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Summer Reading Program Begins June 2

Summer Reading Program Begins June 2

When was the last time you participated in a Summer Reading Program?  When was the last time that you attended a program at the library?  When was the last time you were at the library?  As some of the commercials for the 2008 Summer Olympics say, “These aren’t your parent’s Olympics,” well, this isn’t the library you or your parents grew up with either.

Let’s start with programs!  Don’t worry about the cost of attending one of our programs because they are all FREE!  That’s right, you heard it here first they are all FREE!  Everything from story times for infants to ice creams socials for seniors, and everything in between.  Join us on Tuesday evening for Family Fun Night where you could get a ride up in a bucket truck or see some awesome cockroach races.  That’s not for you, then check out TNT (Teen Night Transformations if you are between the ages of 12-18) where you can learn to make items out of duct tape, learn some martial arts, or attend a Henna workshop.  Not a teen, don’t have any kids, or just want something for adults, attend one of our game nights.  During the month of June you can play, “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” or during the month of July you can come out and play, “Jeopardy.”  There are also Pictionary nights, healthy Saturdays where you can learn how to cook healthy, give blood, or get your blood pressure checked, or attend one of our many movies for kids through adults.  If you want a place to cool off from the hot summer weather or you need to save money for gas and need something FREE to do, stop in at one of the Davenport Public Libraries and we will provide entertainment with a smile! J  Remember that our Fairmount location is right off the Duck Creek bike path! 

For more information on dates and times of our programs visit our website at or call me at (563) 328-6833.

Next week, read about all of the great services that the library has to offer.


May 29, 20080 comments
Davenport Public Library Programming 101!

Davenport Public Library Programming 101!

Where has the time gone?  I thought we already did that program six months ago!  I typed that up yesterday, WHERE DID IT GO?  That’s typical!  But why?  Let’s try to answer these questions.

It all starts months in advance, seriously!  A typical program is planned and ready to go, usually at least four to six months before the actual program date.  It begins with an idea that is put into a publicity request form.  A form that asks all kinds of questions like dates and times, where the program will take place, will the program be done by you or an outside group, has the program been approved by your supervisor, has it been scheduled on the calendar, have the rooms been reserved, and on and on and on!  It is all necessary and actually walks you through the process very nicely.  Then after the publicity request is written you start the actual process of publicizing your event.  Press releases are written, posters made, the information is put on the Davenport Library web calendar, and then the information is placed on various community web calendars.  Then you wait for the program date to arrive, keeping a timeline of items that need to be done as the event gets closer (this usually changes with each event).  While you wait for the event, you are working on the next event.  This process is usually taking place with multiple events at the same time and keeping up with non-programming activities within the library and the community.

This is why time flies in the PR department.  That is why sometimes it feels like we have already done the program.  It is a very fun and fast paced department that changes from day to day, bringing you many new and exciting library events.

What do you think about the programs that are offered at the Davenport Public Library?  Do you have any suggestions of programs that you would like to see at the library?  Let us know here on our blog what you think.


Steve Hart

PR/Programming Assistant

Davenport Public Library

May 23, 20080 comments
Read the newest “Main Entries” Newsletter

Read the newest “Main Entries” Newsletter

Make sure that you stop by one of our libraries for the new “Main Entries” newletter for May & June.  You will find many new events going on this summer for the Davenport Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.  If you can’t make it by a library soon, you may download it by clicking on “Main Entries” above.

May 14, 20080 comments