Meet Miss Jessica!

Please welcome our newest staff member, Jessica!

She just started in time for the Harry Potter program in the Children’s Department. She previously has worked at the Rock Island Public Library, the Thomas Jefferson School in Milan and interned at the Rock Island School for Math and Science as well as at the Moline Public Library. She is in the process of getting her Master’s degree in Library Science through the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on youth services.

Jessica loves to ready fantasy (Harry Potter is one of her favorites!) and enjoys video-games. A Quad Cities native, her family includes her two fur babies, Tigger and Salem.

We are very excited to having Jessica back on board with us. Be on the lookout for her upcoming blog posts and programs!

Miss Christina

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Amazon Decor for Summer Reading

 

I’ve received many compliments on the decor I used for the Amazon area of our library for summer reading this year. I used three main pieces.

The spiral vines I found here. I used the first spiral shown. I reversed the image, to make it easier for a right hander to cut out, and changed the color from black to green for printing the green spirals on two shades of green paper and from black to brown for the brown spirals on light brown paper. For the display I used a glue stick to put 2 dark green, one light green and one light brown spiral together, then I attached them to the shelves using tape.

The leaves I found here. I printed this free download on light green printer paper and cut out more than a hundred to decorate the spiral vines. I used tape to attach the leaves to the vines and the shelves.

I also purchased plastic 3D butterflies from Amazon here.  I hid the butterflies among the vines and used a few on the pillars.

There were many hours spent cutting out the pieces, but I (and my co-workers) were able to cut many of the pieces during the small bits of down time at the desk.

Looking forward to summer reading next year.

 

Miss Sarah

 

Goodbye, Miss Janna!

We are sad  to announce that Janna’s last day will be this Saturday. She will be leaving to spend more time with her little ones. Although we are happy for her and her fiance, we will greatly miss her. Her dedication to children’s services shines through with her cheerful attitude, fabulous displays and fun programs. Her last program with the library will be this Saturday at Riverside Park Gardens from 1-3pm. Stop by to enjoy the fun and wish her well.

Miss Christina

Meet Alexia!

Welcome our new intern, Alexia Aveno!

 

Alexia is studying English and Communications at WIU and plans to pursue a Masters degree in Library Science after graduation in the fall. She has a full schedule this summer with work, classes, her internship at the Moline Public Library and her volunteer work on the marketing committee of the Alzheimer’s Association as they plan for a walk on September 15.

 

Alexia reads a wide range of literature ranging from Fantasy and Climate Fiction to the classics. She enjoys writing and has been working on some short stories and a series. Alexia is an animal lover with a dog and six cats. If she could travel anywhere her favorite destinations would be Spain and Ireland.

 

At the library Alexia will be working in the children’s department helping with our summer reading club and be presenting a Spanish story time in July. Look for her blog posts in the near future!

Miss Christina

Visiting the Figge Art Museum

The Figge is up next.

The Figge Art Museum is located in downtown Davenport, near Modern Woodman Park and the Centennial Bridge at 225 West 2nd Street

The pass from the Moline Library offers free general admission for 4 visitors.

Keep in mind too that admission is always free to children under age 4, to all visitors on Thursdays after 5 p.m., to seniors the first Thursday of every month, and to all active military members, spouses and children.

The Figge is a fantastic place for families to visit.  Before you go, you might want to check out the Figge’s excellent guides for exploring art with children!

Much of the art on display has no barriers, which definitely enhances the experience.  However, if you have a younger visitor with you, be prepared to encourage them to take a look-but-don’t-touch approach.  Some of the pieces will be pretty inviting for little hands!

If you have a little art lover who is not quite ready to look without touching yet, that’s not a problem.  The Artica Gallery is the place to be!

There is SO much to have fun with in here – Legos, art supplies, blocks, and bean bags!

The Artica Gallery is on the 2nd floor to the left after exiting the elevator.

Currently an exhibit featuring local young artists is on the 2nd floor too.

The 2nd floor also features the Learn to Look and Studio 1 galleries where younger visitors can explore.  These galleries were not open the day I visited, but you can learn more here

At the opposite end of the 2nd floor are all the beautiful pieces that make up the Figge’s permanent collection.

The abstract collections could inspire some serious discussions!

Here is the Grant Wood exhibit.

The Spirit of Haiti room is filled with colorful and interesting pieces as well.

The Frank Lloyd Wright room is a must-see for architecture and mid-century modern fans!

Right now, there is a Georgia O’Keefe painting on display as well.

On the 3rd floor until May 20, the Rock Island Art Guild is featuring an exhibit of local art.

There are several wonderful pieces in this area, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite.  Kids can vote too!

You will definitely walk out of the Figge feeling inspired!

The Figge’s hours are

Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Thursdays 10 am-9 pm
Sundays 12-5 pm

The phone number is 563-326-7804.

The Figee is having several workshops this summer for teens and children.  You can get more information here

Miss Tess

 

Great Graphics for Kindergarten to Third grade

 

Graphic novels can be an area where us grown-ups feel like fish out of water!  Is the content appropriate?  How young is too young for a graphic?  How can you tell which ones are right for your kiddo?

 

Don’t let these questions stop you and your kiddo from checking out the awesome comic books (or graphic novels, as we call them)!  Just ask us!  We are happy to give suggestions for every age.  We have graphics offered in board book form for the very young all the way through adult graphic novels!

 

Check out these suggestions for kindergarten to third grade!

Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum by Wong Herbert Yee

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Owly by Andy Runton

Far Out Fairy Tales by Otis Frampton, Joey Comeau, Louise Simonson, Benjamin Harper, and Sean Tulien

Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley

Geronimo Stilton

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Pets on the Loose! by Victories Jamieson

Beep and Bah by James Burks

Miss Marta