Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet

Earlier this month,  I wrote about helping children through grief.  In that post, I mentioned losing several friends, family and acquaintances within the last few years.

Well,  now I’m facing the imminent loss of my dog, Jake. He’s been a special dog – we rescued him from a shelter when he was about 4 years old.  Jake filled up our empty nest after our last child had gone off to college.  He’s been the best behaved and well trained dog we ever had, probably because someone else trained him!  Jake is a black labrador retriever, so if your’e at all familiar with that breed, just looking at their eyes is enough to melt your heart!  He’s been our faithful companion, walking partner,  chief snuggler, and friend.

My husband and I learned this week that he has bone cancer, and that it will most likely spread quickly.  He’s already slowing down, so we’re spending time with him and loving him as much as we can before we have to let him go.

If a child in your life is dealing with the loss of a pet, here are some books that may help them understand and cope with their emotions.

Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas

The Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal

Tulip and Lupin Forever by Mireille Levert

Adios a Goldie by Fran Manushkin

Kate the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet by Wayne Wilson

My Old Pal Oscar by Amy Hest

Good-bye Fish by Judith Koppens

Life and I: A Story About Death by  Elizabeth Helland Larsen

Miss Teresa




Notary Public and Passport Services at Your Library!

Many libraries offer services that might surprise a few people. Two unusual things we offer are Notary Public and Passport services.


A notary public can witness a signature on a document with a proper photo ID. Remember not to sign the document, the notary must see you sign the document. There is a small fee for this service.


Yes, you can apply for a passport at our library! We have several passport acceptance agents who are trained by the Department of State to accept your application. Applications are available on line or you may pick one up at the library. You can also get your passport photo taken at the library, just let us know when you sign up for an appointment.


Unlike many places these services are available in the evening or on Saturdays.

Miss Sarah

Movies, Comics, Music and More with Hoopla!

The Moline Public Library offers Hoopla free to patrons with a valid Moline library card.

Easy to do with just 3 steps.

1.       Download Hoopla or go to

2.       Log in with your Moline library card.

3.       Borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, comics and more!

Once you are in, you will discover a wide variety of audiobooks, movies, music, comics, ebooks and television that you can download to your mobile device for free. You may check out up to 8 items per month. Search by title, artist, series or genre, or you can search in kids mode so you do not have to worry about the content your child sees. If you don’t know what you are looking for you can have Hoopla create a recommendation list by choosing topics you like. It’s a great option for when you are away from home and looking for some free entertainment.

The best part is you don’t have to worry about late fees!

Miss Christina

Fantastic Books for Fall!

Faded Fall

It finally feels like autumn is really here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to revel in fall family fun. Here we’ll show off a few of our fall favorites, like cookbooks, storybooks and pumpkin carving books to give you inspiration and ideas all month long!

My family hit the pumpkin patch and the apple orchard all in one day, so I have a counter filled with fresh-picked squash and apples, just waiting to be made into something delicious! One of my favorite things to make with my kiddos are pumpkin muffins- and we make them all year long! It’s amazing how easy it is to get even the youngest helpers on board when you’re making something sweet to eat. Our favorite recipe for pumpkin muffins comes from one of Moline Library’s  very own kid cookbooks, called Fall Shakes to Harvest Bakes by Marilyn LaPenta and my favorite part is it takes only ten minutes to prepare, and the instructions use a lot of pictures, so my kids can clearly understand it and follow along. We also have a great selection of Halloween cookbooks for kids, including Wormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes by Brekka Hervey Larrew, and A Halloween Cookbook by Sarah Schuette, and Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen.

For those of you for whom fall means FOOTBALL, we even have football-themed kid cookbooks, featuring yummy recipes like sweet potato chips, BLTs and more!  Check out Football Fuel: Recipes for Before, During, and After the Big Game and Football Tailgating Recipes: Tasty Treats for the Stadium Crowd both by Katrina Jorgensen.

So grab your kids and get cooking together! You’ll make tasty treats and sweet memories!

Fall is best for cuddling up together with a good book! So here’s a few of our fall favorites:

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

This book features lovely illustrations and pull-out surprises highlighting fall favorites, such as migration, hibernation and more! 9781419721250_s3

Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde

Darling illustrations and adorable story!


Ellen’s Apple Tree by Catarina Kruusval

A favorite at my house! A sweet tale about the life of an apple tree, and the family who loves it.

ellen's apple tree

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Simple text with large, colorful illustrations of fall scenes every child can relate to.

in the middle of fall

Awesome Autumn! by Bruce Goldstone

Chock full of fun fall facts paired with great pictures, this book covers all the things that are special about fall!



I don’t know about you, but pumpkin carving is not my forte, so when I found our pumpkin-carving idea books here at the library, I was ecstatic!


Pumpkin Decorating by Vickie Rhodes

How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins by Sarah L. Schuette


Click here for some other great Halloween Book suggestions from Amanda and Quad City Moms Blog!

Miss Janna

CSI Exploratorium

Join us October 18th from 2 to 3:30 for CSI Exploratorium! For those who don’t know, Exploratorium is a weekly program for kindergarten to fifth graders where we cover all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  We usually do this program as a drop in, where you can come anytime from 2 to 3:30 BUT we are changing that a bit for CSI Exploratorium.  The program will be from 2 to 3:30  but it will NOT be a drop in. Make sure you are here at 2pm to join in the fun as real detectives and techs from the Moline Police Department will be here to guide us through some very exciting parts of their job!  Want details about this and other programs?  Click here for our calendar!

Miss Marta

Lemonade Stand

Willa, a young library patron, decided to have a lemonade stand in her family’s front yard. Before the big day Willa decided to donate the money made from the lemonade stand to our library. Signs were made, treat were prepped and the big day happened!

Willa along with younger brother Henry have manned three lemonade stands to benefit our library. Last year we had a children’s program that was funded from the lemonade stand sales. Not sure what we will do with the money this year, but I’m sure we will think of something.

These children received recognition from our director with library medals and buttons declaring the two Library Ambassadors. We did have to explain what an ambassador is, but hey the learned a new word!

We are very lucky to have such fine young patrons of the library!  Willa and Henry are wonderful young children being raised by loving parents, Elaine & Jeff, in our city.

Check out the great article written about our young Library Ambassadors!

Miss Sarah