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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
What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of?

Public speaking?  Heights? Phobias range from the almost universal fear of death (thanatophobia) to the somewhat unique fear of cotton balls (sidonglobophobia.)  Most people are familiar with the arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), which is one of the most common phobias. But did you know that there is also a name for the fear of ladybugs: coccinellidaephobia?  Here are a few of the more bizarre phobias:
Lutraphobia—the fear of otters
Mycophobia—the fear of mushrooms
Omphalophobia—the fear of belly buttons
Novercaphobia—the fear of step-mothers
Phobophobia—the fear of phobias
Pogonophobia—the fear of beards
And finally……
 Alektorophobia (the fear of chickens and poultry) and Agyrophobia (the fear of crossing roads); a combination which one can only assume makes it difficult to appreciate the humor of a 2nd grader.

Whatever your fears, don’t be afraid to stop by any of our service desks for assistance.  Our Customer Service staff will be happy to help you with any questions you should have about your library account. Reference can assist you in locating information on any topic either in print or via electronic resources. And don’t forget to stop by Special Collections for help with genealogy and local history.



October 18, 20110 comments
Banned Books Week Reading by Whoopie Goldberg

Banned Books Week Reading by Whoopie Goldberg

Here is a reading by Whoopie Goldberg from one of Shel Silversteins books. 


Why do you feel Silverstein’s books are banned or challenged?

This video was provided by the American Library Association.

September 27, 20110 comments
Another busy night at Fairmount; Games, New Moon, & Foreign Films!

Another busy night at Fairmount; Games, New Moon, & Foreign Films!

new-moon1First off, there are two exciting teen events scheduled for this afternoon and this evening.  At 3:00 is the ever popular “Get Your Game On!”  At this unique event, teens can play console games like the Wii and PS2, and challenge other teens to friendly competition. Think you’re the best Super Smash Bros. player in the Quad Cities? Try out your skills in front of new friends at this fun event! Teens are also welcome to “band” together for the interactive game, Rock Band. Be the singer, the guitar player or the drummer and get a perfect score! If dancing is your thing, we’ll also have Dance Dance Revolution available. 

Following “Get Your Game On,” at 5:30 teens can celebrate the anxiously awaited release of New Moon, the second movie in the “Twilight Saga” based on the series of books by Stephenie Meyer, and debuting at movie theaters on November 20th.  Teens can make Twilight crafts, participate in Twilight games, and watch Twilight video clips. One lucky fan will win a life-sized cardboard cutout of Edward. He’s already on display at the Library, so stop by and say “hello.” For more information, visit the teen blog at:

Then at 6:00 p.m. our Off-Beat Independent Film series will show the French film, Chocolat. A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. This film is a beautiful and captivating comedy that features mouth-watering confections that inspire the straight-laced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness.  Attendees of this program will receive free popcorn, refreshments, and great discussion. Run time, 122 minutes.

For more information call us at (563) 326-7832.

November 18, 20090 comments
Flu Season Is Here, What Should You Do?

Flu Season Is Here, What Should You Do?

fluYou have probably heard about the Seasonal Flu, Bird Flu, Swine Flu (H1N1).  But, what should you do to help prevent the spread of the virus or even worse, catching it yourself?  According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), you should fight the flu with the 3 Cs. 

Number one, COVER YOUR COUGH.  You should either do this with a tissue or cough into your elbow.  Just by coughing into your hands will cause the spread of germs as soon as you touch something.

Number two, CLEAN YOUR HANDS.  Use soap and water or hand sanitizer.  There are many hand sanitizers on the market and they are very inexpensive.  Especially if you consider the cost of being off work for a week.  You might even keep a tiny bottle (usually cost $1) in your pocket.

Number three, CONTAIN GERMS.  Stay home when you are sick.  It doesn’t do anyone any good if you go to work sick.  Most likely you will pass your germs on to someone else either in the air or on a surface.  That’s how you got it to begin with.  Someone else that was sick (they may not have even known at the time) sneezed, coughed, or touched something and transmitted the germs to you.  Don’t do the same to someone else!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes more in depth and offers another word of advise; get a flu vaccine.  They have vaccines for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu, both flus are easily spread and can make you very sick.  In some cases can even cause death!  If you are not sure about a vaccine and whether you should get one or not, please contact your health care professional.

For more information about the seasonal flu, swine flu, or any of the flus visit the CDC website or  Or for more local information, visit the Scott County Health Department.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!

October 13, 20090 comments