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Let’s cut up some books at the library!

Let’s cut up some books at the library!

No, I am not suggesting that you to vandalize library property; I am inviting you to create art.  The Davenport Public Library will be offering a “Book Sculpting” program on March 17 at 2:00 p.m at the Fairmount Branch. Book Sculpting is a great way to repurpose old books into 3-D art. This program is free. Registration is required and space is limited, so sign up soon! In the meantime, check out some breathtaking examples of book sculptures by Brian Dettmer and Kylie Stillman.

February 21, 20120 comments
Bug juice

Bug juice

Did you know that the common food additive Carmine is made from boiled cochineal insect carcasses? Carmine is added to certain flavors of juice, candy, and yogurt to enhance their redness. It is also a source of color for many red-hued lipsticks. This fact prompted me to check the label on my lipgloss and guess what? I’m wearing bug juice.

Need something to get your mind off the icky? Browse our “NEW” section at the Davenport Public Library. We have an assortment of new general fiction, as well as plenty of new romance, science fiction, and mystery.

February 20, 20120 comments
B-Movie Science

B-Movie Science

Fans of biology, physics, and cheesy sci-fi and horror movies, take a look at “The Biology of B-Movie Monsters,” an article by Dr. Michael C. LaBarbera, a professor in Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago. Dr. LaBarbera explains why the bones of the Fifty Foot Woman would collapse under her mass, why the Incredible Shrinking Man would have to eat his body weight daily to survive, and the Achilles heel of the giant ants in Them!

 The professor also challenges the most commonly depicted posture of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and describes ET‘s secret weapon.

If you now feel the urge to revisit any of these cinematic gems, the Davenport Public Library can help you. We have an extensive DVD collection and our participation in the RiverShare Library System gives our patrons access to DVDs from 20 other libraries. Visit www.davenportlibrary.com to check availability or to put a movie on hold.

 

 

February 15, 20120 comments
Are you Anti-Valentine’s Day?

Are you Anti-Valentine’s Day?

Not everyone is in to the hearts and cupids of a traditional Valentine’s Day. Some bristle at the commercialism of the holiday while others are irritated by the saccharine sentimentality. Are you one of those people?  If so, then I have some good news; The Davenport Public Library is holding two Anti-Valentine’s Day parties (one for adults and one for teens.) The adult Anti-Valentine’s Day party will be held on Monday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library. The teen party will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at 5:30 p.m at the Fairmount Branch Library.  These light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek events will be filled with unusual activities, great music, and a lot of fun. Registration is required for these FREE parties. To register, call 563-326-7832 or visit any of the three Davenport Public Library locations.

To get in the Anti-Valentine’s Day spirit, check out the Chicago Tribune’s list of the best Anti-Valentine’s Day movies.

 

February 7, 20120 comments
The Iceworm Cometh

The Iceworm Cometh

Do you have any big plans for Iceworm Day? You’ve never heard of Iceworm Day?! Well, allow me to inform you. Ice worms are species of the worm genus Mesenchytraeus that live in glacial ice.  Every year the residents of Cordova, Alaska have an Iceworm Festival that includes a parade featuring a 150-foot-long ice worm float, a Miss Iceworm beauty pageant, and variety show.

Cordova Iceworm Festival Parade

This year Iceworm Day falls on February 3rd. Start a new Iceworm Day tradition and visit the Davenport Public Library. All three locations are open from 9:30 to 5:30 on Iceworm Day.

ice worm

It is your time to shine, little guy.

February 2, 20120 comments