Literacy in a Digital World

Int Lit

On 8 September, 2017 a global event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

At record speed, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialize everywhere. They are giving new possibilities to people to improve all areas of their lives including access to information; knowledge management; networking; social services; industrial production, and mode of work. However, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalized in increasingly digitally driven societies. Literacy is one such essential skill.

Visit UNESCO’s site to learn more and help spread the word about the importance literacy.




“If you know what I mean, great. If you don’t, doesn’t matter. But you should probably read more.”

– Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson in the film 24 Hour Party People

This one is pretty straight forward. If you have a book you’ve been meaning to read, today is the day. If you don’t have a book, I know where you can get one.


Library CLOSED for Labor Day!

We’re closed today in honor of all the days we (and all the other businesses, factories offices, etc., of this great nation) are not closed.

Labor Day

We’re celebrating American labor by gathering together all of our non-working dependents and retired relatives and providing them with sustenance in the form of an enormous and bountiful barbecue. There could be a metaphor or message in that somewhere, but I’m off today so I will look for it tomorrow. Who wants a burger?

The library will resume normal business hours starting tomorrow at 9am.

It’s September. Do you know where you passport is?

Welcome to National Passport Awareness Month!


This is the month that the Passport Services section of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, a division of the U.S. State Department of the federal government… what was I talking about?

Oh yeah!

Passport Awareness!

Passports are pretty important. They act as a federal ID, prove you’re a U.S. citizen, and, of course, allow you to travel outside the country. And when you are traveling abroad passports and plane tickets are often just the first steps.

There is a lot to know when you are planning a trip. Luckily, there are a few resources that can make things easier for you.

Go here yo learn about the country you’re traveling to, passports, visas, enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), etc.

First time getting a passport (or has it been a really long time since you got one)? Find the nearest Passport Acceptance Agency to apply for your new passport. Or I can save you some time – the Moline Public Library is a Passport Acceptance Agency. Call us at (309) 524-2470 to ask questions or make an appointment.


MHSHappy. Sad. A little sleepy.

No matter how they are feeling about it, Moline students are back to school today. Good luck on the 2017-2018 school year everyone!

For you Moline High School grads out there that are feeling nostalgic (or glad that you don’t have to go back), we’ve got something for you to. Check out our online collection of Moline High School Year Books from 1913-2013 at