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Seats are still available for a virtual conversation with John A. Powell about Building Belonging on Friday, Oct 23, 12P at the Nordlof Center.  Click on the link to register.  https://bit.ly/3cJw2eE
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Posted on October 16, 2020

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Seats are still available for a virtual conversation with John A. Powell about Building Belonging on Friday, Oct 23, 12P at the Nordlof Center. Click on the link to register. https://bit.ly/3cJw2eE

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LGBT History Month Movie

LGBT History Month Movie

RPL, PFLAG Rockford, and The Liam Foundation present this film screening to celebrate LGBT History Month. Enjoy a good movie with your friends and family and learn about LGBTQ+ history and struggles.This event will feature the first two episodes of the drama series "When We Rise."TV Show Summary: Based on the memoirs of LGBT activist Cleve Jones, When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse group of LGBTQ+ individuals who helped pioneer a portion of the civil rights movement from its infancy in the 20th century to the successes of today. The 45-year saga tells the evolving history of the modern gay rights movement, starting just after the Stonewall riots in 1969.TV Show duration: Each episode is 43 minutes, for a total of 86 minutes.Seating is limited to 50 people in the theater. All attendees will be required to wear a face mask at The Nordlof Center and will be encouraged to sit distanced from other groups.Click here to register https://bit.ly/2H8ZAXW.

October 23, 2020

Talking about Racism for a Change Book Discussion

Talking about Racism for a Change Book Discussion

Talk about Racism for a Change in Your CommunityJoin in a virtual book discussion that covers the many faces of institutional racism to learn more about racism and how you can make a change.This month's book is Hivemind by Sarah Rose Cavanagh. At the crossroads between The Shallows and Presence, Hivemind is a provocative look at how communities can sync up around shared ideas, and how this hive mentality is contributing to today's polarized times.Register for the discussion and a link will be emailed to you. https://bit.ly/31i8h8YThis event is co-sponsored by Eliminate Racism 815 as part of Rockford Public Library's Anti-Racist Initiative.

October 23, 2020

Rockford Public Library returns with a new Chapter by Chapter storytime, featuring Katherine Applegate's The One And Only Ivan. Beginning on Tuesday, October 27, and continuing each Tuesday and Thursday, patrons may follow the story with Miss Ellen. Learn about gorillas and hear a great book via RPL's Facebook page!Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for making The One And Only Ivan available for this purpose."

October 23, 2020

Rockford Public Library honored the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage with a historical display of a woman's march, enacted by American Girl dolls. Following the centennial, children were invited to submit an essay about "What Voting Means To Me" to win one of the display dolls below. 36 essays were received, and the winners were Mieah Carter, Niera Miller, and Joseph Sardegna, all age 10; and Piper Johnson and Emma Sjostrom, both age 8.

October 22, 2020

Check out your favorite Halloween books and movies from any RPL branch. The Montague Monster Kiosks are waiting for you!

October 21, 2020

On Saturday, October 24 from 6P -7P, Mayor McNamara in partnership with RPL & Rockford Arts Council (RAAC) will name the first-ever City of Rockford Poet Laureate at the Nordlof Performing Arts Center. Finalists for the honor include Christopher Sims, Christine Swanberg, and Thomas Vaultonburg, Also, a talented Youth Poet Laureate will be named at the event. The Youth Poet Laureate will work closely with the Poet Laureate.Due to COVID restrictions, the event is not open for public attendance but will be live-streamed & available on YouTube & other social media outlets of Rockford Area Arts Council & Rockford Public Library. For more information about the event, or to receive a link to the live stream, please visit the Library's events page at https://bit.ly/2H2taOo.

October 21, 2020

A spooky urban legend is shared today that has roots in Chicago - "The Late Night Ride."

October 20, 2020

Tweens & Teens, join us tomorrow in our Virtual Escape Room to decode clues, open locks, and solves puzzles to escape fun games. We'll try a new escape room! Follow the link to register https://bit.ly/3o294F0.

October 20, 2020

Craft kits from last week's Crafternoon with Ms. Ellen are still available. Kids of all ages can pick up the Pumpkin Bracelet kit at the Hart Interim Library in Youth Services while supplies last.

October 20, 2020

Happy Spooky Season!Customers of all ages can send us a Halloween card and we'll send one back to you! Make your own or share a store-bought card. When you're ready to send it:Mail the card to (postage required): Youth Services, 214 N. Church Street, Rockford, IL 61101 ORSave a stamp! You can drop your card off at any of our library locations Materials Return Boxes.Please include your return address clearly marked!Visit the Hart Interim Library to see your card on display with our kids Halloween books (addresses will be removed).

October 19, 2020

Virtual Coding Club

Virtual Coding Club

Are you interested in coding and computer science? Beginners and experts alike are welcomed to join us for Virtual Coding Club!Virtual Coding Club is for teens who are interested in coding and computer science. Beginners are welcomed to learn the basics of coding, while experts are welcomed to explore new coding methods. This is a club for fun collaboration and exploration with peers. We will be using a program called Vidcode to learn to program in JavaScript through fun and creative projects. This virtual club will meet through Webex and Google Classroom.To join use this link to enter our Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTM5NDcyNzIwNzcw?cjc=dwrthd3Each week a WebEx link will be sent in our Google Classroom for you to join.

October 18, 2020

Getting all set up for the All Hallow's Eve Event at Midway Village today! Join us if you dare!

October 17, 2020

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October 17, 2020

Virtual Book Discussion: Waking Up White

Virtual Book Discussion: Waking Up White

Co-hosted by RPL & Eliminate Racism 815, part of a new "Introduction to Racism" book discussion series.Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.This book discussion will be held virtually. You will be emailed a link from WebEx 24 hours before the event. Registration is required.To participate in the 2p discussion click here https://bit.ly/3lXFv5zTo participate in the 6p discussion, click here https://bit.ly/3j42oSQ.

October 16, 2020

Virtual Book Discussion - Migrations by Sue McConaghy

Virtual Book Discussion - Migrations by Sue McConaghy

This 2020 novel marks the U.S. debut of Australian writer Charlotte McConaghy. Follow Franny Stone as she follows the last flock of Arctic terns from Greenland to Antarctica on its final migration!'Franny Stone has always been a wanderer... But when the wild she loves begins to disappear, she can no longer wander without a destination... She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her on board, winning over his eccentric crew."This is also a novel about "love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. RPL has ordered more copies of the book in a few formats.This is a virtual event. Please register at https://bit.ly/2H2taOo to receive a link on October 27. For questions, call Zoe at 815-987-6626.

October 16, 2020