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

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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

Can I Leave My Kid Here?

From parents of the very young who misunderstand and think that our programming is a form of childcare, to people of tweens who feel their child is mature enough to be on their own, the question of who can be left alone at the library is asked quite a bit.  As much as we hate to be “No-No” librarians, we have a policy about this which we do enforce with good reason: your child’s safety and best interest!  For our formal policy statement, check out our website.  For those of you just wanting the inside scoop put in laymen’s terms… read on.

Libraries are a wonderful family destination.  That said, no one can keep your child as safe as you, their parent.  With a staff of only 5 in our children’s department, we can’t be everywhere and see everything that goes on though we do walk through the department regularly to check for safety and patrons who need assistance on a regular basis.

Any child under the age of 8 must be constantly supervised by a grown-up in our department.  We still encourage you to use the computers in our department, but you must keep an eye on your child while doing so.  We also hope you will go to our second floor to find some great books just for you, but your child will need to accompany you.  If you need to go upstairs and are worried your child will act out without the toys and activities we have on our floor, feel free to ask the librarian about grabbing a puzzle or crayons and coloring sheets to go upstairs with you!  We are happy to accommodate your needs so you can be your child’s best advocate for safety!

Did you know this age limit also is true for our programs?  If your child is 8 or under, you cannot leave them unsupervised in a program.  You need to stay with them.  This may sound like an odd policy, but it is geared towards your child’s success and comfort.  If they need to go to the restroom, asking a stranger can be intimidating.  Asking their grownup? Well, not so much.  We also have some kiddos who are shy and may not understand something in a program.  Though we encourage them to ask any and all questions, some children feel much safer asking a trusted adult for explanations.  Your presence helps them get the most out of it!  These are just a few reasons for this rule, but your child’s best interest is what is always at heart.

The ages of 9 to 12 get trickier.  Yes, they are at an age where they are maturing and doing more and more independently.  You see them becoming their own person.  Though these things are all true and wonderful, unexpected things still come up that they are not sure of how to deal with and need their grown-up for.  For this reason, if your child is ages 9 to 12, they can be alone in the department or a program but MUST have an adult in the building.

Here is just one example of why.  A child who regularly visited the library with her grandparents was in our department studying.  Usually her grandparents stayed upstairs while she stayed in our department.  One day while visiting, she approached the desk saying she didn’t feel well.  As I began to page her grandparents to come down to the department, she informed me they had dropped her off that day and were not there.  I then had to get phone numbers and call them, then wait for them to get to the library to pick up their granddaughter who was drooping by the minute.  Had they been present, she could have been getting help much sooner.

This age group is also not allowed to supervise younger siblings while at the library.  If you have children who are age 8 or under as well as older children, you must stay in the department with any children younger than 9.

In our library, 13 is the magical age.  At age 13 you can be in the library without a grown-up.  This is a great privilege! We love when kids meet this magic age requirement and come visit us on their own.  As long as all library policies are followed, we will invite them back again and again.  One keynote regarding this age group?  They are also not currently allowed to supervise younger children in the library without a parent present.

Rules like these are never meant as an inconvenience.  They were created with the best interest of your child in mind.  Help us give them the best library experience possible by following these and asking us if you have any questions about them.  We are here to help!

Miss Marta

Special Visitors at the library!

The last few weeks we have been lucky to have special class visits from a local preschool. We LOVE these visits! Schools and daycares (even in home day cares) contact us and we create a free story time with crafts and activities just for their group.  It is great because it really allows us to adapt a program to fit their specific needs and age ranges.

We tell stories, act out action plays, shake shaky eggs to music and use the felt board. These activities last for about 20 minutes. Then the craziness begins. We have the teachers divide their students into groups and the kids are able to visit several stations that we set up.

On this particular visit, our sensory table was filled with a great recipe for Play Snow that we found over at Huckleberry Love. The kids had a great time filling containers and making forts, snow figures and squishing the “snow” between their fingers.  This is by far our favorite recipe and parents and teachers alike love it!

We set up a Veterinary station at one table. Each chair had a lab coat and a small stuffed cat or dog. The table was filled with various toy medical instruments.

One table had a small dog cutout which matched the dog from the story Dog’s Colorful Day. The children colored their dog from their memory of the story. A popsicle stick was taped to the back and they had a puppet.

There was a table with Magnatiles that the kids build alone or with a friend. The crashing as towers fell was as much fun as the building.

Another table had play dough (we make our own) with rolling pins of various sizes and designs, lots of plastic cutting tools and plastic cookie cutters. It is always a favorite table.

An unusual station for us was the Yeti. He is a 7 foot tall drawing that Miss Marta drew for our Choose Your Own Adventure program, but he was such a hit we kept him up. The kids were able to show off their throwing arms as they threw cloth snowballs at the Yeti. We did have to keep a bit of an eye on the kids with this one, but it was worth it.

Some of the groups were rather large so we also added a transportation rug and vehicles for the kids to play with.

For a surprise, we sent home a ball of our Color Surprise Playdough for each child. The surprise is that each ball has gel food coloring inside the ball so they had no idea which color they would receive.

Miss Sarah

Welcome Tess!

Please welcome our new intern, Tess!

She will be with us until mid-April as part of her senior year B.S. studies in Library Science. Tess is not a stranger to libraries however.  She also works part-time at the East Moline Public Library.

A Quad-City native, Tess and her husband have 2 children ages 10 and 11 and a 1 year old puppy named Belle. She likes to read Science Fiction (is a fan of Lemony Snickett and Harry Potter!) and enjoys crafts and old coins.

She will be helping us with different programs and our blog – so be on the lookout for her first post!

Miss Christina