Tiptoe through the tombstones
We are ready to kick off East West Riverfest with our first Cemetery Tour! Join us at the Fairmount Cemetery mausoleum (3902 Rockingham Road) on Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 p.m. for a walking tour that will highlight the fascinating people buried there and provide you with tips on how to find secrets in a cemetery. Registration is required for this free tour; call 563-326-7832 to register. We will have additional Cemetery Tours on October 26th and 27th, visit www.davenportlibrary.com for more information.
New Non-Fiction Book Club at DPL!
What do art theft, forest fires, chemistry, and murder have in common? If you said things that I participated in during my college years, you are no longer my friend (but you are also not very far off the mark.) All kidding aside, these are some of the subjects of books that will be discussed in Davenport Public Library’s new non-fiction book club, “Truth Be Told.” The goal of Truth Be Told Book Club is to offer a variety of books that span the Dewey Decimal System. This is a great group to join if you currently a member of another book club and you’d like to branch out, or if you are new to book clubs and are a fan of non-fiction. If you’re curious about the titles we’ll be reading, I have images of the book jackets below.
Spaces are limited and registration is required for this FREE book club. Call 563.326.7832 or visit www.davenportpubliclibrary.com to register.
Titanic Fact #18: Captain Rostron
When Carpathia, the first ship to reach the disaster site, started loading survivors onto the ship, Captain Arthur Rostron made a decision that no wireless transmissions would be send to land containing names of the survivors or victims. Rostron figured that in a disaster situation it would be too easy to start more of a panic or get someone’s name wrong. Rostron wanted to preserve as much dignity and respect as possible. Rostron even denied a wireless message from President Taft who was enquiring about a friend on the Titanic. Taft would later present Rostron with a medal for his heroic work in a disaster.
Stop by the Fairmount Branch Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. for The Titanic: 100 Years Later.
Titanic Fact #17: Distress Signal
Titanic's radio operators, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride
Much ado is made about how others ships in the area couldn’t hear Titanic’s distress signal or the only people on those ships who could understand Morse code were asleep (see Titanic Fact # 10.) However, due to very clear weather, an amateur radio enthusiast at the top of a tall building in New York City was able to hear the calls. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing he could do to get help to the Titanic in time.
Stop back tommorrow for the final Titanic Fact and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m