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Iowa Stories 2000 Celebration

Iowa Stories 2000 Celebration

This is the fifth year for the Iowa Stories Oral History Project, a community initiative created by former Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack. The goals of the program are to: encourage reading and sharing of family stories; rebuild a sense of community in Iowa; focus on public and school iowa-stories-2000-applelibraries as community centers for lifelong learning; foster a working relationship for school and public librarians; and to encourage non-traditional partnerships between libraries and other community organizations.

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Davenport Schools, students from Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams, Wood, and Young Intermediate schools interviewed retired Davenport teachers for the project. After doing independent research on Davenport schools, followed-up with the interview, the students created oral history projects in the form of PowerPoint presentations, storyboards, and videos that will be housed in Davenport Public Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center as primary research for future generations. These projects will be on display at the Iowa Stories Reception, on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Williams Intermediate School in Davenport (3040 N. Division Street). The public is invited to attend this free celebration, which will feature live musical performances from student groups and refreshments. For more information, call 563-888-3371.

April 28, 20090 comments
DPL Tweets

DPL Tweets

twitter-pixThat’s right – we’re now on Twitter. Find us at (because “library” was too many characters). Become our “follower” and you will have up-to-the-minute news and events info at your fingertips. If the President of the United States, Oprah, Ashton, and other celebs can do it, then why not DPL? For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is – it’s a social networking tool that allows you to write up to 140 characters (each post), describing your thoughts, feelings, and happenings - for staying connected to others in real time. It’s been described as a “micro-blog.” If you’re a texter, you can also have Twitter posts (also known as ‘Tweets’) be sent directly to your mobile phone. It’s all about staying connected, and at the Davenport Public Library – “We’ve Got Connections!”

April 24, 20090 comments
Download eAudiobooks Quickly with NetLibrary Media Center

Download eAudiobooks Quickly with NetLibrary Media Center



mp3For more than 8 years, the Davenport Public Library has offered patrons the free option of downloading “eAudiobooks” (online digital versions of audio-books) through NetLibrary, one of the premiere electronic book distributors. Throughout the years, this feature has changed to keep up with the times, most recently allowing patrons to download copies to portable MP3 players. The Library is pleased to announce another enhancement of downloadable eAudiobooks – NetLibrary Media Center.


The NetLibrary Media Center is a full-featured desktop application that allows library patrons to easily search, manage, transfer, and listen to downloadable eAudiobooks. The free software application allows users to connect to NetLibrary, then download and begin listening to eAudiobooks with just one click.


The Media Center combines familiar user functions available from NetLibrary’s web-based platform to browse, search, and check out materials, and adds enhanced features and functionality – such as a full-feature audio player; seamless download to a portable listening device; a new, feature-rich, easy-to-use interface; and desktop access to Davenport Public Library’s entire eAudiobook collection, now topping more than 9,000 titles!


To download and listen to an eAudiobook, users must first create a free NetLibrary account at the Library (Main Street or Fairmount Street). Once the account has been created, users can log into the Library’s collection from any computer with Internet access – home, school or work – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find the latest bestsellers, book club favorites, timeless classics, and award-winning literature on the Internet in an easily accessible format for listening anytime, anywhere.


To find out more about Davenport Public Library’s electronic book collections, visit, and click on the “Downloadable Music, Audio, Video, and E-Books” link on the left-hand side of the page. If you would like help setting up an account, contact the Reference Department at 563-326-7844.


View an online demonstration of the new Media Center, compliments of NetLibrary. (Large file).

April 22, 20090 comments


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As part of National Library Week, the library offered programs and events both at the library and in the community.  To kick-off National Library Week, the Davenport Public Library introduced her new mascot, Libby at the Fairmount Street Library.  With crafts, story time, cake and punch, Libby was introduced to her new home.  Welcome to the library Libby!  On that same day, the Friends of the Davenport Public Library put on an awesome fundraiser at the Davenport North High School auditorium, featuring such acts as blues sensation Ellis Kell, the Myers Brothers Band, Comedy Sports, local dance companies, and much more.  The event was emceed by the morning guys from 101.3 KUUL FM, Mark Manual and Steve Ketelaar.  Thank you participants for showing your support and volunteering your time for our community!

On Monday with the help or our friends over at Citibus, we offered library tours.  Citibus drove our wonderful group to each library so that they could see the ins and outs of how the library works.  On Tuesday we started our new partnership with the Quad City Animal Welfare Center.  They came to our Family Story Time with Baxter, a beautiful dog that is up for adoption.  This new story time which is offered the second Tuesday of every month (except during the summer) is called “Waggin’ Tales.”  On Wednesday, teen author sensation Chris Crutcher visited our library as part of Super Author Week.  What a delight it was to meet this sensational man.  Visit our podcast page in the coming weeks to hear what Mr. Crutcher had to say.

Then to finish off the week we had an event that combined two of the many great partnerships that the library has:  the American Heart Association and the Quad Cities River Bandits.  The event was the last of the “Go Healthy” Series and the start of “Step Up to the Plate.”  We had a Pony League baseball coach help with baseball skills along with two great mascots, Rascal from the Quad Cities River Bandits and our very own library mascot, Libby.

For more information on these programs, other programs offered during National Library Week, and all of the great FREE programs that the library has to offer, visit our website at  Remember, to check our podcasting blog in the coming weeks to hear and see some of these great events!

April 20, 20090 comments


Let’s Play Ball!

LOGO-WORKING-005It’s time for Davenport Public Library’s final “Go Healthy” program of the season, just in time to kickoff a different type of season – baseball season! Join us at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) on Saturday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m., to learn baseball basics from local little league coaches, and meet the Quad Cities River Bandits mascot, Rascal.

Run, jump, play, and throw during this interactive day celebrating everybody’s favorite American pastime. This event also marks the kick-off of a summertime partnership between the Davenport Public Library and the Quad Cities River Bandits called “Step Up to the Plate.” More information about this partnership and how you can receive a FREE Quad Cities River Bandits ticket can be found at

The Library’s “Go Healthy” workshops were created in cooperation with the American Heart Association as a way to help fight childhood obesity. For more information about the American Heart Association, visit

April 17, 20090 comments