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How to checkout and download an e-book!

How to checkout and download an e-book!

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!

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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, 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, 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.

Happy reading!

December 31, 20110 comments
Teen ‘Battle of the Bands’ Registrations Due This Week!

Teen ‘Battle of the Bands’ Registrations Due This Week!

If you are in a teen band, a teen soloist, or in a small group of teen musicians be sure to get your registration turned in at one of the Davenport libraries this week. There is a $20 registration fee, but the top band wins $100 and two more paid gigs worth $200 each! First place $500, second place $275, and third place $200 total!

The battle takes place at the Eastern Avenue Branch on Saturday, July 9 from 1:30 – 4:30. 

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June 28, 20110 comments


Kids of all ages, kickoff your summer fun at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) with the Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 4 p.m.!  Play games, win fun prizes, knock one of the teen volunteers into the dunk tank, and signup for the “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading Program.  All of these great activities and more are FREE for the entire family!

When you need a little break from all of the fun and excitement visit the FRIENDS Bookstore for some real bargains, then stop across  the hall at Cam’s Coffee House for fabulous food and drinks!  Just think, you get entertainment,  fun, check-out library materials, and sign-up for the summer reading program all for FREE and then buy a book and have lunch for around $5.00!  No where else in the Quad Cities can you get all of this excitement for such a great deal!

Kids and teens receive a free book for their half-way prize and the first 1600 finishers (total of all age groups combined) receive a FREE summer reading t-shirt.  Also, upon completion enter your name into a drawing for a chance to win an i-Pod Touch, a Color Nook, or a giant stuffed tiger!    The summer reading program ends August 4 at the Bix Porch Party, featuring Don Estes and the Prairie Area Ramblers, clowns, a stilt walker, and much more!

Keep track of all our fun activities throughout the year on our blogs at or go now to and visit the “Calendar of Events” for a list of all of the AWESOME SUMMER FUN at YOUR DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY!

June 3, 20113 comments
First Episode of KidTV!

First Episode of KidTV!

Take time to check-out the first episode of KidTV.  Each segment is kept seperate so that you have the opportunity to listen at your convenience.  The total time allotment for the program is about 15 minutes.

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February 14, 20112 comments
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s at the Davenport Library!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s at the Davenport Library!


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!

December 3, 20090 comments