Grown-up Time for Moms!

Libraries love moms. They bring their little ones to our programs, encourage their big ones to come in and ask us for help with their homework, check out our books and support us in general. Then there’s the fact that we love our actual moms as well. Really, they aren’t all that hard to love.

With that in mind, we now have a daytime book group just for moms* with small children!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

*Technically it’s for Dads too, but it’s Mother’s Day so…

Get Caught Reading Month!

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Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Get Caught Reading promotes the fun of reading and provides teachers and librarians with small posters of TV and sports stars, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book. Find out more at getcaughtreading.org.

If you’re a book lover now is the time to post those pics of you curled up with your favorite book. Want to add an element of fun? Take the picture someplace you wouldn’t normally read; in a tree, a pool, hanging upside down from the monkey bars, get creative!

Need to catch up on your Graphic Novel reading? Or start?

Graphic Novels (and the one comics that they come from) are more popular than ever.

Sequential art (to use a term coined by Will Eisner) as a method of story telling has been around for roughly the entire history of mankind but up until the last century or so it had fallen out of fashion. Even then it was considered kids stuff. Only in the last couple of decades has it really come to be recognized as a legitimate form of literature and art.

The “Graphic Novel” has gone mainstream. They’re used in classrooms, adapted into popular TV shows and movies and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Image result for umbrella academyIf you are uncertain if Graphic Novels are for you pick a movie or TV show that’s been based on a graphic novel or comic that you like (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Umbrella Academy, Preacher, The Walking Dead, Deadly Class, the MCU, the DCEU, and so on, and so on) and start there. Or you could go for a graphic adaptation of classic literature or popular novels. Or nonfiction graphic novels about everything from physics to life abroad to economics. Or something entirely different. If you look around enough you’re bound to find something to interest you.

But where are you supposed to do this looking?

We’re glad you asked. The Moline Public Library has a Graphic Novel section in each of its three main areas, children’s, young adult and adult. In addition to that we have access to all the graphic novels in the PrairieCat system if you don’t mind waiting a week or so for them to be sent in. Then there is hoopla!, one of our e-material collections, which has an impressive amount of comics and graphic novels on offer for you to checkout, download and read on your digital device. 

Graphic Novels: Try them, you’ll like them.

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.

13 Ways Book Lovers Make More Time for Reading

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So many books, so little time? Every reader’s been there. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: How do you make more time for reading? From savvy tips (“Listen to audiobooks while you drive!”) to cheeky suggestions (“Just don’t sleep!”), these are the ways your fellow book lovers fit reading into their busy lives.

Go read the rest of the article go to Goodreads blog.

How to Host a Silent Reading Party for Your Book Club

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Literature is home to a host of unforgettable parties, from Gatsby’s all-night blowouts to the Crazy Rich wedding of the century. But while readers enjoy getting a glimpse into these lavish events, they often crave something quite different for themselves. Here, we’ll help you to throw a silent reading party for your book club that caters to your members’ favorite things: curling up with a good book and reading quietly.

Find out more at Bookish.