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Tiptoe through the tombstones

Tiptoe through the tombstones

We are ready to kick off East West Riverfest with our first Cemetery Tour! Join us at the Fairmount Cemetery mausoleum (3902 Rockingham Road) on Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 p.m. for a walking tour that will highlight the fascinating people buried there and provide you with tips on how to find secrets in a cemetery. Registration is required for this free tour; call 563-326-7832 to register. We will have additional Cemetery Tours on October 26th and 27th, visit for more information.


September 5, 20120 comments
Hot diggity dog!

Hot diggity dog!

July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. So while you ponder the universal question of whether a hot dog is or isn’t a sandwich, enjoy these facts about Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile.

  • Vanity plates for the Wienermobile have included: YUMMY, OUR DOG, BIG BUN, LIL LINK, OH I WISH, WEENR, WNR MBLE, and BOLOGNA.
  • The job title for the driver of the Wienermobile is called “hot dogger.”
  • The horn of the vehicle can play the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap.
  • In 2009 the Wienermobile was inadvertently turned down a dead end street and when the driver (or hot dogger) tried to turn around in a driveway she failed to put the vehicle in reverse and crashed it into a house. The fact that no one was injured makes me comfortable with the fact that the picture below caused me to giggle.

Speaking of hot dogs, the 25th Annual Bix Porch Party is August 2nd at 11 a.m.  and in addition to hot dogs and lemonade, LIVE jazz music is on the menu as Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers play on the porch of the Main Library (321 Main Street.) This is always a fun, family-oriented event and we hope to see you here.

July 23, 20129 comments
Tesla Day!

Tesla Day!

July 10th is Nikola Tesla Day. In my opinion Nikola Tesla deserves a week, at least. The Serbian-American inventor and engineer, best known for developing the AC electrical supply system, is also responsible for wireless communication, the radio, neon lights, and remote control. He held over 300 patents worldwide for his various inventions.

Were Tesla alive today, he could have taken advantage of Davenport Public Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Designated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Patent and Trademark Resource Center offers free services such as assistance in using patent and trademark information, training on USPTO databases, and hosting public seminars on intellectual property topics. For more information on the Patent and Trademark Resource Center, call 563-326-7832.

And since Nikola Tesla never recorded a power ballad (don’t doubt for a moment that he could have if he’d chosen to), here is Love Song by Tesla.

July 9, 20120 comments
Party like a Lobster

Party like a Lobster

June 15th is Lobster Day. Why celebrate Lobster Day? I like to use it as an excuse to sing  “Rock Lobster” and annoy my co-workers.

In the spirit of Lobster Day, enjoy these strange lobster facts and photos:

Lobster blood is colorless until exposed to oxygen, then it develops a bluish color.

Male lobsters are called cocks; females are called hens.

Tomalley (lobster liver) is considered to be a delicacy and turns green when cooked.

A lobster’s teeth are in its stomach. The stomach is located a very short distance from the mouth, and the food is chewed by three grinding surfaces that look like human molars, called the gastric mill.


Vegetarian Lobster


"The Lobster Ballerina." Will you be seeing him in your nightmares? Pretty sure I will be.

Happy Lobster Day from your friends at the Davenport Public Library!

June 13, 20121 comment
“Have a great summer! Stay cool!”

“Have a great summer! Stay cool!”

Did you have an embarrassing yearbook photo? Maybe you had a ridiculous hairstyle or you still had some adolescent gawkiness left in you. The good new is that those days are past you. The bad news: Those photos live on forever at the Davenport Public Library. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, located in the basement of the Main Street Library, has high school yearbooks dating back to the 1910′s. Old high school yearbooks are not only a great way to reminisce, but they can also be useful in identifying people in old snapshots you may have and can be used for genealogical research. For more information on Davenport Public Library’s yearbook holdings, you can call the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at 563-326-7902.

If you’re still down about your crummy yearbook photo, visit the websites below to see how dorky celebrities looked in their yearbook photos (the photo at the top of the page is of a young Ryan Seacrest.)

And, this should make you feel better……….. this is George Clooney:


June 7, 20121 comment