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Picture 048Join the Main Library on Thursday, July 23 from 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. for the 22nd Annual Bix Porch Party!  Tap your toes and dance to the music as Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers help us celebrate the music of local jazz sensation Bix Beiderbecke.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a porch party like no other!  Hotdogs and soda will be provided for a small fee while the popcorn and lemonade are FREE!

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July 20, 20090 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-17

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-17

  • If you liked the original, you'll LOVE Grease 2, showing today (7/17) @ 2 p.m. @ Fairmount. Free popcorn & lemonade – everyone invited! #
  • Get down with BPP (Bix Porch Party) one week from today! July 23, 11:30-1:00 at the Main Library – free popcorn LIVE jazz kick off the Bix! #
  • Indy Film 2night (7/15) @ Fairmount – 6 p.m. Free popcorn & discussion after watching 'Our Very Own,' w/ Allison Janney & Keith Carradine. #
  • Check out the Eastern Avenue Branch Library blog – We're building a Library! #
  • Grigg's Music will be at Fairmount 2nite (7/14) for families to touch & play a variety of instruments. Musical Petting Zoo begins @ 6! #
  • Dan Wardell, host of IPTV's Kid's Clubhouse will be at Fairmount today (7/13) @ 10 & 11 to present a fun story time! You gotta see him live! #

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July 17, 20091 comment
Ceremony for Eastern Avenue Branch Library Announced!

Ceremony for Eastern Avenue Branch Library Announced!

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The Davenport Public Library will be “Branching Out” on Friday, July 31 with an appropriate kickoff to construction of the Eastern Avenue Branch Library.

The shovels turning the dirt will serve more than a ceremonial purpose. The shovels will be used to plant a tree on the site to recognize the commitment to create an environmentally friendly library that will serve Davenport for decades to come.

The public is invited to attend the tree planting at 10:30 a.m.  Representatives of Davenport city government, state government, the Trustees of the Davenport Public Library and FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library will participate.

A successful public and private collaboration has raised  $8.2 million toward the construction of Eastern Avenue Branch Library at 6000 Eastern Avenue  The new library is scheduled to open in late 2010.

“As one of the few LEED-certified public libraries in Iowa, the Eastern Avenue Branch will be an important contribution to Davenport in many ways,’’ said LaWanda Roudebush, Director of the Davenport Public Library.  “This will truly be a multi-purpose Branch that will not only provide education, recreation and opportunity but also will be an environmentally friendly gathering place for the community. We will be better able to serve the public with expanded library services and technology.’’

The Eastern Avenue Branch Library will seek certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building.  The LEED rating system of various levels encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

“Green’’ features of the Eastern Avenue Branch Library will include geothermal heating and cooling, energy efficient design, storm water management to reduce runoff and pollution, day lighting to reduce the use of electric lighting and indoor environmental quality to reduce exposure to chemicals.

Joe Huberty of Engberg Anderson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the primary architect of the project.  Bush Construction of Davenport is the general contractor.  Both companies employ LEED-accredited professionals who will guide the project toward the goal of LEED certification.

The FRIENDS raised $3.2 million, or 40 percent of the cost of the new branch.  The City of Davenport’s portion will be 60 percent of the cost, or approximately $5 million.

For more information about the Eastern Avenue Branch Library building project, visit the blog:

We hope to see you at the tree planting on Friday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at 6000 Eastern Avenue!

July 16, 20090 comments
Main Street Library Closed Saturday, July 25!

Main Street Library Closed Saturday, July 25!

bix-smThe Davenport Public Library – Main Street will be closed on Saturday, July 25 for the Bix 7 Road Race and Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival.  The Main Street Library will re-open on Monday, July 27 at 12:00 P.M.  The Fairmount Street Library will be open normal hours (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) on Saturday.

Remember that the Davenport Public Library is open 24/7 at

Bookclub In A Box Celebrates 8 Years!

Bookclub In A Box Celebrates 8 Years!

Bookclub in a BoxWhy do people mark anniversary milestones in 5 year increments? Forget that nonsense, I’m celebrating 8 years… 8 glorious years of Bookclub In a Box!

In 2001, after leading the library-sponsored “Between the Lines” book discussion group for 3 years, it occurred to me that we might be able to reuse the books we discussed. Up until that point we’d sell the old titles and make a little money for the FRIENDS. Although our hardworking FRIENDS can always use donations for Library enhancements (hint hint –, selling multiple copies of one title seemed a little extreme. So, why not spread the wealth? If it’s good for one book discussion group, it’ll be good for many more! I created a logo, bought some durable boxes, came up with some guidelines and wah-lah – everything you need to organize and maintain your own book discussion group, with a 6 week checkout period! :)

Eight years later and it’s still going strong! In fact, you might notice other libraries doing something similar – Bettendorf Public Library, Moline Public Library, and Rock Island Public Library all offer book discussion kits. And the beauty of belonging to the Prairie Area Library System is that you and your book group can check out these items, too!

Thanks to Reference Librarian, Tana, for adding some new kits (and discarding the old!). If you’re looking for our list of titles, download our latest Bookclub In A Box flyer! I hope you and your group are enjoying our Bookclub In A Box!

~ Angela

July 13, 20090 comments