Free Comic Book Day 2022!

Members of the 501st Legion were in attendance, too!

This past Saturday, May 7th, was Free Comic Book Day at the Library! We had such an amazing time getting everything prepared, and it looks like our patrons had a great time with the games and activities we had set up in addition to getting to take home some free comics! Wouldn’t you know it, our table ran out by 3:00!

Free Comic Book Day is an all-ages event, and we mean ALL AGES! The teens and grown-ups even got in on the fun this year!

Once again, a huge thank you to our sponsors for this event: The Friends of the Moline Public Library, and Mellow Blue Planet!

Thank you to everyone who attended this amazing event, and we hope to see you next year for Free Comic Book Day 2023~!

Comic Celebration Art Contest 2022

THE TIME HAS COME!! We have had so many wonderful submissions for the Moline Library’s first ever Comic Celebration Art Contest! Patrons of all ages, from kindergarten all the way to grown ups, submitted their finest art pieces celebrating their love of comics and comic art in general! Take a look at all of the submissions down below

Finally, our winners!! It was a tough race, but the votes are in, counted and triple counted to make sure we forgot nothing and no one in this special contest.

K-2nd Grade Winner: “Crazy Days” by Emma Drenter – 1st Grade

3rd – 5th Grade Winner: “How a Small Tree Grows” by Avery DeVolder – 3rd Grade

6th – 8th Grade Winner: “Mother” by Kaylin Hurt – 8th Grade

18+ Winner: “Diamond and Paradot’s Last Stand” by Samantha Wesson

Thank you to all of our participants! Winning pieces will continue to be on display in the Children’s department through Monday, May 16th! Anyone who wishes to take their artwork home need only stop by the Moline Public Library and let us know!

Congratulations to our winners! We hope to see more amazing art next year!

Browsing the New Books – Biographies

Check out some of the new biographies and books about people we have at the library!

Lil Uzi Vert : emo rap pioneer / by Cynthia Kennedy Henzel
Deb Haaland / by June Thiele ; illustrated by Jeff Bane
Zoë Kravitz / Nora Gardiner
Zendaya / Therese M. Shea

Queen / by Alexis Burling ; Daniel Nester, content consultant
The gardener of Alcatraz : a true story / Emma Bland Smith ; illustrated by Jenn Ely
Quiet fire : Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry / Carol Dommermuth-Costa, Anna Landsverk
The rise (and falls) of Jackie Chan 
/ written by Kristen Mai Giang ; illustrated by Alina Chau

A sporting chance : how Ludwig Guttmann created the Paralympic Games / Lori Alexander ; illustrated by Allan Drummond
Hokusaí : he saw the world in a wave / written by Susie Hodge ; illustrated by Kim Ekdahl
Making their voices heard : the inspiring friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe / words by Vivian Kirkfield ; art by Alleanna Harris
Born hungry : Julia Child becomes “the French chef” / Alex Prud’homme, illustrated by Sarah Green
Pablo Neruda : poeta del pueblo = poet of the people / Monica Brown ; ilustrado por/illustrated by Julie Paschkis ; traducido por/translated by Adriana Dominguez
Jackie and the Mona Lisa / written by Debbie Rovin Murphy ; illustrated by Jen Bricking
The heart of the storm : a biography of Sue Bird / Sharon Mentyka ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney
blaze with color : a story of painter Alma Thomas / written by Jeanne Walker Harvey ; illustrated by Loveis Wise
A dinosaur named Ruth : how Ruth Mason discovered fossils in her own backyard 
/ written by Julia Lyon ; illustrated by Alexandra Bye

All star : how Larry Doby smashed the color barrier in baseball / by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Cannaday Chapman



National Limerick Day!

“There was a young lady of Lynn,
Who was so uncommonly thin
That when she essayed
To drink lemonade
She slipped through the straw and fell in.”

Did you know that May 12th is National Limerick Day? It pays homage to a man by the name of Edward Lear, who wrote hundreds of these funny poems for everyone to enjoy back in the late 1800’s! But what is a Limerick? 

Edward Lear, Master of Limericks

A limerick is a silly poem written with 5 lines in the style of AABBA – no, not the band ABBA! The way that many poems are written are in a particular rhyming scheme, where each line can either rhyme, as in both lines 1 and 2 end in a rhyme, or they don’t. The form Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines- meaning metrical foot, or characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.

A – “There was an Old Man with a beard, 
A – Who said, ‘It is just as I feared! 
B – Two Owls and a Hen, 
B – Four Larks and a Wren, 
A – Have all built their nests in my beard!”

With limericks, some words are completely made up to keep that rhyme scheme! These are called “Nonsense Words” and can be seen in a lot of different books, including Alice in Wonderland. A very good example is one written by Edward Lear, himself, from his poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”:

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,

 If you look at a dictionary today, you can see that Runcible is a type of fork – however, back when the poem was first written, “Runcible” was not a word. It BECAME a word to describe something years and years later! Shakespeare was famous for making up words that later gained a definition, such as the words ‘eyeball’, ‘bump’ and ‘misplace’. One of the MOST famous examples of a nonsense poem is “The Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll (one of Bailey’s personal favorite poems):

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.’

What does it mean? No one knows! But that’s the fun of nonsense and writing limericks!

So for National Limerick Day this year, make up a fun limerick and show us what you got!

There once was a librarian in Moline
Who had troubles following routine
She asked round to find
That those of like mind
Solved that problem with lots of caffeine

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Here is what’s new and newsworthy in children’s literature and public libraries.

  1. Manga has become very popular in the US the last couple years, with each year outperforming the last. I have definitely noticed this trend at MPL as well!
  2. There aren’t a lot of scifi books for kids. Why is that?
  3. Children’s book authors are working together to fight back against the recent boom in censorship and book bans.
  4. LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Children’s and Family Emmys in December. Congrats Mr. Burton!
  5. The Bad Guys animated adaptation has been doing well in the box office with a $24 million dollar opening and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 85% critics and 93% audience. If you want to check out the books before seeing the movie, you can find them on the catalog here.

And that’s all for this month’s Five on Friday! I hope you all enjoyed checking out what’s new in the kidlit world. Be sure to check back in June for the next Five on Friday.

Browsing the New Books – Nonfiction

We have so many awesome new books that it was so hard to choose – I even chose the same book twice for the second image! Click the title of the books below to be taken to the Prairiecat catalog and take one of these cool books home!


Absurd words : a kids’ fun and hilarious vocabulary builder for future word nerds / Tara Lazar

How to go anywhere (and not get lost): a guide to navigation for young adventurers / Hans Aschim ; illustrated by Andrés Lozano

Scholastic book of world records Note: Scroll down to the 2022 edition!

Earth’s incredible oceans / written by Jess French ; illustrated by Claire McElfatrick\

Cocoa girl awesome hair: your step-by-step guide to styling textured hair / Serlina Boyd

Become an app inventor : the official guide from MIT App Inventor : your guide to designing, building, and sharing apps / Karen Lang and Selim Tezel, MIT Inventor Project

Finish the fight! : the brave and revolutionary women who fought for the right to vote / written by the Staff of The New York Times, including Veronica Chambers, Jennifer Schuessler, Amisha Padnani, Jennifer Harlan, Sandra E. Garcia, and Vivian Wang ; portrait illustrations by Monica Ahanonu, Rachelle Baker, Kristen Buchholz, Alex Cabal, Noa Denmon, Ellen Duda, Shyama Golden, Johnalynn Holland, Hillary Kempenich, Nhung Lê, Ella Trujillo, and Steffi Walthall

Fossils from lost worlds / Hélène Rajcak, Damien Laverdunt ; translated by Daniel Hahn

Maker Comics: Create a Costume! / Sarah Myer

The biggest stuff in the universe / by Mr. DeMaio ; illustrated by Saxton Moore

Battle of the butts : the science behind animal behinds / written by Jocelyn Rish ; illustrated by David Creighton-Pester

Mother Goose goes to India / Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Wazza Pink

The last straw : kids vs. plastics / written by Susan Hood ; illustrated by Christiane Engel

The big book of belonging / words & pictures by Yuval Zommer

History Smashers: Plagues and pandemics / Kate Messner ; illustrated by Falynn Koch ; with a special thanks to Ella Messner, who served as a researcher and contributor for this book

Blowholes, book gills, and butt-breathers : how animals get their oxygen / Doug Wechsler

Where did we come from? : a simple exploration of the universe, evolution, and physics / Chris Ferrie

Totally random questions. Volume 1 : 101 wild and weird Q&As / Melina Gerosa Bellows

Beautiful Jim : the world’s smartest horse / Jodie Parachini ; illustrated by Dragan Kordić

What is the weather? / Erin Kelly

Protest! : how people have come together to change the world / by Alice & Emily Haworth-Booth

This is why we pray : a story about Islam, salah, and dua / Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins ; illustrations by Aaliya Jaleel

Nature and me : a guide to the joys and excitements of the outdoors

So you want to build a human? : the ultimate human body manual / Tom Jackson ; illustrated by Jan Bielecki

Seasons / by Erin Kelly