Moline High School’s New Performing Arts Center!

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Tour the new Moline High School Bartlett Performing Center as part of the library’s summer reading program.  Please meet at the theater’s entrance at 2 p.m.  Walking shoes are recommended and registration is required.

In a world of Google and Amazon, libraries rethink their role

More information is available online than ever. Libraries are stepping in to make sure everyone can access it.

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Not everyone has access to tech resources many take for granted, including laptops and an internet connection. That’s where libraries can help.
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One night a few years ago, Tony Marx was closing up a Bronx library when he noticed a kid sitting on the steps. The boy was pecking away on the oldest laptop Marx had ever seen. Puzzled, Marx asked him what he was doing.

The boy told Marx he was doing his math homework. The assignment was online and the boy’s family couldn’t afford broadband at home. So the youngster camped out on the library stoop to pick up its leaked signal.

“Holy moly,” Marx, the president and CEO of the New York Public Library, remembers thinking. “‘In the information capital of the world, this kid can’t do the math homework we want him to do to succeed.'”

Since then, the NYPL has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, which is exactly what it sounds like: the gap between those who can easily get online and those who can’t.

Read the whole article by Abrar Al-Heeti on cnet.com.

Planning for college?

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This workshop is for those persons who are  planning to attend a college or for those persons who know someone college bound.

Ryan Biniak and Ray Kozicki of the Foundation for Financial Education will discuss:

  • The MYTH of financial aid
  • Sources of money
  • Need-based vs. non need-based
  • College funding vs. financial aid
  • Advice
  • The reward

The free workshop is part of Money Smart Week.  No registration is needed but seating is limited.  The library information desk can be reached by phone  309-524-2470.

A program series for all us

The story of our ancestors, our country and us.

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No registrations is required to attend any of the programs in this Quad Cities-wide film and discussion program series.

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience.  The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: “Exploring the Human Endeavor.”