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Closed for Labor Day

Closed for Labor Day

The Main & Fairmount Street Libraries will be closed in honor of Labor Day, September 1, 2008. Both libraries will re-open at their regular business hours on Tuesday.

You can still visit us online at, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

August 29, 20080 comments
Where do you stand on “Banned Books?”

Where do you stand on “Banned Books?”


September 27 – October 4, 2008




Banned Books Week begins in one month!

What is Banned Books Week?  Why does it exist?  Where do you stand on the issue of Banned Books?  I am going to try to answer some of these questions so that you might have a better understanding to voice your opinion. 

According the American Library Association, Banned Books Week began in 1982 and is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores.   The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses it.  Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom of Americans to read without the government or anyone else telling them what they can or can’t read.  Banned Books Week exists to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

Every year the ALA receives hundreds of reports of books and materials that were “challenged,” which means their removal from school and library shelves was requested.  The top 10 “challenged“ books of 2007 were:

10.          “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

9.       “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris

8.       “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou

7.       “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle

6.       “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

5.       “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain

4.       “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman

3.       “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes

2.       “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

And the number one banned book of 2007 is …

1.       “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell.

Click here for a complete list of the top challenged or banned books of 2007/2008.

Let us know how you feel.  Should the government or individuals that feel strongly about a book be able to tell you what you can or can’t read? 

August 25, 20080 comments
Sports Book Discussion Kickoff

Sports Book Discussion Kickoff


Have you picked up your copy of Gilbert Tuhabonye’s book, This Voice In My Heart?  If not, stop in soon to the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) and tell the Information Desk that you would like to sign-up for the new “Tailgating Sports Book Discussion Group.” After you sign-up you will receive a copy of Tuhabonye’s book, a story that will shake your innermost heart & soul, send you running like a gazelle, and then convince you that you can accomplish anything that you put your heart to, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time! 


In his book, Tuhabonye describes the horrible massacre in his village of Burundi, and how he was the sole survivor of the mass genocide inflicted upon his village. After witnessing (and surviving!) this horrible, gruesome event, and making it through the long difficult road to recovery, Tuhabonye has taken his story of strength and survival to the United States – becoming a world class marathon runner, sharing his story through motivational speaking, and becoming a leader and icon to many people around the world.


Don’t miss this Sports Book Discussion kickoff event on Tuesday, September 23, at 7:00 pm. And remember, you need to pick up the book first at the Information Desk at the Fairmount Street Library. A limited number of copies are available. If you have any questions or comments, post them to the blog or email me personally at For a list of all our upcoming events, visit






August 22, 20080 comments
Interactive History Day

Interactive History Day


Join us at Davenport Public Library’s Fairmount Street location (3000 N. Fairmount Street) for an all day extravaganza honoring history and grandparents. Our first-ever “Interactive History Day” will take place on Saturday, September 6, from 10 am – 4 pm both inside and outside of the Library.

Scheduled to appear:

10:00 am – Stage performance by the Putnam Museum

10:00 – 2:00 pm – Horse & buggy rides

10:00 – 4:00 pm – Historical Crafts & Story Times

10:00 – 4:00 pm – Teach your grandparent how to DDR, Wii, & become a “Guitar Hero”

10:00 – 4:00 pm – Civil War Live Display, including cannon fire

10:00 – 4:00 pm – Richardson-Sloane Special Collections’ display of local history

10:00 – 4:00 pm – How to find history online

11:30 am – Stage performance by the Putnam Museum

12:00 – 4:00 pm – Bob Welch, “Songs & Stories of the Civil War”

11:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch food available for purchase from the mobile Hy-Vee grill. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Teen Volunteer Council and other Library programs.

This event was created to honor grandparents during the weekend of Grandparent’s Day, which is always the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparent’s Day was created for three purposes: to honor grandparents; to give grandparents the opportunity to love their children’s children; and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer, making this the perfect time to enhance communication between generations. The history presented at this intergenerational, hands-on program begins with the Civil War-era and ends with modern technology. Not only will grandparents teach children about the past, but children can teach their elders about the future with a lesson in gaming. This completely free event also highlights the mission of the Davenport Public Library – to connect a diverse community to resources that inform, enrich, educate and entertain. Being a grandparent is not required – everyone is invited to attend! For more information, contact the PR Office at 563-328-6833.

August 20, 20080 comments
What’s New?

What’s New?

We’re crazy busy right now, planning numerous programs for you! This autumn is going to be full of fun family events, and we want you to have a sneak peek at what’s coming! We’ll have more detailed blogs about the following events soon, but here’s a little to get you pumped for what’s on the horizon.

September 6 – Interactive History Day! Free horse & buggy rides, civil war performers, music, storytelling, children’s crafts, cannon fire, and a whole lot more! Plan to spend the whole day at the Fairmount Street Library.

September 27 – Kid Gladiators! Run the inflatable obstacle course and win prizes! Part of the “Go Healthy Kids” challenge sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Locally sponsored by QC Family Focus. Plan on being at the Fairmount Street Library from 2-4 for action-packed fun and a few surprises along the way.

October 5 – 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Edward Durell Stone building. From 1-3:30, we will be celebrating the ruby anniversary with a party entitled, “A Ruby Renaissance.” Come see how much the Library has changed in 40 years. (And how much it has stayed the same). Displays, a carnival atmosphere for the kids including entertainment from magician Rick Eugene, free refreshments, and live music from Ellis Kell. It’s going to be a grand celebration! Parking is free in downtown Davenport on the weekends! It’s never been a better time to visit the Main Street Library!

Are you totally excited about these events? We are, and want you to come to the LIbrary and experience all of the fun and learning we have available. Keep an eye on the blog or our website,, for more information.

August 18, 20080 comments