Five on Friday: What to Do at the Library Besides Borrow Books

Five on Friday

It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for another Five on Friday! This month, I’ve put together a list of five things you can do at the public library besides borrow books. Some of these are specific to Moline Public Library, but I bet other libraries have a lot of these available too.

1. Get on the computer. At Moline Public Library we have several computers for patrons to use for word processing and getting online. In the Children’s department we also have some super-fun AWE computers that are preloaded with lots of fun kid-friendly games.
2. Borrow something other than a book. Board games, movies, video games, magazines, music CDs, science kits, phonics kits, tablets, local attraction passes, puzzles, puppets, and audiobooks are all available for checkout at Moline Public Library. Take a look at our catalog here!
3. Attend a program. Summer reading has wrapped up for the year, but we have awesome program available year-round, including storytimes, musical performances, arts and crafts, author appearances, STEM themed activities, and much, much more. You can check out our upcoming events on our calendar here.
4. Do homework. Our study rooms are available for anyone to use for a quiet place to work. tutor dot com, and of course we’re happy to help you find books about your subject.
5. Play! Toys, crayons and coloring pages, train table, Duplo building blocks table, giant Connect 4, board games, puzzles, puppets, and more are all available to check out or play with here at the library!

And that’s it for this month! I hope you keep this in mind the next time you visit the library. Be sure to check back in September, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica


New Playaway Bookpacks!


(Pictured is Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy, I Survived Hurricane Katrina, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Upside Down Magic, and I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor)

We just received a bunch of new Playaway Bookpacks! If you haven’t checked them out before, they are kits with Playaway preloaded audiobooks that also come with a text copy of the book. This way you can read along with the narrator as you listen! Some of the new ones are pictured, but you can find all of the Playaway Bookpacks next to the Launchpads, behind the Children’s internet computers. If you haven’t taken a look at them before, now’s a great time to try them out, especially if you are signed up for our winter reading program and want to mark off the “Listen to a Book” snowflake. You are signed up for the reading program, right?? If not, you can pick up a log from the Children’s desk or print one off from the front page of the library website.

Miss Jessica


An Afternoon in Narnia

January 19th was one frosty afternoon, but that didn’t stop over 150 visitors from climbing through the wardrobe into our magical version of Narnia!

We had a great time making crafts and playing games inspired by CS Lewis’s classic fantasy novel, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.


entering the wardrobe

To get to Narnia, you first have to enter the wardrobe!

wardrobe before

The wardrobe before

wardrobe teresa

and after!

The wardrobe was quite a challenge, but thank goodness for Miss Teresa, who came in, worked her magic, and made it awesome!

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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






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



Have you ever checked out the Launchpads section? Launchpads are a pretty popular item in the children’s department, but I realized I don’t know much about them! So I checked out one from each category, for ages 3-5, 5-7, 8-10, and 10+ and played a few games on each.

But first, what are Launchpads? Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets with educational games, stories, and activities that are all age-appropriate for kids. And they’re fun, too! For those of you like me who haven’t used them before, you may be surprised at how much they have available on each one. Each Launchpad has 10 different apps and has a rubber protective case so you can rest easy using them with little ones.

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“S is for Spell” is aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, and the tablet is simple and intuitive enough that I think a child in that age range would have no trouble with it with adult supervision, especially if they have experience using tablets before. Launchpads are available on a variety of educational subjects, and as you can probably guess from the title “S is for Spell” focuses on language arts, with stories they can read along with and games to practice letters and phonics. My favorite was the Kids Memory Match game, which has 3 difficulty settings and has players match rhyming words – log and dog or box and fox, for example.

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“Little Picasso” is an art-themed Launchpad for ages 5 to 7 where kiddos will develop their artistic ability and creative thinking with drawing games like Wee Kids Draw & Color, which would be great for kids who can’t get enough of coloring sheets! It also features dress up games and a Halloween-themed spelling game which I particularly liked.

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“Let’s Have a Little Fun” is filled with fun puzzles and games for ages 8 to 10, like the arcade-style Rainbow Lines pictured here. As you can guess from the title, these games are more entertaining than educational.

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“Outthink!” was my favorite of the bunch I checked out! It had classic games like checkers and Yahtzee, as well as other fun critical thinking games. It is intended for ages 10+, and I enjoyed playing with it even as an adult. It’s sure to be a hit with older kids who love board games, and they can either play against the computer or match wits with a friend.

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It’s tricky for parents who are not gamers themselves to find video games that are appropriate for their child. But with Launchpads you can set your mind at ease, knowing that your kids are learning and having fun at the same time. Launchpads check out for 3 weeks and are perfect for car rides, rainy days, or vacations! You can find the Launchpads in the Children’s department behind the computers between the kits and easy readers.

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Check them out here!


Miss Jessica

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-Milwaukee 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