Painted Lady Butterflies


Just a few feet away from me are a couple dozen caterpillars eating their fill and growing like weeds.  They looked like a black piece of pipe cleaner (chenille stem) less than half an inch long when they first arrived.

Now they are an inch long getting plump and their hair though sparse looks white. For three weeks the caterpillars will eat their fill and during that time they will shed their skin four times! When they reach the end of the caterpillar stage they will be hairy, black with yellow and about two inches long.

Caterpillars have a hole just under their mouth and silk thread comes from it. In a safe spot the caterpillar will spin the thread into a small pad to hang from. While they are hanging their skin will split open from top to bottom and you can see the shiny green case which is the chrysalis.

Amazing things happen inside a chrysalis. The caterpillar loses all shape and turns into a liquid, then reforms into a butterfly. This process take a bit longer than a week. The butterflies will  push on the chrysalis and slowly emerge.

The butterflies are very tired and will rest for a short bit before unfolding their soft and wrinkled wings. After a few hours the wings will be dry and the butterflies can fly into the air.

Miss Sarah


Having Fun with Math and Science online

Today while researching a blog topic, I came across a really great online resource and wanted to share.

It is an online gameboard for kids and parents from the Idaho Commission for Libraries called Have Fun with Math and Science located at

Each square on the board has a different STEM-based activity linked.  For example, the spot labeled Play the Button Guessing Game links to an online pattern game through the teacher resource website, Annenberg Lerner.

Other sites linked include PBS Parents, Highlights, and Scholastic.

Even the icons around the gameboard, like the little guy in the rowboat, link to fun videos!  He links to a video of a dolphin blowing bubble rings from the wonderful video site The Kid Should See This

The gameboard site also contains tips on how best to use the online gaming sessions with your child, and real-life STEM activities, as well as screen-time guildelines for children.

I did notice some of the links are dead, but other games could be easily found on the linked site with a few clicks.  And the library-related game elements link to Idaho libraries, but you can find the link to our online catalog here.

It is sometimes difficult to find safe online gaming options, especially educational ones.  This gameboard helps to take a lot of the hunting out of finding a good site, and it makes playing the games and doing the activities a game itself!

Overall, a really great way to share computer time with your little one!

Miss Tess


The Dog Ate My Book!

As much as we want all of the books at the library to be given the best care possible, we understand that life happens.  Babies rip pages, toddlers color the nice white inside covers, adults drop entire books in bath tubs and dogs? Well…



Life happens.  Just because it happens doesn’t mean you will be banned from the library.  It doesn’t mean that you will be given the eyes-over-the-rim-of-the-glasses stare from now on when you walk in.  We get it.  In fact, even staff members have been in the same spot at one point or another and had to replace a book.


If you ever are in this same predicament, let me give you the inside scoop of what to do and how this breaks down.


First things first… TELL US THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE BOOK.  This may seem like common sense, but we frequently encounter patrons who are too ashamed to come and tell us what happened.  Don’t be!  You aren’t the first person to have this happen and you won’t be the last.  If we know about it, you will have some options for the best way to deal with the situation which is much better than letting it go past due.  Who knows?  You may even be surprised to find out that if the damage is minimal (which is decided by the person who selects books in each section) you may walk away with nothing more than a “thanks for letting us know!”


If you don’t fall on that kind of luck and must replace a book, there are a couple fees you can expect.  The first is called a processing fee.  No, this isn’t something we made up, I promise.  The barcodes, spine labels, and covers all have an expense.  It also costs us per book we add to our collection, even if it is a title we have previously owned.  Therefore we must collect a small fee to cover these expenses and this is the same for everyone whether a book is lost or damaged and needs replaced.


The second fee is called a replacement fee.  This one is based on the cost of the book. This fee gives you a bit more of a choice, however.  You can either pay the dollar amount that we paid for the item to replace it and be totally done and on to checking out new things OR you may ask the staff member who purchases the type of book that was damaged if you may purchase the exact same item (the ISBN numbers must match, hardback for hardback, etc) as a replacement.  The selector has the right to decline the book based on its condition or if it does not fit the exact copy we have in our system.  ALWAYS ask the selector or a staff member BEFORE you purchase a replacement copy to ensure you have all the correct information. Certain titles may be out of print or have other circumstances that would make finding a new or like new replacement copy unlikely and we don’t want to have you make a purchase that we know ahead of time we cannot accept.


All of that said, we try our very best to work with families who find themselves dealing with a damaged library book.  If a new or like new copy is brought in we typically accept it as a replacement which then means that you only pay the processing fee.


Oh, I almost forgot!  One neat little side note:  you get to keep the book that was damaged if you so choose since you technically purchased its replacement.


To see our official policy on damaged and lost books, click here.


No matter what happens to the items you have checked out, remember, we are here to help you however we can and get you back to enjoying everything the library has to offer!

Miss Marta






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Best Books to Gift

I know.  You’ve opened this post thinking we are going to be telling you about some of our favorite books to give as gifts.  While that post would be excellent for this time of year, there is another type of gifting that comes to mind for me.


I’m sure if your house is anything like mine, you have more books than you know what to do with.  And what do people love to give your kiddos for gifts?  Books!  They are a great gift that usually lasts longer than new clothes and keeps their interest longer than a new toy.  At a certain point though, as kids transition from those early readers to picture books and from picture books right on in to chapter books, you will be faced with the job of going through those books to decide which beloved titles will make the cut and stay on the shelf and which ones will need to be rehomed.  And this is where MY gifting comes into play.


Did you know that you can give these books to the library?  We can even give a receipt for tax purposes if you like.  Donations are really helpful to us for different reasons.  Often, people think if they give us a book, we put it on our shelves.  Sometimes this is true, but I want to give you the inside scoop.


We have a group of volunteers, The Friends of the Moline Public Library, and they actually receive all of our donations.  Any books that are in good shape are given to the library staff who purchase books for the collection.  If there is a need and they are in good condition we will gratefully add the books to our collection.  However, if the book is slightly worn OR we already have copies in good condition, we send them back to our Friends to be sold in their book store.  With the money they collect from selling these books they do a lot to help the library.  They provide grants that pay for speakers and performers, they assist in providing prizes for our summer reading programs, and they also provide necessary funds for supplies used in programming throughout the year.  Donations of books, magazines, cds and records, puzzles, and games are always appreciated!


So this season as you are weeding out old books to make room for new, please consider giving the gift of your old books to the library.  It is a gift that allows us to give back to the community throughout the whole year!

Miss Marta


December Means No Storytime for Littles


Storytime for Littles (Monday mornings ONLY) has officially begun its December break, but don’t worry!  We will return with stories, songs, and fun in January.  Remember, you can still join in the storytime fun during our Evening Storytime for Littles December 5th and 19th.

Miss Marta

Reading an Audiobook

Do audiobooks count as reading?  Are they really more entertainment than education? These are questions we hear often.

According to assistant professor of reading education Denise Johnson, from the article Benefits of Audiobooks for All Readers on, some of the benefits of audiobooks include:

  • Presenting students with books above their reading level.
  • Modeling interpretative reading skills.
  • Teaching critical listening.
  • Introducing humor.
  • Highlighting new vocabulary words with context and pronunciation.
  • Providing a model for reading aloud.
  • Giving parents and children an opportunity to listen together.
  • AND Recapturing the joy of being read a story by a masterful storyteller!

There are several ways you can access audiobooks from our library.


Playaways are a great option for audiobooks!

If you aren’t familiar with Playaways, they are handheld audio devices with one preloaded audiobook.

No internet is required.  Just plug in headphones, add a battery, and push play!


Some titles are available as a Bookpack, which includes both the Playaway audio device and a copy of the book.

You can also check out audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet with your Moline library card using the Axis 360, Hoopla, Overdrive or Libby apps.

Check out this link for more information on downloading, or give us a call!


Finally, books on CD are still a thing too, and we have a large collection!

Happy listening and reading!

Miss Tess