Author Birthdays – Out like a (slightly chilly) lamb

Louis L’Amour (b. March 22, 1908, Jamestown, ND; d. June 10, 1988, Los Angeles, CA)

LAmour“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Sackett’s Land 

For more information on Louis L’Amour, click here.


Tennessee Williams (b. March 26, 1911, Columbus, MS; d. February 25, 1983, New York, NY)

Williams“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Streetcar Named Desire

For more information on Tennessee Williams, click here.


John Jakes (b. March 31, 1932, Chicago, IL)

Jakes“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: North and South, The Bastard

For more information on John Jakes, click here.


William Manchester (b. April 1, 1922, Attleboro, MA; d. June 1, 2004, Middletown, CT)

Manchester“Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Last Lion, American Caesar

For more information on William Manchester, click here.


Milan Kundera (b. April 1, 1929, Brno, Czech Republic)

Kundera“Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

For more information on Milan Kundera, click here.

Celebrate the fall of Barad-dur at the Moline Library!

Tolkien Reading DayAccording to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!

So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.

“My name is James Tiberius Kirk.”

Happy (eventual) birthday Captain Kirk !


Now available in Original and Alternate Time-Line!


On this day, March 22, in fictional future history, 216 years from now, another of the best imaginary captains to ever fictionally exist will have been born in Riverside, Iowa… or deep space, depending on which reality you’re in… The place doesn’t really matter. You celebrate the day after all and now is the time.

Feeling nostalgic and/or confused? Want to revisit the adventures of one of the best commanders in Starfleet history and/or figure out what the heck I am talking about? The Moline Library has you covered. Come check out Star Trek: The Original series, the movies, the”reboot” movies, or any of a number of Star Trek novels to fill in the gaps between the episodes and movies! It could keep you busy for a while. And if you get hooked, there is alway the Next Gen series, movies and books – vive le Jean-Luc!

There’s Still Time!…

To read the book before the movie comes out.

Zookeepers WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

When it comes out: March 31 (better hurry on this one)

What it’s about: True story of how zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland helped to save their animal charges as well as hundreds of people during the Nazi occupation of their country in the early days of WWII.


WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

When it comes out: April 7

What it’s about: The story focuses on Auggie, a young boy born with a facial deformity, who is about to start attending school for the first time. The story is as much about how Auggie and others view him as it is about the struggle to fit in and to accept.


Lost City of ZThe Lost City of Z by David Grann

When it comes out: April 14

What it’s about: Another non-fiction book about historical events, this is the author’s account of his search for the lost expedition of the famous British explorer Percy Fawcett that disappeared in the Amazon in 1925 searching for the eponymous fabled city. The narrative jumps back and forth between the authors own journey into the jungle and Fawcett’s ill-fated expedition.

Author’s Birthday – Here comes December

William Blake (b. November 28, 1757, London, UK; d. August 12, 1827, Westminster, UK)

Fine looking gentleman“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

For more information on William Blake, click here.


Rita Mae Brown (b. November 28, 1944, Hanover, PA)

CATS!!!“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Wish You Were Here

For more information on Rita Mae Brown, click here.


Louisa May Alcott (b. November 29, 1832, Philadelphia, PA; d. March 6, 1888, Boston, MA)

Oh, Louisa May“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Little Women

For more information on Louisa May Alcott, click here.


C.S. Lewis (b. November 29, 1898, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; d. November 22, 1963, Oxford, UK)

Not how I pictured him. I thought he would look more... lion-y“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Out of the Silent Planet

For more information on C.S. Lewis, click here.




Jonathan Swift (b. November 30, 1667, Dublin, Ireland; d. October 19, 1745, Dublin, Ireland)

Hmmm. He doesn't look like he'd be very fast.“Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Gulliver’s Travels

For more information on Jonathan Swift, click here.


Mark Twain (AKA Samuel Clemens) (b. November 30, 1835, Florida, MO; d. April 21, 1910, Redding, CT)

The man.“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For more information on Mark Twain, click here.


Winston Churchill (b. November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, UK; d. January 24, 1965, London, UK)

The British man.“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Gathering Storm

For more information on Winston Churchill, click here.



T.C. Boyle (b. December 2, 1948, Peekskill, NY)

I don't know where to start“The compulsively readable events of my life occurred mainly in infancy, and it’s been pretty humdrum ever since.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Tortilla Curtain

For more information on T.C. Boyle, click here.


Joseph Conrad (b. December 3, 1857, Berdychiv, Ukraine; d. August 3, 1924, Bishopsbourne, UK)

Looks like a solid guy“I don’t like work… but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Heart of Darkness

For more information on Joseph Conrad, click here.



Now we’re cooking!

October is National Cookbook Month!


Oct. 12 is Cookbook Launch Day! Write down your recipes and start your own cookbook!

You may not know this, but the library has soooooo many cookbooks.

Check the catalog, I’ll wait.

See, hundreds and hundreds. Pizza, pies, potatoes, whatever you want.

So, between now and Halloween, when you have time, maybe celebrate cookbooks by taking a quick trip the library to browse the 641s (the Dewey number for cookbooks) and pick up a few new, practical, healthy dinner recipes. Or decadent dessert recipes. You know, whatever.