Library service in Davenport has been in existence for 169 years, first as a reading room established in the LeClaire Hotel in 1839 to the current Main Street Library (Edward Durell Stone Library) and Fairmount Street Library. We are currently working on funding for another library in Northeast Davenport scheduled to be completed in the next couple of years. Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the Edward Durell Stone Library in downtown Davenport. On October 6, 1968 Davenport opened their new library after the old Carnegie Library had to be demolished. Yesterday on Sunday, October 5 we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of this beautiful building with live music, clowns, magicians, artists, crafts, guest speakers, food and more. Stay tuned in the next few days to hear some of these speakers reminisce about the opening of the Stone building and see pictures and video from the event. To find out the complete history of the Davenport Public Library, including why the Carnegie library had to be demolished, visit our Wikipedia website. For more information on how you can help build the new library in Northeast Davenport contact the Friends of the Davenport Public Library at 563-326-7841.