Too excited to wait until November?

Us too!

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Vote early at the Moline Public Library starting Monday, October 22!

Voting hours are 11am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

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IT’S NATIONAL BOOK MONTH!

Celebrating National Book Month starts at home. Curl up with a good book, and commemorate America’s annual celebration of writers and readers.

Want to get the family involved? We’ve got so ideas for that as well. You could…

  • Introduce literature into family game night.
  • Family trips to the local library. This one is our favorite!
  • Family Reading Night
  • Recreate scenes from your favorite books.
  • Read to your children.

No matter what you do, there is no time like the present to take time to read!

QUIZ: WHICH BANNED BOOK SHOULD YOU READ NEXT?

Banned Books Week: September 23-29

Another year, another Banned Books Week! This year, the celebration of the freedom to read starts on September 23rd with the theme Banning Books Silences Stories. Did you know the month of September is filled with authors who have written books that have been challenged and banned? Stephen King, born on September 21st, has at least 3 books on the top banned lists. Even kid’s lit great Roald Dahl, celebrating a birthday on September 13th, has a few books on the list.

If the words banned books and birthdays get you excited, today’s quiz was made for you. Answer the questions, and you’ll get a banned book recommendation from a writer celebrating a birthday this month. Happy reading!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE QUIZ

BANNED BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Carrie by Stephen King
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Native Son by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Witches by Roald Dahl

If you’re looking for more ways to speak out against censorship, then pick up a few comics, rock the resistance runway, read banned books from around the globe, or just flaunt your banned book fetish.

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10 Canine Quotes for the Dog Days of Summer

Painting by Bernard te Gempt, via Wikimedia Commons

A quote attributed to W.H. Auden says: “In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” As we enter the time of year fancifully referred to as the Dog Days of summer (a reference to Sirius, the dog star), wagging might seem like it requires too much energy, but there’s still plenty we can learn from our dog friends in terms of loyalty, companionship, and forbearance. And if you think you’re hot, try taking a walk in a fur coat sometime!

 

Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love, 1945
“Even if I take him out for three hours every day, and go and chat to him for another hour, that leaves twenty hours for him all alone with nothing to do. Oh, why can’t dogs read?”

John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog, 2005
“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.”

Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, 2009
“When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.”

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca, 1938
“Why did dogs make one want to cry? There was something so quiet and hopeless about their sympathy. Jasper, knowing something was wrong, as dogs always do. Trunks being packed. Cars being brought to the door. Dogs standing with drooping tails, dejected eyes. Wandering back to their baskets in the hall when the sound of the car dies away.”

U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Military Working Dog Training Handbook, 2012
“Revenge and temper tantrums have absolutely no place in dog training — you must not let training turn into a spectacle of one dumb animal hurting another.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, Changing Planes, 2003
“There are talking dogs all over the place, unbelievably boring they are, on and on and on about sex and shit and smells, and smells and shit and sex, and do you love me, do you love me, do you love me.”

Pablo Neruda, from “A Dog Has Died” in Winter Garden, 1986
“Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.”

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper, 2003
“Reason number 106 why dogs are smarter than humans,” I say. “Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers”

Ogden Nash, The Private Dining-room and Other Verses, 1964
“A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, 2016
“I believed that Fufi was my dog, but of course that wasn’t true. Fufi was a dog. I was a boy. We got along well. She happened to live in my house. That experience shaped what I’ve felt about relationships for the rest of my life: You do not own the thing that you love. I was lucky to learn that lesson at such a young age. I have so many friends who still, as adults, wrestle with feelings of betrayal. They’ll come to me angry and crying and talking about how they’ve been cheated on and lied to, and I feel for them. I understand what they’re going through. I sit with them and buy them a drink and I say, ‘Friend, let me tell you the story of Fufi.’”

“Lets call him… Ishmael.”

“What kind of a name is Ishmael? No, we’ll name him something cool… like Herman!”*

Image result for herman melvilleImage result for moby dickHappy birthday, Mr. Melville!

Celebrate the author of one of the most famous, most adapted, most parodied stories of all time, Moby Dick. While not his first or only creations, the monstrous white whale and obsessed captain hunting it have become cultural icons and have greatly surpassed contemporary expectations.

The book was initially a bit of a flop and didn’t sell well until after Herman Melville’s death. So, pick up a copy of the book, or a graphic novel or film adaptation, or at least the Cliffs Notes version today, and show your support and appreciation. I bet the Moline Library could help you find something.

*While I doubt that Herman Melville’s parents had this conversation while looking upon their baby boy for the first time, isn’t it fun to pretend?