Watch for these movies coming soon to the Davenport Public Library. Remember, DVDs check-out for one week and there is no rental charge!

November 4

Get Smart – Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson

Bungling secret agent Maxwell Smart is on a mission to battle the forces of the evil crime nemesis known as KAOS with his more-competent partner Agent 99, (whose real name is never revealed) at his side. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamed of working in the field. Smart will do whatever it takes to thwart the latest plot for world domination by KAOS. – IMDB

November 18

Wall-E – Voices of Kathy Najimy, John Ratzenberger, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard

In a distant but not so unrealistic future, where mankind has abandoned earth because it has become covered with trash, WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot, has been left to clean up the mess. One day, Eve, a sleek (and dangerous) reconnaissance robot is sent to earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable. WALL-E falls in love with Eve and rescues Eve from a dust storm. One day a massive ship comes to reclaim Eve, and WALL-E, out of love or loneliness, hitches a ride on the outside of the ship. IMDB

November 25

Hancock – Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki, Will Smith, Charlize Theron

John Hancock is an unhappy and reluctant superhero. Hancock is depressed and has started drinking heavily. He has saved many lives in Los Angeles over the years, but in doing so, he has had no regard for damaging buildings, trains, roads, cars, or anything that gets in his way of getting the job done. The public has had enough of Hancock, and they want him to stop or go to another city. Then one day Hancock saves Ray Embrey from being run over by a train. Embrey, a public relations executive, owes Hancock his life and he makes it his mission to change the superhero’s image. IMDB

written by Tana

Be sure to stop by the library and see our display of Banned Books. You just might be surprised at some of the titles! Many are popular classics which you may have read in high school or college. If not, you may want to read them just to see what all the fuss was about! Here are a few of the titles:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Interestingly enough, the number one “most challenged book of 2007” was a children’s book, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. It is based on a true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo that adopt an abandoned penguin egg and care for it together until it hatches.

For more information about Banned Books Week, related events and a complete list of frequently banned books be sure to check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week information center.

Cup of coffeeNeed a perk-me-up? Check out our current “Coffee” display at the Main Library. Just walking by will get those taste buds revved up and ready for some java. Well, okay, you can’t really taste it, but you can almost smell that familiar, flavorful aroma.

Learn how to roast your own coffee beans, how Starbucks got its start, or even how you can open up your own coffee bar.

Or, perhaps you’d be interested in these caffeinated titles? Let it Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz is a light fiction read, while Uncommon Grounds is a “history of coffee and how it transformed our world.”

And there’s more! We change our displays every month and often even more frequently then that. There’s always something new “brewing” at the library!

020708.jpgIt turns out Uncle Sam still wants his cut, gang. Furthermore, he would appreciate the efficiency of you, Mr. or Ms Citizen, filing electronically.

DPL tries to accommodate taxpayers on both sides of the technology divide. The library is one of the few places which still distributes tax forms and publications. If the form you need is not one of the standard issue we stock in our displays at Main and Fairmount, one of the crack reference staff can help you locate it on the IRS’s labyrinthine site.

Some printing charges may apply. Seriously. Running off a few of those 90+ page tax tomes could contribute to deforestation.