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author_chriscrutcherJoin the Davenport Public Library during the month of April for many exciting events.  On top of our many weekly programs already offered like five story times, an afternoon and an evening game night, a book discussion, and a kids craft, there are many other programs this month as well.

Let’s start with a huge party for our new library mascot Libby, which will be unveiled on Saturday, April 11 at the Fairmount Street Library and a variety show to help raise money for the new Eastern Avenue Library at the Davenport North High School Auditorium sponsored by the Friends of the Davenport Public Library.  That starts off a very busy National Library Week and Super Author Week which features library tours, a family story time with a furry animal from the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, and a visit from the sensational teen author Chris Crutcher.  The week ends with a homerun through a partnership between the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Davenport Public Library, the American Library Association, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum which provides everyone who participates a free ticket to any regular season Quad Cities River Bandits game and could give you a chance to win a trip for two to New York.

Following National Library and Super Author Week, we have Money Smart Week (MSW) the week.  MSW Quad Cities runs from April 18 – April 25.  The Davenport Public Library will have four events for MSW including “Smart Supermarket Shopping,” screening of the movie Maxed Out, a session on budgeting tips and tricks, and Community Shred Day that concludes MSW  on Saturday, April 25.  Money Smart Week is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Then we finish off the month with two great events; Genealogy Night at the Main Street Library after hours on Sunday, April 26 and a sensational program for seniors entitled, “The Weather and You” on Wednesday, April 29. 

Don’t be left behind!  Be sure to check out our web calendar for specific dates, times and locations.

For more information on programs and partnerships offered through the Davenport Public Library visit our website at or call (563) 328-6833.

March 30, 20091 comment
Final Big Read Event – Wednesday, March 25

Final Big Read Event – Wednesday, March 25

hurstonOver the past few months, the African American Museum of Iowa and the Davenport Public Library have been offering unique programming for The Big Read initiative, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, which aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. This year, the featured book is Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The final event of The Big Read will take place on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 pm, at the Fairmount Street Library and will feature Chaveevah Banks Ferguson, author/illustrator, who will talk about the relationships found in Their Eyes Were Watching God, comparing them to relationships of today. Everyone is invited to this informative, yet inspiring, discussion.

For more information about the African American Museum of Iowa, visit

For more information about programs at the Davenport Public Library, visit our webpage at

March 24, 20090 comments
Help Support the New Eastern Avenue Library

Help Support the New Eastern Avenue Library



The Davenport Public Library needs just $112,000 to secure a $1.2 million dollar Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Grant to help buildthe Eastern Avenue Library, and the FRIENDS of the Library are offering the citizens a great opportunity to contribute. Join us for thefirst ever“RE@D – River-city Entertainment at Davenport – Variety Show” on Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at North High School.

The 101.3 KUUL FM morning guys, Mark Manual and Steve Ketelaar, will emcee the star-studded event. Daniel Sheridan, the Arts Coordinator for the City of Davenport and Director of Junior Theater, will direct the diverse ensemble cast in the production.

Scheduled to appear are: The Myers Brothers Band; Comedy Sportz; children’s entertainer and songwriter, Steve Couch; street performer, Dan Hale; tap dancing from the Center Stage Dancers; the Central High School ska rock band, Firesale; vocalist, Sarah Ulloa; the North High School Show Choir; magician, David Casas; vocalist, Ryan Westwood; the Belle Academy of Dance; Ballet Folklorico; two barbershop quartets; the Family Museum Dance Company; Quad Cities Poet Laureate, Dale Haake; and local blues sensation, Ellis Kell.

Sheridan is thrilled at the opportunity to direct such an all-star lineup of entertainers.

“The collection of talent assembled for the RE@D Variety Show is thrilling.  The chance to lead this group is an amazing opportunity.  For both the audience and artists, I know that the performance will be crisp, professional, and fun.  I recently returned home after a year of studying theatre at the University of Connecticut and traveling doing theatre around the nation.  I can guarantee this performance is one not to be missed!”

FRIENDS Board President, Tom Brooke, is also in awe at such an outpouring of community support.

“When we decided to put this show together, I knew it had to be great. We have an outstanding lineup of quality acts that if appearing alone would draw hundreds of people. Put them all together and we have a variety show that could go on tour professionally. It will be a great time for all, and it will support a great service – the Davenport Public Library.”

Advance tickets are now on sale at the Main Street and Fairmount Street Libraries. Pre-sale tickets are $4 for seniors (55+) and children 10 and under. Adults are $8. Tickets will also be available at the door for the flat rate of $10. All ticket sales will go directly to the Eastern Avenue Library building fund.

For more information, contact Tom Brooke at 563-650-2389.

March 20, 20090 comments
Independent Film Series Features – A Man for all Seasons

Independent Film Series Features – A Man for all Seasons

a-man-for-all-seasonsDavenport Public Library’s Off-Beat Independent (OBI) film series goes “classic” in March for a showing of the 1966 independent drama, A Man for All Seasons, starring Robert Shaw, Vanessa Redgrave, and Paul Scofield. This Oscar-winning film will be shown on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 pm, at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street).

A Man for All Seasons is the story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. Based on Robert Bolt’s successful play, this movie was almost never made because it was considered a “period piece about a moral issue, without even a love story.” Although Columbia pictures allowed director Fred Zinnemann to make the film, they didn’t expect it to win 6 Oscars. Run time: 120 minutes.

March 17, 20090 comments
15th Annual Bix Birthday Bash Another Success!

15th Annual Bix Birthday Bash Another Success!


Over 300 people from as far away as Chicago, IL, Milwauke, WI and St.Paul, MN filled the meeting rooms, hallway, and lobby of the Davenport Public Library – Fairmount Street on Tuesday to enjoy the toe tapping music of Bix Beiderbecke.  Featuring talented jazz musicians from around the Midwest, the Bix All Star Band brought Bix’s music back to life.  dsc02911Bix was a leading Jazz Cornetist from the 1920′s whos music included such greats as “Davenport Blues,”  “Mississippi Mud,” and the ever popular “Georgia On My Mind.”  Bix Beiderbecke, who was born in Davenport, IA on March 10, 1903, is not only honored on or around his birthday every year, but he is also honored every summer at the Bix Beirderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival.  The Bix Fest features 20,000 runners from around the world for the Bix Road Race and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world to the festival itself.  The Festival is kicked-off every year on the front steps of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street at the Bix Porch Party and is held the last weekend in July.  Mark your calendars now for the Bix Porch Party on Thursday, July 23.  Check back this summer for more information regarding our Bix Porch Party!

Visit our podcast page in about a week to listen to some of the great music from the Bix Birthday Bash!

For more information on the Davenport Public Library or any of her programs, please visit us at or call (563) 326-7832.




March 11, 20090 comments