Today is Banned Website Awareness Day. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the negative impact of overly restrictive Internet filtering on student learning. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), enacted by Congress in 2000, is often cited as the reason for restrictive filtering in schools, but the AASL argues that much of this filtering goes beyond the CIPA requirements.
For an interesting take on the effects of restrictive filtering, read A Tale of Two Students from American Libraries.
What is your take on the issue? Does restrictive Internet filtering protect students or hamper them? At what age, if any, should Internet filtering be used or discontinued?
Starting October 7th, the Fairmount Branch Library will be open Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Sunday hours continue through April, so here’s your chance to spend your Sunday afternoons using the computers, checking out a DVD from our extensive collection, or enjoying a book in front of the fireplace.
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.
Kick off your shoes, eat a couple of breakfasts, and celebrate! In recognition of the shared birthday of hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, September 22nd is Hobbit Day which has been in observance for over 30 years.
Bayside Celebrates the Opening of Cafés at the Davenport Public Library Branches!
The Davenport Public Library is pleased to announce a new café opening at its Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) and Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) libraries. Bayside Café is the new café at the library and will have a special celebration on Monday, September 17 at the Eastern Avenue Branch & Tuesday, September 18 at the Fairmount Branch, both at 11:30 a.m.
The special celebration will include Davenport Public Library’s official mascot, Libby Librarydog; Rascal from the Quad Cities River Bandits; a bounce house; book signings by local authors, Jill Esbaum and Linda Smith Kortmeyer; the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; and elected officials. Bayside Café brings patrons and residents of Davenport the unique flavors of Bayside’s food and wonderful smoothies.
Bayside café is owned by LaTisha Howlett of Bayside Smoothies and More, located at 2730 West Locust Street and is a concessionaire at the Quad Cities River Bandits. The shop will open daily, Monday through Saturday, 30 minutes before the library opens and will close 15 minutes before the library closes. For a list of library hours, visit www.davenportlibrary.com.
For more information, please contact LaWanda Roudebush at 563-326-7832.