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Trivia Tuesday: Young Frankenstein

Trivia Tuesday: Young Frankenstein

Did you know that author Mary Shelley (then Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) was at the young age of 19 when she wrote the classic tale, Frankenstein? I’m pretty sure that at 19 I was pleased with myself just to make it to my first class on time…at 10:00am.

Perhaps you like more Mel Brooks in your Frankenstein? (I mean, Frahnkensteen!)

You can pick up the book, the movie, or the parody at our library!

June 11, 20130 comments
Dan’s Reading Road Trip coming to the Eastern Avenue Branch Library!

Dan’s Reading Road Trip coming to the Eastern Avenue Branch Library!

Dan’s Reading Road Trip is once again stopping by the Davenport Public Library, but with one small difference–he will be at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library this year!

Dan Wardell is producer and host of Kids Clubhouse on Iowa Public Television. His adventures take him to schools and libraries across the state, teaching kids to turn off their TVs, go outside and play, use their imaginations, and–most importantly–to read a good book! Dan’s Reading Road Trip is an exclusive 65 stop library tour each summer, and has performed for over 68,000 kids and grownups during the past five years. Kids can also track his progress and read his stories from the road at IPTV’s website, www.iptv.org/kids.

Where: Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue)
When: Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30 and 2:30pm
Cost: Free!
Need more information?: Call 563-326-7832

June 10, 20130 comments
Tomorrow night: Groundbreaking Films

Tomorrow night: Groundbreaking Films

This film program explores movies that broke through conventions with innovative technology, radical viewpoints, or by questioning perceptions. Each evening, learn how these films changed the world of cinema and contributed to a different way of looking at the world. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

See if you can guess tomorrow’s movie, which bears the tagline, “Love has a language all of its own.”

Where: Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue)
When: Mondays at 6:00pm
Ages: Varies (June 10′s movie is rated R)
Cost: Free!
For more information: Call 563-326-7832

June 9, 20132 comments
Friday Flicks starts today!

Friday Flicks starts today!

Our Summer Reading Program continues with the start of Friday Flicks!

We will be serving up popcorn and showing G and PG-rated movies related to the Summer Reading theme “Dig Into Reading.” See the world from a bug’s view, live like a gnome, or sing like a muppet!

See if you can guess the first movie we’re showing, which bears the tagline, “The adventure is down there…start digging.”

Where: Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue)
When: Fridays at 2:00pm
Ages: All
Cost: Free!
Need more information?: Call 563-326-7832

June 7, 20130 comments
Trivia Tuesday: Poet Laureate

Trivia Tuesday: Poet Laureate

The U.S.’s Poet Laureate (short for Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress) is the official poet of our nation. Their job is to raise awareness and appreciation for poetry. The Poet Laureate is appointed every year by the Librarian of the United States Congress. The role was modeled on the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, but there are records of the position going back as far as the 1300s in Italy. Our current Poet Laureate is Natasha Trethewey.

The word “laureate” comes from the Latin for “crowned with laurels” (laureatus). The laurel was attributed to the Greek god Apollo, where the leaves would be made into a crown to honor poets.

You can get your fill of poetry, old and new, at any of our locations.

June 4, 20130 comments