A Novel Naptime: A Book Club for Parents while Kids Play

The Moline Public Library is offering a new book club program for parents with young children called A Novel Naptime. Parents will engage in a casual discussion about the novel and are encouraged to bring their kids along (preschool and under). Toys and activities will be available and everyone fully expects kids to be kids while parents talk around them. The event is hosted in the 2nd floor program room where they can close the door and allow the natural rustling and interruptions of youth to fill the space.

Becca Bacon from the Library explains, “We were looking for a way to include another demographic in our book groups and realized if we made children welcome, parents would be able to join. The idea was launched and so far the interest has been good! We’re very excited to start this book club as a way for parents to get together.”

A Novel Naptime
on the Third Wednesday of the Month
at 10:30 a.m.
in the 2nd Floor Program Room
at the Moline Public Library

Each month the group will choose a popular novel. They have yet to select future books and plan to discuss what the attendees are most interested in reading at the February event. Some ideas include Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Please join to offer your opinions.

The first event will kick off in February. Registration is required and books are available at the Information Desk.


“According to retired children’s literacy expert Joy Brandy one of the very best things you can do for your children is to model the joy of reading.” (The one thing parents should get caught doing in front of kids. The Sydney Morning Herald, January 2018). As a parent with a busy life, if I have time to read it is often after my kids go to bed. I read this article that encouraged parents to get caught reading and it really struck home with me.

If I want my kids to read, I need to model that in the same way I do other things (good manners, being kind to others, polite conversation, etc). Since reading this, I’ve tried to make time for my children to see me reading. This book club is the perfect opportunity to expand on the idea. I love that children will be included in the book club and parents will get to model the experience. Plus, it’s at the library where I firmly believe magic happens.

Future events

March 20th @ 10:30 a.m.
April 17th @ 10:30 a.m.
May 15th @ 10:30 a.m.

We hope to see you there!


About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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