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Posted on: October 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] First Week of School Break? Library Offers Events for All Ages

October Family Craft

A new gaming time added for the needs of Rock Island/Milan school children out for intersession break and a sports-themed Retro Gaming night for adults are among many events happening at the Rock Island Public Library from Oct. 9-14.

Tweens and teens looking for something to do during the RI/Milan schools intersession break can take advantage of a newly-added gaming day on Tuesday, October 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Rock Island Downtown Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. Activities include video, board, and Pokemon Go gaming for ages 8 to 18. No registration is required.

Kids in grades K-6 can also attend the library's STEAM-Azing Spider Art project on Wednesday, October 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Rock Island 30/31 Library, 3059 30th Street. The monthly event uses hands-on projects to build interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics. It's free, and no registration is required.

The library's Thursday, October 12 Retro Gaming night for adults will focus on sports games, with attendees playing NFL Blitz on the Nintendo 64, Super High Impact Football on the Super Nintendo (SNES), NBA Jam on the SNES, Blades of Steel on the Nintendo (NES), and NBA Jam on the Playstation 2 (PS2). The games will be available for adults 18 and up to play from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Downtown Library. No registration is necessary. Additional support for this program is provided by Video Games ETC.

For those with a crafty bent, the library offers a Family Craft time at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 10 at the Rock Island Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. The Halloween paper pillow box craft is free for all ages. To sign up, call 309-732-7338, or sign up via the library's online calendar.

A more adult oriented craft will be offered Thursday, October 12. The free wine charm craft is offered from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rock Island 30/31 Library. The project uses corks to make small charms for identifying which glass is yours, making it perfect for holiday parties or gift-giving. All materials will be supplied, and no registration is required.

Other events at library locations next week include:

  • Petite Picassos Art/Story Hour for ages 5 and under: Tuesday, October 10, 10:30 am, 30/31 Library
  • Middle East Today lecture: The Shia Arc, Revival of the Persian Empire?, presented by Dr. Arthur Pitz, 6:00 pm, October 10, Downtown Library
  • An Interesting Rock Island Girl, Irma René Koen artist lecture by Cynthia Wiedemann Empen, Ph.D., 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 11, Downtown
  • Technology Open Lab: Free tech help for adults, Friday, October 13, 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Downtown Library

Library-hosted events are all open to the public, at no additional charge. Full information at library website. 

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