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LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

All of the Davenport Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving.  Be sure to stop by one of our locations on Black Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30  p.m. and checkout some of our hundreds of FREE items with your library card.  Don’t forget that you can always find awesome deals at the Friends’ Book Store at our Fairmount and Eastern Avenue Branch libraries.  And then there are the ever desirable treats from Cam’s Coffee House.  So here’s what you should do:  get up and get all of your early morning deals at 3, 4, or 5 a.m. (if you dare) and then take a break from all of the hussle and bussle of Black Friday and checkout some movies, books, or video games for yourself at the library.  While you are there, stop by the Friends’ Book Store to buy some gifts for your friends and relatives (shhh…you should grab something for yourself as well).  Before you leave, make sure to take a moment to relax and enjoy a magnificent cuppuccino and piece of pie or one of the many other delicious desserts from Cam’s Coffee House (located at the Fairmount and Eastern Avenue Branch libraries).

In the meantime, the employees of the Davenport Public Library would like to wish all of you, your friends, and your families a very safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend, and we would also like to send out a very special THANK YOU for all of your continued patronage!

THANK YOU CITIZENS OF DAVENPORT AND THANK YOU QUAD CITIES! 

The library is open 24/7 at www.davenportlibrary.com (even on Thanksgiving).

November 23, 20100 comments
Need Help Finding a Job?

Need Help Finding a Job?

If you need help finding a job, the Davenport Public Library’s Computer Tutor might be your answer!  Stop in at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue) this Wednesday, November 24, between 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. for help not only with Microsoft Office products, but also with job searching, using the internet, setting up email accounts, and library databases.  We can show you how to put your resume on job search engines like Monster or Careerbuilder.  Each employer website and job search engine is a little different.  Does your resume and cover letter need to be attached as a pdf or word document?  Do you need to copy and paste it onto the employer’s website?  We can help you with any of these scenerios and more! 

For more information visit the Davenport Public Library’s website at www.davenportlibrary.com.

November 22, 20100 comments
HARRY POTTER PARTY FOR ALL AGES AT THE DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY!

HARRY POTTER PARTY FOR ALL AGES AT THE DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY!

The end is near. The long-awaited finale of the Harry Potter movie franchise is coming. The first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, also known as “HP7,” happens on November 19. What better way to celebrate a literary character than at a library! The Davenport Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter Party on Thursday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street), and everyone is invited!

Participants will enjoy games, contests, crafts, and HP PRIZES! Participate in Triwizard Trivia and Transfiguration Dueling, a costume parade, and the Bertie Bott’s bean tasting contest. Make sure you wear your most creative Harry Potter-inspired costume so you can compete in the costume contest! Enjoy free refreshments, including polyjuice potions, dragon eggs, and cauldron cakes.

Why is this celebration for all ages? If a child was 9 years old when he/she began reading the Harry Potter series, that child would now be 21. If a child was 9 years old when he/she began watching the Harry Potter movies, that child would now be old enough to vote. Harry Potter transcends time. Its lessons are universal and imaginative. Adults, teens, and kids alike can agree the books will be forever classics. The movies heighten the reading experience, providing visuals that we all saw in our heads and can now see on the big screen. Don’t let the “end” come without celebrating a book and movie character of a lifetime.

For more information, call 563-326-7832, or visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

November 15, 20100 comments
Davenport Civil Rights Presentation and Display at the Main Library

Davenport Civil Rights Presentation and Display at the Main Library

The traveling exhibit, “Davenport’s Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1974,” opens on October 6 at the Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street. The exhibit will be on display through November 15.

The exhibit is the result of nearly three years of work by the Davenport Civil Rights History Committee, comprised of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, St. Ambrose University, and the Putnam Museum. With the help of St. Ambrose University students, the committee conducted interviews and gathered archival materials such as photos, films, letters, audiotapes, key documents and historic artifacts, “to create an archive of materials for future generations,” according to Dr. Arthur Pitz, committee chair and St. Ambrose University scholar in residence.

Research materials, photographs and documents have been incorporated into this traveling display, which puts local people and events into the context of the national civil rights movement.

In addition to the display, on November 9, Dr. Pitz will present “A Compelling Story: Davenport’s Civil Rights History from 1945-1974,” at 2:30 p.m., at Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street. Following his presentation, Scott Community College instructor, Craig Klein, will present “Davenport’s Early Black Community, 1850-1920.” Both presentations are free and open to the public.

This project has been supported and funded by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, St. Ambrose University and the Putnam Museum, with some funding provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact the Putnam Museum at 563-324-1054.

November 8, 20100 comments