galentines day

While I had crushes often as a teen – actors, boy bands, cute boys in my class – my first true love was my middle school best friend, Robin. She showed up at the start of 5th grade with huge, round glasses and a white satin Members Only jacket with a rainbow parrot on the back, and I knew I’d found my ride or die. We were both smart, weird kids with too much imagination (and maybe too little supervision) and we each recognized our soul mate immediately. Now, when I read YA books with a strong female friendship at the center, something hums deep in my chest – a joyful glimpse of my long-lost childhood friend – and I hold that story – the never-forgotten fierceness of that bond – dearer to my heart.

Literarily, Robin and I fell somewhere between Anne and Diana from the Green Gables books and Elaine and Cordelia from Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye; only someone you love that much can make you that insane, after all. But when I polled some of my adulthood friends at OverDrive and asked what book included their representation of a female friendship, their responses filled my soul AND my TBR list!


longer letter later galentinesFor me, it all started with P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Anna M. Martin. I believe I was 12 years old when I first checked it out from my library and it warmed my awkward little heart. Elizabeth and Tara* Starr were so different from one another and that’s what worked in their transcontinental friendship. They were experiencing the same prepubescent horrors I was: boys, changing bodies, their parents’ imperfections, and their own growing awareness that Life. Is. Hard. Despite all that angst and hardship, they always had each other. It’s so important to show young girls the importance of female friendships. I think there is a common trope in literature where it’s “girl against the world.” But, that’s not how life works. You can have your great love, your great challenge, your great whatever, but no girl is ever far from that one friend who’d drop everything to help them weather whatever storm may come. — Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist


pride and prejudice galentinesI must mention Jane and Elizabeth Bennett’s relationship in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Despite having three younger sisters, Jane and Elizabeth are the closest of Bennett girls. I think it’s because their unique traits complement each other so well. Elizabeth is headstrong to the point of prejudice and Jane is fair-minded to the point of naivete. Where Jane reserves her feelings, Elizabeth states them plainly. These two could hate each other for their differences, but instead they appreciate them and wish nothing but happiness for one another. — Briana Johnson-Sims, Training Specialist


dumplin galentinesWillowdean and Ellen’s relationship in Julie Murphy’s Dumplin is the female friendship I love the most. These two know each other inside and out and are endlessly supportive of one another. I consider these two characters to be family, not friends. But, high school is a time where insecurities are at an all-time high. Jealously and uncertainties pop up daily and frustrations are taken out on those you are closest with. This storyline is extremely relatable for all kinds of relationships. Change is inevitable, but even through the ups and the downs, it ultimately always comes back to Willowdean and Ellen’s strong, loving, “on the same page,” friendship. — Lauren Bogatay, Collection Development Specialist


white rabbit galentinesThe first pair of besties that popped into my mind was Ali Bell and Kat Parker from Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles. Kat is a supporting character to Ali’s main, but they have an amazingly strong bond. Kat is apologetically Kat – that’s the best way to describe her. She’s fun and exciting, living for the moment and always speaking her mind. Ali is stubborn, determined, and fiercely loyal. Kat befriends Ali immediately and over the course of the series, their friendship remains true and constant. While the series itself is without a doubt one of my favorites (a white-hot romance, amazing characters, gripping plots, and jaw-dropping twists), the friendship between Ali and Kat is one its shining aspects. — Andrea Sieracki, Launch Specialist


Want more GALentines favorites? Check out our entire list.


Happy Groundhog Day!


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Despite his busy schedule, he always stops by the library to read the morning paper.

No, not you, Punxsutawney Phil. You’re too cute to be mad at. We’re booing the entirely predictable but still disappointing six more weeks of winter that you predicted when you saw your shadow this morning.

Oh well, at least you can still come to the library. And, just to get everyone through these next six weeks, we are offering FREE, unlimited library book check outs for anyone with an Illinois library card!


The feeling is mutual.

February is National Library Lovers Month!

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There is a lot of love flying around during the month February and at least some of it is directed at libraries. This is the month to reflect on just how much your favorite library – school, public, academic, special, private, corporate, etc. – means to you and the others that use its collection and services.

Literally millions of you visit us each day nation wide. Millions. So we already know that you love us, even if you don’t always say it.

Looking for a more concrete way to express your love for your library but think roses are cliche and chocolates cause cavities? Here are three ideas for you:


Just stop by. Even if it has been awhile. Especially if you have never been. There’s no better time to stop in. Browse the shelves, maybe sign up for or renew that library card, check out a book or two or ten, sit down and read a magazine, or attend a program; whatever you’d like.


The Friends of the Moline Public Library Sale Room in the library is totally run by volunteers who assist patrons in selections, accept new donations, restock shelves and sort received materials in our sorting room. Interested? Please print out our Friends Volunteer Application and return the completed form to the Moline Public Library or you can complete the form online.


In addition to giving your valuable time as a volunteer, material and funding donations are always welcome. Books and other donated materials help to supplement our collection and those items that don’t end up on shelf will go to our Sale Room with the proceeds from its sale then going back to the library. Monetary donations help to fund valued library services and programs that are enjoyed by our library patrons. Every little bit helps and is very much appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Smart turkeys stay home and read on Thankgiving

The Moline Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, but we will be full and sleepy open again on Saturday, November 25 for normal operating hours.

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.