The battle for the future of e-books is happening at your local library.

People are flocking to free e-books and streaming movies at their public libraries, but in the age of digital media, it’s hard to own and lend a digital book.

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If you haven’t visited your local public library lately, you might not realize that you no longer need to physically drop by to check out a book or a movie.

Thousands of public libraries now let their members check out e-books they can download on their smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. They also lend digital audiobooks anyone can listen to as they commute and streaming online movies to view on a computer, phone, or smart TV. Like other public library materials, they’re generally available for free to anyone with a library card.

But whether you’re a library or an individual fan, you can’t truly own digital materials the way you can own a printed book or a movie on DVD or VHS…

Read the rest of the article at fastcompany.com.

Immigration and Citizenship Workshop at the Library!

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Representatives from QCAIR and Esperanza Legal Assistance Center will be at the library to provide information on various immigration situations and how to become a U.S. Citizen. Attendees will be able to ask questions and get help with forms regarding their own immigration status.

This workshop is FREE. No registration is required.

TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR LIBRARIAN

“You’re a librarian? You must love to read!”

“You’re a librarian? You must know a lot about books!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard declarations like these when people find out I’m a public librarian…

With this widespread librarians-love-to-read assumption, I was surprised by how few library patrons asked me or my co-workers for recommendations when I first started working in a public library. Upon reflection, however, I realize that asking a librarian for a book recommendation might be uncomfortable or intimidating. I’m a stranger, I’m behind a big imposing desk…why would anyone want to talk to me about what they should read next?

If you’re going to take the plunge and ask a librarian for title suggestions, click here for some tips to get the best out of the interaction from Book Riot.

 

Or you could try out Moline Public Library’s very own personalized book recommendation service, Library Concierge!  

 

Do you have yours yet?

September is National Passport Month!

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Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

September marks the beginning of fall slow-down that National Passport Services usually experiences every year, so it is the perfect time to remind people to get their passports! Processing times are quicker and acceptance facilities are less busy starting in autumn, so why wait until things get busy again (normally around January or February)?

The Moline Public Library is an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility and accepts passport applications on behalf of the U. S. Department of State.

We offer processing for first-time applicants, applicants that were under 16 years of age when their most recent passport was issued and applicants whose most recent passport has been expired for more than 5 years.

Those eligible to use the DS-82 Passport Renewal form do not need to go to an acceptance facility to process their application (although we would still be happy to take your new passport photo for you).

We are not a Regional Passport Agency and do not provide physical passports on site.

To make an appointment or ask a question you can call us at 309-524-2470 or stop by the Information Desk on the second floor.

 

What Else We Found…

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Want more recommendations about what to read, watch or listen to based upon what you have already liked? Click here to get a list of personalized recommendations.

5 Million? Really?

Did you know?

5.2 million programs were offered by public libraries in 2016. (Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services 2016 public libraries data.)

That’s a lot of free (or mostly free) entertainment/instruction/information!

No wonder Americans go the library 3 times as often as they go to the movies. For a list of the programs coming up at the Moline Public Library you can click here to see our events calendar.

For more interesting (and impressive) library facts check out the list on ilovelibraries.org.

Did you know?

We are everywhere!

By “We” I mean public libraries, of course.

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According to the American Library Association there are 16,568 public libraries (including branch locations) in the United States!

That’s more libraries than there are Starbucks! Than there are McDonald’s! More than all the KFCs, Taco Bells and Walmarts put together! 

According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, those 16,568 libraries serve over 297 million people, over 96% of the population! There are 3 libraries and 5.8 library outlets (branches, bookmobiles, etc.) for every 100,000 people.

It turns out we are a big part of life for a huge number of Americans. We’re just kind of quiet about it. Self-promotion is difficult when you have been quietly doing your job of providing free access to books, information, technology, services and educational, cultural and entertainment programming for the last couple of hundred years. We are working on it, but it is slow going.

The good news is that you can help. If you are one of those 297 million that we serve, and odds are good that your are, just keep us in mind. Remember us the next time you’re in line at Starbucks, and maybe make a note to let somebody know about how great the local library is.

It doesn’t matter where your are, there should be one nearby.