What’s your mantra?

Stamp Your Own Mantra Bracelets

Learn how to make your own stamped mantra bracelet with Ann Hartley, local artisan and owner of Hartleystudio.

The bracelets are made out of aluminum, and anyone who can hold a hammer will be able to make and take a beautiful new bracelet home with them. Don’t wait to register; this class is going to be fun!

We are offering two time slots for this class, 1:00-2:30 & 3:00-4:30. Please only register for one of the time slots.

Presenting Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards!

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As part of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist program, Jazzy Ash will perform an all ages concert as part of the “It’s Showtime @ your library!”  summer reading program.

Their style of New Orleans vocal and instrumental jazz is certain to get your toes a tappin’!

 

Visit http://www.jazzyash.com/  for more information.

Spoon River Players

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Historical actors Paddy and John Lynn portray a variety of characters from Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters published in 1915-16.

The book consists of the epitaphs of the inhabitants of the fictional Spoon River cemetery.  The characters buried in the cemetery speak not only of their virtues but also of their vices, internal and interpersonal conflicts, moral dilemmas, and failures.  A native of west-central Illinois, Edgar Lee Masters based those characters largely upon people he knew in and around his hometown of Lewistown, IL.

The show is interspersed with folk and popular music of the period performed by singer, guitarist, and banjoist Patti Ecker.

The free, hour-long show is made possible with a grant from Illinois Humanities Road Scholars and funding from the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation.

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.

Music, Fighting Spirit and Winning the Civil War

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Christian McWhirter, research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, presents of fascinating program about the Chicago-based music publishing firm of Root & Cady.

During the American Civil War, the company rose quickly to become the most successful and influential in the nation, providing the Union with some of its most popular and meaningful patriotic anthems, such as “The Battle Cry of Freedom” and “Just Before the Battle, Mother” during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Christian McWhirter is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

The free, hour-long program is opened to all ages.

CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY!

String Quartet

The Marian Anderson String Quartet  (MASQ) creates new and diverse audiences for string quartet concerts.

In 1991, MASQ won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition, becoming the first African American ensemble in history to win this classical music competition. To highlight their achievement, MASQ  asked the renowned contralto, Marian Anderson, for permission to use her name as their own. Miss Anderson responded with heartfelt approval.

In 1993, the Marian Anderson String Quartet performed at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center as part of the 52nd presidential inaugural celebration.  MASQ has given performances at the Da Camera Society, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

For more about MASQ, visit http://www.marianandersonstringquartet.com/about-masq/

Marian Anderson String Quartet made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

Gaelic Song Concert at the Moline Library

Gaelic Songs

Dan Haughey professional singer and actor from the Quad Cities performs his “Gaelic Songs” acoustical show.

His solo guitar and song revue includes favorite crowd-pleasing tunes like “My Wild Irish Rose”, “Galway Bay”, and “When Irish Eyes Are Smilin’”.

Haughey has appeared as a guitarist-singer in Quad Cities coffee shops with talented mid-west Celtic players and at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton, Illinois.  He is currently is co-writing an Irish-American modern musical based on his Irish roots.