Preparing for the LSAT? Practicing your creative writing skills? Learning graphic design? Looking for an introductory course on alternative medicine?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we can help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to none of these questions, we still might be able to help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions… we can still help, but you might want to narrow your focus just a bit.
Gale Courses offers easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology, and personal enrichment courses by providing more than 365, six-week long online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. The courses cover a wide variety of topics, arranged into twelve categories ranging from Accounting to Personal Development to Technology. All you need to sign up for any of the courses is your Moline Public Library Card number and the desire to learn and grow as a person. Or just a library card number. But it will work better with both.
You can find the link to Gale Courses on our website on our list of Online Resources. If you have any questions feel free to stop by the reference desk at the library and ask.
Our gift to you this holiday season?
A brand new website to explore and use!
Pop on over to the new molinelibrary.com and take a look. Hopefully you like it as much as we do, but if you have any questions, or even suggestions (it is still a work in progress in spots), don’t hesitate to let us know.
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Now powered by Ancestry.com, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
- U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
- Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
- Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
- Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
- U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through Moline Library website (under the Catalogs & Databases tab), HeritageQuest is a valuable resource to any family history publications or genealogist.
The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.
Sorry. Got a little excited there.
But, as we all know, September is National Library Card Sign Up Month.
It’s kind of a big deal (for libraries). So, if you don’t already have one, sign up for a library card today! You know, if you want to. It only gives you free access to what I am sure is literally tons of books (seriously, we have a lot of books), music, magazines, newspapers, audio books, graphic novels, eBooks and eAudiobooks (and those you don’t even have to come here for), the internet, a whole bunch of fancy databases and resources, etc! And if we don’t have it, we can probably get it for you from another library! Again, FOR FREE! Seriously, why is everyone not here everyday?!?!
I mean, I’m cool. Whatever. Do what you want.
Oh, and if you already have your card here are some other ways to participate in Library Card Sign Up Month.
The yearbook collection is hosted online at archive.org. You can find it under the Catalogs & Databases tab on the Moline Public Library website. Or, if you can’t do without the real thing, the yearbooks themselves are all still available for your perusal in are Local History Room on the second floor of the library.
Looking to learn a new language? Look no further, Moline Library and Mango Languages can help.
Mango is designed to help you learn to think critically in a new language, which conditions your busy minds to retain what you’ve learned. You’ll learn from lessons, conversations between native speakers and culture-packed films in over 70 world languages. From Spanish to Swahili, English to Icelandic, and Shakespeare to Pirate, Mango has virtually everyone’s language and culture curiosities covered. With Mango, you no longer have to choose between learning how to say the Spanish, “estoy aprendiendo español,” or the Croatian, “učim hrvatski.”
Or perhaps someone you know is working on their English? Mango can help with that too. More than one in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home, and nearly 22 percent require development in their English skills. Libraries are perfectly poised to solve this challenge and Mango helps by offering English courses that are easy to follow and fully narrated in the learners’ native language.
Rather have it in mobile format than be stuck to a PC? No problem. Mango’s addicting app is one of the highest-rated education apps out there among library patrons across North America.
Click on the “Catalogs & Databases” tab on the Moline Library’s website to find Mango and start learning a new language today – all it takes is a Moline Library card.
BiblioBoard gives patrons access to a growing collection of ebooks, music and videos featuring public-domain classics, hand-picked licensed material, selected items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and other articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics. There is no limit on simultaneous use; this means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.
From The Red Badge of Courage to 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Do and Know Before They Die, BiblioBoard grants you global access to the some of the best digital materials and storytelling exhibits on a mobile-friendly platform.
BiblioBoard Library can be found on the list of resources under the “Catalogs & Databases” tab on the main page of the Moline Library website. Just click on the link and begin browsing, reading, watching and listening today.