Press release submitted by Rock Island Public Library.|
ROCK ISLAND -- Is your mother getting anew eReader for Mother's Day? Have you always wondered how to use your digital camera? Do you have memories and stories to share? Are you interested in world politics? Rock Island Public Library offers plenty of ways to learn new skills, preserve history, and explore fascinating topics this May.
History Day Program from the Rock Island County Historical Society: May is National Historic Preservation Month, and the Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) will offer a History Day program at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, on Thursday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Special workshops on preserving family treasures will be offered at 2:30 and 3:30 pm.
Society representatives are seeking items related to the history of people, business, organizations and everyday life of the county, including maps, books, letters, personal papers, photographs, films, journals and manuscripts, historical objects, paintings, diaries, historic records, vintage brochures, pamphlets and postcards, newspapers and other publications, yearbooks, and memorabilia. The society will accept original items, or scan items so they can be added to the historical archive. A recording station will be available for people wanting to record oral histories of the county, and for veterans wanting to record their service history. The event is free and open to the public, with no registration required.
Learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks for free: May 13 is Mother's Day, and if someone you know is getting a new eReader or audio player, the Rock Island Public Library is offering additional demonstrations of its OverDrive digital books service. The service allows cardholders to download free eBooks and audiobooks for a wide variety of portable reading and listening devices, including Kindles, SONY, the NOOK, iPods, tablet computers and more. Free OverDrive demonstrations will be offered:
Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 pm, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road;
Friday, May 18, 2:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, and
Thursday, May 24, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library.
The demonstrations are free, open to the public and do not require registration.
Learn How to Use Your Digital Camera: May is Older Americans month, and if you're a senior new to the world of digital photography, the library will offer a special class on the basics of using a digital camera."Digital Camera 101" will be offered from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.
The class is intended for beginning users of "point-and-shoot" style digital cameras. Though part of the library's "Senior Series," it is open to all adults. Instructor Dee Oberle, of Gypsy Chicks Photography, will discuss basic terms and show participants how to take and delete photos, what the camera settings are for, and how to get images off the memory card and into print. Participants should bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with charged batteries and memory card, along with a camera manual, if available. Enrollment in the class is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, leave a message at 309-732-7303 or email Lockheart.email@example.com.
Discuss the Middle East at Arab-Israeli program series: Professor and historian Dr. Art Pitz will continue his discussions of the Middle East in presentations on "The Arab-Israeli Conflict" at the Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries this May. This year's series includes new topics generated from Dr. Pitz's travels to Israel and the Palestinian territories. In 2010, he spent a month in the Middle East, where he was briefed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, traveled to southern Israel near Gaza, and visited the West Bank and a Palestinian refugee camp.
The May 8 and May 15 presentations are at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street. For details, call the Moline Library at (309) 524-2440 or see their website. The May 22 and May 29 presentations at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, cover these topics:
Nay 22: "The Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Statehood: Will it Lead to Peace or War?"
May 29: "Can Israel Negotiate with any Palestinian Government?"
All presentations are at 6:00 pm. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required. The 2012 series is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Moline Public Library.
For more news about Rock Island Public Library events, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, sign up for Library Lines eNews, call 309-732-7323 or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is also available online and at Rock Island Library locations.
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