Learn how to use Ancestry.com at the Moline Public Library!

Ancestry Library Edition Database Class

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.



Learn Your Library Resources – Moline Dispatch Archives

Did you know that the Moline Public Library has over 100 years of the Moline Dispatch on microfilm?!

Or that a large portion of that microfilm collection has also been digitized and is available in a text-searchable database online?!

The searchable, digital archives of the Moline Dispatch (and its predecessors) are available to anyone from anywhere. The collection, which includes papers from 1850-1859 and 1870-1969, can be found on Online Resources page under the Fing It tab on the Moline Public Library website. Or you can just click this link.
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Need to look for a year that hasn’t been digitized yet (or just dislike computers)? No worries. You can always still come into the library and search the microfilm directly on the public microfilm machines. Staff are always happy to get you started and to help with printing or saving what you find.

Ancestry.com for Libraries Class

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Trace your family history using Ancestry Library Edition, in-library only online genealogical database.

This introductory class will give participants a basic overview of Ancestry Library Edition.  Bob Conklin, Adult Services Librarian, discusses and demonstrates basic features of the database which contains over 10 billion genealogical records.  Collections within Ancestry Library include birth, marriage, and death records; military records; census and immigration records and much more.

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience.  The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities:  Exploring the Human Endeavor.”

Registration is required in person at the 2nd floor Information Desk or by phone at 309-524-2470, seating is limited.

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.

The Top 10 Libby and OverDrive Questions Answered


With all of the exciting updates to Libby and your OverDrive service as well as the constant stream of new books being added to your digital library, it’s understandable that your users may have some questions. Can I download the files? What about Kindle? Or even the standard, but often asked, “How do I get started?” To answer these and any other OverDrive-related questions we’ve created two handy websites that you and your patrons can access any time you need. OverDrive Help is your one stop shop for articles, videos and how to guides for your OverDrive service. If you have a more specific, Libby related question, there’s Libby Help to take a deep dive into all the tips and tricks of our award winning one-tap app.

Both of these websites provide the answers readers are looking for whether they’re first time eBook readers or they’ve been borrowing digital books for years. Some questions may be asked more than others so to help lend a hand, below are links to the most popular articles on both sites below.

Libby OverDrive FAQs 1Frequently Asked Libby Help questions

How do I send books to Kindle & How do I make Kindle my preferred way to read

Given that OverDrive is the only digital book company working with libraries to have Kindle compatibility, it makes sense your users will want to make sure they understand how it works. These are perfect articles to have readily available for sharing.

What’s the difference between Libby and the OverDrive app

This question may come up for current OverDrive app users. We suggest all users try Libby as their digital reading app and in the event your users are looking for the difference between the two, this article is the perfect answer.

Downloading or deleting titles

When you borrow a book on Libby one of the main benefits is the instant availability of the title, thanks to the ability to stream it through OverDrive Read. If a user asks how they can actually download the files, you can provide them this article. Here you’ll also find information on how to delete titles.

Managing download settings

This is a great article to send to patrons that are worried about data usage. They can quickly pop into their settings in Libby so it only downloads titles when connected to WiFi, providing peace of mind.


Top OverDrive Help articles

What updates have been made to my library’s digital collection recently?

Our developers are constantly innovating the digital reading experience for your patrons. This article is great to have on hand to keep everyone up to speed with what’s new.

Getting started with OverDrive

Thousands of people are still discovering that their library offers eBooks and audiobooks for free, so this is still a highly sought out article. Keep it handy for those first time users.

How to enable cookies on your mobile device

OverDrive websites require the use of cookies for better performance and functionality. By default, browsers on mobile devices are set up to accept cookies, so you shouldn’t have to manual adjust anything. However, if you get an error telling you to enable cookies while browsing an OverDrive site on your mobile device, follow these steps below.

Getting started with Kindle Books from your library

As we mentioned above, users love reading on their Kindle, so be sure to take advantage of OverDrive’s exclusive compatibility in your promotions and conversations with patrons.

How do I get started using Libby?

And we’ve come full circle! This getting started guide is perfect for both current and new users looking to try out Libby. They’re sure to love the one-tap reading experience.



For all of your users who happen to be visual learners be sure to point them in the direction of both our Libby intro video and all of our OverDrive Help videos as well.

No matter what type of question a patron may have, these tools are sure to provide the right answers to get them back to creating reading happiness in your digital library.

By Adam Sockel, May 23, 2018, first appearing on OverDrive Blogs

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.


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.

Learn Your Library Resources – LearningExpress Library

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LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. This great resource includes more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks that will help with basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation and career advancement.

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Getting started is easy. Just go to the Moline Library website and click on the “Find It” tab. Then select “Online Resources” and scroll down to find “LearningExpress Library” on the list. And feel free to check out all of our other great online resources on the list while you are there!

How to begin once you’re in?

  1. Click on “Sign In/Register”
  2. First time? Click “Register” and complete the “New User Registration” form. Returning users can just enter their username and password and click “Sign In.”
  3. Browse the different categories that interest you, or search for something specific.
  4. Get started learning about a career, practicing exams, sharpening skills and so much more!