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Holiday Shopping @ the FRIENDS Book Store

Holiday Shopping @ the FRIENDS Book Store

Are you involved with a Secret Santa-type program at your work or organization? Do you need to buy an inexpensive (but quality!) gift for someone on your shopping list? The FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library Book Store offers gift certificates for purchase. Just stop by the store, located at our Fairmount Street Library and ask to purchase a gift certificate – it’s that simple!  Certificates come in $5 increments.

If you want to buy a more personalized gift, check out the Book Store’s selection of hardback and paperback books. You may even find some neat stocking stuffers, like puzzles and games, for the hard-to-shop-for relative. The best news is – it won’t break your budget. Most items at the Book Store are under $2!

Know any crafty people? The Book Store also sells used magazines at a hugely discounted rate. Many decoupage crafts use magazine pictures, or you can even make a stunning piece of artwork with a magazine collage as a holiday gift.  The opportunities are endless!

The best news about spending money at the Book Store is – all of the proceeds from Book Store sales directly benefit the Davenport Public Library. Money collected goes to enhance library programming, the Eastern Avenue building fund, and towards collection development. It’s a win-win shopping experience for everyone!

The FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library Book Store Hours are:
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday:  2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The selection is always changing – stop by often.

November 28, 20080 comments
Consumer Tips for Holiday Shoppers

Consumer Tips for Holiday Shoppers

Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, has released the following information to help consumers during this holiday season. Have a look to see how you can stay safe when shopping…

The holiday shopping season is by far the busiest time of year for most shoppers and retail stores — and the season also generates more than its share of consumer problems.  Why?  Most likely, it’s because of the sheer volume of purchases, because many consumers are in a rush, and because people will make more gift returns and exchanges than during other seasons.  It’s a very important time to be a smart shopper.

How to avoid consumer problems:

Buying Online:   Be sure to shop with reputable companies.  Make sure the seller lists an address or toll-free number, just in case you have a problem.  Be sure purchases are refundable in case you are not satisfied.  Get all details on shipping and handling fees, refund and return policies, and complaint procedures.  Print out and keep records of your purchase.  Use only “secure” web sites.  Pay by credit card (not by check or debit card) so you can dispute the bill if necessary.  Find more tips on “Internet” shopping at (click on “consumer protection”), or at

Returns and “layaways”:  Be sure to know a store’s policy on returns and layaways before you make a purchase, especially in these times of tighter credit.  Remember, there is no state law that requires stores to give a refund, exchange, or credit for merchandise returned or taken off layaway — unless the store advertises that it accepts such returns and refunds.  (Consumers also may seek a refund, exchange or credit if an article is defective or was misrepresented.)   Remember, Iowa’s three-day-right-to-cancel law only applies to door-to-door sales, or sales made away from a seller’s usual place of business.  In short, most refund and layaway policies are up to individual retailers.

Receipts:  Always keep receipts.  Most stores will not make refunds without them.

Mail orders:  If you order gifts by mail or telephone or over the Internet, you have certain protections.  Federal law requires the seller to ship your purchase within thirty days, unless the offer or advertisement specifies a later date.  If there is a delay, the seller must notify you, give you a chance to cancel your order, and send a full refund if you choose to cancel.  Don’t send cash.  The safest way to pay for mail order purchases is by credit card.

Gift cards and certificates:  If you’re thinking of buying a gift card, check the store’s policy.  Find out if the store will give a credit or cash return if the purchase price is less than the value of the gift card or certificate, and check any other terms on the card.

To file a complaint or get more information, contact the Consumer Protection Division, Hoover Bldg., Des Moines, IA 50319.  Call 515-281-5926, or toll-free at 1-888-777-4590.  On the web:

November 24, 20080 comments
Into Thin Air Book Discussion

Into Thin Air Book Discussion

Are you a sports enthusiast who just can’t get enough? Do you wish there was a place that you could go to enjoy some food, meet some new sports fans, and be able to tell your spouse that you’re at the library or supporting your local government? Ok, maybe not the last one, that would make a good excuse. Then join us at the Davenport Public Library – Fairmount Street (3000 N. Fairmount Street) for our new Sports Book Discussion Group that meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, September – May at 7:00 P.M. BYOD (non-alcoholic of course), we’ll provide the snacks and the books; and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment as we explore the wide world of sports! On, Tuesday, November 25 we’ll discuss Jon Krakauer’s book entitled, “Into Thin Air.” Read how the climb to the top of Mt. Everest has claimed many lives through the years except for on one day, one man surprised everyone after laying comatose for more than 12 hours with severe frostbite managed to make it back to camp and make it off the mountain alive.

Registration is required for this FREE event! For more information, call 328-6833 or visit online at

After you register, stop at the Fairmount Street Library Information desk to pick-up your copy of the current book.

November 21, 20080 comments
Davenport Library Closed for In-Service on Thursday, November 20!

Davenport Library Closed for In-Service on Thursday, November 20!

The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 20 for in-service.  Both library locations will re-open on Friday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m.  The library website and databases will still be available during this time.  The library has in-service twice a year to better expand our capabilities of serving our patrons.  If you have a question or concern for the library or an idea that might help us serve you better, please leave a comment below.


The staff of the Davenport Public Library would like to thank our patrons for their continued support.

For more information on the services and programs that we offer, please visit our website at

November 17, 20080 comments
Stats High for Main Street Library

Stats High for Main Street Library

Main Street Fun!

The Davenport Public Library is currently compiling information for their 2008 annual report, covering the months of July 2007 through June 2008. The Library is seeing an increase in statistics from the previous year, with the Main Street Library seeing record usage in the total number of computer users.

Library Director, LaWanda Roudebush, comments, “Computer accessibility for our patrons is a top priority.”

The Main Street Library alone provided 55,481 computer sessions, up more than 10% from the previous year.

“Our Main Street Library is imperative to the downtown community. We average 15,000 visitors per month to this Library location, and provide reference services that are vital to numerous businesses across the Quad Cities,” Roudebush said.

It is not unusual for libraries to thrive during an economic downturn. According to the American Library Association’s 2008 “State of America’s Libraries Report,” Americans visited their libraries nearly 1.3 billion times and checked out more than 2 billion items in the past year, an increase of more than 10 percent in both checked out items and library visits, compared to data from the last economic downturn in 2001.

Davenport Public Library has exceeded those records. “More than 395,000 people visited the Davenport Public Libraries this year. That’s an increase of 5,104 users from last year, and a 30% increase from 2005,” said Roudebush.

Other areas of growth include library program attendance, circulation, and interlibrary loans.

“I think one of the reasons libraries thrive during an economic downturn is that people are looking for inexpensive things to do for entertainment. This may lead them to the Library, where they then realize that a public library is not anything like the library they visited as a child. We offer new release entertainment DVDs. We provide educational and entertaining programs for people of all ages. We have downloadable audio-books and videos. We check out video games. Most importantly, this is all available to anyone for free,” Roudebush concludes.

Stop by either of our locations and find out how we can help you!

November 14, 20080 comments