Rules of the Road Review Class at the Library


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.

The Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities presents Ethan Bensinger

Hitlers EffectThe Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities presents:The Effects of Hitler’s Rise to Power on the Jews in Germany with Ethan Bensinger.

Ethan Bensinger’s parents and grandparents fled Nazi Germany in the 1930’s for a new life in Palestine.  Ethan moved with his family to America in 1955. His family’s experience led Ethan to his chosen profession as an immigration lawyer. Since retirement, Ethan has turned his love of gathering historical narratives into a new career in filmmaking beginning with his film, Refuge.

Ethan’s presentation will draw upon his family’s experiences and will focus on three motivating factors that Jews faced in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s that determined whether they should stay or leave Germany: fear, vilification and necessity.


This program is sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad Cities, the Rauch Family Foundation II, and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Music, Fighting Spirit and Winning the Civil War

how an illinois music store helped win the civil war

Christian McWhirter, research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, presents of fascinating program about the Chicago-based music publishing firm of Root & Cady.

During the American Civil War, the company rose quickly to become the most successful and influential in the nation, providing the Union with some of its most popular and meaningful patriotic anthems, such as “The Battle Cry of Freedom” and “Just Before the Battle, Mother” during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Christian McWhirter is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

The free, hour-long program is opened to all ages.

Planning for college?

college planning

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.


String Quartet

The Marian Anderson String Quartet  (MASQ) creates new and diverse audiences for string quartet concerts.

In 1991, MASQ won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition, becoming the first African American ensemble in history to win this classical music competition. To highlight their achievement, MASQ  asked the renowned contralto, Marian Anderson, for permission to use her name as their own. Miss Anderson responded with heartfelt approval.

In 1993, the Marian Anderson String Quartet performed at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center as part of the 52nd presidential inaugural celebration.  MASQ has given performances at the Da Camera Society, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

For more about MASQ, visit

Marian Anderson String Quartet made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.