In a world of Google and Amazon, libraries rethink their role

More information is available online than ever. Libraries are stepping in to make sure everyone can access it.

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Not everyone has access to tech resources many take for granted, including laptops and an internet connection. That’s where libraries can help.
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One night a few years ago, Tony Marx was closing up a Bronx library when he noticed a kid sitting on the steps. The boy was pecking away on the oldest laptop Marx had ever seen. Puzzled, Marx asked him what he was doing.

The boy told Marx he was doing his math homework. The assignment was online and the boy’s family couldn’t afford broadband at home. So the youngster camped out on the library stoop to pick up its leaked signal.

“Holy moly,” Marx, the president and CEO of the New York Public Library, remembers thinking. “‘In the information capital of the world, this kid can’t do the math homework we want him to do to succeed.'”

Since then, the NYPL has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, which is exactly what it sounds like: the gap between those who can easily get online and those who can’t.

Read the whole article by Abrar Al-Heeti on

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.

The British are coming!

Attention anglophiles, admirers of British accents and fans of good television! BBC shows are now available through hoopla!

BBC Hoopla

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If you don’t know about hoopla yet, click here to find out about hoopla and our other digital resources.

If you know about it but haven’t downloaded the app and checked it out you can click here to get an idea of what you’re missing. for Libraries Class

ancestry basics

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.

Learn Your Library Resources – Wireless Printing

Print documents straight from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Once you have saved your document on your wireless device just go to the Moline Public Library website ( Once your there scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Print Wirelessly.”

From there you just need to choose black and white or color printing, give the print job a name (we recommend keeping it short) and click “Browse” to find and upload your document from your device. Then click the next arrow on the bottom right.

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Next you’ll need to choose the number of copies that you need. From there, after clicking the next arrow again, you will be taken taken to a page where your document will be processed and pages counted. Once the green print button appears click on it and you should be all set. Once you get the “YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN PROCESSED” message in the document status box, your print job will be waiting for you in the library’s copy center.

Now you just have to enter the name you gave you at the beginning of the process at the print station to bring up your print job, pay and print. A simple, 14-step process. 🙂

We promise it’s not as bad as it sounds and, as always, if you have any questions please stop by the second floor information desk and ask. We’re happy to help.