May is Older Americans Month, and lifelong learners of all ages have plenty of options to explore new topics for engagement and connection at the Rock Island Public Library.
May is Older Americans Month, and lifelong learners have plenty of options at the Rock Island Public Library to explore new topics for engagement and connection.
On May 3, learners can get tips on how to pass down their family stories with Penning and Printing Your Past: Writing Your Family History. The free in-person workshop by genealogical librarian Amber Lowery is offered from 2 to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, in the Community Room of the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street.
Lowery, of the Peoria Public Library’s Local History Department, will show you how to take that genealogical research you’ve already done and organize it into a cohesive format for your family to enjoy and understand. You’ll learn how to figure out what details to include, and important information on printing or publishing your finished work. The event is free and open to teens and adults, for an ideal opportunity for multiple generations to work together on sharing a family legacy. Registration is not required.
On May 8, learn more about “The Art of the Apron” in a special presentation by Tami Finley. The free event is offered from 2 to 3 pm on Monday, May 8, also in the Downtown Library Community Room. Finley’s presentation takes a nostalgic look at the fashion and function of aprons over the year, with humor and trivia sprinkled throughout. It also features a display of different styles, fabrics, and designs, with some selected in light of Mother’s Day. The event is free and does not require registration.
On May 17, the Rock Island Library features another in a series of events celebrating its 150th anniversary with “Shakespeare’s Life in His Works.” The free presentation by Genesius Guild takes place from 6 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17 in the Rock Island Watts-Midtown Branch auditorium, 2715 30th Street. The program explores Shakespeare’s life and tremendous impact on the English language through the lens of his plays. The playwright regularly created his own words or phrases to convey his desired meaning, and many of them are now part of our everyday vocabulary. The live performance by Genesius Guild actors also explores our historical knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and how those experiences show up in his writing. The event is free and open to all ages. Registration is not required.
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