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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This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.

Blocks & Books

10/03/2022 @ 10:00am - 10/08/2022 @ 2:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Age Group: Children, Early Learning, School Age
Program Type: Special Event
Event Details:
Drop in to the Downtown Library Children's Room to build in our construction zone.  Various blocks and building toys will be available for play as well as a display of materials for check out.   ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.

Downtown Library Toddler Tales

10:30am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Children's Story Area
Age Group: Children, Early Learning
Program Type: Storytime

Storytimes

Build early learning skills in your preschooler ages five and under with a fun story, song, and activity.

Event Details:
Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays every Tuesday at 10:30 at the Downtown Library.    ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

To avoid food allergy conflicts, please enjoy any snacks at home and not at the program.

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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.
This event is in the "School Age" group.

Children's Craft Buffet

10/10/2022 @ 10:00am - 10/15/2022 @ 2:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Age Group: Children, Early Learning, School Age
Program Type: Special Event
Event Details:
Drop in to the Downtown Library Children's Room to create a work of art from ALL of our craft supplies.   ...
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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.

Downtown Library Toddler Tales

10:30am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Children's Story Area
Age Group: Children, Early Learning
Program Type: Storytime

Storytimes

Build early learning skills in your preschooler ages five and under with a fun story, song, and activity.

Event Details:
Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays every Tuesday at 10:30 at the Downtown Library.    ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

To avoid food allergy conflicts, please enjoy any snacks at home and not at the program.

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.

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 "School Age" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Quilling Class

11:00am - 1:00pm
Downtown Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Age Group: School Age, Teen
Program Type: DIY
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Interested in the art of paper quilling? Ranjani Gopikrishna will teach us the basics! This class is for kids 8-15. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.

Downtown Library Toddler Tales

10:30am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Children's Story Area
Age Group: Children, Early Learning
Program Type: Storytime

Storytimes

Build early learning skills in your preschooler ages five and under with a fun story, song, and activity.

Event Details:
Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays every Tuesday at 10:30 at the Downtown Library.    ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

To avoid food allergy conflicts, please enjoy any snacks at home and not at the program.

RIPL Board of Trustees Meeting

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Program Type: Board Meeting
Event Details:
The Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Agendas and minutes are posted on our website in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&...

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.

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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.

Downtown Library Toddler Tales

10:30am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Children's Story Area
Age Group: Children, Early Learning
Program Type: Storytime

Storytimes

Build early learning skills in your preschooler ages five and under with a fun story, song, and activity.

Event Details:
Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays every Tuesday at 10:30 at the Downtown Library.    ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

To avoid food allergy conflicts, please enjoy any snacks at home and not at the program.

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.

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.

Alpha Book Club - Wish You Were Here

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 Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. Order a copy throug...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Early Learning" group.

Downtown Library Toddler Tales

10:30am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Children's Story Area
Age Group: Children, Early Learning
Program Type: Storytime

Storytimes

Build early learning skills in your preschooler ages five and under with a fun story, song, and activity.

Event Details:
Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays every Tuesday at 10:30 at the Downtown Library.    ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

To avoid food allergy conflicts, please enjoy any snacks at home and not at the program.