Anyone who has ever tried to organize their bookshelves can tell you that books are not a standard size. In fact, even books that fall under the same category (mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardcovers) can vary wildly. It makes a perfectly matched shelf very difficult.
Despite all of those different sizes, though, almost all books have a certain proportion. From books that could hang off your keychain to dictionaries you can hardly lift, they are almost always rectangles taller than they are wide, at around the same proportions (width:height of about 5:8). And this isn’t a new invention of mass printing: according to The Book by Keith Houston, the oldest books in the world have about the same proportions, though they were often slightly taller than our books now.
Why is that?
A list for bibliophiles who—like us—love a great book-to-screen bingeable series.
There’s one thing we can say about the advent of streaming TV: It’s been a boon for fans of book-to-film adaptations. The two series that arguably gave streaming networks their current air of prestige respectability—House of Cards and Orange is the New Black—were both adaptations. In fact, since those early days of original streaming programming, Netflix has churned out a steady diet of top-notch fare for us bibliophiles who feel the allure of a small-screen binge. Whether you’re looking for a fun date night movie, a guilty pleasure to unwind with after a long day, or your next great binge, we’ve got you covered with this list of Netflix adaptations.
Ghosts of the Quad Cities book program by authors Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, courtesy of Arcadia Publishing and the History Press.
The authors share the haunted heritage of the Quad Cities at places as Moline’s Riverside Cemetery and Arsenal Island. The city centers have their own illustrious supernatural residents—the Hanging Ghost occupies Davenport’s City Hall, while the Phantom Washwoman wanders Bettendorf’s Central Avenue.
Mark McLaughlin is a Bram Stoker Award–winning author whose fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in more than one thousand magazines, newspapers, websites and anthologies.
Michael McCarty is a five-time Bram Stoker Award finalist and winner of the David R. Collins’ Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center. He is the author of more than forty books, including Ghostly Tales of Route 66.
Copies of their book, Ghosts of the Quad Cities are available for sale and signing at the program.
Join us for a walking tour of six square blocks along the Moline-Rock Island border by the Mississippi River, commonly called the Sylvan Slough area. Dr. Norm Moline, Professor Emeritus of Geography at Augustana College, will explain how this area has numerous examples of natural resource sustainability. Tour will be approximately 1.5 hours. Dr. Moline will be available for an optional tour of Sylvan Island afterwards for those who are interested.
Meet in the parking lot of Sylvan Island at 1st Ave & 2nd Street, Moline.
Registration is required.
Trace your family history through the in-library online database, Ancestry Library Edition. The popular database includes over 10 billion genealogical records, the world’s largest online family history resource.
Bob Conklin, Adult Services Librarian, discusses and demonstrates basic features of the database. Collections within the database include birth, marriage, and death records, military records, newspapers, and immigration records, and much more.
Seating is limited and registration is required in person at the 2nd floor Information Desk or by phone at 309-524-2470.