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Do You “Love Your Librarian?”

Do You “Love Your Librarian?”

LibrarianNominations open for 2009 Carnegie Corporation Of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations open today for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.

In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $489,000 to support the award, which will continue annually through 2013. The award continues in the tradition of one The New York Times presented from 2001 to 2006.

Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award. For more information on last year’s winners, visit

The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Carnegie Corp. of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” For more than 95 years, the foundation has carried out its founder’s vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. Each year, the private grant-making foundation invests more than $100 million in nonprofit organizations to fulfill Mr. Carnegie’s mission, “to do real and permanent good in this world.”

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues of $2.9 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including, and The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

August 20, 20090 comments
Independent Film Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Independent Film Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

myleftfootJoin the Fairmount Branch Library on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. for our monthly Off-Beat Independent Film series.  This month Daniel Day-Lewis stars in “My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown.”  Christy Brown, is an Irish man born with cerebral palsy who learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot.  Day-Lewis won an Oscar for this role for his inspiring and passionate portrayal of Brown.  This is a film about life, laughter, and the occasional miracle, which all movie-goers will appreciate.

Last report was more rain on Wednesday!  What a great time to come in and enjoy a free movie, popcorn, and lemonade!  See you Wednesday evening.

For more information contact Steve at (563) 328-6833.

August 18, 20090 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-14

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-14

  • Win tickets to Putnam Museum IMAX Theatre for posting your favorite Staycation spot – visit: #
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    Over 9,000 people are connected! #

  • Online catalog is available again! #
  • Just finished the Summer Reading Program Finale Party. It was a super-terrific event with lots of people, but we're sad the SRP is over. #
  • Getting ready for the big Summer Reading Program FINALE party – noon today (8/8) at Fairmount. Ice cream bar, crafts & LIVE Blues – join us! #

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August 14, 20090 comments
Last day to turn in “Step Up to the Plate” forms is Saturday, August 15

Last day to turn in “Step Up to the Plate” forms is Saturday, August 15

LOGO-WORKING-005Tomorrow is the last day to turn in your playbook for the “Step Up to the Plate” program.  All local entries will be submitted to the Quad City River Bandits for their grand prize drawings and to the national program for their drawings on Monday, August 17.  Remember, there is one grand prize for each age group for the local prizes and one grand prize total for the national program.  The local grand prize packages include 4 club seat tickets to Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, September 4th, a first pitch opportunity, a behind the scenes tour of Modern Woodmen Park, and a special River Bandits gift bag for each age group.  The national grand prize is a trip for two to Cooperstown, N.Y. to attend the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala, including admission, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, round-trip coach airfare, and two nights’ hotel accommodations.  You may turn in your playbook at either Davenport Public Library.  The library is open today and tomorrow from 9:30 -5:30.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this awesome program and a very special thank you to the Quad City River Bandits who contributed so much to help make this happen!



The card catalog system is now operating correctly.

card catologThe card catolog system used by the Davenport Public Library is currently unavailable.  According to the PALS website, “due to a technical outage in the catalog, you will be unable to place holds on items and retrieve call numbers/availability information.  We are working to restore this functionality and hope to have the problem resolved shortly.”

We have recently been notified that the system may not be up and running until later this evening or tomorrow morning.

August 10, 20090 comments