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Community Shred Days a HUGE Success!

Community Shred Days a HUGE Success!

paper-recyclingFor the couple with the SUV packed full of boxes, the library shred days offered during Money Smart Week Quad Cities couldn’t have come at a better time. “We’re getting ready to move to Colorado, and we didn’t know what to do with all this stuff,” they commented.  Another participant, who brought 11 boxes worth of personal and family paperwork dating back to the 1970s, told workers, “This is my life you’re shredding here.”

The Rock Island, Davenport, and Bettendorf Public Libraries hosted Community Shred Days during Money Smart Week Quad Cities, April 18-25, 2009. The four events collected 16,596 pounds of personal paperwork – an increase of 33 percent over the first effort in 2008. The record-shredding result for the libraries was 8.3 tons of paper safely shredded and protected from ID theft. 

Members of the public brought in obsolete statements, bills, cancelled checks, business and tax records by the car load. The program was originally created to help people reduce their risk of identity theft, but the collection days also have a very “green” benefit. For example, recycling 8.3 tons of paper will save: 141 trees, 58,100 gallons of water, 3,154 gallons of oil, 672.3 cubic feet of landfill space, and will power 4.15 homes for a whole year.

The nationally-certified off-site shredding company, Document Destruction Services, donated their time, energy, and expertise to the libraries. Thanks to their donation, Community Shred Days were free of charge to all participants.

The libraries are excited at the possibility of hosting additional Shred Days next year during Money Smart Week Quad Cities. Keep an eye on the library calendar for upcoming events.

May 7, 20090 comments
Cinco de Mayo at the Davenport Public Library

Cinco de Mayo at the Davenport Public Library

Are you one of the many people celebrating Cinco de Mayo today or did you celebrate a little early?  The Davenport Public Library is doing a little of both.  This past Saturday, May 2nd, the Davenport Public Library – Fairmount Street had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo celebration with puppets, music, chips & salsa, crafts and more.  The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company put on two wonderful performances of “Stories and Cuentos.”   They included two classical Mexican animal tales. The Rabbit and the Moon, a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows we see in the moon, while delighting audiences with the age old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote. The Musical Ant, a lesser known tale, follows Hormiguita (little ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music.  Eulenspiegel Puppeteers then gave a spectacular shadow puppet workshop, featuring creatures from under the sea.  Be sure to check out some of the children’s creations of these sea animals on the slide show.  There were also other crafts, Mexican relia, and story boards from the 2007 Stories 2000 festival that featured the Mexican Heritage.  The Davenport Public Library would also like to send out a big THANK YOU to Azteca Restaurant on Brady Street for donating the awesome chips and salsa!  Then today, the employees of the Davenport Public Library are having a Cinco de Mayo celebration over lunch.  Everything from chips, salsa, tacos, enchiladas and more were provided by staff. 

If you would like to find out more about Cinco de Mayo, visit Viva Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 20090 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-01

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-01

  • Cinco de Mayo party at Fairmount tomorrow – starts at noon, don’t be late. The renowned Eulenspiegel puppets will be there! #
  • Getting ready for the Iowa Stories reception TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Intermediate School. Come out and view the projects! #
  • Need more followers… #
  • Thinking about how awesome the Eastern Avenue Library is going to be! Groundbreaking is this summer! #
  • Family Story Time tonight at 6:30 p.m. – wear your pajamas to Fairmount Street and hear great stories! #
  • Have a question? Ask the reference department – they’ll answer anything! Call them at 563-326-7844. #
  • Preschool story time begins at 10 a.m. today at the Fairmount Street Library! #
  • Getting ready for Community Shred Day at Fairmount, 9:30 – 1. Bring your confidential docments to be destroyed – all free at the library! #
  • The Library is sleeping, preparing for another day. #

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May 1, 20090 comments
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Early!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Early!

cincodemayoCinco de Mayo Celebration – featuring the Eulenspiegel Puppets!
Fairmount Street Library
12-4 p.m.
FREE!
Celebrate ‘Cinco de Mayo’ at DPL

The Davenport Public Library is hosting a huge Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 2, at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street). The nationally recognized Eulenspiegel Puppet Company will present shows and a puppet-making workshop, Casa Guanajuato will provide information about Hispanic culture, and Azteca Restaurants will provide free chips and salsa.

The celebration kicks off at noon, with the Eulenspiegel Puppet presentation of “Stories & Cuentos.” This performance includes two classical Mexican animal tales. The Rabbit and the Moon, a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows we see in the moon, while delighting audiences with the age old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote. The Musical Ant, a lesser known tale, follows Hormiguita (little ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music. An encore performance of “Stories & Cuentos” will also take place at 3:00 p.m.

Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., the Eulenspiegel Puppet Company will do a hands-on puppet-making workshop in which children will create their own puppets. This portion will limited to the first 40 participants.

Between noon and 3:00 p.m., Casa Guanajuato, a Moline-based cultural community center that provides cultural enrichment to the community, will be on-hand to display cultural items from Mexico, answer questions, and distribute information.  There will also be crafting areas for families, snacks, and real-life-objects from Mexico that participants can view.

Plan to spend the afternoon at Davenport Public Library’s Fairmount Street location on May 2, for the first-ever Library “Cinco de Mayo” party. All events are free and open to the public. If you have questions, please contact the Youth Services at 563-326-7832.