February at the Library
Adult events this month at RVDL
Riding the Rails to Hero Street
Thursday, February 27th
“Riding the Rails to Hero Street” is a 30-min documentary by award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The program is free to the public and includes a discussion with the filmmakers and others following the film.
“Riding the Rails to Hero Street”, part one in the Rundles’ Hero Street documentary series, tells the story of the immigrants’ journey from Mexico to Cook’s Point in Davenport, Holy City in Bettendorf, Iowa, and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train yards and boxcar homes in Silvis, Illinois. The families experienced both acceptance and discrimination in their new communities.
Around the time of the great depression, the families were removed from the rail yards and some moved box cars or built new homes on 2nd Street in Silvis. Only a block and a half long, the street lost six young men in World War II and two in the Korean War, more than any other street in America.
Hero Street, as it is now known, has provided over 100 service members since World War II.
The Rundles’ Hero Street proposed ten-part documentary series, will explore the personal and family sagas behind each of the eight heroes from Silvis, Illinois and tell the compelling true story of an ongoing struggle to memorialize them.
Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated independent film production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.
Reserve your seat today!
Don't miss your chance to view this amazing documentary and participate in the Q&A!
Winter Farmers' Market
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month
(February 1st & 15th)
9 am - 12 pm
The Port Byron Farmers' Market will be
spending the winter at RVDL!
Come check out the amazing
locally handmade products,
and support local small businesses!
Anyone interested in having a booth is invited to
contact the library for more information!
The History of the Colonel Davenport House
Tuesday, February 4th
Learn the history of the Colonel Davenport House and the role
Davenport’s family played in the early history of the Quad Cities.
Presented by Dr. Bill Hampes of the Black Hawk Speakers Bureau,
professor emeritus of psychology/sociology.
Tuesday, February 11th
Have technology questions? Bring your devices and let the librarians help you out. Drop in anytime from 1-3 pm. Laptops, e-readers, phones and anything else that you can think of.
Please make sure to bring your login information, like an Apple ID or email address and password, for your device.
HFK Presents George Washington & Presidents' Day
Monday, February 17th
George Washington is most commonly known as the first President of our country. However, did you know this surveyor and gentleman farmer happily became a father not only to his wife’s children and grandchildren but to many nieces and nephews as well? His commitment to his family was as important to him as his commitment to his soldiers, and later, a fledgling nation. Learn what brought Washington from a surveyor of land to the leader of a nation. This is an all-ages activity.
More Fun at the Library
Friday, February 7th
Friday, February 14th & 28th
Wednesday, February 12th
Sponsored by the Friends of the River Valley Library.
Monthly Meetings at the Library
Sue is listening to
Lessons From Lucy:
The Simple Joys Of An Old, Happy Dog
by Dave Barry
"Dave is approaching a milestone birthday and is not happy about it. Lucy, his dog, is also approaching old age and is doing a much better job of it. This book is about his observations of Lucy in an attempt to learn to be as happy as she is. And it works! This is a thoughtful look at living and at what we can learn from those closest to us – our pets. This book is filled with fun, a Dave Barry specialty, and yet it has a very satisfying thoughtfulness to it as well. Don’t wait until you turn seventy to appreciate the lessons a loving companion animal can teach you. For the full effect of Dave’s humor and heart, I recommend listening to this book in the audio format. It’s like you and he are sharing a very personal experience."