condon, click here.


John Updike (b. March 18, 1932, Reading, PA; d. January 27, 2009, Danvers, MA)

Updike“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Rabbit, Run

For more information on John Updike, click here.


Author Birthdays – February (almost) over!

Amy Tan (b. February 19, 1952, Oakland, CA)

tan“In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Joy Luck Club

For more information on Amy Tan, click here.


W.E.B. Du Bois (b. February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, MA; d. August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana)

dubois“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Souls of Black Folk

For more information on WEB DuBois, click here.



Victor Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France; d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France)

Hugo“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Les Miserables

For more information on Victor Hugo, click here.



H.W. Longfellow (b. February 27, 1807, Portland, ME; d. March 24, 1882, Cambridge, MA)

longfellow“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Song of Hiawatha”, “Paul Revere’s Ride”

For more information on Longfellow, click here.


John Steinbeck (b. February 27, 1902, Salinas, CA; d. December 20, 1968, New York City, NY)

steinbeck“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath

For more information on John Steinbeck, click here.


Dee Brown (b. February 29, 1908, Louisiana; d. December 12, 2002, Little Rock, AR)

brown2“The Indians knew that life was equated with the earth and its resources, that America was a paradise, and they could not comprehend why the intruders from the East were determined to destroy all that was Indian as well as America itself.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

For more information on Dee Brown, click here.


Ralph Ellison (b. March 1, 1914, Oklahoma City, OK; d. April 16, 1994, New York City, NY)

ellison“America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Invisible Man

For more information on Ralph Ellison, click here.


John Irving (b. March 2, 1942, Exeter, NH)

irving“I think better of our behaviour as individuals than I do when we see ourselves as members of a group. It’s when people start forming groups that we have to watch our backs.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules

For more information on John Irving, click here.


Peter Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, WI)

straub“Everyone wants to get better as they go along, but sometimes it’s all you can do to stay consistent.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Ghost Story

For more information on Peter Straub, click here.


Author Birthdays – Valentine’s Week Ed.

Judy Blume (b. February 12, 1938, Elizabeth, NJ)

blume“Everybody wants to share life and be in love and be loved.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and/or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

For more information on Judy Blume, click here.


Frederick Douglass (b. circa February, 1818, Talbot County, MD; d. February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.)

ERA:  CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

For more information on Frederick Douglass, click here.


Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931, Lorain, OH)

morrison“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Beloved

For more information on Toni Morrison, click here.


Author Birthdays – February, round 2

William S. Burroughs (b. February 5, 1914, St. Louis, MO; d. August 2, 1997, Lawrence, KS)

burroughs“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Naked Lunch

For more information on William S. Burroughs, click here.


Charles Dickens (b. February 7, 1812, Landport, UK; d. June 9, 1870, Higham, UK)

dickens“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, etc.

For more information on Charles Dickens, click here.


John Grisham (b. February 8, 1955, Jonesboro, AR)

grisham“When you work at street level you never know who’s going to walk through your door.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Whistler, etc.

For more information on John Grisham, click here.