Murder on the Orient Express

Do you enjoy intelligent murder mysteries, trains, movies made from books about murder on trains, and/or anything by Agatha Christie? If so, here are some other things you might be interested in.

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Did you know?

We are everywhere!

By “We” I mean public libraries, of course.

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According to the American Library Association there are 16,568 public libraries (including branch locations) in the United States!

That’s more libraries than there are Starbucks! Than there are McDonald’s! More than all the KFCs, Taco Bells and Walmarts put together! 

According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, those 16,568 libraries serve over 297 million people, over 96% of the population! There are 3 libraries and 5.8 library outlets (branches, bookmobiles, etc.) for every 100,000 people.

It turns out we are a big part of life for a huge number of Americans. We’re just kind of quiet about it. Self-promotion is difficult when you have been quietly doing your job of providing free access to books, information, technology, services and educational, cultural and entertainment programming for the last couple of hundred years. We are working on it, but it is slow going.

The good news is that you can help. If you are one of those 297 million that we serve, and odds are good that your are, just keep us in mind. Remember us the next time you’re in line at Starbucks, and maybe make a note to let somebody know about how great the local library is.

It doesn’t matter where your are, there should be one nearby.

D.E.A.R. DAY!

National Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Day

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April 12 is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday. This is not a coincidence.

Cleary, one of the most successful authors alive today (she’s 103 today, which is a kind of  achievement in itself), having sold over 90 million copies of her work worldwide.

Beverly Cleary created several beloved characters and chief among them for many young readers are Ramona Quimby and older sister Beezus (although, I was always partial to Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse myself). It was in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that Cleary first wrote of Drop Everything And Read Day and ever since then fans have been carrying on the tradition in honor of Ramona and Beverly.

To celebrate families are encouraged to take at least half an hour today to stop, take a deep breath and read together (or at least simultaneously). Enjoy.

And if you need help finding something to read the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation is having a huge overflow book sale until 5pm today. In addition to all the books the library has available for check out of course.

Rules of the Road Review Class at the Library

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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.

Learn Your Library Resources – Moline Dispatch Archives

Did you know that the Moline Public Library has over 100 years of the Moline Dispatch on microfilm?!

Or that a large portion of that microfilm collection has also been digitized and is available in a text-searchable database online?!

The searchable, digital archives of the Moline Dispatch (and its predecessors) are available to anyone from anywhere. The collection, which includes papers from 1850-1859 and 1870-1969, can be found on Online Resources page under the Fing It tab on the Moline Public Library website. Or you can just click this link.
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Need to look for a year that hasn’t been digitized yet (or just dislike computers)? No worries. You can always still come into the library and search the microfilm directly on the public microfilm machines. Staff are always happy to get you started and to help with printing or saving what you find.

Welcome to National Library Week!

We’re celebrating us this week by celebrating the reason we’re are here in the first place, YOU!

And how better to celebrate you than by showing our appreciation by making DVD and video game checkouts FREE all week long!

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That’s right! FREE!

Time to close the blinds, turn off your phone and have that MCU movie marathon you’ve been planning before going to see Avengers: Endgame. Don’t worry, the nice spring weather will still be there when you emerge – it’ll probably be even nicer!

Best Books on the Art of Storytelling

There’s something thrilling about the way certain writers can take readers behind the curtain of how stories are told. Some authors bring the same verve and deftness to their accounts of the process as they do with their acclaimed fiction and nonfiction; others turn the building blocks of stories into something unpredictable, leading readers to view the telling of stories in a whole new light.

Go to Penguin Random House to see a list of 10 books with 10 distinct takes on storytelling.