Davenport Public Library Blog Feeds http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/allfeeds Combined RSS feeds for all Davenport Public Library blogs en-us Copyright 2011-2014 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ National Library Week: 1961 and Now http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/17/national-library-week-1961-and-now/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/17/national-library-week-1961-and-now/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:49:24 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections The motto for National Library week 1961 was “For a Better-Read, Better-Informed America”. That year, the Davenport Public Library was featured on a half hour TV show, Spectrum, on WHBF. Both the Davenport Morning Democrat and The Daily Times ran … Continue reading

The motto for National Library week 1961 was “For a Better-Read, Better-Informed America”. That year, the Davenport Public Library was featured on a half hour TV show, Spectrum, on WHBF.

Both the Davenport Morning Democrat and The Daily Times ran editorials. A full-page 2 color ad appeared on page 11D of the Sunday Times-Democrat for  April 16, 1961:

In a typical month some 10 to 15 thousand men, women and children use the library facilities.

417,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, films and phonograph records were borrowed during the fiscal year which ended

Davenport Public Library - Carnegie building [early 1960's]

Davenport Public Library – Carnegie building [early 1960's]

March 31st. This is an increase of 30% over the preceding year.2250 8mm films were borrowed in the last 6 months.1700 16mm films were loaned to groups and seen by audiences totaling 45,000.6000 phonograph records were borrowed including foreign language records for home study.

About 2500 young children came to the library story hours, film and children’s theatre programs on Saturday mornings.

20,000 questions of all kinds were asked and answered by the librarians in the reference department.

This year, the Motto for National Library Week is “Lives change @ your library”

Let’s take a look at what else has changed in our library in fifty-three years:

An average of 39,714 people used the library facilities in each of the last 6 months. That includes the Main library and our branches on Fairmount Street and Eastern Avenue.

757,917 total materials checked out in Fiscal Year 2013 (July-June).

210,133 video recordings (DVDs) were borrowed in FY13.

Stone Building, opened October 6, 1968.

Stone Building, opened October 6, 1968.

82,376 audio recordings (music CDs and audiobooks) were borrowed in FY13.

10,020 eBooks, 5,912 eAudiobooks, and 4,394 zines were checked out by our electronically savvy patrons in FY13.

13,482 children, 2,202 teens and 1,411 adults attended Library programs, including storytimes 5 days a week, book discussion groups and other special programs in FY13.

121,205 reference transactions were recorded by reference, information and Special Collections staff in FY 13.

82,509 public computer sessions in FY13.

And, while we’re counting, we also have two more branches!

Fairmount Library, opened 2006

Fairmount Street Library, opened 2006

Eastern Avenue Library, opened 2010

Eastern Avenue Library, opened 2010

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Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook by Terry Golson http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/farmstead-egg-guide-and-cookbook-by-terry-golson/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/farmstead-egg-guide-and-cookbook-by-terry-golson/ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:37 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe No matter where you live, you can have farmstead fresh eggs! From the cities to the suburbs, backyards are filled with the sounds of clucking like never before as more people invest in having a closer connection to the food they eat and discover the rewards (and challenges) of raising chickens and cultivating their own […]

farmstead eggNo matter where you live, you can have farmstead fresh eggs! From the cities to the suburbs, backyards are filled with the sounds of clucking like never before as more people invest in having a closer connection to the food they eat and discover the rewards (and challenges) of raising chickens and cultivating their own fresh eggs.

Whether you’ve embraced the local food movement or just love that farm-fresh flavor, The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook is the perfect book for you and your flock. Inside, you’ll find expert advice on caring for your chickens, along with 100 delicious and diverse recipes. You’ll notice a difference in your scrambled eggs, omelets, and quiches, as well as in savory and sweet soufflés, tarts, puddings, and pies. With The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook, you’ll never run out of delectable ways to enjoy your eggs for any meal of the day. This book will inspire you so that you to have the freshest and best eggs on your table and, if you’re game, the experience of keeping hens in your backyard. (description from publisher)

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Minding the Manor by Mollie Moran http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/minding-the-manor-by-mollie-moran/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/minding-the-manor-by-mollie-moran/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:00:10 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working “downstairs” in the golden years of the early 1930′s before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished in Minding the Manor: the Memoir […]

minding the manorBorn in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working “downstairs” in the golden years of the early 1930′s before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished in Minding the Manor: the Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid.

Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London’s Knighsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk. Even though Mollie’s days were long and grueling and included endless tasks, such as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, she enjoyed her freedom and had a rich life. Like any bright-eyed teenager, Mollie also spent her days daydreaming about boys, dresses, and dances. She became fast friends with the kitchen maid Flo, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding, temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid for Lord Islington and then cook for the Earl of Leicester’s niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall. (description from publisher)

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The Most of Nora Ephron http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/the-most-of-nora-ephron/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/the-most-of-nora-ephron/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:00:23 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe The Most of Nora Ephron is a whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest – and most acute – writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these last forty years. Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here – from […]

most of nora ephronThe Most of Nora Ephron is a whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest – and most acute – writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these last forty years.

Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here – from her writings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman (the notorious piece on being flat-chested, the clarion call of her commencement address at Wellesley) to her best-selling novel, Heartburn, written in the wake of her devastating divorce from Carl Bernstein; from her hilarious and touching screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally . . . (“I’ll have what she’s having”) to her recent play Lucky Guy (published here for the first time); from her ongoing love affair with food, recipes and all, to her extended takes on such controversial women as Lillian Hellman and Helen Gurley Brown; from her pithy blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging (“I Feel Bad About My Neck”) and dying.

Her superb writing, her unforgettable movies, her honesty and fearlessness, her nonpareil humor have made Nora Ephron an icon for America’s women–and not a few of its men. (description from publisher)

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Goodbye http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/goodbye/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/goodbye/ Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:00:47 -0500 Rita at Davenport Library Info Cafe When you read this post, I will have retired from the Davenport Public Library on April 11th.  I worked at the library 46 years and 8 months. I’ve worn myny hats, from student worker to reference supervisor. In between I worked customer service, acquisitions, drove the bookmobile, was library clown and other duties as required. […]

When you read this post, I will have retired from the Davenport Public Library on April 11th.  I worked at the library 46 years and 8 months. I’ve worn myny hats, from student worker to reference supervisor. In between I worked customer service, acquisitions, drove the bookmobile, was library clown and other duties as required. It has been a wonderful career with many adventures. I have met wonderful people and worked with a great staff. Many of the librarians i worked with in my early years at the library taught me to be professional, treat all people with respect and keep my sense of humor. I have seen many changes in the library, from one building and a bookmobile to 3 active libraries, from card catalogs to online library systems, from Recordex machines to self checks. All the changes have helped serve the library user well while still creating a welcoming place.

Thank you all for my grand experience.

Rita Specht

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Farewell Friend http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/farewell-friend/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/farewell-friend/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:19 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe We’re going to take a brief break in our regular blogging to bid Farewell and Thank You to one of our greatest supporters and contributors. Our Rita will be retiring as of today and moving on to new adventures. Just about anybody who has used the Davenport Library has probably been helped by Rita. She […]

RitaWe’re going to take a brief break in our regular blogging to bid Farewell and Thank You to one of our greatest supporters and contributors. Our Rita will be retiring as of today and moving on to new adventures.

Just about anybody who has used the Davenport Library has probably been helped by Rita. She began her career as a page here in 1967, working in various departments while continuing her education, including her Master’s Degree in Library Science. She’s worked in the Reference Department for many years, the last several as Reference Supervisor. Rita’s the librarian that orders DVDs and Books-on-CD for the library, and has blogged about the upcoming DVDs and her favorite books-on-CD since the blog began.  She’s also been active in the Bi-State Literacy Council and is a long-time volunteer for the John Deere Classic.

Everyone who knows Rita – and Rita is the type of person that everyone knows! – has a great story about her. I can pretty much guarantee you that nearly all of those stories highlight her generous spirit, her great sense-of-humor and her loyalty to her friends.

Thanks Rita, for all the good times and all your hard work! Have a great retirement!

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The wedding of Helen Kohn and David Gottlieb http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/09/the-wedding-of-helen-kohn-and-david-gottlieb/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/09/the-wedding-of-helen-kohn-and-david-gottlieb/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:46:03 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections Helen Josephine Kohn of Davenport married David Sticker Gottlieb of Tiffin, Ohio, on April 7, 1913, at the Outing Club in Davenport. According to the next day’s Davenport Democrat, the wedding was lovely. The Outing Club Ballroom was decorated with … Continue reading

Helen Josephine Kohn of Davenport married David Sticker Gottlieb of Tiffin, Ohio, on April 7, 1913, at the Outing Club in Davenport.

According to the next day’s Davenport Democrat, the wedding was lovely.

The Outing Club Ballroom was decorated with roses, streamers and ribbons, and the couple was united in the Wicker Parlor underneath a traditional huppah by Rabbi A.L. Weinstein of Temple Emmanuel, to music from the Criterion Orchestra.

Helen Josephine Kohn

“The bride was dressed in a wedding gown of white chameuse, made entraine and draped in white chantilly lace.  Her veil, which had been worn by her mother at her wedding, was fashioned into a Juliet cap, caught with orange blossoms, while her only ornament was a diamond la valliere, the gift of the groom.  The bridal bouquet was in nuptial arrangement of lillies of the valley with true love-knots and bows.”

The paper went on to note that the ring bearer, a very young Philip David Adler,* carried the rings in a white tulip.

Afterwards, the orchestra played at the informal reception as the wedding party and fifty-five of their immediate relatives had a wedding supper in the Outing Club’s dining hall.

After a week-long wedding trip, the newly married couple set up household in Ohio, where the groom ran a manufacturing plant.

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*Philip D. Adler would later become a journalist and a European news correspondent, before stepping into his father’s shoes as the president of the Iowa-based Lee Enterprises newspaper syndicate, which would eventually purchase the newspaper in which this marriage announcement was published.  We’re almost certain that has nothing to do with the remembered ignominy of the tulip.

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Sources:

“Bride at Pretty Wedding at Outing Club.” Davenport Democrat, 8April1913, p.8.

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Drink More Whiskey by Daniel Yaffe http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/drink-more-whiskey-by-daniel-yaffe/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/drink-more-whiskey-by-daniel-yaffe/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:00:41 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe This smart guide to whiskey introduces a new generation of would-be connoisseurs to the hottest new-again spirit. And with upstart distillers reviving varieties like white dog (moonshine to prohibition-era folks), now is the best time to start learning about it. Drink More Whiskey is the reference for those want to discover the provenance, styles, differences […]

drink more whiskeyThis smart guide to whiskey introduces a new generation of would-be connoisseurs to the hottest new-again spirit. And with upstart distillers reviving varieties like white dog (moonshine to prohibition-era folks), now is the best time to start learning about it.

Drink More Whiskey is the reference for those want to discover the provenance, styles, differences in quality, and ideal uses of whiskey in a fresh, fun-to-read format. In addition, more than 20 recipes are sprinkled throughout, from classics like the Old Fashioned to thoroughly modern tipples like the Manchester (made from single malt Scotch whisky and fresh herbs), so readers can take their learning from book to glass. (description from publisher)

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Favorite Quotes 8 http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/favorite-quote-8/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/favorite-quote-8/ Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:11 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe Here’s a beautiful quote, reminding us of the importance of nature. Do you know which book it comes from? “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach; and not, when I came […]

stacks of booksHere’s a beautiful quote, reminding us of the importance of nature. Do you know which book it comes from?

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” 

Did we stump you? Find the answer here.

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Nicki Jabbour http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/groundbreaking-food-gardens-by-nicki-jabbour/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/groundbreaking-food-gardens-by-nicki-jabbour/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:00:52 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, in Groundbreaking Food Gardens. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a […]

groundbreaking food gardensVegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, in Groundbreaking Food Gardens. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more.

Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list. (description from publisher)

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Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/ultimate-panini-press-cookbook-by-kathy-strahs/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/ultimate-panini-press-cookbook-by-kathy-strahs/ Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:00:06 -0500 Ann at Davenport Library Info Cafe Kathy Strahs’s The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is the first and last word on making the most of a home panini press or counter-top grill. In over 200 recipes and with 100 color photographs, Kathy shows readers how to use this versatile kitchen appliance to make more than just sandwiches and panini (although there is […]

ultimate panini pressKathy Strahs’s The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is the first and last word on making the most of a home panini press or counter-top grill. In over 200 recipes and with 100 color photographs, Kathy shows readers how to use this versatile kitchen appliance to make more than just sandwiches and panini (although there is ample recipe inspiration for both), but also dozens of main-course, easy-to-prepare meals that are great for busy home cooks and families. Kathy includes classics like Croque Monsieur and Reuben panini as well as imaginative creations like a Grilled Asparagus and Prosciutto panini and Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas. There are smaller appetizer panini as well, and a host of breakfast and brunch sandwiches. Beyond the panini, Kathy shows off the creativity of the panini press to make such things as chicken satay, jerk pork tenderloin, and even grilled fish tacos. An inventive chapter on desserts includes an amazing way to make homemade ice-cream cones in a panini machine, along with creative after-dinner options such as Grilled Pears with Honey-Whipped Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds. Home cooks looking to get more from their panini press will find inspiration on every page, and with Kathy’s clear recipe instructions, and ample tips and advice included throughout the book, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is an essential kitchen companion for making the most of the panini press. (description from publisher)

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First, Do No Harm – then come see the State of Scott! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/03/first-do-no-harm-then-come-see-the-state-of-scott/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/04/03/first-do-no-harm-then-come-see-the-state-of-scott/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:52:11 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is pleased to offer two programs on Saturday, April 5th. First Do No Harm: Caring for your Family Documents  will be held at the Main Library (321 Main Street) from 9:30 – 11:30. Learn how … Continue reading

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is pleased to offer two programs on Saturday, April 5th.

First Do No Harm: Caring for your Family Documents  will be held at the Main Library (321 Main Street) from 9:30 – 11:30.

Learn how to carefully preserve your documents without breaking the bank at this event celebrating preservation month!   You will be provided with the supplies to preserve on-site a document no larger than 11×17 to take home.

Discover what not to do, how to store your documents and more about caring for paper and photographs.

Registration is required, so please contact the library at 563-326-7902.

 We will also be holding a film screening of The State of Scott: A View of Davenport in 1948 at our Eastern Avenue branch from 2 – 4pm.

The Free and Independent State of Scott celebrations were a series of parades, shows,  fireworks, beauty contests, and other activities that showcased the resiliency—and creativity—of our local post-World War II community.

Original raw footage, of these events was put together by the Davenport Public Library and the Open Cities Film Society into a short feature, which includes memories from local newspaperman Bill Wundram.

No registration is required for this event.

We hope to see you here!

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Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation by Elizabeth Beckwith http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/raising-the-perfect-child-through-guilt-and-manipulation-by-elizabeth-beckwith/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/reference/raising-the-perfect-child-through-guilt-and-manipulation-by-elizabeth-beckwith/ Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:00:36 -0500 Christie at Davenport Library Info Cafe If you’re not a fan of traditional parenting books (or even if you are) you might want to check out Elizabeth Beckwith’s Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and with chapters such as “How to Scare the Crap out of Your Child (in a Positive Way)”, and “Mind […]

raising2If you’re not a fan of traditional parenting books (or even if you are) you might want to check out Elizabeth Beckwith’s Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and with chapters such as “How to Scare the Crap out of Your Child (in a Positive Way)”, and “Mind Control: Why it’s a Good Thing” Elizabeth Beckwith offers a new spin on the traditional parenting books.

Despite the title, Ms. Beckwith has some pretty sound advice to offer. For example, “speak loudly and disparagingly of people who do bad things”. See a guy speed through a parking lot? Make sure you tell your kid what a moron that guy is, and that that’s how people die. As Ms. Beckwith says “it’s always good to sprinkle the fear of death into these lessons whenever possible”.

This method lets you pepper lessons into daily life rather than having sit-down conversations about topics such as drugs or smoking. See a scantily-clad woman on the street? Make sure you mention that she looks like a hooker. This not only shows your daughter that it’s not ok with you to dress this way, but it also sends the message to your son that this is NOT the kind of girl you bring home.

Each lesson is illustrated with colorful stories from the author’s own childhood. So whether you’re looking for parenting advice or just want a great memoir to read Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation is definitely worth checking out, as long as you don’t mind a little colorful language.

 

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Davenporters of Note: Alvino Peña http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/26/davenporters-of-note-alvino-pena/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/26/davenporters-of-note-alvino-pena/ Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:26:32 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections Alvino H. Peña was born May 14, 1939, in Silvis, Illinois.  He died on March 20, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa. In between those dates, he lived a lot of life and helped a lot of kids. The father of ten … Continue reading

Alvino H. Peña was born May 14, 1939, in Silvis, Illinois.  He died on March 20, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

In between those dates, he lived a lot of life and helped a lot of kids.

The father of ten children, Mr. Peña, who had grown up with very little himself, was concerned with the large number of inner-city youth he saw in the Quad-Cities who had no direction, no resources, and no future.

Besides working at International Harvester, Mr. Peña was also in the Army National Guard, where he’d learned how to box.  In 1968, he put his worries about his community’s children and his love of the sport together, and opened the Davenport Boxing Club at 609 West 4th Street.    Working two jobs to support the club, which was free to all, he taught boxing to kids who needed discipline, focus, and a place to belong.

The Club earned its official non-profit tax-exempt status in the mid-eighties, but it had already started to produce results.  Hundreds of teenagers had already responded to Mr. Peña’s combination of tough expectations and warm-hearted support—and thousands more would.

Many of them became pretty good boxers, too.

The popular Annual Boxing Show, hosted by the Club, showcased the young athletes over the years, and several also won boxing titles on the local, state, national, and even international levels.  Some of the Club’s regulars, like Michael Nunn and Antwun Echols, have gone professional.

Mr. Peña wasn’t just coaching at the Club, either—he worked with several U.S. amateur teams and many boxers who went on to become household names:  Oscar De La Hoya and Evander Holyfield among them.

He was recognized many times as the state and regional Golden Gloves coach of the year, and in 1999, was inducted into the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame for coaching.  According to newspaper interviews, he didn’t want to travel out of state to pick up the award, because that would mean closing the gym.

In 2003, Mr. Peña was inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame, but though he didn’t have to travel far to pick up that award, he still didn’t want to bother.  He wasn’t doing it for the fame, and he sure wasn’t doing it for the money.

He was in it for the kids.

 

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Sources:

Alvino H. Peña, Sr.Quad-City Times, 23March2014

Cox, Monte. “Q-C kids’ self-respect . . . for less than $6,000.” Quad-City Times, 20Feb1995, p.6

DeVrieze, Craig. “’Coaches are heroes’: Feurbach: Frese, Peña are good role models to follow.” Quad-City Times, 8May2003, B1.

Doxie, Don. “Like it or not, Peña will get his due: Hall of Fame awaits Q-C legend.” Quad-City Times, 3May1998, p.1.

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When Irish Eyes are reading the newspapers . . . http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/21/when-irish-eyes-are-reading-the-newspapers/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/21/when-irish-eyes-are-reading-the-newspapers/ Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:17:56 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections It’s difficult to do any research about Davenport’s earliest history without finding at least one Germanic surname along the way. And once the “forty-eighters” came here to find a little peace from the ongoing wars in their part of Europe … Continue reading

It’s difficult to do any research about Davenport’s earliest history without finding at least one Germanic surname along the way. And once the “forty-eighters” came here to find a little peace from the ongoing wars in their part of Europe and started naming things and holding festivals, outsiders would be forgiven for thinking that our area was a little transplanted piece of Schleswig-Holstein.

But Germans weren’t the only group to settle here, and if one knows where to look, there’s no denying that there’s quite a bit of Ireland here, as well.

In honor of St Patrick’s Day, we decided to search our Access Newspaper Archive Database to find out how Davenport celebrated this most Irish of holidays over the last 155 years.

In 1859, the celebrations mostly consisted of respectful speeches and toasts.   The one thrown by the Sarsfield Guards at LeClaire Hall, provided music by a men’s chorus and a small band.  Veterans and current members of the military were “respectfully requested” to wear their uniforms.

Gazette 15Mar1859 p1

Davenport Gazette, March 15, 1859, p.1

In 1870, the Davenport Gazette reported on March 18th that the “procession” that had been planned by the St, Patrick’s Society of Rock Island, the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society of Davenport, and the Hibernian Benevolent Society,  had included 700 participants.

A mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets was held, followed by dancing at Lohrman Hall—which was scarcely big enough to hold the hundreds who attended—and a late feast.

Gazette March 19, 1970, p.4

Gazette March 19, 1970, p.4

In 1922, a parade was reported, but more attention was paid to the fancy dress parties—all the rage in the roaring twenties—held in honor of St. Patrick’s Day by Davenport’s high society.

Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis hosted an “old fashioned social” ball for their friends, who were asked to dress in Civil War era hoop skirts, shawls, and frock coats.

According to the article, some of the fashions were genuine, like the 100-year old, black crepe bonnet and veil worn by Mrs. Theo Zingg.

Davenport Democrat March 19, 1922, p.17

Davenport Democrat March 19, 1922, p.17

By 1949, the St. Patrick’s Day parade was still being held,  according to the papers, and the after-parties were beginning to resemble the ones held in Davenport last weekend—though the days of sixty-cent cover charges (or, sadly, even $6.00, in 2012 dollars) are long gone.

Democrat March 16, 1949, p.19

Democrat March 16, 1949, p.19

The newspapers doesn’t mention whether green beer was served at any of these past celebrations. . . but even on a day that has and will always belong to the Irish, we highly doubt the Germans would have stood for it!

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The Access Newspaper Archive Database is accessible on any of our public workstations at any of our three branches.  The search engine in comprehensive and full scans of historical newspapers throughout the country, some as far back at the 1700s, can be printed or downloaded.  Come on in and check it out!

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The Small, Pretty Wedding of Jennie E. Grieve, Schoolteacher of this City http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/12/the-small-pretty-wedding-of-jennie-e-grieve-schoolteacher-of-this-city/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/12/the-small-pretty-wedding-of-jennie-e-grieve-schoolteacher-of-this-city/ Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:02:42 -0500 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections On March 14, 1901, Jennie E.  Grieve, former schoolteacher of the brand new School #11 (later renamed Taylor Elementary) married Alexander Shadbolt, the owner of a stock farm outside of Brooklyn, Iowa, in Poweshiek County. Aren’t they a lovely couple? … Continue reading

On March 14, 1901, Jennie E.  Grieve, former schoolteacher of the brand new School #11 (later renamed Taylor Elementary) married Alexander Shadbolt, the owner of a stock farm outside of Brooklyn, Iowa, in Poweshiek County.

Aren’t they a lovely couple?

Shadbolt Couple

Held at the home of the bride’s parents on 719 East Fourteenth Street, the wedding was a small affair, but, the Davenport Daily Leader reported, a very pretty one.   There was a small dinner afterward for family and a few close friends.

But a small, intimate wedding didn’t mean the bride didn’t wear a beautiful dress.  Look at those gorgeous ruffles:

Shadbolt Bride

There was no veil mentioned in the newspaper account—which also lacked details about the silk gauze dress, much to our disappointment—but the bride did have her photograph taken with her glasses on, as befits a former schoolteacher.

They’re barely visible in the image, but they’re there!

Shadbolt Detail

The bride had resigned her teaching position a month before her wedding—teachers were not allowed to be married in the Davenport School System at that time—and the couple left a week after the wedding to live in Brooklyn, Iowa.

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Sources Used:

“Shadbolt-Grieve.” Davenport Daily Leader, March 17, 1901, p.9

The old and the new!! : elementary schools in use prior to 1940 and those after the new ones opened in the fall of 1940  [Davenport, Iowa : Davenport Schools Museum, 199-?]

 Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive

 

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Living Memory History: The Winter of 2013-2014 http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/05/living-memory-history-the-winter-of-2013-2014-2/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/03/05/living-memory-history-the-winter-of-2013-2014-2/ Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:39:04 -0600 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections We decided to blog this week about the weather because after a winter of freezing cold and permanent snow . . .  it’s still cold and still snowing. And while that makes us a little sad, we thought it was … Continue reading
Duck Creek Park, 1934 -- not a record breaker, but still cold!

Duck Creek Park, 1934 — not a record breaker, but still cold!

We decided to blog this week about the weather because after a winter of freezing cold and permanent snow . . .  it’s still cold and still snowing.

And while that makes us a little sad, we thought it was a wonderful excuse to review weather stats to see how the winter of 2013-2014 compares to years past.

It turns out it’s doing very well, with several records broken. The National Weather Service identifies winter as running from December 1 to February 28. During that time, cold and snow dominated our weather forecast.

December of 2013 didn’t break any records with its mean temperature of 20.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 13.8 inches of snow, as recorded in Moline, Illinois.* December of 2000 still holds the records for coldest (13.1°F) and snowiest (32 inches).

January of 2014 faced a challenge, as in that month many low daily temperature and snow records were set in the Blizzard of 1979. It seems that January of 1979 still stands as the coldest (6.3°F) and snowiest (26.7 inches) recorded. January of 2014 gave it a good try but only produced a mean average of 14.8°F and 17.7 inches of snow. No records broken there!

Then came February 2014.  February 10th tied for a record low of -16°F with the same day in 1899.  February 11th had a new record low of -22°F, which surpassed the previous record of -15°F set in 1885.

These chilly temperatures helped February of 2014 tie for the 5th spot in the Top Ten Coldest Februarys. The mean temperature in Moline was 14.6°F, which is shared by February of 1905.

Snow is what really took over in February of 2014: 22.3 inches of it fell in Moline that month. This moved February 2014 into the #1 spot for Snowiest February on record for that city.  Both 2011 and 1994 had previously held first place, with 20.7 inches, and now hold second.

As we move into March the official records for the winter (December, January, February) can be studied. How did the winter of 2013-2014 fair in light of some stiff (and cold) competition?

The coldest winter on record (since 1872 of course) in Moline, Illinois is still held by the winter of 1978-1979 with an average mean temperature of 14.1°F. The winter of 2013-2014 came in with a mean temperature of 16.6°F, landing it in sixth place in the Top Ten.

However, 2013-2014 took over the Snowiest Winter category, with 53.8 inches, which is the official total recorded (today’s delightful snowfall will fall under Spring record keeping from March 1st – May 31st). Stunningly, the winter of 1978-1979 fell to second with 52.9 inches,** though as some of us recall, about half of that fell within a forty-eight hour period.

Now we focus on Spring with the start of March. Is it coming in like a lion or a lamb?

A record cold high was set on March 2, 2014 of 7°F with a record cold low of -12°F, set on March 3rd.  Hear that roar?

We certainly hope the old weather lore of March coming in like a lion or lamb and leaving the opposite way holds true.

The lamb of warm spring temperatures is looking pretty good right now!

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*While records are also maintained in Davenport, IA, official record keeping in this city did not begin until the 1980s. Record keeping began in Moline, IL in 1872.

**Some may argue that 1978-1979 had more snow as November 1978 had 7.1 inches fall compared to only 0.8 inches in 2013. As the National Weather Service places November in the Autumn category, it was not included.

(posted by Amy D.)

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Chronicling America: The Bystander http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/26/chronicling-america-the-bystander/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/26/chronicling-america-the-bystander/ Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:50:55 -0600 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections It’s no secret that newspapers can be a wonderful resource for history and genealogy, but many early newspapers—ones from smaller communities or with shorter or less frequent publishing runs— have remained secrets, or at least inaccessible, to the average researcher. … Continue reading

It’s no secret that newspapers can be a wonderful resource for history and genealogy, but many early newspapers—ones from smaller communities or with shorter or less frequent publishing runs— have remained secrets, or at least inaccessible, to the average researcher.

Chronicling AmericaThe Library of Congress knows this, and launched their Chronicling America website to promote and provide access to various digitized historical newspapers—including those from Iowa.

Currently, issues from five Iowa newspapers are available online through Chronicling America, including issues from 1894 to 1922 of The Iowa State Bystander (later, simply The Bystander), a newspaper established by the African-American community in Iowa.

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This is very exciting news for us—pun intended!—as The Bystander  often included articles from Davenport’s local African-American community, which was all too frequently ignored or given short shrift by our local newspapers.

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Iowa State Bystander, June 6, 1913

Personal news items as well as articles illustrating the struggles for equality and Civil Rights in Iowa and throughout the country can be viewed online at Chronicling America.

Go check it out!

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Davenporters of Note: Charles William Toney http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/20/davenporters-of-note-charles-william-toney/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/20/davenporters-of-note-charles-william-toney/ Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:59:13 -0600 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections Charles William Toney was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on August 23rd, 1913 to Wilber and Stella Toney. He attended Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, and was on the swim team.  This led to his first fight for Civil Rights … Continue reading

Charles William Toney was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on August 23rd, 1913 to Wilber and Stella Toney.

He attended Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, and was on the swim team.  This led to his first fight for Civil Rights when, at the age of 14, he was denied entry in Clinton’s new Municipal Pool . He went up to the City Attorney to ask him why he was being denied his rights as a resident, and was told that they didn’t want him swimming in the same pool as white girls.

Mr. Toney graduated in 1930, and studied Chemistry at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, for a year, but the Great Depression made money tight and school was expensive.  He moved to Hell’s Half-Acre in St. Louis and found work as an elevator operator.

Mr. Toney moved back to Davenport in 1936, finding employment with John Deere Malleable Works. At the start of World War II, the company sent him for further training and he became the first welder of color in the states of Iowa and Illinois.  He worked as a welder for 20 years.

He married Ann Palmer on December 17, 1943 in Davenport.  They lived at 1010 Western Avenue, where they had an in-ground pool and invited black children in the community to use it to learn to swim, as they, too, were not allowed to use the Municipal Natatorium.

The summer before they were married, Charles and Ann stopped by a local soda fountain, The Colonial Fountain, after a movie date. They sat in a booth and then moved to the counter, but the waitress refused to serve them. Toney filed a complaint under Iowa’s 1884 Civil Rights Act Public Accommodation Law. On August 8th, 1945, a jury found Dorothy Baxter guilty of infringing on Toney’s Civil Rights. This was the first civil rights suit ever won in Iowa.  According to a survey by the League for Social Justice, called “Citizen 2nd Class,” The Colonial Fountain was the only restaurant to serve blacks in the early 1950s.

Mr. and Mrs. Toney published the Davenport Sepia Record, a local magazine spotlighting black people in the community and the country.   The goal of the magazine, which ran for two years, was to promote better racial conditions in the Quad Cities.

Mr. Toney also ran a barber/beauty shop on the SW corner of 11th and Ripley, one of the first Black businesses in Davenport.  At the time, it was the only barbershop in Davenport that would serve blacks.

“Some of us brought about a change from the segregation and discrimination that was practiced by the good old boys. People are soon forgotten for the good they did back in those days. What we did was not a popular thing to do.”

Mr. Toney didn’t limit his fight for Civil Rights to a local scale.  He served as president of the Davenport NAACP, president of the Catholic Inter-racial Council, served on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Chair of the Human Rights & Employment Practices Committee of the Iowa Association of Business & Industry, and others.   He also worked for a time as a Washington Lobbyist for a federal employment practices act under A. Phillip Randolph, the president of the Sleeping Car Porters Union.

He presented the Pacem In Terris Awardto Martin Luther King Jr., in 1965 in Davenport.

In 1964, Mr. Toney transferred to the main division of Deere & Company, and four years later, he was promoted to the Manager of Minority Relations. In 1972, he challenged Deere’s management with a request to compete for an executive position and became the first black executive with Deere & Co., serving as Director of Affirmative Action.

While Director, he initiated one of the first voluntary affirmative action plans in the nation, and oversaw corporate wide recruiting efforts at historically Black Colleges.

“As far as major corporations like Deere are concerned, we will continue to have affirmative action and equal opportunity because it’s morally right and doggone good business to use all the available talent a community has to offer.”

Mr. Toney received an Honorary Doctorate Degree for Public Service from St. Ambrose University in 1975 and retired from Deere & Co. in 1983, after 42 years of service.

Charles William Toney died at the age of 96, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in Moline, Illinois.

His barbershop was recreated for a civil rights exhibit at the Putnam Museum in January 2010 and he was inducted into the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame in August of that year. Part of that exhibit is now on display at the Main Street Library through April 3rd.

 

Davenport Civil Rights exhibit on display at the Main Street Library

Davenport Civil Rights exhibit on display at the Main Street Library

Charles Toney

Charles Toney

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Works Cited

“Charles Toney (obituary).” Quad-City Times 01 November 2009: p. C7.

“Davenport Civil Rights History Walking Tour.” Davenport: Davenport Civil Rights Commission, 2011.

“Fined for Refusing Negro Ice Cream.” Waterloo Daily Courier 9 August 1945: p. 7.

Geyer, Thomas. “Rights pioneer earns honor – African-American hall to induct former Deere executive.” Quad-City Times 28 June 2010: p. 1B.

McGlynn, Ann. “Civil rights pioneer Charles Toney dies – Former welder challenged ice cream shop refusal in 1943.” Quad-City Times 29 October 2009: p. 1A.

Silag, Bill, ed. Outside In: African American History in Iowa. Des Moines: State Historical Society of Iowa, 2001.

Smith, Robert Copeland. “Robert Copeland Smith: Q-C had its heroes in the fight for justice: Black history is a work in progress.” Quad-City Times 2 February 2000: p. 6A.

Van Hook, Beverly. “Looking on the bright side: Toney says blacks can too make it here.” Quad-City Times 15 November 1981: pp. 1E, 4E.

Wellner, Brian. “NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT PUTNAM MUSEUM – Barbershops and the KKK – Collection traces civil rights movement.” Quad-City Times 16 January 2010: p. 1A.

Wundram, Bill. “Citizen, 2nd class 40 years later…” Quad-City Times 17 October 1993: 2A.

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Library Closed for Presidents Day http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/14/library-closed-for-presidents-day/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2014/02/14/library-closed-for-presidents-day/ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:45:25 -0600 SCblogger at Primary Selections from Special Collections The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 17th in celebration of Presidents’ Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, February 18th.

The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 17th

in celebration of Presidents’ Day.

We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, February 18th.

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Be my valentine….. http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/02/12/be-my-valentine/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/02/12/be-my-valentine/ Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:38:43 -0600 Angie at DPL Kids Blog Love, Splat by Rob Scotton How do you tell someone that you like them when everytime you get close to them your heart drums and your tummy rumbles?   Poor Splat has to figure it out quick – it’s Valentines Day!  … Continue reading

Love, Splat

by Rob Scotton

How do you tell someone that you like them when everytime you get close to them your heart drums and your tummy rumbles?   Poor Splat has to figure it out quick – it’s Valentines Day!  Luckily Kitten takes matters into her own paws and the day is saved!!  Share this cute, cuddly tale with your favorite little shy valentine.

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We have moved! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/30/we-have-moved/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/30/we-have-moved/ Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:48:15 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens Exciting news!  You can now find DPL Teens on your favorite social networking site, Tumblr!  From now on, that’s where you’ll find all of our YA book reviews, program updates, book/movie trailers, and more.

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Exciting news!  You can now find DPL Teens on your favorite social networking site, Tumblr!  From now on, that’s where you’ll find all of our YA book reviews, program updates, book/movie trailers, and more.

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Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue!! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/01/29/red-knit-cap-girl-to-the-rescue/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/01/29/red-knit-cap-girl-to-the-rescue/ Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:44:08 -0600 Angie at DPL Kids Blog by Naoko Stoop Although children will not make the connection between a polar bear cub floating away from his family on a small chunk of ice and global warming, they will be mesmerized by the story of a young girl … Continue reading

by Naoko Stoop

Although children will not make the connection between a polar bear cub floating away from his family on a small chunk of ice and global warming, they will be mesmerized by the story of a young girl coming to his rescue.   Red Knit Cap Girl is the ultimate super hero – ready to spring into action and do what needs to be done.  That the author is an artist is evident in this beautifully illustrated story.  Pick it up for the artwork, stay for the story!

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2014 Michael L. Printz Award http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/27/2014-michael-l-printz-award/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/27/2014-michael-l-printz-award/ Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:47:39 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens             This morning the recipients of biggest award in YA fiction, the Michael L. Printz Award, were announced.  This year there were 4 Printz Honor books and 1 winner of the Printz Award.  And here they are! Printz Honors: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YAYYYYY!  Read my review here) […]

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This morning the recipients of biggest award in YA fiction, the Michael L. Printz Award, were announced.  This year there were 4 Printz Honor books and 1 winner of the Printz Award.  And here they are!

Printz Honors:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YAYYYYY!  Read my review here)

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

midwinterbloodAnd the big winner of the Printz Award for 2014 is….

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

To place holds on any of the books, click the title or the cover.  So what do you think of the winners?  Are you happy or did your favorite get snubbed?  Sound off in the comments!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/27/divergent-by-veronica-roth/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/27/divergent-by-veronica-roth/ Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:00:21 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens And now for a review from our newest guest blogger, Bethany! In Veronica Roth’s dystopian book Divergent there are five different factions that a person can be a part of. During the year a person would turn 16, they decided which faction they are going to join. Most choose the one they were born and […]

divergentAnd now for a review from our newest guest blogger, Bethany!

In Veronica Roth’s dystopian book Divergent there are five different factions that a person can be a part of. During the year a person would turn 16, they decided which faction they are going to join. Most choose the one they were born and raised in. Here are my interpretation of the five factions:  the AP student- as in “going to Harvard for free” people, the super kind people (sometimes you wonder if they’re being legit because they’re too kind), the “really rude because they’re extremely honest” people (don’t we all know the phrase: ‘No offense, but’), the BA people (as in jumping off moving trains and being stupid YOLO) and last and the least- stereotypical 60’s hippies.  In this make believe world everybody’s genes are wired towards one of these five personalities. (This is when I started to doubt the book.  Get me on a day with little or no sleep and count the different personalities I have). If you do not have one of these five personalities you are an enemy to the state!  Ok, well not right away, but you are Divergent. And if you’re Divergent, don’t you dare tell anybody because it’s bad.

My first issue with Divergent was the whole idea of these five factions. It’s silliness! Go to work, go to school, heck, go to mall and you will see many more than five different personalities. The book presents five different core beliefs, and you can only have one. Right, because there are only five different religious beliefs in the real world which make this seem plausible….but that wasn’t my only issue with this book. The main character goes from going to school, to choosing your life. One day you’re in school, you get this test and then the next day you choose your faction. For the next month or so you’re in training and BAM you’re an adult with a job associated with your special faction. Huh? Does this happen in real life? I can answer that for you, no. Also, the lack of adults really drove me bananas. There were kids teaching kids stuff, that wouldn’t really happen. I would not be qualified to teach a class after a year, maybe two, of study. How do you become a teacher, oh, just four years of school, at least! So that didn’t make any sense. But at this point I shouldn’t really be expecting the book to make any sense.

As much as I wasn’t a fan of this book, there were things I liked.  Beatrice, the main character, I liked. Though her world was far from every being okay, she could exist. Her character was real, and I could imagine seeing her walking down the street. In fact, most of the characters I liked. Wonderful character development all around; but you can only get too attached to a character that is in a world that would never happen. And, when the fighting happens, people die. Though that might sound odd, I personally cannot stand when a huge epic battle happens and none of the characters you’ve come to love die because that doesn’t happen in real life. Even though this society would never come to be, Roth does try to have the things that happen in it buyable.  Let’s see…what else did I like….yeah, I think that’s about it.

So maybe I’m being a little harsh on Divergent; after all, I had to put it on hold because of its popularity in order to read it. There is obviously something there or it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.

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A symphony of emotion… http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/01/25/a-symphony-of-emotion/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/2014/01/25/a-symphony-of-emotion/ Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:06:23 -0600 Angie at DPL Kids Blog Don’t just read…  experience a selection from the Newbery Award winning Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  A quartet from The Quad City Symphony will present their not-to-be-missed musical rendition at the Main Library on Saturday, February 8th at 11am … Continue reading

Don’t just read…  experience a selection from the Newbery Award winning Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  A quartet from The Quad City Symphony will present their not-to-be-missed musical rendition at the Main Library on Saturday, February 8th at 11am & 1pm.   See you there!!

 

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Coming to theaters near you: TFiOS! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/23/coming-to-theaters-near-you-tfios/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/23/coming-to-theaters-near-you-tfios/ Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:00:12 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens There’s recently been a bit of an uproar about photos and the poster that have been released for the upcoming movie version of John Green’s hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.  Some of the controversy surrounds the movie poster’s tagline: “One sick love story.”  Additionally, in many of the stills from the movie (see […]

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There’s recently been a bit of an uproar about photos and the poster that have been released for the upcoming movie version of John Green’s hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.  Some of the controversy surrounds the movie poster’s tagline: “One sick love story.”  Additionally, in many of the stills from the movie (see below), Hazel isn’t wearing her cannula, including during the big moment in the Anne Frank House.

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So what do you think?  Is the tagline insensitive, or is it just the type of humor Hazel would find funny?  Is it troubling that Hazel isn’t always wearing her cannula like she has to in the book?  Sound off in the comments!

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Tonight: TVC and Anime Club! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/21/tonight-tvc-and-anime-club/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/21/tonight-tvc-and-anime-club/ Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:00:53 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens That’s right, DPL’s Teen Volunteer Council and Anime Club are now meeting on the same night! Join TVC at 5:00 to discuss your ideas for upcoming programs and find out about future volunteering opportunities within the library. Then stick around for Anime Club at 5:30, where we’ll be eating noodles as always and continuing our […]

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That’s right, DPL’s Teen Volunteer Council and Anime Club are now meeting on the same night!

Join TVC at 5:00 to discuss your ideas for upcoming programs and find out about future volunteering opportunities within the library.

Then stick around for Anime Club at 5:30, where we’ll be eating noodles as always and continuing our viewing of a beloved anime series!

See you then!

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Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2014/01/20/mlk/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2014/01/20/mlk/ Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:00:14 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen our normal hours on Tuesday, January 21st. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day. Have a great day, and peace!

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen our normal hours on Tuesday, January 21st. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a great day, and peace!

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Book Trailer Thursday: Cress http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/16/book-trailer-thursday-cress/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/16/book-trailer-thursday-cress/ Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:43 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens   Did you tear through Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi fairy tales Cinder and Scarlet, and now you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next book in the series?  The wait is almost over!!  Book three in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress, will be released on February 4th!  Check out the brand new book trailer above, […]

 

Did you tear through Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi fairy tales Cinder and Scarlet, and now you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next book in the series?  The wait is almost over!!  Book three in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress, will be released on February 4th!  Check out the brand new book trailer above, and then click here to place a hold on a copy!

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New books at DPL! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/14/9440/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/teens/2014/01/14/9440/ Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:00:08 -0600 Lexie at DPL TeensDPL Teens TONS of new YA books are on their way to our New Books shelves at all 3 DPL locations!  A small sampling are pictured above, click any of them to place a hold!  For even more new and upcoming YA books, visit our Check It Out page!

TONS of new YA books are on their way to our New Books shelves at all 3 DPL locations!  A small sampling are pictured above, click any of them to place a hold!  For even more new and upcoming YA books, visit our Check It Out page!

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Closed for New Year’s Eve and Day http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/30/closed-for-new-year/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/30/closed-for-new-year/ Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:30:48 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31st and January 1st for the holiday. We will reopen our normal hours on Thursday, January 2nd. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day. Have a fantastic year!

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31st and January 1st for the holiday. We will reopen our normal hours on Thursday, January 2nd. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a fantastic year!

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Closed for the holiday http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/23/closed-for-the-holiday/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/23/closed-for-the-holiday/ Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:30:10 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24th and 25th so our staff may spend time with their families. We will reopen our normal hours on Thursday, December 26th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day. Have a wonderful holiday!

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24th and 25th so our staff may spend time with their families. We will reopen our normal hours on Thursday, December 26th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Special showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/16/special-showing-of-harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/16/special-showing-of-harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone/ Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:27:40 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library   Winter at Hogwarts left you craving more Harry Potter? Luckily for you, we have a special showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where you can hang out with other muggles and drink butterbeer! Where: Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N Fairmount St) When: Thursday, December 26th @2:00pm Age: […]

Harry Potter movie

 

Winter at Hogwarts left you craving more Harry Potter? Luckily for you, we have a special showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where you can hang out with other muggles and drink butterbeer!

Where: Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N Fairmount St)
When: Thursday, December 26th @2:00pm
Age: All ages
Cost: Free!
For more information: Call 563-326-7832

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Winter at Hogwarts is almost full! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/04/winter-at-hogwarts-is-almost-full/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/12/04/winter-at-hogwarts-is-almost-full/ Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:09 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library It’s so close, and we’re almost at maximum capacity. Make sure you hurry and register for this exciting event! What: Winter at Hogwarts When: Saturday, December 7 @7:00pm Where: Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue) Register: 563-326-7832

It’s so close, and we’re almost at maximum capacity. Make sure you hurry and register for this exciting event!

What: Winter at Hogwarts
When: Saturday, December 7 @7:00pm
Where: Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue)
Register: 563-326-7832

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Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/27/closed-for-thanksgiving-2/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/27/closed-for-thanksgiving-2/ Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen our normal hours on Saturday, November 30th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day. Have a wonderful holiday!

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen our normal hours on Saturday, November 30th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Harry Potter window mural http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/26/harry-potter-window-mural/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/26/harry-potter-window-mural/ Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:30:32 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library Check out our new window mural out at the Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch, with bonus snow for flair! Don’t forget to RSVP for Winter at Hogwarts on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Eastern Avenue Branch: 563-326-7832. We will be celebrating the world of Harry Potter and friends […]

Check out our new window mural out at the Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch, with bonus snow for flair!

Harry Potter and Hedwig • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100983591@N04/11054097096/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>
Sorting Hat • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100983591@N04/11054125904/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>
Snitch and Broom • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100983591@N04/11054180133/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>
Hogwarts and House Crests • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100983591@N04/11054183873/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>
Harry Potter's Glasses • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100983591@N04/11054022045/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a>

Don’t forget to RSVP for Winter at Hogwarts on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Eastern Avenue Branch: 563-326-7832. We will be celebrating the world of Harry Potter and friends with costumes, food, and games. This free event is for all ages!

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Closed for Veterans Day http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/10/closed-for-veterans-day/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/11/10/closed-for-veterans-day/ Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:24:58 -0600 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen our normal hours on Tuesday, November 12th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day. Have a wonderful day!

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen our normal hours on Tuesday, November 12th. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday’s Cemetery Tour Still Has Openings! http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/10/25/cemetery-tour/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/10/25/cemetery-tour/ Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:50:13 -0500 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library Our evening Cemetery Tour is all filled up. However, the daytime tour this Saturday, October 26 at 1pm is still available! Just make sure you call in advance to reserve your spot (563-326-7832). The Fairmount Cemetery is located at 3902 Rockingham Road in Davenport, IA. Bring your sturdy shoes and meet […]

Our evening Cemetery Tour is all filled up. However, the daytime tour this Saturday, October 26 at 1pm is still available! Just make sure you call in advance to reserve your spot (563-326-7832). The Fairmount Cemetery is located at 3902 Rockingham Road in Davenport, IA. Bring your sturdy shoes and meet us at the mausoleum!

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Last October Offerings Demonstration http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/10/24/october-offerings/ http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/2013/10/24/october-offerings/ Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:36:08 -0500 Sharon at News & Events from the Davenport Public Library Today is the last day for Special Collections’ genealogy databases demonstration, October Offerings! They will be at the Fairmount Branch tonight from 6:00-7:00pm. No registration is required, just bring yourself!

Today is the last day for Special Collections’ genealogy databases demonstration, October Offerings! They will be at the Fairmount Branch tonight from 6:00-7:00pm. No registration is required, just bring yourself!

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