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!  

 

Have some extra vacation days lying around?

CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK, MAY 5-11!

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. Maybe it’s a bit short notice to actually go on a little trip this week, but you could at least start planning one.

Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there? Good questions. Here is where we would recommend going to look.

Travel Destinations: Dewey Decimal Call Numbers by Location

Globe USA-states

Dewey Travel

hoopla! is now compatible with Amazon’s Alexa!

hoopla now supports Amazon Alexa devices!

You can play borrowed audiobooks and music albums directly on your Amazon Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show devices.

Learn (Where to Find) Your Library Resources – The List

The library is a great place.

I know, of course I would say that, I work there, but that doesn’t make it less true. Public libraries are, generally speaking, welcoming places filled with helpful people that are their solely to serve their respective community. They do this by providing their community with quality services, resources and information (it is literally in our mission statement).

‘Fine, but what about when the library is closed?’ I’m glad I pretended you asked that.

Even when we are closed you have access to numerous online resources provided by the library through our website. Some on the resources will require a Moline Library card number to sign in, but you can access all of them for free, 24/7. Just look for “Online Resources” under the “Find It” tab on our website.

Find It

From there you can view all the available resources sorted into helpful categories,

By Category

or as one big list.

List

Whichever way you prefer to look at them, we hope that you will start putting them to good use today. As always, if you have any questions about anything we offer feel free to stop by the library and ask, or you can call us at (309) 524-2440.

Whenever, Wherever

Can’t find time to read? Some illustrated solutions.

Grant Snider is a cartoonist and illustrator, and the author, most recently, of “The Shape of Ideas.”

TODAY IS WORLD BACK UP DAY!

Do you know where your data is?

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Just a friendly reminder, whether you are using the public computers at the Moline Public Library or your home computer (or any other computer or digital device for that matter), back up your work and important files. Things go wrong, and you don’t want to lose that new resume that you just spent 2 hours on because of a power surge (or because someone accidentally kicked a cord and unplugged your computer), so save your work and save it often. Trust us, it is a good habit to have and you’ll be happier for it in the long run.

Renew Your Items Up to 3 Times in 2018!

Happy New Year!

In 2018, most items you check at can be renewed up to three times.  Renewals can be done via your online account, by visiting the Circulation Desk, or by calling 1-888-542-7259.

3Some items will not be eligible for renewal, such as items with waiting lists, equipment, passes to local attractions, and new materials.  Entertainment DVDs and Video Games may only be renewed in person with the $1 rental fee.   For more information about renewals, ask at the Circulation Desk or call 309-524-2450.

So go ahead, check out War and Peace or the 28 disc audiobook version of Outlander.  You’ve got time!