Ghosts of the Quad Cities book program by authors Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, courtesy of Arcadia Publishing and the History Press.
The authors share the haunted heritage of the Quad Cities at places as Moline’s Riverside Cemetery and Arsenal Island. The city centers have their own illustrious supernatural residents—the Hanging Ghost occupies Davenport’s City Hall, while the Phantom Washwoman wanders Bettendorf’s Central Avenue.
Mark McLaughlin is a Bram Stoker Award–winning author whose fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in more than one thousand magazines, newspapers, websites and anthologies.
Michael McCarty is a five-time Bram Stoker Award finalist and winner of the David R. Collins’ Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center. He is the author of more than forty books, including Ghostly Tales of Route 66.
Copies of their book, Ghosts of the Quad Cities are available for sale and signing at the program.
Join us for a walking tour of six square blocks along the Moline-Rock Island border by the Mississippi River, commonly called the Sylvan Slough area. Dr. Norm Moline, Professor Emeritus of Geography at Augustana College, will explain how this area has numerous examples of natural resource sustainability. Tour will be approximately 1.5 hours. Dr. Moline will be available for an optional tour of Sylvan Island afterwards for those who are interested.
Meet in the parking lot of Sylvan Island at 1st Ave & 2nd Street, Moline.
Registration is required.
Trace your family history through the in-library online database, Ancestry Library Edition. The popular database includes over 10 billion genealogical records, the world’s largest online family history resource.
Bob Conklin, Adult Services Librarian, discusses and demonstrates basic features of the database. Collections within the database include birth, marriage, and death records, military records, newspapers, and immigration records, and much more.
Seating is limited and registration is required in person at the 2nd floor Information Desk or by phone at 309-524-2470.
Black Hawk College, Professor Emeritus, Bill Hampes, will share from his book, Cowboy Courage: Westerns and the Portrayal of Bravery.
Film and television Westerns are associated with physical bravery. Productions from the Golden Age” of Westerns from the 1940s to the early 1960s – demonstrate moral bravery (the willingness to do the right thing even when met with others’ disapproval) and psychological bravery (the ability to overcome one’s fear and inner conflict to bring out the best in oneself and others).
Through a close examination of Westerns displaying all three types of bravery, the author shows us how courage can lead to, and even enrich, other virtues like redemption, authenticity, love, friendship, allegiance to one’s community, and justice.
Join us for a walking tour of Moline’s North Slope Wastewater Treatment Plant. Ever wonder what happens when you flush the toilet or dump something down the drain? Learn how treating waste-filled water and sending clean water back into the river is essential for maintaining public and environmental health.
Meet in the parking lot at 007 1st Ave Moline – just north of the Metrolink Maintenance Garage and West of Trailhead Park.
Registration is required.
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 https://www.pbs.org/show/american-creed/
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.