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April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April 4, 20120 comments
Brightest Tot on the Block

Brightest Tot on the Block

Kids are pretty amazing; they grow and learn at such a rapid pace, you never know what they are going to come up with next. Some kids, however, are downright mind-blowing. Take, for example, Kim Ung-Yong; he is thought to possess the highest IQ (>210) of any living person. He was conversing fluently at 6 months of age and by age 4 he could read Japanese, Korean, German, and English. At the age of 5 he was able to solve differential and integral calculus problems and was invited to the United States by NASA at age 7.

Of course the Davenport Public Library can’t promise that we’ll make your child a prodigy (which may not be the worst thing considering that Ted Kaczynski, A.K.A The Unabomber was a prodigy), but we can help you get your child on the path to literacy. Learn simple ways to help your child get ready to read with “Early Literacy Tips for Parents.” Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch and Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch, parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5 are invited to learn about easy to implement activities that they can do with their child to get them ready to read.   Angie Hammond, a library assistant trained on the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read program, will talk about the principles and practices years of studies have proven are essential to early literacy.  Parents/caregivers will receive materials they can take home to aid in the promotion of literacy. This FREE program is for adults about children.

Want to learn about more child prodigies?  Check out these articles:

10 child prodigies (who actually ended up doing something)

Top Ten Child Prodigies

Is your child a genius?

Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up?

March 21, 20120 comments
St. Patrick and the snakes

St. Patrick and the snakes

While most of us are familiar with the story of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland (no, not in his Toyota Camry), there is no evidence that there were any snakes in Ireland for him to drive out. In fact, there is only one land reptile species native to Ireland; the common lizard.

March 5, 20120 comments
Are you Anti-Valentine’s Day?

Are you Anti-Valentine’s Day?

Not everyone is in to the hearts and cupids of a traditional Valentine’s Day. Some bristle at the commercialism of the holiday while others are irritated by the saccharine sentimentality. Are you one of those people?  If so, then I have some good news; The Davenport Public Library is holding two Anti-Valentine’s Day parties (one for adults and one for teens.) The adult Anti-Valentine’s Day party will be held on Monday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library. The teen party will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at 5:30 p.m at the Fairmount Branch Library.  These light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek events will be filled with unusual activities, great music, and a lot of fun. Registration is required for these FREE parties. To register, call 563-326-7832 or visit any of the three Davenport Public Library locations.

To get in the Anti-Valentine’s Day spirit, check out the Chicago Tribune’s list of the best Anti-Valentine’s Day movies.


February 7, 20120 comments
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!

How to download an e-book! from Davenport Public Library on Vimeo.

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