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 hoopladigital.com

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

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Maker Invasion!

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Miss Janna

Grief: Helping Children Through It

As adults, we find it difficult to deal with grief…..but how in the world do we help the children in our lives deal with it?

In just the last 8 years that I’ve been at this job, I’ve lost more friends, family, and acquaintances than I have fingers to count them on!  As an adult, I know that death is a natural part of life, and the grieving process is different for everyone.  But still, some days, it’s been hard to get up in the morning.  It’s been hard to come in to work. It’s just been plain hard.  I’ve heard it said that grief is the price one pays for loving.  If that’s true, then I’m grateful to have loved so many.  And I’m grateful for my understanding co-workers who’ve stepped in to cover for me when things have been tough!

During difficult times, I have always turned to books for help and guidance; looking for those little gems or nuggets of wisdom that can help me deal with whatever emotion I’m feeling. Also helpful have been internet searches for inspirational words and guidance. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of picture books and internet links that might help YOU help a child who is grieving.

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia

And So It Goes by Paloma Valdivia

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved

The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic

 

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/death.html

https://childmind.org/article/helping-children-deal-grief/

https://www.centerforloss.com/2016/12/helping-children-cope-grief/

Friends Foundation

Does your library have a Friends Group or a book sale room? My library is very lucky to have both.

Our Friends Group is made up a volunteers who give their time weeding, sorting and selling the donated books, magazines and other items that we receive on a daily basis. Some days it is just a few items, other days it is several boxes of items to be gone through.

Our Friends Group does a great job sorting the donated items for their shelves in the Friends Books Sale Room. There are set store hours and the Friends also donate their time keeping the store open.

Our Friends’ book sale room always has books, magazines and DVDs ($1). Sometimes there are jigsaw puzzles, calendars, greeting cards and craft booklets. Most items are a quarter, but a few items go for a bit more.

I check the sale room on a weekly basis looking for books to share with my mums who enjoys mysteries as much as I do. Then when she is finished with the books I donate the books back so they can be sold again.

The Friends make a nice amount of money with their sale room. The Children’s Department requests money from the Friends for special programs and books for finishers of the Summer Reading Program. We would not be able to offer some of our great programs without their assistance.

Near the end of October each year the Friends hold the annual Basket Fundraiser with more than 25 baskets to choose from. This year two of the items are a John Deere Bike and Whitey’s Ice Cream gift cards. There will also be educational toys and great things that adults will like.

Join your local Friends group and help out your library!

Miss Sarah

BOOK REVIEW: THE UNCOMMONERS BOOK 1: THE CROOKED SIXPENCE

I can almost always tell by the first chapter of a book whether it is one that will endear itself to my lil’ book worm heart.  Jennifer Bell’s The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence was not only endearing but filled the void that had been left by some of my favorite series.  This trilogy opener has magic, mystery, humor and adventure as Ivy and her brother Seb end up unexpectedly in a land called Lundinor, where nothing is as they know it in their world.  Check out the book trailer below for the publisher’s quick summary.  If you read and loved the Harry Potter series, The Underland Chronicles (Gregor the Overlander) or The Land of Stories and were left feeling like no other book or series would measure up, give this series a try.  I devoured book one and am anxiously awaiting book two!

 

Full disclosure: I read this using an audio book.  I’d pop it in and listen on my drive to the library each day.  Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning actress who did a beautiful job bringing individual voice and personality to each and every character.  I have listened to many books read by her, but by far, this was my favorite. From the slightly dented bicycle bell named Scratch (who has a slight issue with speech) to the mysterious Valian, to Grandma Sylvie herself, Entwistle seamless reads from one character to the next in a way that will have you lost in the story and isn’t that what the best books do?  Not to worry though, for those who need the physical book, the smell of the paper, the sound of the pages turning, we have traditional book copies available as well and Jennifer Bell’s writing on it’s own will pull you into the land of Lundinor and all of the curiosities it holds.

 

Miss Marta