Have some extra vacation days lying around?


National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. Maybe it’s a bit short notice to actually go on a little trip this week, but you could at least start planning one.

Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there? Good questions. Here is where we would recommend going to look.

Travel Destinations: Dewey Decimal Call Numbers by Location

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Dewey Travel

Learn Your Library Resources (and Services) – Voter Registration

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That’s right. The Moline Public Library provides voter registration during most hours of operation. Since our voter registrars are sometimes busy with other library duties it isn’t a bad idea to call ahead at 524-2450 to inquire whether a registrar will be available.

What Do You Need to Register?
You may register to vote at the Moline Public Library under the following guidelines:

  1. You must live in Rock Island County
  2. You must be able to show 2 (two) forms of identification, 1 (one) indicating your current address
  3. You must be a resident at your current address at least 28 days before any election

Not sure if you’re registered?  You can find out by performing a Registration Lookup through the Illinois State Board of Elections web site.

When You Can Register?
Voter registration closes 28 days before an election and opens 3 days after an election.

And now, new residents/citizens/legal adults and the friends and family members of said individuals, you know where to go (or where to send them) if you (they) would like to register to vote in the next round of elections!

On a related note, the library is also a frequent location for early voting, so once you’re registered be on the lookout for an opportunity to beat the lines on election day by coming to the library to vote early!



Learn Your Library Resources – Adult Genre Collection

Those of you familiar with the layout of the adult collection on the second floor of the library will know that our Fiction (FIC) section is only part of our fiction collection.

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Genre fiction is a part of fiction, of course, but fans of certain genres like to be able to browse books it their particular area of interest. As we can’t stand the idea of not being as helpful as possible, certain genres have been separated out from the rest so that readers can do just that.

Graphic Novels, Mystery, Romance, Speculative Fiction (an umbrella term that covers Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror) and Westerns all have there own area.

It can get a little confusing sometimes when a book could fit into more than one category – genre crossovers and mash-ups were always a part of certain genres (hence grouping sci-fi, fantasy and horror together under Speculative Fiction) but they are only becoming more common – so, if you are not sure what section to look in just ask.

We are here to help!



Learn Your Library Resources – Wireless Printing

Print documents straight from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Once you have saved your document on your wireless device just go to the Moline Public Library website (www.molinelibrary.com). Once your there scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Print Wirelessly.”

From there you just need to choose black and white or color printing, give the print job a name (we recommend keeping it short) and click “Browse” to find and upload your document from your device. Then click the next arrow on the bottom right.

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Next you’ll need to choose the number of copies that you need. From there, after clicking the next arrow again, you will be taken taken to a page where your document will be processed and pages counted. Once the green print button appears click on it and you should be all set. Once you get the “YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN PROCESSED” message in the document status box, your print job will be waiting for you in the library’s copy center.

Now you just have to enter the name you gave you at the beginning of the process at the print station to bring up your print job, pay and print. A simple, 14-step process. 🙂

We promise it’s not as bad as it sounds and, as always, if you have any questions please stop by the second floor information desk and ask. We’re happy to help.

The Top 10 Libby and OverDrive Questions Answered


With all of the exciting updates to Libby and your OverDrive service as well as the constant stream of new books being added to your digital library, it’s understandable that your users may have some questions. Can I download the files? What about Kindle? Or even the standard, but often asked, “How do I get started?” To answer these and any other OverDrive-related questions we’ve created two handy websites that you and your patrons can access any time you need. OverDrive Help is your one stop shop for articles, videos and how to guides for your OverDrive service. If you have a more specific, Libby related question, there’s Libby Help to take a deep dive into all the tips and tricks of our award winning one-tap app.

Both of these websites provide the answers readers are looking for whether they’re first time eBook readers or they’ve been borrowing digital books for years. Some questions may be asked more than others so to help lend a hand, below are links to the most popular articles on both sites below.

Libby OverDrive FAQs 1Frequently Asked Libby Help questions

How do I send books to Kindle & How do I make Kindle my preferred way to read

Given that OverDrive is the only digital book company working with libraries to have Kindle compatibility, it makes sense your users will want to make sure they understand how it works. These are perfect articles to have readily available for sharing.

What’s the difference between Libby and the OverDrive app

This question may come up for current OverDrive app users. We suggest all users try Libby as their digital reading app and in the event your users are looking for the difference between the two, this article is the perfect answer.

Downloading or deleting titles

When you borrow a book on Libby one of the main benefits is the instant availability of the title, thanks to the ability to stream it through OverDrive Read. If a user asks how they can actually download the files, you can provide them this article. Here you’ll also find information on how to delete titles.

Managing download settings

This is a great article to send to patrons that are worried about data usage. They can quickly pop into their settings in Libby so it only downloads titles when connected to WiFi, providing peace of mind.


Top OverDrive Help articles

What updates have been made to my library’s digital collection recently?

Our developers are constantly innovating the digital reading experience for your patrons. This article is great to have on hand to keep everyone up to speed with what’s new.

Getting started with OverDrive

Thousands of people are still discovering that their library offers eBooks and audiobooks for free, so this is still a highly sought out article. Keep it handy for those first time users.

How to enable cookies on your mobile device

OverDrive websites require the use of cookies for better performance and functionality. By default, browsers on mobile devices are set up to accept cookies, so you shouldn’t have to manual adjust anything. However, if you get an error telling you to enable cookies while browsing an OverDrive site on your mobile device, follow these steps below.

Getting started with Kindle Books from your library

As we mentioned above, users love reading on their Kindle, so be sure to take advantage of OverDrive’s exclusive compatibility in your promotions and conversations with patrons.

How do I get started using Libby?

And we’ve come full circle! This getting started guide is perfect for both current and new users looking to try out Libby. They’re sure to love the one-tap reading experience.



For all of your users who happen to be visual learners be sure to point them in the direction of both our Libby intro video and all of our OverDrive Help videos as well.

No matter what type of question a patron may have, these tools are sure to provide the right answers to get them back to creating reading happiness in your digital library.

By Adam Sockel, May 23, 2018, first appearing on OverDrive Blogs