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Closed for Labor Day

Closed for Labor Day

All three Davenport Public Library locations will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen our normal hours on Tuesday, August 3rd. As always, our website is available 24 hours a day.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

August 30, 20130 comments
Trivia Tuesday: Rivers

Trivia Tuesday: Rivers

Perhaps not the most fascinating topic, but I have seen rivers come up more than once during trivia night. The trick is in how the question is being asked, and even then it’s often arguable, depending on whether you include tributaries, etc.

Top Five Longest Rivers:

  1.  Nile (an-Nīl) in Africa
  2. Amazon River (Amazonas) in South America
  3. Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) in Asia
  4. Mississippi/Missouri River in North America
  5. Yenisei River in Asia

Top Five Rivers By Water Flow:

  1. Amazon River (Amazonas) in South America
  2. Ganges (Ganga) in Asia
  3. Congo River (Zaire River) in Africa
  4. Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) in Asia
  5. Orinoco (Orinoquia) in South America

Top Five Longest Rivers in the United States:

  1.  Missouri River
  2. Mississippi River
  3. Yukon River
  4. Rio Grande
  5. St. Lawrence River

Find out more about rivers at the library!

August 27, 20130 comments
Trivia Tuesday: Wonderful

Trivia Tuesday: Wonderful

Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but how many can name them all?

  1. The Colossus of Rhodes (Rhodes, Greece)
  2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq, exact location unknown, thought to be Hillah or Nineveh)
  3. The Great Pyramid of Giza (Giza Necropolis, Egypt)
  4. The Lighthouse of Alexandria (Alexandria, Egypt)
  5. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (near the modern town of Selçuk, Turkey)
  6. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Olympia, Greece)
  7. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Bodrum, Turkey)

There are some contestants for Eighth Wonder of the World, several of which are constructions often thought to already be on the otherwise decidedly Mediterranean list. In order of age, oldest to newest:

  •  Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England)
  •  The Great Wall of China
  •  The Banaue Rice Terraces (Banaue, Philippines)
  •  The Obelisk of Axum (Axum, Ethiopia)
  •  Sigiriya (Matale District, Sri Lanka)
  •  Angkor Wat (Angkor, Cambodia)
  •  The Church of St. George (Lalibela, Ethiopia)
  •  Moai (Easter Island, Chile)
  •  Machu Picchu (Cusco Region, Peru)
  •  The Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

Check out these and other fascinating excavations of the past in the library’s archaeology section!

August 20, 20131 comment
Trivia Tuesday: Elvis Presley

Trivia Tuesday: Elvis Presley

Hipsters are super jealous of that sweater

Today’s trivia is in honor of Senior Clerk, Pat Till, who is celebrating 40 years at the Davenport Public Library (and loves Elvis)! Congratulations, Pat!

  • Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8th, 1935, and would be 78 today. Although born in Tupelo, Mississippi, he moved to Memphis at the age of 13.
  • Elvis had an identical twin brother who was tragically stillborn–his name was Jesse Garon Presley.
  • Elvis’ middle name was originally spelled “Aron,” possibly to mirror his twin brother’s, but had it changed later in life.
  • Elvis and Priscilla’s daughter, Lisa Marie, was born on February 1, 1968–nine months (to the day!) after their marriage on May 1, 1967.
  • Among other unusual pets, Elvis had a pet chimpanzee named Scatter. Scatter apparently had a fondness for womanizing and being generally mischievous.
  • Kurt Russell made his film debut at the age of 10 in the movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” where he kicked Elvis’ shin!

Find out more about Elvis Presley at the Davenport Public Library.

August 13, 20130 comments