- Construction on the NEW Eastern Avenue Branch Library kicks off Friday at 10:30 at our Tree Planting Ceremony, 6000 Eastern Ave – join us!! #
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Is your group or organization looking for a presentation? We may be able to accommodate! If you’d like us to come and speak at your function about library services, we’d be happy to oblige! We’re frequently out in the community, explaining and demonstrating library services because we want people to know how cool and cutting-edge the library is! Shockingly, a lot of people have this CRAZY idea that libraries are stuck in the Stone Age – you know the stereotypes: buns, shushing, cold, boring. WHATEVER! Anyone who has been to either of Davenport’s Libraries knows those stereotypes are sooo passe. We’ve got concerts, crafts, living histories, computers, and tons of other stuff for all ages. And don’t forget our collections! New release movies, CDs, videogames, books… you name it – and the best part is… it’s all FREE!
If you’re interested in having us come to your event, give me (Angela) a call at 563-888-3371 and we’ll see what we can schedule. And if you haven’t been to the Library in the past year, come see all of the wonderful additions (& editions!).
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More than 400 people of all ages enjoyed the 22nd Annual Bix Porch Party – a record-breaking number on such a beautiful summer’s day! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers really knew how to excite the crowd, with their toe-tapping jazz renditions of favorites like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.”
The Teen Volunteer Council worked the refreshment booth, earning more than $450 for teen materials and programming. Thank you to Hy-Vee at Rockingham Road and Showcase Cinema 53 for donating hot dogs and popcorn. The teens worked hard for their money and are thrilled with the community support.
Thank you to Don Estes and the band; and to all of the volunteers, library staff, and dedicated Bix fans who help make this party the best one on the block! If you want to learn more about Bix Beiderbecke, jazz music, or Davenport history, visit the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Main Library, or online at www.qcmemory.org.
We’re already looking forward to the 23rd Annual celebration next July!
A crowd of nearly 100 people packed the Film Room at the Main Library to watch the Imani! Dancers. With LIVE African drumming from Jerry Wilkerson, Cortez Rogan, and Demetrius Clements; and dance choreography from Imani! founder, Dorian Byrd; this show was exciting from beginning to end.
The far left picture shows the “Banka” or fan dance. The solo dancer, Shannon Hare, performs “Danza Carribena.”
The event, sponsored by the African American Museum of Iowa, is just one of many educational and entertainment programs we offer at the Library. Check our calendar of events for more information about upcoming programs.