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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
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, Amazon.com 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 www.davenportlibrary.com, 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
Teen ‘Battle of the Bands’ Registrations Due This Week!

Teen ‘Battle of the Bands’ Registrations Due This Week!

If you are in a teen band, a teen soloist, or in a small group of teen musicians be sure to get your registration turned in at one of the Davenport libraries this week. There is a $20 registration fee, but the top band wins $100 and two more paid gigs worth $200 each! First place $500, second place $275, and third place $200 total!

The battle takes place at the Eastern Avenue Branch on Saturday, July 9 from 1:30 – 4:30. 

For more information visit www.davenportlibrary.com

REGISTRATION FORM!

 

June 28, 20110 comments
Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-20

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-20

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August 20, 20100 comments