New Hours As Of October 3!

Effective Monday, October 3, hours for our Downtown and Southwest Library locations will change. 

Downtown Library: Open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, Saturdays. 

Southwest Branch: Open 12pm to 8pm, Monday & Tuesday; 10am to 6pm, Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, Saturdays. 

Thes new hours help us prepare for the late 2022 opening of our Watts-Midtown Branch. Watch this website, Facebook, and our library email newsletters for updates! 

Upcoming Events

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Alpha Book Club - The Sentence

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club
Event Details:
If you're looking for a fun group of readers to discuss books with, look no further! This afternoon book club meets monthly and reads and discusses a variety of titles. This month we are reading The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. Order a copy through ou...
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Weekly Teen Book Talk

3:45pm - 4:00pm
Online
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teen, Adult
Event Details:
Check out this week's book talk from Emily, the Young Adult Librarian! Just go to our Facebook page (or our Teen page, if you want to watch live).  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Cinema at Southwest

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Southwest Branch
Library Branch: Southwest Branch
Room: Southwest Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Movie
Event Details:
Join us on the first Tuesday of every month, 6-8PM, at the Southwest branch for some of our favorite movies! The movies are mainly chosen for adult audiences, but anyone is welcome. Complimentary popcorn for attendees will be available.  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Historical Room open to patrons

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Historical Room
Age Group: Adult
Event Details:
The Downtown Library's Historical Room will be open for those who wish to use its materials. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Job Skills: How to Search for Jobs

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Downtown Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Presentation
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50
Event Details:
Join us on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00pm as Angela Striegel, the Career Planning and Placement Coordinator at Black Hawk College, presents on the best strategies for job searching.  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Presentation
Event Details:
Negotiating your pay can be intimidating. But it’s an essential part of your career and it is possible and achievable to negotiate your salary. Join the FREE salary negotiation workshop on Thursday, October 6 at 4PM to learn fool-proof...
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Book Discussion: Maus by Art Spiegelman

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Teen, Adult
Program Type: Discussion
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Join us for a thoughtful discussion on the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. Leading us in discussion will be Dr. Everett Hamner, Professor of English at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.  If you ne...
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Weekly Teen Book Talk

3:45pm - 4:00pm
Online
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teen, Adult
Event Details:
Check out this week's book talk from Emily, the Young Adult Librarian! Just go to our Facebook page (or our Teen page, if you want to watch live).  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult, Everyone
Program Type: Presentation
Event Details:
In celebration of its 160th anniversary, come learn about the history of the Rock Island Arsenal from Army Sustainment Command historians.  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Special Event
Event Details:
Join us for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward as she discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice.   Register here: https://bit.l...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Historical Room open to patrons

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Historical Room
Age Group: Adult
Event Details:
The Downtown Library's Historical Room will be open for those who wish to use its materials. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Offsite
Age Group: Adult, Family, Everyone
Program Type: Tour
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 21
Event Details:
Join us for a guided hike through Black Hawk State Historic Site! This hike is open to people of all ages and will cover the beauty of the site during the fall months. Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, to bring along water...
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Weekly Teen Book Talk

3:45pm - 4:00pm
Online
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teen, Adult
Event Details:
Check out this week's book talk from Emily, the Young Adult Librarian! Just go to our Facebook page (or our Teen page, if you want to watch live).  ...
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Stranger Things Trivia

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Southwest Branch
Library Branch: Southwest Branch
Age Group: Teen, Adult
Program Type: Special Event
Event Details:
Now that you've finished Season Four of Stranger Things, join us for trivia! Compete with friends and family for bragging rights, or simply test your knowledge of the hit Netflix series. (Again, there will be spoilers: you have been warned.) ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Midtown Readers Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, Discussion
Event Details:
Join us as we discuss The Red Garden by Alice Hoffiman! Reserve a copy here . Please register to receive location information. In the future, this group will meet at the Watts-Midtown Branch Library. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Historical Room open to patrons

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Historical Room
Age Group: Adult
Event Details:
The Downtown Library's Historical Room will be open for those who wish to use its materials. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: 150th Anniversary, Presentation, Special Event
Event Details:
To kick off the 150th anniversary year of the Rock Island Public Library, the 25th annual Frieze Lecture series focuses on ideas that had a profound impact in their own times – much like the opening of the Rock Island Public Library, the first t...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
Library Branch: Southwest Branch
Room: Southwest Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, Discussion
Event Details:
Discussion of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan Summary: A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult, Everyone
Program Type: Presentation, Movie
Event Details:
Join us for this free showing of a locally-produced Black History video, I Am the Future: Standing on the Shoulders of the Past, by Mickle Communications. Hear the stories of local residents of the Quad Cities who attended the historic Marc...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Historical Room open to patrons

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Historical Room
Age Group: Adult
Event Details:
The Downtown Library's Historical Room will be open for those who wish to use its materials. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: 150th Anniversary, Presentation, Special Event
Event Details:
To kick off the 150th anniversary year of the Rock Island Public Library, the 25th annual Frieze Lecture series focuses on ideas that had a profound impact in their own times – much like the opening of the Rock Island Public Library, the first t...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Spooky String Art w/ High Strung by 3M

10:30am - 12:00pm
Downtown Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: DIY
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Get ready for the spookiest day of the year and make this great and ghoulish string art project! Attendees can expect to complete the project in the image above with guidance and supplies. We do ask that you BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammer) for this proj...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Adult" group.

Cinema at Southwest

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Southwest Branch
Library Branch: Southwest Branch
Room: Southwest Community Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Movie
Event Details:
Join us on the first Tuesday of every month, 6-8PM, at the Southwest branch for some of our favorite movies! The movies are mainly chosen for adult audiences, but anyone is welcome. Complimentary popcorn for attendees will be available.  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Historical Room open to patrons

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Historical Room
Age Group: Adult
Event Details:
The Downtown Library's Historical Room will be open for those who wish to use its materials. ...