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DPL closed this Friday and Sunday

DPL closed this Friday and Sunday


The Davenport Public Libraries will be closed Friday, March 28th and Sunday, March 30th for the holiday. However, all locations will still open their normal hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 29th.

Thank you, and have a great Spring!

March 28, 20130 comments
Trivia Tuesday: What’s your birthstone?

Trivia Tuesday: What’s your birthstone?


Most everyone is familiar with the idea of a birthstone or birthday stone: A gemstone popularly associated with an aspect of your birthday. But did you know there are many different birthstone origins?

Here is the list of modern birthstones, which most of us will find familiar:

January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Aquamarine
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Pearl, Moonstone
July: Ruby
August: Peridot
September: Sapphire
October: Opal, Tourmaline
November: Yellow Topaz, Citrine
December: Turquoise, Tanzanite

Birthstones appear to date back as far as 3,000 B.C.E. in both Babylon and the Indian subcontinent, and they’ve only expanded from there. So let’s just say your birthday is in March. That would mean your birthstone could be: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Amethyst, Sapphire, Ruby, Diamond, Jasper, Topaz, or Opal! This includes the modern birthstone, the planetary stone, traditional birthstone, Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine), sun sign (of which there are several, as there are two sun signs per month, and each sign has a couple stones), Arabic, Hebrew, Roman, Polish, mystical, Italian, Russian, talismanic, and ancient Hindu. Whew! Good thing some of those overlap.

Oh, and don’t forget that the day of your birth has its own stone as well:

Sunday: Topaz, Diamond
Monday: Pearl, Crystal
Tuesday: Ruby, Emerald
Wednesday: Amethyst, Lodestone
Thursday: Sapphire, Carnelian
Friday: Emerald, Cat’s Eye
Saturday: Turquoise, Diamond

So basically, just about any gemstone you like can be attributed to just about any birthday. Now how to convince Mr. Trivia of that on trivia night…?

Want to know more about birthstones and their origins? Our Reference librarians would be happy to help: 563.326.7832.

March 26, 20131 comment
Freedom of Information Day

Freedom of Information Day

James Madison

Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by the American Library Association Washington (DC) Office on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

For more information on Freedom of Information Day or President James Madison, our librarians are more than happy to help. Call 563-326-7832 or visit our website.

March 15, 20130 comments
Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

Pi Pie

March 14th is the U.S. House of Representatives-approved Pi Day! Pi (π) is the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14–hence the date March 14th (3.14)!

Sir CumferenceYou can celebrate Pi Day by checking out one of our many books on the subject. Rather read something a little less technical? Try “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure” by Cindy Neuschwander:

When Sir Cumference drinks a potion which turns him into a dragon, his son Radius searches for the magic number known as pi which will restore him to his former shape.

Pi is not to be confused with the protagonist of Life of Pi.

Pi Day is also not to be confused with Pie Day, which is January 23rd. You know what? Go ahead and confuse them, because…pie.


March 14, 20130 comments
March 8th: International Women’s Day

March 8th: International Women’s Day

International Women's Day


International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Check out this event by perusing, or following the hashtags #womensday and #iwd on Twitter.

March has also been declared Women’s History Month in the United States. So be sure to celebrate the lovely women in your life and the heroines of the past this month! The library has many books and DVDs on the subject to get you started.

March 8, 20130 comments