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Posted on: August 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Back to "school" for adults, with library lifelong learning!

US soldiers in Korea resuppling for front, National Archives, August talk From Incheon to DMZ

Kids back in school? Time to pursue your own lifelong learning goals! Opportunities abound for personal growth and enrichment at the Rock Island Public Library with free events for adults from August 7 through 12.

Adults, Explore Lifelong Learning and Creativity at the Rock Island Library: Kids back in school? That’s the perfect time to pursue your own lifelong learning goals! From onsite career and computer help to building a castle for your feline ruler, opportunities abound for personal growth and enrichment at the Rock Island Public Library from August 7 through 12.

On Tuesday, August 8, weekly drop-in Computer Skills & Job Search Assistance workshops continue at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Thanks to a new partnership with Goodwill of the Heartland’s Helms Career Center, personalized help will be available in the library’s first-floor computer center every Tuesday from 4pm to 6:00pm. No appointment or computer skills are necessary. Participants are free to choose what they want to learn, and at their own pace. Options include help with career assessments, resumes, online job search tools and job applications, learning Word, Excel, or Powerpoint, Microsoft or Google productivity tools, and tips on using email, Internet, and social media safely.

Also on Tuesday, August 8, creative types of all ages can sign up for an in-person Sunflower Box Craft from 6:00 pm to 7:0 pm at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Registration for the free craft is available through the library only. To sign up, call 309-732-7338 or drop by any Rock Island Public Library location. This craft is offered on an in-person basis.

Followers of military history can learn more about the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, at another in a series of talks Wednesday by Rock Island Arsenal Army Sustainment Command historians. The event is offered at 2 pm on August 9 in the Downtown Library Community Room.  The final lecture in a three-part series explores the bulk of the war up to the 1953 cease fire, which set the stage for relations on the Korean Peninsula for the next 70 years. The programs are jointly hosted by the Rock Island and Davenport Public Libraries. Those who are unable to attend the afternoon session can catch the same topic later at 6 pm at the Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch. 

Wednesday, August 9 is International Cat Day, and if your feline overlord needs a new castle, build one from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Make your cat a sanctuary of their own with the library’s boxes, building materials, and paint. The free self-guided Build a Cat Castle program is best for adults and children who are accompanied by an adult. Examples will be available, but you’re the best judge of your cat’s personal style! Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 309-732-7341 or visit the library website. 

Parents looking for tips on creating safe spaces for their child can sign up for the EveryChild Parenting Workshop at 5 pm on Thursday, August 10. The free 45-minute workshop will offer tips on environmental, emotional, and body safety skills for kids, and information on how to set boundaries for Internet safety. To sign up for the free workshop visit the library website or call 309-732-7360.

For more news about events and services at the Rock Island Public Library, visit the library website, follow library social media, or call 309-732-READ.

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