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February 13, 2009 3:25 pm0 comments

patrons-using-catalogThe library is a great resource when money is tight, because almost everything is free; Books, DVD’s, CD’s, Programs, Reference Help, Databases, Computer Use, Internet, and more.   According to the American Library Association’s 2008 State of the 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 the last economic downturn in 2001.”  To find out how the Davenport Public Library has done over the past three years call or stop by one of our libraries and ask for the annual report.  For more information on how using the library can save you and your family some money before, during, and after a recession take a look at the Davenport Public Library’s November/December 2008 Main Entries.  On the front cover, Director LaWanda Roudebush shows what the library can save you on average in a year by using its many resources. 

Libraries play a major role in helping get communities and their families back on track during rough economic times.  According to the American Library Association, “every day across the country, libraries are meeting the needs of their communities by providing a broad range of services for people of all ages and backgrounds. The public library plays an even more important role as Americans face tough economic times. Patrons are visiting their library for more than borrowing free books, movies, CDs and attending free reading programs. Libraries offer their communities access to computers and the Internet, financial literacy skills, assistance with job searches, and resources to help small businesses… More people, in more communities, in every state are turning to their local public library for access to information and services to help them in today’s economy.”

For more information on all of the FREE resources that the Davenport Public Library can offer you, please call (563) 326-7832 or visit us online at

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