Grown-up Time for Moms!

Libraries love moms. They bring their little ones to our programs, encourage their big ones to come in and ask us for help with their homework, check out our books and support us in general. Then there’s the fact that we love our actual moms as well. Really, they aren’t all that hard to love.

With that in mind, we now have a daytime book group just for moms* with small children!

Novel Naptime

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Technically it’s for Dads too, but it’s Mother’s Day so…

D.E.A.R. DAY!

National Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Day

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April 12 is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday. This is not a coincidence.

Cleary, one of the most successful authors alive today (she’s 103 today, which is a kind of  achievement in itself), having sold over 90 million copies of her work worldwide.

Beverly Cleary created several beloved characters and chief among them for many young readers are Ramona Quimby and older sister Beezus (although, I was always partial to Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse myself). It was in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that Cleary first wrote of Drop Everything And Read Day and ever since then fans have been carrying on the tradition in honor of Ramona and Beverly.

To celebrate families are encouraged to take at least half an hour today to stop, take a deep breath and read together (or at least simultaneously). Enjoy.

And if you need help finding something to read the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation is having a huge overflow book sale until 5pm today. In addition to all the books the library has available for check out of course.

IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY!

To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!

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Don’t worry, he actually enjoys his work and loves books. He just always looks like that.

So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.

If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉

Welcome to National Library Week!

We’re celebrating us this week by celebrating the reason we’re are here in the first place, YOU!

And how better to celebrate you than by showing our appreciation by making DVD and video game checkouts FREE all week long!

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That’s right! FREE!

Time to close the blinds, turn off your phone and have that MCU movie marathon you’ve been planning before going to see Avengers: Endgame. Don’t worry, the nice spring weather will still be there when you emerge – it’ll probably be even nicer!

HAPPY LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY!

Library Shelfie Day - Fourth Wednesday in January

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The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly.  Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form.  However our books are organized on the shelf, on Library Shelfie Day, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Whether you have just a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, on Library Shelfie Day, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture.  Use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

Picture books, not just for kids!

Picture Book Month

Okay, so they are mostly for kids. Chances are if you’ve read a picture book lately you are either a young kid or have a young kid (or you’re a teacher or children’s librarian), and that is fine, more than fine in fact – that’s awesome – but I’m here to tell you non-kids/parents/teachers/librarians that you can enjoy picture books too.

A lot of them are funny, creative, beautiful, inspiring and educational no matter what age you are. And November is the month to recognize that!

Here are some good ones, chosen at random from the thousands of great picture books out there, if you’re curious:

<i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0064430227/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Harold and the Purple Crayon</a></i> (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0064430227/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Crockett Johnson. A creative boy crafts entire worlds of his own devising, using only his trusty crayon. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0451470516/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Madeline (series)</a></i> (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0451470516/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Ludwig Bemelmans. A spunky French girl navigates boarding school and the removal of her appendix with confidence and poise. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060580860/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Frog and Toad (series)</a></i> (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060580860/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Arnold Lobel. Two inseparable best friends keep each other company during all their adventures. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/078681988X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/078681988X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Mo Williams. One stubborn pigeon refuses to give up on his bird-brained dream of driving a vehicle.
<i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0394823370/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Lorax</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0394823370/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Dr. Seuss. Seuss takes on serious subject matter without compromising his playful style in this environmentalist fable. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0140501738/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Corduroy</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0140501738/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Don Freeman. In the middle of the night, a toy bear comes to life and hops off the shelf to replace his missing button. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0763655988/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">I Want My Hat Back</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0763655988/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Jon Klassen. The witty account of a bear seeking out his lost hat; the illustrations are studded with subtle clues. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/039480001X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Cat in the Hat</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/039480001X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Dr. Seuss. A big cat surprises Dick and Sally, transforming their dreary day at home into a wild adventure. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0811879542/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Press Here</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0811879542/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Herve Tullet. An innovative, interactive work that gets kids to play with the physical form of the book.
<i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399255370/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Day the Crayons Quit</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399255370/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Drew Daywalt, illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. All the crayons in Duncan's box go on strike, citing all kinds of hilarious grievances. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/039527804X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Garden of Abdul Gasazi</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/039527804X/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Chris Van Allsburg. An elegant, eerie story about an enchanted garden where it is not easy to separate what's real from what isn't. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1423133080/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Elephant and Piggie (series)</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1423133080/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Mo Willems. Two best friends learn all kind of lessons in this series of low-stakes moral dilemmas. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0763660531/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Journey</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0763660531/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Aaron Becker. A girl armed with a magic crayon draws to escape her boring, colorless world. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0394800168/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Green Eggs and Ham</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0394800168/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Dr. Seuss. Everyone knows this poem singing the prasies of an unlikely meal, but it never gets old.
<i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1596434023/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">A Sick Day for Amos McGee</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1596434023/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Philip C. Stead, illustrations by Erin E. Stead. An elderly man makes daily visits to his animal pals at the zoo, and they return the favor when he falls sick. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442457023/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442457023/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By William Joyce, illustrations by Williamy Joyce and Joe Bluhm. This tale affirms that no matter the medium—printed page or electronic screen—we will always be gripped by stories. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060245867/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">If You Give a Mouse a Cookie</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060245867/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrations by Felicia Bond. This playful parable of a greedy mouse shows kids that every cause has an effect. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698113829/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Lon Po Po</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698113829/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Ed Young. In this dark variant of Little Red Riding Hood, young sisters deliver swift justice to the big bad wolf. <i><br><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698113829/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears (series)</a></i>
(<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698113829/?tag=timecom-20" target="_blank">Buy here</a>)</strong></br>By Stan &amp; Jan Berenstain. Each tale about this family of bears packs in a lesson about morality or health.

 Try a few. You might just be surprised by how much you enjoy them.