Celebrate the fall of Barad-dur at the Moline Library!

Tolkien Reading DayAccording to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!

So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.

“My name is James Tiberius Kirk.”

Happy (eventual) birthday Captain Kirk !


Now available in Original and Alternate Time-Line!


On this day, March 22, in fictional future history, 216 years from now, another of the best imaginary captains to ever fictionally exist will have been born in Riverside, Iowa… or deep space, depending on which reality you’re in… The place doesn’t really matter. You celebrate the day after all and now is the time.

Feeling nostalgic and/or confused? Want to revisit the adventures of one of the best commanders in Starfleet history and/or figure out what the heck I am talking about? The Moline Library has you covered. Come check out Star Trek: The Original series, the movies, the”reboot” movies, or any of a number of Star Trek novels to fill in the gaps between the episodes and movies! It could keep you busy for a while. And if you get hooked, there is alway the Next Gen series, movies and books – vive le Jean-Luc!

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Pi.pngIt’s Pi Day!

The day to celebrate pi, the mathematical constant that describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is finally here.

Celebrate by doing complex math equations, having pi recitation competitions with your friends to see who can remember the famously unending number out to the most decimal places (the current world record is 70,030 places) or visiting the Pi Day website.

Or you can do what most people do and take advantage of the famous number’s homophonous relationship with a certain type of dessert and go out for a slice. And while you’re out, eating pie and thinking about pi, feel free to stop into the Moline Library and pick up that book on math (or desserts) that you have been meaning to read. It’s always a good day for pi(e) at the library.

Author Birthdays – Valentine’s Week Ed.

Judy Blume (b. February 12, 1938, Elizabeth, NJ)

blume“Everybody wants to share life and be in love and be loved.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and/or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

For more information on Judy Blume, click here.


Frederick Douglass (b. circa February, 1818, Talbot County, MD; d. February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.)

ERA:  CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

For more information on Frederick Douglass, click here.


Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931, Lorain, OH)

morrison“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Beloved

For more information on Toni Morrison, click here.


Groundhog Day!

Today is the day! The only day in February we should all be hoping for clouds (clouds mean no shadow, and no shadow means an early spring… I think… honestly, I have always been a little unclear on the whole thing). Either way, six more weeks of winter or an early spring, you can always come to the Moline Library. We’re here rain or shine, winter or spring (Mon-Sat, during normal hours of operation), and we’re here to help. Whether you want to learn about the obscure origins of odd folk holidays involving rodents and fortune-telling or you just want more information on our friend the whistlepig (aka land beaver; aka woodchuck; aka groundhog – who knew they went by so many adorable/ridiculous names?) there is a good chance we can at least point you in the right direction.


Hey, I can see my library from here!


Library Sign Icon in Red Heart BorderAlso known as February.

That’s right! It’s not all about Valentine’s Day. So, while you are out picking up heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and roses and cute teddy bears and little, candy hearts that taste like chalk with sappy messages written on them, don’t forget to spare a moment to think about your local library (or at least this local library). Maybe you might even visit – gifts are optional, of course, but always welcome ;-).