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Coffee and Census (and Catwoman)

Coffee and Census (and Catwoman)

1940 was a huge year in the world of comic books; it marked the debut of Catwoman. The alter-ego of Selina Kyle, Catwoman is a skilled burglar and sometimes love interest of Batman. While certainly not a hero, she is also not quite a villain either.  Catwoman’s ambiguous role is illustrated by her ranking #11 on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains and #20 on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Find out if there are any crazy cat ladies in your family tree at “Coffee and Census.” Join the Davenport Public Library in celebration of the release of the 1940 Federal Census Population schedules on April 2nd, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center (321 Main Street). The National Archives will be releasing the schedules electronically at 8:00 a.m.  This will be the very first time this information is being seen by anyone other than National Archives staff for nearly 72 years!  You’ll be provided coffee, computers, and as much assistance in using the online schedules as the Special Collections staff can offer.

This special event is free, but space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 563-326-7902.


March 20, 20120 comments
Bix Porch Party a HUGE Success

Bix Porch Party a HUGE Success

More than 400 people of all ages enjoyed the 22nd Annual Bix Porch Party – a record-breaking number on such a beautiful summer’s day! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers really knew how to excite the crowd, with their toe-tapping jazz renditions of favorites like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

The Teen Volunteer Council worked the refreshment booth, earning more than $450 for teen materials and programming. Thank you to Hy-Vee at Rockingham Road and Showcase Cinema 53 for donating hot dogs and popcorn. The teens worked hard for their money and are thrilled with the community support.

Thank you to Don Estes and the band; and to all of the volunteers, library staff, and dedicated Bix fans who help make this party the best one on the block! If you want to learn more about Bix Beiderbecke, jazz music, or Davenport history, visit the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Main Library, or online at

We’re already looking forward to the 23rd Annual celebration next July!

July 23, 20092 comments


catrow-spot-8“Be Creative @ Your Library” Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Event

Join the Davenport Public Library on Saturday, June 13 at the Fairmount Street Library for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.  The event runs from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with the workshops beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Workshops will be presented by Ellis Kell (Music), Rick Eugene (Magic), the DePriest Puppets (Puppeteering), and David and Stacey Houk (Illustrations) and  will begin every hour on the hour and will last about 30 minutes.  Children who participate will be able to take home a percussion instrument made out of recycled material, a handmade puppet, and their very own magic trick.

Oh yeah – listen up Twilight fans.  Groovie wizard rock band, Bella Rocks!, has just been booked to help us celebrate the kickoff of the 2009 Summer Reading Program.  Her vampy songs are inspired by the one-and-only Twilight Saga (by Stephenie Meyer), and are comparable to the sounds of Paramore and Avril Lavigne.  Mark your calendars now for the party – Saturday, June 13. It all starts at noon – Bella Rocks! will hit the stage at 4:00.  Want to know more?  Visit  You can also download her album, “Diary of a Forks Girl,” from iTunes and Amazon.

The day’s events will include Summer Reading Program sign-up, fun and educational workshops, crafts, music, cookies and juice, and a chance to become part of history. Everyone who participates in the writing and illustration area will have a page that will be submitted to a book that will be professionally bound and placed in the Richardson-Sloan Special Collection Department.

Registration is not required for this FREE event!  For more information contact Steve Hart at (563) 328-6833 or visit online at

June 9, 20091 comment