February Library Programs Cover Driving, Edible Books, Computers | Events
Driving tips for car owners, culinary creativity and computer skills are among the things adults can learn about in February at the Rock Island Public Library.
Driving After 60: Keeping Your Most Important Accessory, Your Keys
2:00 to 3:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 12
Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street
This free program with tips on safer driving for retirees and seniors is presented by AARP Driver Safety program instructor Caryl Altemus. The program also includes an overview of what is included in the full AARP Driver Safety programs, with information about upcoming courses. No registration is required.
The library’s “driven to read” winter reading challenge for adults also continues in February. Adults may enter once for each book, eBook or audiobook they complete during the contest period, which ends Friday, March 1. Top prize in the random drawing is a Kindle Fire HD, along with drawings for Botanical Center passes, and restaurant/retail gift cards.
Book Lovers Edible Book Contest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 16
Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street
February is Book Lovers month, and what better way to celebrate that love than by eating your words? Local cooks are invited to enter a tasty edible book baked good to be judged in one of three categories: Best Tasting, Most Elaborate and Best Looking. The only requirements are that entries must be edible and must relate to a book in some fashion. For example, entries may look like a book or book cover, may refer to a character, or may play off a title or quote in a book.
Bakers should call 309-732-7330 by Wednesday, Feb. 13 to indicate that they will enter the contest. Completed works of edible book art should arrive at the library by 11:00 am on Saturday. Each item should be accompanied by an information card listing the title of the entry, the name of the book it is based on, author and creator’s name. Prize in each category is a gift card to a cooking store.
Participation in the contest is not required to attend the event. Volunteer judges will be drawn from the list of attendees, with voting starting at 11:30 am. The event is open to the public.
Getting Started with Downloading eBooks
6:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 19, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road
2:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 28, Main Library, 401 19th Street
Participants will learn how to use a library card and the OverDrive digital media service to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks to read and listen to on a wide variety of portable devices, including Android and Nook Color tablet, iPads and iPhones, computers, iPods and Mp3 players, Kindle, NOOK, Sony, and Kobo eReaders. The same content is presented at both sessions.
Getting Started with Email
2:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, Main Library, 401 19th Street
Attendees will learn how to create and use an email account, or become more comfortable with one they already have. Enrollment for this class is open from Feb. 4 to Feb. 16, with limited slots available. Registration is required to attend: Call 309-732-7341 on or after Feb. 4 to sign up.
The program is free and open to the public. For more news about Rock Island Public Library events, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.