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Deep Sea Spooks

Deep Sea Spooks

As if great white sharks and deadly box jellyfish weren’t enough to scare you out of the briny deep:  Did you know that there are also goblins and vampires in the sea? Well, goblin Sharks and vampire Squid, actually. While they look terrifying, neither poses a threat to humans, unless you consider inducing nightmares a threat. Enjoy the video clips of goblin sharks and vampire squids….if you dare.

For some fun spookiness,  come to the Davenport  Halloween Parade on October 31st starting at 7:00 PM and see our giant Libby balloon (weather permitting.) Click here for parade route.

 Happy Halloween from the Davenport Public Library!

October 29, 20120 comments
Know when to fold ‘em

Know when to fold ‘em

World Origami Days span October 24-November 11. Wonder why it is 2 1/2 weeks long? October 24 is the birthdate of Lillian Oppenheimer, the founder of the first origami group in America and was chosen as the date for American Origami Day.  November 11 is the date on which Japan celebrates their Origami Day. In order to unify the celebrations, OrigamiUSA created World Origami Days.

So why not try your hand at some origami creations? The Library has tons of books on origami for people of all skill levels, so why not give it a shot? I will even though I usually can’t even manage a proper crane.

October 24, 20120 comments
Thank You, Friends!!!!!

Thank You, Friends!!!!!

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October 21-27 is National Friends of Libraries Week and we at the Davenport Public Library would like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends for all of their hard work and dedication in fundraising for our libraries, materials, and programs. If you are interested in becoming a Friend, call 563.326.7841. More information on our Friends group is also available at our website.

The Friends also have an exciting fundraiser that begins Monday, October 22. “Book-it, a Chair-ity Event” is a silent auction of one of a kind painted chairs and book-themed gift baskets. These items will be on display for silent auction at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library, October 22- November 8. The final event will be held on Saturday, November 10, 1-4p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library. Final bids will be taken from 1-2p.m. with the highest bid five chairs and gift boxes going to live auction at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Davenport Public Libraries. For more information call 359-5285 or 359-8259.

October 17, 20120 comments
Candy Corn: Love it or hate it?

Candy Corn: Love it or hate it?

Fall is here and the season of candy corn is upon us. Candy corn is one of those polarizing seasonal confections like Peeps that many seem to feel strongly about. Some revel in its sweet honey flavor and bright colors while others abhor everything about it.  So what do you think?

How do you feel about candy corn?

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Now let us put our differences aside and learn some interesting candy corn facts; because, at the end of the day, who among us hasn’t donned yellow, orange, and white fangs at one time or another.

  • October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
  • Candy corn has been around for over 120 years.
  • 20 million pounds of the candy are sold annually.
  • Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, and Oreos have come in limited edition candy corn flavors.
  • Each candy corn kernel contains approximately 3.57 calories.
  • Candy corn is not a vegan food. It contains gelatin and/or egg whites.

Whether you love candy corn or can’t stand it, we are in the thick of Halloween candy season, so remember: Dental care books can be found at the Davenport Public Library under call number 617.6.


October 11, 20120 comments
Banned Website Awareness Day

Banned Website Awareness Day

Today is Banned Website Awareness Day. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the negative impact of overly restrictive Internet filtering on student learning. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), enacted by Congress in 2000, is often cited as the reason for restrictive filtering in schools, but the AASL argues that much of this filtering goes beyond the CIPA requirements.

For an interesting take on the effects of restrictive filtering, read A Tale of Two Students from American Libraries.

What is your take on the issue? Does restrictive Internet filtering protect students or hamper them? At what age, if any, should Internet filtering be used or discontinued?

October 3, 20120 comments