Dittos are back!

For the new and the forgetful, Dittos are the Moline Library Adult Services Department’s version of a read-alike.

For more information… see the Ditto below, you’ll get the idea.

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Want more? There are plenty at the library!


5 Benefits of Listening To Audiobooks on Libby (from OverDrive)

Let’s talk audiobooks – mainly because we love them, BUT ALSO because it is National Audiobook Month. We would like to introduce (and re-introduce) audiobook listeners to all the incredible benefits of using Libby as their audiobook listening App. Check out the list below to help you with the listening experience all over again:

1) All you need is a library card (It’s free!)

Audiobook lovers are well aware that it can be quite costly to build up a personal audiobook library. So why not highlight your digital collection of popular, classic, and new releases that are available in the audiobook format at your library branch? Keeping an audiobook curated collection year round is a great way to not only attract your current readers to further explore your digital library, but it will also introduce new Libby users to the diversity of your digital collection.


2) Display Progress

The easiest way to keep readers on track with budgeting their listening time is to make them aware of our ‘Display Progress’ feature. This will ensure that readers listen at a pace that will allow them to finish the audiobook before it is automatically returned to your digital collection. In the audiobook player, readers can see the total time left in the audiobook by default. By Tapping the Time Left label (above the timeline) they can cycle through different time displays: total time elapsed in the audiobook, time left in current chapter, and total progress as a percentage.


3) Change Playback Speed

As we all know, readers read at different paces. This is the same for audiobooks. One of the moste beloved features in Libby is that the audio playback speed ranges from 0.6x-3x.

4) Return Titles Easily

The titles are automatically returned to the library. Listeners don’t have to worry about late fees and if they finish the title early, they can return the audiobook before its due daye for the next person on the wait-list.

5) Set a Timer

No one likes to lose their place while reading. Whether readers are listening to aid in falling asleep or catching up on their latest read at lunch, this feature will help them with managing their listening time and ensure they don’t miss a word. Tapping the moon icon at the top right of the audiobook player allows you to set or stop the sleep timer. This will give readers an option to select a sleep timer between 5-120 minutes or to stop at the end of the chapter. Libby also remembers sleep timer choices. That way, readers can just tap the moon icon to set the same timer again.

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Disclaimer: Reading is reading even if the reading is listening to someone else reading.


For more features available with Libby visit our help page here: Meet Libby.

Not reading with Libby yet? Download our new one-tap reading app, today!

By Rickie Mascia, OverDrive Social Media Specialist, June 21, 2018, first appearing on OverDrive Blogs

Learn Your Library Resources – Out-of-System Loan Requests

As many of our patrons probably know Moline Public Library is, along with most of the other QCA libraries on the Illinois side of the river, in a library system called PrairiCat. This means a couple different things, but for patrons the main thing is that all of the libraries in the system share material with one another for free. And with nearly 160 different public and school library locations in the system that means we can generally find you what you want (if you don’t mind waiting a bit). But what happens if you want something that no one in our system seems to have?

Before you turn to Amazon, you might want to try an out-of-system loan request. 


An out-of-system request, or interlibrary loan (ILL for short), is an item borrowed from outside of PrairieCat. We can search for and request items from massive database of libraries across the country and even around the world. But there are a few catches.

  • MPL Only: Only Moline Public Library patrons in good standing can request an ILL from Moline Library. If you are from a different library, please contact your home library.
  • Small Fee: There is a $3 fee for requests for items. This covers postage and handling. This fee is paid when you receive the item you have requested.
  • Waiting Period: Waiting periods vary, will typically be longer than for requests (holds) placed within the PrairieCat system.
  • Checkout Period: The checkout period is at the discretion of the lending library. The item will be checked out to our library before it is sent to us. That means that, unlike system holds, the due date is already set before the item arrives at our library. For this reason, it is best to pick up your ILL item(s) as soon as possible.
  • Renewing: If you would like to renew an ILL, please contact the Circulation Department. We will have to contact the library system that we obtained the item from to ask for a renewal. For some systems, we will receive an answer right away. Other systems may require a few days to get back to us. Please ask for a renewal as soon as you know you need it.

How to Request an Interlibrary Loan

In Person

You can request an interlibrary loan by phone or in person.

Our staff are happy to place requests for you – please visit the library or call us at 309-524-2470.

PrairieCat ILL Request Form Online

You can find the PrairieCat ILL Request Form online.

  • Once your are on the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page select the type of material you are looking for from the Interlibrary Loan Order Forms table.
  • Enter your library card number, located on the back of your card, and your pin number, and click Submit.
  • Enter as much information as you have about the item. The more information you have, the better. However, don’t worry if you don’t have all the information requested on the form.
  • Click Submit This Request at the bottom.
  • If you would like additional items, please go back to the ILL form and submit your additional requests.

You can find the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page through your Library Account.

  • Click on the Account button on the Moline Library website
  • Enter your library card number, located on the back of your card, and your pin number, and click Submit.
  • On the bottom, right hand corner of the page the is a list of links titled “Library Links.” Click on the ILL request form link to be taken to the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page

When Your Request is Submitted

If we can find the item you are looking for, we will place your request. Be aware that we may not be able to get every item, especially newer and rare items, and, if we can get them, the wait might be longer for harder to find or more popular items. We will contact you if we are unable to find the item.

When we have placed the request, the title will show up in your account under ILL with the phrase “Awaiting Arrival.” This means that the item has been requested – it does not mean that the item is on its way. The library system that has the requested item can still deny to fulfill the request. 


If you have more questions, please contact the Circulation Department.


Maybe you already love audiobooks; been hooked ever since you got The Lord of the Rings on 13 audio cassette tapes for your birthday in 1987.

Or maybe you’ve just started to notice how many people seem to be listening to audiobooks these days. It may never reach the popularity of good old print (ink or digital), but the number of people that are discovering the convenience and appeal of having a book read to you while you drive/mow the yard/jog/wash the dishes/etc. is growing all the time.

If you’ve been curious but hesitant, there is no time like National Audiobook Month to try out audiobooks for yourself.

To help get you started, below is a list of the best audiobook recommendations for newbies from goodreads.com.


Interested? Don’t forget to stop by the library to check them out on CD or to download the e-audio version to listen to on your phone or tablet.

In a Virtual World

How school, academic, and public libraries are testing virtual reality in their communities

Virtual Reality

 March 1, 2018, first appearing in American Libraries Magazine

In the past several years, virtual reality (VR) technology has finally begun to fulfill what had long been promised. Traditional VR, which creates environments that allow people to be “present” in an alternative environment, has been advanced by offerings from Oculus, Sony, Google, and Samsung. At the same time, products like Google’s Cardboard have led the growth of 360-degree video that captures an entire scene in which the viewer can look up, down, and around. Instead of just games and entertainment, VR content is exploding with news, information, and educational content.

Throughout this period of growth and expansion, libraries and librarians have once again demonstrated their adaptability to new information formats and user needs with moves that reflect the various directions VR has moved. Whether it is classroom use of Google Expeditions, new educational spaces and lending programs on academic campuses, or a demonstrated commitment to equitable access to this new technology in public libraries, librarians have taken on VR as a new way to engage their users.

In the months and years ahead, library professionals will likely need to consider how VR and 360-degree video fit into their commitments to acquire and organize information, make the informational content of this technology available for reference and citation, and empower users to be both media consumers and creators. For now, … libraries and librarians are showing how they can innovate with this latest trend in media and information.

Read on…


To experience virtual reality at the Moline Public Library, stop by the second floor where we have a virtual tour of the new I74 river bridge!