“Portable and relatively cheap, paperback books were to the 19th century what ebooks are to today.”

– Me, 20 minutes ago while thinking of what to write in this post


Close your eyes and imagine… Wait. This isn’t going to work, you need your eyes to read.

Leave your eyes open and imagine yourself in the 1800s. You’re at a railroad station somewhere in Iowa or Illinois and you are bidding friends and family farewell as you prepare to board a train bound for Silver Bow, Montana. That’s where your great Aunt Minnie lives with her two tomcats, Trevor and Leroy, and you’re going to stay with her for the summer… but we’re getting off topic. The trip is going to take somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 weeks. There won’t be much to do. You’re going to need something to read.

But books are expensive and heavy. What are you to do? Wait! What’s this? Paperback books for sale! Cheap, comparatively light and portable, and fun (not a lot of stuffy academic stuff makes it to paperback). Thank goodness, your sanity is saved!

A couple of hundred years later, the story is still largely the same. Perhaps ebooks have stolen some of their thunder and maybe you won’t be putting them out to impress company with how fancy and well read you are but paperback books are still cheaper and lighter than their hardcover counterparts. And they are still fun to read, mostly anyway (some of that aforementioned stuffy academic stuff has started to turn up as oversize paperbacks, but to each there own). Somewhere along the line we have all read and loved a paperback, whether it was picked up at the last minute before catching that long flight or passed on to you from a friend that said you really, really needed to read it. So let’s all take a moment today to appreciate the importance of the paperback, not just in literary history, but to each of us.


Are we there yet? It’s been July forever!

July, aka NATIONAL ANTI-BOREDOM MONTH, is more than half-way over!

Fun Fact: It’s also NATIONAL READ AN ALMANAC MONTH. How those go together, we couldn’t tell you.

So, how are your boredom levels? Feeling listless? Weary? Have you recently made a sound something like this, “Uuuuuuuuu,’mso bored.”?


You should come to the library.

As my mother-in-law used to say, “Smart people don’t get bored.” I always took this as more of a challenge than a statement of literal fact, but, either way, we can help you with that.

Find a book, a video game, a movie, an audio book, anything. If you can’t pick one yourself fill out a Library Concierge form and we will pick some for you based on what you like. If that doesn’t work, surf the Internet on the public computers or grab something from our language section and start brushing up on your foreign languages. Even if everything else fails and you decide you don’t want that book or movie, have seen everything worthwhile on the Internet and decide that you don’t need to know conversational Swahili after all, then at least you got out of the house for a bit.


3.141592653589793238462643383279 Day

Pi.pngIt’s Pi Day!

The day to celebrate pi, the mathematical constant that describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is finally here.

Celebrate by doing complex math equations, having pi recitation competitions with your friends to see who can remember the famously unending number out to the most decimal places (the current world record is 70,030 places) or visiting the Pi Day website.

Or you can do what most people do and take advantage of the famous number’s homophonous relationship with a certain type of dessert and go out for a slice. And while you’re out, eating pie and thinking about pi, feel free to stop into the Moline Library and pick up that book on math (or desserts) that you have been meaning to read. It’s always a good day for pi(e) at the library.

Groundhog Day!

Today is the day! The only day in February we should all be hoping for clouds (clouds mean no shadow, and no shadow means an early spring… I think… honestly, I have always been a little unclear on the whole thing). Either way, six more weeks of winter or an early spring, you can always come to the Moline Library. We’re here rain or shine, winter or spring (Mon-Sat, during normal hours of operation), and we’re here to help. Whether you want to learn about the obscure origins of odd folk holidays involving rodents and fortune-telling or you just want more information on our friend the whistlepig (aka land beaver; aka woodchuck; aka groundhog – who knew they went by so many adorable/ridiculous names?) there is a good chance we can at least point you in the right direction.


Hey, I can see my library from here!