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Neil Gaiman’s March Madness

Neil Gaiman’s March Madness

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman (author of the The Sandman graphic novels, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book) is a big fan of libraries. And let’s face it, we’re huge fans of Neil Gaiman! To celebrate, here are 12 short stories by Neil Gaiman which he “wrote in in three days of madness.” He goes on to explain, “Each one very different, each one inspired by a reply to a question I’d twittered to the world.” I love authors who interact with their fans.

Speaking of free things from Neil Gaiman… Do you know where else you can find his work for free? The library, of course! So much Neil Gaiman.

On a related note, did you know Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is being made into a television mini-series? Not only that, but the screenplay is being written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones! If you just thought to yourself, “Wow, that sounds amazing,” you would be correct. No word yet on a release date, but that gives you plenty of time to read (or re-read!) the book.

Good Omens

March 4, 20130 comments
Banned Books Week 2012

Banned Books Week 2012

Banned Books Week, September 24 through October 6, is the perfect opportunity to exercise your freedom to read. Celebrate by reading a banned book! All three locations of the Davenport Public Library have BBW displays full of banned books ready to be checked out!

I promise you won’t regret it if you take a moment to watch the below video which includes quotes from some of the most beloved banned books. I can’t promise that you won’t get misty-eyed, though.

 

September 24, 20120 comments
Libby balloon at Red, White, & Boom 2012

Libby balloon at Red, White, & Boom 2012

Thank you to everyone who had their picture taken with the library’s 25′ Libby balloon! It was a great time! Checkout all of the pictures on our facebook page.

July 6, 20121 comment
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