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April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April 4, 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


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
Help Support the New Eastern Avenue Library

Help Support the New Eastern Avenue Library



The Davenport Public Library needs just $112,000 to secure a $1.2 million dollar Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Grant to help buildthe Eastern Avenue Library, and the FRIENDS of the Library are offering the citizens a great opportunity to contribute. Join us for thefirst ever“RE@D – River-city Entertainment at Davenport – Variety Show” on Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at North High School.

The 101.3 KUUL FM morning guys, Mark Manual and Steve Ketelaar, will emcee the star-studded event. Daniel Sheridan, the Arts Coordinator for the City of Davenport and Director of Junior Theater, will direct the diverse ensemble cast in the production.

Scheduled to appear are: The Myers Brothers Band; Comedy Sportz; children’s entertainer and songwriter, Steve Couch; street performer, Dan Hale; tap dancing from the Center Stage Dancers; the Central High School ska rock band, Firesale; vocalist, Sarah Ulloa; the North High School Show Choir; magician, David Casas; vocalist, Ryan Westwood; the Belle Academy of Dance; Ballet Folklorico; two barbershop quartets; the Family Museum Dance Company; Quad Cities Poet Laureate, Dale Haake; and local blues sensation, Ellis Kell.

Sheridan is thrilled at the opportunity to direct such an all-star lineup of entertainers.

“The collection of talent assembled for the RE@D Variety Show is thrilling.  The chance to lead this group is an amazing opportunity.  For both the audience and artists, I know that the performance will be crisp, professional, and fun.  I recently returned home after a year of studying theatre at the University of Connecticut and traveling doing theatre around the nation.  I can guarantee this performance is one not to be missed!”

FRIENDS Board President, Tom Brooke, is also in awe at such an outpouring of community support.

“When we decided to put this show together, I knew it had to be great. We have an outstanding lineup of quality acts that if appearing alone would draw hundreds of people. Put them all together and we have a variety show that could go on tour professionally. It will be a great time for all, and it will support a great service – the Davenport Public Library.”

Advance tickets are now on sale at the Main Street and Fairmount Street Libraries. Pre-sale tickets are $4 for seniors (55+) and children 10 and under. Adults are $8. Tickets will also be available at the door for the flat rate of $10. All ticket sales will go directly to the Eastern Avenue Library building fund.

For more information, contact Tom Brooke at 563-650-2389.

March 20, 20090 comments
Red Carpet Premiere a Huge Success!

Red Carpet Premiere a Huge Success!



The 1st Annual “Teen YouTube Red Carpet Event” was a Complete Success! 

Media, with their cameras flashing, surrounded the directors, producers and movie stars at last night’s Red Carpet Premiere.  The local teen librarians, headed by Davenport Public Library Teen Librarian, Christie Vogt and Scott County Library Teen Librarian, Sara Carlin, put on an absolutely magnificent event including food and drinks, trophies and monetary awards, and a red carpet.  There will be more to come highlighting the events of the evening, including pictures and interviews!


Quad City Times Article


Quad Cities Online Article

March 14, 20080 comments