“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Do you miss ’80s action movies as much as we do? I know, it’s silly to even ask.

Of course you do.

Die Hard

“Yippee-ki-yay, Moline Library patron.”

If you are still with us then you will be happy to know that today is a very special day. John McClane turns 62 today (in our heads and in our hearts if not in reality… since he isn’t a real person)! Congrats on surviving this long John!

It is on this happy day that we just wanted to take a moment and remind you that we can help you find more than just books. Whether you’re craving the one man against impossible odds of Die Hard, the buddy-cop violence of Lethal Weapon, the creepy, sci-fi feel of Predator, the brutal,  post-apocylptic wasteland of Road Warrior, or even the… I’m-not-entirely-sure-what-just-happened-there-but-I-kind-of-liked-it of Big Trouble in Little China, we can help with that. And if we don’t actually have it we can very likely find a library that does and have it sent here for you. It never hurts to ask.

And you thought your business trip was bad…

Ah, Transylvania in the springtime. According to the dates of his journal entry, Jonathan Harker arrived, after a brief layover in a slightly unsettling little village filled with slightly unsettling little villagers, at a certain Castle Dracula on the evening of May 5th, sometime in the late 1890s.Castle Dracula

It did not go well.

Intrigued? You can learn more about his trip and how it ended at the library. There is also a ton of stuff dealing with Count Dracula’s spiritual descendants – even the sparkly ones.

Don’t know or care about what I’m talking about? Then at least your day can seem a little brighter and your steps a little lighter with the certain knowledge that it will go better than Jon’s… Unless you too are currently working your way ever closer to the creepy abode of an ancient, nearly indestructible creature of the night; in which case you are on your own. We can help with a lot of stuff but that’s a bit outside of the library’s wheelhouse.

 

Revenge of the 5th!

You thought the Star Wars stuff was done with yesterday BUT the Dark Side needs a day too.

And don’t forget to keep reading! May is Get Caught Reading Month!

 

Darth Reads

Even Lords and Ladies of the Sith make time for books.

 

May the 4th Be With You!

And also, books!

Today, May 4, is Star Wars Day! Some of the uninitiated may be asking why. May the force be with you… May the force, May the fourth… Get it? Cool. It’s Star Wars Day!

May, as a whole, is also Get Caught Reading Month! So…

YODA

Participating in Get Caught Reading Month since the 80s Yoda has been.

Two posts for the price of one!

Get out there – or better yet, in here – and enjoy Star Wars/ read in public! Today would be great, but really anytime is okay with us.

A big day for the World Wide Web…

And, by extension, virtually everything else on the planet!

The WWW may have been invented at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, but that wouldn’t have meant much to the rest of us, not until April of 1993.

Today is the day. Twenty-four years ago, on April 30, 1993, CERN put the World Wide Web in the public domain. They gave the world the Internet, or at least the seeds that would become the Internet that we know today! Just gave it away! It is hard to imagine what our world would be like without the World Wide Web – simpler maybe, but probably not better (after all, you wouldn’t be reading this blog for starters… and that’s just a sad thought).

So, the next time you are surfing the web, researching what breed of dog is best suited for your lifestyle, finding a recipe for zucchini enchiladas or checking your library’s catalog to see if that book you have been waiting for is available, take a moment to realize how different life would be without the web and be grateful that CERN decided to share with the rest of us. Maybe high-five a Swiss scientist if you have one handy. Hugs are probably okay too, but you might want to ask first.

WWW

Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1994. An early version of World Wide Web software is running on the screen behind him (Image: CERN)

Today is World Backup Day. Do you know where your data is?

Back Up Day

Today is the day that everyone everywhere is reminded and encouraged to create a backup copy of all that digital information that you can’t live without, from tax records to pictures of the grandkids. You can go to the official website for more information.

What does this have to do with Moline Library? Nothing. We just think that it’s a really good idea and we like to look out for folks. May your digital information last forever (but we’d back it up just in case).