Telling Stories at the Moline Public Library
Preparing for the LSAT? Practicing your creative writing skills? Learning graphic design? Looking for an introductory course on alternative medicine?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we can help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to none of these questions, we still might be able to help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions… we can still help, but you might want to narrow your focus just a bit.
Gale Courses offers easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology, and personal enrichment courses by providing more than 365, six-week long online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. The courses cover a wide variety of topics, arranged into twelve categories ranging from Accounting to Personal Development to Technology. All you need to sign up for any of the courses is your Moline Public Library Card number and the desire to learn and grow as a person. Or just a library card number. But it will work better with both.
Okay, because I’m a librarian…
According to johnsonstring.com, “A violin and a fiddle are the same four-stringed instrument, generally played with a bow, strummed, or plucked. They are identical in their physical appearance. What distinguishes a violin from a fiddle is the style of music that is played on the instrument; it’s all in how you play it.
The term violin is most often associated with classical music, orchestras, symphonies, and chamber music. Fiddle, in contrast, is associated with a wide variety of music styles including Cajun, bluegrass, folk, and country.”
The year then–Secretary of Education William Bennett issued the challenge: “Let’s have a national campaign. Every child should obtain a library card—and use it.” The following year, the American Library Association declared September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Number of children who attended the October 14, 1988, kickoff event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Approximate fraction of Americans who have a library card.
The year New York Public Library issued its first “borrower’s card.”
The largest overdue book fine paid, according to Guinness World Records. Emily Canellos-Simms paid Kewanee (Ill.) Public Library after holding on to the poetry book Days and Deeds for 47 years.
Number of years that The Law of Nations by Emmerich de Vattel was overdue. Former President George Washington checked out de Vattel’s work as well as volume 12 of the Commons Debates from the New York Society Library in 1789 and failed to return them. In 2010 employees at Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia, estate sent an identical copy of The Law of Nations to the library.
Amount Washington owed in late fees, adjusted for inflation, for the two books. The library absolved Washington of all fines.
Originally started by teachers in order to encourage their students to be curious and to think about and question the things around them, it translates quite nicely to a library setting.
Teachers in school teach in a proactive way, planning ahead of time what their students will learn and the best way to accomplish said learning. Librarians teach too, but we’re more reactive than proactive. We don’t plan out what knowledge to impart to people. We wait for them to come to us looking for a specific piece of knowledge and we either find it for them or help them to find it for themselves. So what better place to ask a “stupid” question than at a library?!
When did synchronized swimming become an Olympic sport? What are the origins of “Tuesday”? Why can’t I give my dog chocolate? What happened to the dinosaurs? What time is it in Dublin? Why do you drive on parkways and park on driveways? Whatever question you’ve got, come in to the library today and we will either find you an answer or do our level best to point you in the right direction.