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Davenport Library is Runner-up in 2009 Step Up to the Plate

Davenport Library is Runner-up in 2009 Step Up to the Plate

Baseball and batThank you Quad Cities and the Quad City River Bandits for helping the Davenport Public Library win runner-up in the 2009 “Step Up to the Plate” program.

I received a phone call this morning from Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator for the American Library Association, informing me that our library was runner-up in the number of participants during the 2009 program.  Because of this, the library will receive a $50 gift certficate from ALA graphics.  Megan also informed me that one of the 20 first place individual winners was from Davenport.  That person won a commemorative hardbound copy of the Hall of Fame Yearbook, a Hall of Fame baseball, a commemorative set of 20 Hall of Fame baseball cards, a copy of a book from the “Sluggers Series,” by Loren Long and Phil Bildner, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, a pair of youth batting gloves from Akadema Pro and an ALA Graphics “History Lives” poster featuring Jackie Robinson. 

Other library winners included Maplewood Jr./Sr. High School library of Guy Mills, Pa. who won first place and the libraries that were runner-up included Davenport Public Library, Davenport, Iowa, Grove Family Library of Chambersburg, Pa., and Hockessin Library of Hokessin, Del.

Thank you again for all of your support and be sure to watch for more information in the spring, for the 2010 season of “Step Up to the Plate.”


Steve Hart

PR & Programming Assistant

October 7, 20091 comment
Marketing Your Business During the Economic Recession

Marketing Your Business During the Economic Recession

marketingWhen America’s current financial woes began, the economy was simply considered sluggish. That sluggishness has since slid into a nationwide recession, and no one wants to see it become another Great Depression. What can businesspeople do to strengthen their chances of surviving the recession – and improve the economy in the process?

That will be the topic of discussion at an educational program entitled “Marketing Your Business During the Recession,” to be held 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, at the Fairmount Branch Library, 3000 N. Fairmount Street, Davenport, IA.

Expert panelists will share information on how area businesspeople can market their businesses during the recession in a cost-effective, strategic manner. Scheduled to appear:

Tom Torrey, President, Torrey Outdoor Advertising
Nancy Nehlsen, President, Nehlsen Communications, and Editor-in-Chief,
Kirk Marske, Producer, KUUL-FM/ClearChannel Communications
Tom Hranka, Sales Consultant, J&A Printing, Inc. 
Kathy Cameron, Owner, Cam’s Coffee House, and President, Mid-States Association of College Bookstores
Robert Lelonek, Senior Technical Manager, Sedona Technologies

Mark McLaughlin, President, Quad Cities Advertising Federation

The event is co-sponsored by the Davenport Public Library and the Quad-Cities Advertising Federation, and admission is free.

“Many businesspeople feel they shouldn’t promote their companies during a recession because no one is spending any money,” said Mark McLaughlin, Public Relations Specialist with Nehlsen Communications, and organizer and host of the event. “But that negative mind-frame just accelerates a downward spiral. Companies that continue to promote themselves during poor economic times gain more market share and become even stronger when finances improve.”

According to McLaughlin, the panelists in this program will share practical suggestions for cost-effective marketing in a poor financial climate. “The goal is for every attendee to leave the program with several practical, useful ideas in mind that they can implement when they get back to work,” he said.

To find out more about the Quad-Cities Advertising Federation and its educational programs, visit

October 5, 20090 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-02

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-02

  • Watch the Eastern Avenue Branch construction project in real time via our LIVE web camera – #
  • Miss Black Iowa USA will appear at the Main Library TONIGHT (10/1) at 6 p.m. Learn about Iowa's Unsung Heroines. #
  • Family Story Time tonight (9/29) at 6:30 p.m. Wear your comfy clothes, listen to a great story, participate in crafts – have fun @Fairmount. #
  • It's "Banned Books Week" – come to the Library and check out a "controversial" book to show that you support your FREEDOM TO READ! #

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October 2, 20090 comments