DaffodilsThe Davenport Public Library will be closed on Friday April 18 in observance of Good Friday. All of our locations – Main, Fairmount and Eastern – will reopen regular business hours on Saturday, 9am to 5:30pm.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

When you read this post, I will have retired from the Davenport Public Library on April 11th.  I worked at the library 46 years and 8 months. I’ve worn myny hats, from student worker to reference supervisor. In between I worked customer service, acquisitions, drove the bookmobile, was library clown and other duties as required. It has been a wonderful career with many adventures. I have met wonderful people and worked with a great staff. Many of the librarians i worked with in my early years at the library taught me to be professional, treat all people with respect and keep my sense of humor. I have seen many changes in the library, from one building and a bookmobile to 3 active libraries, from card catalogs to online library systems, from Recordex machines to self checks. All the changes have helped serve the library user well while still creating a welcoming place.

Thank you all for my grand experience.

Rita Specht

RitaWe’re going to take a brief break in our regular blogging to bid Farewell and Thank You to one of our greatest supporters and contributors. Our Rita will be retiring as of today and moving on to new adventures.

Just about anybody who has used the Davenport Library has probably been helped by Rita. She began her career as a page here in 1967, working in various departments while continuing her education, including her Master’s Degree in Library Science. She’s worked in the Reference Department for many years, the last several as Reference Supervisor. Rita’s the librarian that orders DVDs and Books-on-CD for the library, and has blogged about the upcoming DVDs and her favorite books-on-CD since the blog began.  She’s also been active in the Bi-State Literacy Council and is a long-time volunteer for the John Deere Classic.

Everyone who knows Rita – and Rita is the type of person that everyone knows! – has a great story about her. I can pretty much guarantee you that nearly all of those stories highlight her generous spirit, her great sense-of-humor and her loyalty to her friends.

Thanks Rita, for all the good times and all your hard work! Have a great retirement!

american-flagThe Davenport Library will be closed Monday February 17th in observance of President’s Day. All locations will reopen on Tuesday at their regularly scheduled time – 9am to 5:30pm at Main and Eastern Avenue and noon to 8pm at Fairmount Street.

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MLKThe Davenport Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. All locations will reopen their regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday – Main Street and Eastern from 9am to 5:30pm and Fairmount noon to 8pm.

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Copy of happy new yearThe Davenport Public Library will be closed on Tuesday December 31 and Wednesday January 1 in observance of the New Years holiday. All locations will reopen their regular scheduled time on Thursday January 2 – Main and Eastern Avenue at 9am and Fairmount Street at noon.

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Copy of happy holidaysThe Davenport Public Library will be closed Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday. All locations will reopen on Thursday December 26th at their regularly scheduled time – Main and Eastern Avenue at 9am and Fairmount Street at noon.

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american-flagThe Davenport Public Library will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. All buildings will reopen on November 12 their regular scheduled hours – Main and Eastern Avenue from 9am to 5:30pm and Fairmount Street from noon to 8pm.

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Here at the Davenport Public Library, we are celebrating our freedom to read during Banned Books Week by reading frequently challenged and banned books.  From September 22nd until the 28th, we encourage you to stop by one of the DPL locations and pick up one of the books that have been banned or challenged at libraries across the country.  We will have many of the books on display, and as always, stop by the reference desk and we’ll help you find the book you need.  You might be surprised to find one of your favorites on the list.

The 10 most frequently challenged books of 2012:

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Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Scary Stories Series by Alvin Schwartz, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, Beloved by Toni Morrison