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Learning can be fun: Join MPL’s Kid’s Exploratorium Program!

In a world full of social media savvy students, television, video games and tablets, the interest in school activities and content areas is slowly dropping. Most would rather watch their favorite show or text their friends then engage in team building and essential and engaging learning activities.

Moline Public Library is trying to light that genuine interest learning fire back under local students through their S.T.E.A.M. Exploratorium programs.

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Dare to Dream Big at the Family Museum’s Exhibit

Dr. Seuss once said, “Why fit in when you can stand out?”

It’s a quote we all hope our children can aspire to. To do their best, and live their dreams in the happiest and healthiest manner they can.

We want them to aspire to be great things, but what inspires them? Of course we can, but in an ever social media and technology infested world — children are following what is on the television screens.

So, we want them to watch something that will inspire them. And as a preschool teacher, I can’t imagine a better character to do this then Disney Jr.’s Doc McStuffins.

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Love is Still All You Need: Beatlemania Returns at the Putnam

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show…”

And “enjoy the show” is certainly what Beatles fans did for decades after the band premiered in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Even after the band disbanded in 1969-70, their music continues to live on for all the generations following.

Now, fans old and new have the chance to relive the decade of some of the greatest rock music to ever exist through the Putnam Museum’s new exhibit, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition.

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It’s that time again: Imagination Station!

There is no greater sight than the joy of a child as he or she is opened to a world of learning and endless possibilities. When I was a child, much of my learning came from PBS Kids, and I have seen so many of my preschool students do the same. What better way to celebrate the imagination, creativity and learning of childhood than host a whole day filled with where much of that imagination all began?

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St. Ambrose and the QC’s best kept secret

We all know St. Ambrose to be a well-known university in this town, especially for the sciences. Physical Therapy? The place to be. Nursing? One of the best! But Education? I’d never heard of my major being linked to anywhere but larger state schools. However, the smaller, liberal arts centered, St. Ambrose University (SAU), located in Davenport, IA, holds what I believe to be one of the best, well-trained and personalized Teacher Education programs in the Midwest. It is one of SAU’s best kept secrets – and one of their biggest assets, to date. (And I may be a little biased because I go there.)

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Promoting literacy in our children

Everyone knows that literacy is an important component of child development. Whether your child is flipping through a book on their own, telling a made up story from their context clues in pictures, or having an adult read to them, it’s all a part of those literacy development stages. And Moline Library hopes to continue to promote this in our preschool children.

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Running on Traditions (Part 3): Cocoa Beano

Next to coffee, what gets you through the day best? Chocolate, of course! As a Pre-K teacher, I’m constantly in the discussion, debating with my co-teachers over who is going to buy the monthly chocolate purchase to save a little of our sanity on those “off days.”  Of course, along with chocolate and coffee, exercise is part of that ultimate combo-pack to boost your overall daily attitude and well-being.

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