Hooray for hairy feet!
Kick off your shoes, eat a couple of breakfasts, and celebrate! In recognition of the shared birthday of hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, September 22nd is Hobbit Day which has been in observance for over 30 years.
What can you do to celebrate Hobbit Day? Check out these ideas for a Hobbit Day party. Find out your hobbit name with this nifty Hobbit Name Generator. Stop in the library to check out a J.R.R. Tolkien novel or borrow one of our DVDs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And don’t forget to tell them Cora Sandybanks of Frogmorton sent ya.
Grand Opening of Cafés at DPL!
Bayside Celebrates the Opening of Cafés at the Davenport Public Library Branches!
The Davenport Public Library is pleased to announce a new café opening at its Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) and Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) libraries. Bayside Café is the new café at the library and will have a special celebration on Monday, September 17 at the Eastern Avenue Branch & Tuesday, September 18 at the Fairmount Branch, both at 11:30 a.m.
The special celebration will include Davenport Public Library’s official mascot, Libby Librarydog; Rascal from the Quad Cities River Bandits; a bounce house; book signings by local authors, Jill Esbaum and Linda Smith Kortmeyer; the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; and elected officials. Bayside Café brings patrons and residents of Davenport the unique flavors of Bayside’s food and wonderful smoothies.
Bayside café is owned by LaTisha Howlett of Bayside Smoothies and More, located at 2730 West Locust Street and is a concessionaire at the Quad Cities River Bandits. The shop will open daily, Monday through Saturday, 30 minutes before the library opens and will close 15 minutes before the library closes. For a list of library hours, visit www.davenportlibrary.com.
For more information, please contact LaWanda Roudebush at 563-326-7832.
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.
Hot diggity dog!
July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. So while you ponder the universal question of whether a hot dog is or isn’t a sandwich, enjoy these facts about Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile.
- Vanity plates for the Wienermobile have included: YUMMY, OUR DOG, BIG BUN, LIL LINK, OH I WISH, WEENR, WNR MBLE, and BOLOGNA.
- The job title for the driver of the Wienermobile is called “hot dogger.”
- The horn of the vehicle can play the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap.
- In 2009 the Wienermobile was inadvertently turned down a dead end street and when the driver (or hot dogger) tried to turn around in a driveway she failed to put the vehicle in reverse and crashed it into a house. The fact that no one was injured makes me comfortable with the fact that the picture below caused me to giggle.
Speaking of hot dogs, the 25th Annual Bix Porch Party is August 2nd at 11 a.m. and in addition to hot dogs and lemonade, LIVE jazz music is on the menu as Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers play on the porch of the Main Library (321 Main Street.) This is always a fun, family-oriented event and we hope to see you here.