As if great white sharks and deadly box jellyfish weren’t enough to scare you out of the briny deep: Did you know that there are also goblins and vampires in the sea? Well, goblin Sharks and vampire Squid, actually. While they look terrifying, neither poses a threat to humans, unless you consider inducing nightmares a threat. Enjoy the video clips of goblin sharks and vampire squids….if you dare.
For some fun spookiness, come to the Davenport Halloween Parade on October 31st starting at 7:00 PM and see our giant Libby balloon (weather permitting.) Click here for parade route.
Happy Halloween from the Davenport Public Library!
Fall is here and the season of candy corn is upon us. Candy corn is one of those polarizing seasonal confections like Peeps that many seem to feel strongly about. Some revel in its sweet honey flavor and bright colors while others abhor everything about it. So what do you think?
Now let us put our differences aside and learn some interesting candy corn facts; because, at the end of the day, who among us hasn’t donned yellow, orange, and white fangs at one time or another.
October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
Candy corn has been around for over 120 years.
20 million pounds of the candy are sold annually.
Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, and Oreos have come in limited edition candy corn flavors.
Each candy corn kernel contains approximately 3.57 calories.
Candy corn is not a vegan food. It contains gelatin and/or egg whites.
Whether you love candy corn or can’t stand it, we are in the thick of Halloween candy season, so remember: Dental care books can be found at the Davenport Public Library under call number 617.6.
Did you receive an e-reader, tablet, or computer this holiday season or decide to buy one for yourself? Are you considering purchasing one in 2012? Then look no further to hear about one of the fastest-growing trends in America, e-books, and how to download them for free!
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is an e-book (electronic book)? According to the Wall Street Journal, “an electronic book (also e-book, ebook, digital book) is a text- and image-based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other digital devices.” If you are thinking about buying an e-reader or tablet, make sure to do your research! There are many different types and brands on the market, and some can do much more than display e-books. So before you spend the money, know what you want. The Davenport library has resources to help!
Once you have your e-book reading device, decide where to go to download books. Like the variety of reading devices, e-books can be downloaded from a multitude of outlets. The popularity of e-readers and other portable electronic reading devices has caused the popularity of e-books to soar, making them readily available almost anywhere online. According to a news story done by WKRG-TV news reporter Lauren Styler, “as we reported earlier in June, Amazon.com is now selling more e-books than paper books.” She also reported at a later date, “researcher Mark Mahaney predicts that eBooks will surpass printed book sales altogether within three years.” This popularity has also caused the price of e-books to increase. Some e-books now cost almost as much as the same printed copy, making e-books an expensive commodity if you’re not careful.
However, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to download e-books. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all. Just like you can check out books at your local library for free, you can also check-out e-books online from your library for free. Libraries across the country, including local Quad-City libraries, offer downloadable e-books for checkout. How do you check out an e-book online? First, know what type of device you have. Second, download and install the free software, which can be accessed through our website at www.davenportlibrary.com, click on downloadable e-books, WILBOR, and then the quick start guide. It will walk you through the step-by-step process which is as easy as 1-2-3! You can also scan the QR code in our ad or from our website, where our reference librarian will walk you through the process.
For more information, please contact the Davenport Public Library’s reference department at 563-326-7832.
Come all ye fans of edible homes! The Davenport Public Library is the place to view gingerbread houses of different shapes and sizes. We have castles with ice cream cone towers and cabins with pretzel roofs. See Starburst paths and Tootsie Roll trees.
The Quad City Arts Festival of Trees was kind enough to lend some of their gingerbread houses to be displayed at the Library. The Fairmount Branch is hosting about a dozen of these houses in their display cases. You can also see some at Main Street and Eastern Avenue. Pop in between now and January 7th to have a peek at these scrumptious abodes! Sorry, no nibbling allowed.
The Davenport Public Library has just received word that the big man from the North Pole will once again be visiting the Library this holiday season. That’s right, Santa is at the Main Library again this year! Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19, Santa will be available to take your Christmas wishes and see if his elves can get all of the presents ready in time! From 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3, children will receive a FREE photo with Santa, a candy cane, a book, and a goodie-bag.
Don’t forget to come early and see Santa arrive in his special sleigh!