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FAIRMOUNT FALL FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY!

FAIRMOUNT FALL FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY!

balloonsThe Davenport Public Library is offering a day of free fun and entertainment for families across the Quad Cities at its first ever “Fairmount Fall Festival.” Join us at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) on Saturday, October 3, as we celebrate the theme “Everything Old is New Again!”

Organizers expect a huge crowd at this event, which is designed to showcase the Library and all of its offerings.

Programming Coordinator, Angela Campbell, comments, “The Fairmount Fall Festival furthers our mission as a community meeting place that provides enriching educational and entertaining experiences for our diverse population.”

From 10:00 – 2:00 there will be live entertainment on stage, featuring music, dance, comedy, and more. In keeping with the theme, we will also have fire truck rides in an old fashioned fire truck, and bucket rides in a modern fire truck. Also during this time there will be crafting projects you can create out of old books and a carnival-like atmosphere where you can win prizes by playing games like “Book Jenga” and “Book Dominoes.”

Following these activities is the 2nd Annual “Kid Gladiators” event. Kids 18 and under can participate in this challenging obstacle course to win fabulous prizes. Grand prizes will be given to the fastest times in each age category.

Fall Festival

The Grand Finale begins at 3:30, when the Quad Cities Cruisers will roll into the lot for an old fashioned car show. At the same time, local oldies band “Coupe de Ville,” will perform on the outdoor stage until 5:00 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase from Hy-Vee, and drinks will be available from Cam’s Coffeehouse. A portion of the proceeds will go to the FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library, which helps sponsor future programming initiatives.

Campbell adds, “This program is free family fun with an educational component. Hopefully it will inspire those in attendance to continue using and supporting the Davenport Public Library.”

The Fairmount Fall Festival is sponsored by Mix96, Super Hits KUUL 101.3 FM, and QC Family Focus.

EVENTS SCHEDULE:

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – OLD TIME FIRE TRUCK RIDES, BUCKET RIDES, FIRE SAFETY HOUSE, GAMES, ACTIVITIES, FOOD

10:00 A.M. – MAGICIAN RICK EUGENE

11:00 A.M. – LOS MOCAMBOS

12:00 P.M. – COMEDY SPORTZ

1:00 P.M. – METRO YOUTH GROUP

2:00 – 4:00  P.M. – KID GLADIATORS COMPETITION

3:30 – 5:00 P.M. – COUPE DE VILLE AND QUAD CITIES CRUISERS

September 29, 20090 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-25

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-25

  • Can you feel the excitement? Coupe DeVille performs LIVE at the Fairmount Branch on Saturday, October 3rd at 3:30. See you @ the Fall Fest! #
  • Visit our blogs this week at http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com to learn how we are supporting The September Project. You should, too! #

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September 25, 20090 comments
Free to Be

Free to Be

free to beI don’t remember a lot about growing up in the 70s (which is probably a good thing considering I wore plaid and polka-dots together), but I do remember the television special “Free to Be You and Me.” In fact, I can still remember almost all of the words to the theme song so gloriously sung by Marlo Thomas and Friends. When I get sad or down, all I have to do is  think about that song and it always lifts my spirits. It’s amazing that something with such a basic message has lasted in my brain for more than 35 years. The point is – the word “freedom” means different things to different people. As we come to the end of our September Project week, take a moment and comment on your favorite freedom. Whether it’s the freedom to read, or freedom of speech, or freedom to sing a song from the 1970s without feeling an ounce of guilt. Or wearing plaid and polka-dots together… no that really should be outlawed. :) Happy Friday and Happy Freedom!

For more information about the September Project, visit www.theseptemberproject.org.

Equal Rights?

Equal Rights?

ConstitutionThe 14th Amendment of the Constitution was adopted in 1868 to deal with race discrimination and to dismantle racial segregation at the end of the Civil War. It also, for the first time, added the word “male” to the text in regards to voting. Essentially, this amendment guarantees all citizens equal protection of the laws, but it wasn’t until 1920 and the ratification of the 19th Amendment that women finally had the right to vote. Alice Paul, famed suffragette, felt that even with the passing of the 14th and 19th Amendments, women still were not being protected by the Constitution. Thus, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) movement was born.

Since 1923, Alice Paul and others have reworked original wording for the Amendment to include the following three sections:

Section 1: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

It took close to 50 years, but in 1972 Congress finally passed the ERA. However, it was never ratified by the required 38 states -only 35. The 15 states that still have not ratified the ERA are:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Yes, Illinois is one of them – our neighbors to the East.

As we celebrate our freedoms during our September Project  initiative, think about how far we’ve come as a country, and what we need to do in the future to ensure our freedoms remain.

To learn more about the “Unsung Heroines” of Iowa, please join us for a special evening of history and glamour as Miss Black Iowa USA, Deidre Howard, visits the Main Library to unveil the Unsung Heroines display. The event will happen on Thursday, October 1, at 6 p.m., and is sponsored by the African American Museum of Iowa. More information can be found on our website calendar of events.

September 24, 20090 comments
Do You Love Your Library? Let Everyone Know!

Do You Love Your Library? Let Everyone Know!

What’s not to love about a library? Freedom to read, freedom to information, freedom to discuss, and the freedom to be who you are. If you support these freedoms, let people know! Tell your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers, someone passing on the street – tell them about your library! Let the people who decide funding know about how the library has changed your life. Check out our Elected Officials brochure and send your local, state, and federal representatives a statement of library love. Did the library help you find a job, get better grades, or restore your sanity through a good book? Did the library help you save money by offering free materials and services? Did the library offer a program that helped you learn how to use the computer, a new craft, or a new subject? Unless the elected officials are told about a library’s worth, they may not think we’re worth funding. Let them know you love the library. You’ll be doing your part in protecting our American freedoms for now and future generations.

For more information about libraries and freedom, visit The September Project at www.theseptemberproject.org.

September 23, 20090 comments