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Archive for January, 2012



Spelling and grammar errors are easily made and easily corrected…usually.

Unfortunately, this tattoo will probably be a tough one to fix.

The Davenport Public Library Reference desk can help you with your spelling and grammar questions (for tattoos or otherwise.) Just call 563-326-7832 or use the “Text a Librarian” service by texting DPLKNOWS and your question to 66746 . Your You’re welcome.


January 25, 20120 comments
Wikipedia Shutdown

Wikipedia Shutdown

As you may have heard, Wikipedia’s English language website is down until midnight tonight. The online encyclopedia is staging a 24-hour blackout in protest of anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are designed to restrict sales of pirated American products overseas. Supporters of the legislation say it is needed to protect intellectual property rights. Critics say that this legislation is a threat to free-speech rights. Other sites participating in the blackout are Reddit (a user-generated news site) and the blog, Boing Boing.

If lack of access to these sites has you in a bind, remember that the Davneport Public Library, as always, is an excellent source of information. You can stop in to any of our three locations, call us at 563-326-7832, or even text DPLKNOWS to 66746 and one of our highly-trained librarians will assit you.

Google's "Doodle" for 1/18/2012

January 18, 20120 comments
Pie Day!

Pie Day!

National Pie Day is January 23rd and it got me thinking about hamburgers. Just kidding, it got me thinking about pie (National Hamburger Day isn’t until May 28th.)  Here are some fun pie facts from the web:

  • 1 in 5 Americans has eaten an enttire pie by themselves.
  • Pie crusts were called “coffyns” in the Middle Ages.
  • Before pie was America’s favorite dessert, fruit pies were commonly eaten as part of breakfast in the 19th century.
  • A recipe for chicken pie was found on a Sumerian tablet from some time prior to 2000 B.C.
  • At one time it was illegal to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

So, what’s your favorite pie flavor? Do you prefer sweet or savory pies? Let us know. Do you have a favorite recipe? Share it. If all of this pie-talk has gotten you in to mood to bake, the Davenport Library has a good selection of pie-specific recipe books at all three locations under the call number 641.8652. You can also visit the American Pie Council’s website at They have recipes and results from the National Pie Championships and information about the 2012 Great American Pie Festival being held this April in Celebration, Florida.

“When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy.” – Jack Handy

January 16, 20121 comment
RED, WHITE, and READ Winter Reading Program!

RED, WHITE, and READ Winter Reading Program!

Vote on your favorite library items for each book read, two votes every time you comment on one of the Davenport library’s blogs, and you receive 10 ballots for every video you submit!  You also get entered into a seperate $25 drawing for each video you submit.  Read the guidelines on the winter reading blog listed below.  Here are some promo videos for your entertainment!

RED, WHITE, and READ Winter Reading Promo – Hibernation from Davenport Public Library on Vimeo.

Visit the library’s blog at for more information.

RED, WHITE, and READ Winter Reading Promo – Cold from Davenport Public Library on Vimeo.

Visit the Davenport Public Library’s Winter Reading Blog at for more information!

For more information visit!


January 3, 20120 comments
Activities for all ages!

Activities for all ages!

Here are some fun and informative sites to start out the new year!

Fun Outdoor Activities


January 1, 20120 comments