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DPL on Pinterest: Read it First

DPL on Pinterest: Read it First

For those of you unaware, the Davenport  Public Library has been all over Pinterest! Pinterest is a virtual scrapbook to show off what you love, or a different way to bookmark things you don’t want to forget about. Common subjects are DIY projects, recipes, books, art, movies, clothes, accessories, celebrities, remodeling, and decorations.

Here is a board of books that are coming out as movies in the upcoming year!

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Trivia Tuesday: Umbrella vs. umbrella

Trivia Tuesday: Umbrella vs. umbrella

The umbrella came to America from India as early as 1772. The first umbrella factory was established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1828.

The umbrella factory is not to be confused with the Umbrella Corporation–a company from the Resident Evil series founded in 1968 by Lord Oswell E. Spencer, Sir Edward Ashford, and Dr. James Marcus. The Umbrella Corporation is notorious for unleashing variations of the Progenitor virus, which is the basis for the different types of zombies in the RE franchise.

So, yeah…a slight difference there.

Dying to get your hands on some Resident Evil media? We have a library for that!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)


WHEREAS; libraries and librarians are critical to family literacy and multicultural awareness; and

WHEREAS: literacy is defined as the foundation of learning and is essential to the growth and success of all children; and

WHEREAS; children represent the hopes and dreams of the people of the United States; and

WHEREAS; children from all backgrounds should be nurtured and invested in to preserve and enhance the American Spirit, economic prosperity and democracy; and

WHEREAS; Iowa and the Davenport Public Library are partners with educators, and community based organizations to serve our youth; and

WHEREAS, the children of our nation are the responsibility of all its peoples, and people should be encouraged to celebrate the gifts of children to society- their cultures, curiosity, laughter , energy, sprit, hopes and dreams; and

WHEREAS, I encourage all residents to take advantage of the wonderful multicultural resources available at the Davenport Public Library and thank their librarians for making information available to all who walk through their doors.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we do hereby proclaim April 30, 2013, El día de los niños/El día de los libros throughout Davenport, Iowa.

Día (Diversity in Action) is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It is an annual celebration of the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of literacy in the lives of families.

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Trivia Tuesday: Roman numerals

Trivia Tuesday: Roman numerals

Okay, I think we all have at least 1-19 in Roman numerals down. But what about the rest?

First, you must memorize the base symbols:
1: I
5: V
10: X
50: L
100: C
500: D
1,000: M

One tip for remembering C and M: C is short for centum (“hundred” in Latin), and M is short for millia (“thousand” in Latin)–think century and millennium.

Once you have that down, it’s just a matter of basic math. Roman numerals are designed to quickly add up numbers with your hands and fingers.

When writing out Roman numerals, start with the biggest number on the left, and work your way down. So, let’s write our current year–2013. You need two 1,000s, so MM;  one 10, so X; one 3, so III = MMXIII. Ta-da!

How about a more complicated number, say 4,856? (Remember: Start with the largest symbol you can use, and work your way down!) Well, four 1000s (M) + one 500 (D) + three 100s (C) + one 50 (L) + one 5 (V) + one 1 (I) = MMMMDCCCLVI. See, easy!

Okay, I definitely don’t blame you for sticking with Indo-Arabic numerals.

Why, yes, we do have materials on the history of numbers!

Money Smart Week Quad Cities: April 20-27

Money Smart Week Quad Cities: April 20-27

Saving for college? Preparing for retirement?  Just wish you were better at managing your money?  Sign up today for one of 140 free financial education programs during Money Smart Week® Iowa April 20-27, sponsored by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and more than 215 partner organizations.

Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the state of Iowa on topics including kids and money, credit building, managing student debt and retirement. Event information is available at

Follow the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Twitter and friend them on Facebook for the latest Money Smart Week® information.

The following events are being held at the Davenport Public Libraries:

Shred Day—Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street). Bring all of your personal paper documents – papers, bills, and miscellanea – to this free event and it will be hauled away to be shredded, with full confidentiality.

Sew What?–Saturday, April 20th at 2:30 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue). Learn how to create your own sewing projects on the cheap by using recycled materials.

Pillows and Pages—Monday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue). Enjoy and evening storytime with some fun stories about money.

Kids Creations—Tuesday, April 23rd at 3:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street). Create crafts and works of art with a money theme.

Preschool Storytimes—Friday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) and the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue). Join us for our regularly scheduled preschool storytimes with some added stories, songs, and activities related to money.