Who is Jonas Grumby?
Though rarely used after the series pilot, Jonas Grumby was the name of the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island.
You are not related to the Skipper; he is a fictional character from a TV show. But, if you are hard-pressed to fill out the real names on some of the branches of your family tree, in addition to regular weekday hours, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is open on the second Sunday of January, February, and March from 1-4pm for genealogy and local history research. Who knows? You might just find you have an ancestor in common with Alan Hale Jr. (the actor who portrayed the Skipper.)
KFC for Christmas dinner?
In Japan, KFC fried chicken is traditional Christmas dinner fare, with people lining up for blocks to order and pick up their chicken. This is mostly due to a 1970′s ad campaign suggesting that fried chicken is served at Christmas dinners in the United States.
However you celebrate, the Davenport Public Library would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. For your convenience holiday hours are listed below.
As you may know, certain interpretations of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar indicate that the end of the world will begin on December 21, 2013. If this does not occur (and let’s hope that it doesn’t) and you’d like to know more about the cultures of Mesoamerica, the library is a great source for information on the art, religion, and daily life of the Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, and more. Just stop by the reference desk, call 563-326-7832, or fill out the “Contact Us” form on our website and our team of brilliant librarians can help answer your questions and locate library materials for you.
And, if there is a silver lining to this cloud, if the world does end tomorrow, at least you won’t have to pay your library fines.
Santa is coming to the Library again!
Have you been good this year? I bet you have, so come see Santa at the Main Library on Saturdays, December 1, 8, and 15! Santa will be at the Library from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to be in line no later than 2:15 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to take their child’s photo with Santa; so don’t forget your camera! Everyone is invited to this FREE event.
For more holiday fun, check out these names for Santa from around the world. My favorite it the Chinese name for Santa, Dun Che Lao Ren, or “Christmas Old Man.”
LIBRARY CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 FOR THANKSGIVING
The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. All three locations will re-open on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. We here at the library are thankful for your continued patronage and support. Happy Thanksgiving!