14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson’s Birthday

Goodreads Blog: Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 07, 2017

BudsToday is the birthday of one of literature’s most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson,” Sherlock says at one point. “It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”

To celebrate the good doctor’s birthday, [goodreads.com] asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!

Sherlock1. Dr. John Watson
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories

Sherlock’s friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner and on-hand physician

 

Harry Potter2. Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books

Harry’s fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (especially Hermione) and family

Click here for the rest of the list…

Zinio Users, Switch to RB Digital App

Zinio to RBd

The Zinio for Libraries app is being replaced by the new RBdigital app.

For current Zinio users, and any other Moline Library patrons that are interested in eMagazines, there is a new app in town. The new RBdigital app is available to the public starting Tuesday, June 27.

Switching is easy. All you need to do is download the free RBdigital app from your app store of choice and then log in to the new app using the same log in information (email and password) that you used in the Zinio app. And that’s it!

For first time users, once you download the app, all you will need is your Moline Library card number, your email address and to create a password in order to create an account.

Once you’ve done this all of the magazines that you have checked out in Zinio (if you have any) will automatically show up in the new RBdigital app. You will have to re-download titles but other than that there isn’t anything else that you need to do. Plus, you can search for and check out new issues or magazines right in the app (as opposed to being rerouted to a browser window like in the old app).

For those of you reeling for the sudden change, don’t worry, you have plenty of time to adjust to the idea before you make the switch. The Zinio for Libraries app will still be up and running for a couple of months before it is phased out in favor of the new app. So, if you don’t like change (or just want to wait for the unfortunately inevitable bugs in the new app to be worked out) you can safely wait a little while.

As always, if you have any questions or problems with the app feel free to stop by the second floor reference desk and we will be happy to help.

 

What’s actually surprising is that there are movies coming out that AREN’T based on a book.

Upcoming Movies Based on Books

Valerian by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin

ValerianValerian_filmWhen it comes out: July 21

What the book is about: In the 28th century, the Terran (Earth) empire is vast, stretching across the galaxy, and Galaxity is its capital. But a big empire means big responsibilities, fighting trouble where and when it pops up. Valerian and Laureline are Galaxity agents who protect mankind from rogue time travellers and alien threats and they won’t be spending a lot of time sitting around. Their adventures across time and space are just getting started. 

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

GunslingerThe Dark Tower_filmWhen it comes out: August 4

What the book is about: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Who is up for a little horror-western-sci-fi-fantasy? The first book in this expansive, genre-mashing series lays out the characters you will need to know for the movie – Roland, the Gunslinger; Jake, the boy; and the “man in black.” As for what it is about… well, it gets a little complicated (although it’s nothing compared to the series as a whole) but the first line, written above, really says it all.

 

Author Birthdays – The Last Birthdays Ever

No. Not all of them. Don’t worry, your candles and cake are safe. We’re just talking about “Author Birthdays,” the blog segment.

Why? We’ve come full circle, literally. The Earth has completed an entire orbit around the sun since we started with “Author Birthdays” (that means a year has gone by) and after this week there won’t be any more weeks that we haven’t already covered together.

I know. I know. There are many authors that we missed the first time around and newly famous/infamous authors are popping up all the time, but lets give the numbers time to build back up a bit before we start in again. We’ll do other things that are just as cool. Maybe (dare I say it) cooler.

In the meantime, The Last Author Birthdays (Possibly) Ever!

George Orwell (b. June 25, 1903, Motihari, India; d. January 21, 1950, London, UK)

Orwell“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: 1984

For more information on George Orwell, click here.

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (b. June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switzerland; d. July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France)

Rousseau“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Confessions

For more information on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, click here.

 

The first Rule of the Road is…

Never talk about the Road! …

Although, now that I think about it, I might be getting that mixed up with something else. Maybe I should go to this helpful program to get a quick refresher of the Rules of the Road.

Road Rules

A volunteer instructor, associated with AARP and the Illinois Secretary of State Office, will present a review course of the Illinois Rules of the Road in a free, 90-minute class. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the reference desk at      309-524-2470 or stop by the reference desk to sign up. Drive safe!

Learn Your Library Resources – Novelist Plus

Novelist LogoNoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?

Novelist

To get to Novelist Plus just click on the “Catalogs & Databases” tab at the top left of the Moline Library website and find it on the list. Once you click on the link you will need to enter your 14 digit library card number (if you are accessing Novelist from outside the library) and then you should be all set to begin searching and browsing for your next read.