We all had our favorite places to go when we were kids. However, when I was growing up, libraries were at the bottom of the list of cool places to hang out.  The list was like this:

  1. Main Street
  2. Bowling Alley
  3. Your Buddy's Car (cruising, as we called it)
  4. Anywhere but the library.

The closest to "cool" my library ever got was when they were clearing out all their magazines.  They had boxes and boxes upon boxes in the basement and I was able to sift through them all for some really great finds.

I was able to get my hands on a couple of magazines from the 60s that had the Beatles on the cover.  I found a few Rolling Stones with some of my favorite oldies bands and articles about "new releases" that happened before I was born.

Turns out, libraries have come a long way since I was a teenager. The Bettendorf Public Library’s Summer Concert Series returns with some hot music on summer nights.

The Summer Concert Series free shows are every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. through August 11. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and take in this year’s line-up:

  • June 16: Wicked Liz and the Bellyswirls
  • June 23: Atomic Blender
  • June 30: Lojo Russo
  • July 7: The Velies
  • July 14: Crooked Cactus Band
  • July 21: Avey Grouws Band
  • July 28: Class of ‘82
  • August 4: David G. Smith
  • August 11: Soul Storm

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be inside the Library at 2950 Learning Campus Drive in the Bettendorf Room.

Attendees are encouraged to bring food and drink to this program.

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