This probably won’t surprise you, but most librarians are voracious readers. We read books in the areas that we select, we read books that we think our patrons might be interested in, we read about books and publishing trends and we even read books for our own pleasure (if only we were allowed to read books at work…..!) Because we’re so immersed in books, we can often be a great resource for finding your next great read. But when your favorite librarian isn’t available, LibraryReads, a monthly list of librarian recommendations is the next best thing.
With contributions from librarians across the country, LibraryReads presents a curated list of ten about-to-be-published books that are worth reading. They cover all genres and various interests including literary fiction, romance, non-fiction, young adult, and mysteries and authors famous and unknown. This list bypasses the publisher hype and finds real gems, read and enjoyed by readers just like you – people who love to read. Be sure to check it out each month for more great titles!
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:
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
Did you travel somewhere exciting this summer? Did you take photographs that you want to share, but your family has watched your slideshow enough? Then maybe you should submit your photos to the German American Heritage Center’s Travel Photography Contest! You have until September 22nd to submit your potentially winning photograph, and selected photographs will be on exhibit from October 6th until January 5th.
In the meantime, you should check out some of the library’s photography resources for inspiration or instruction.
The shutterfly guide to great digital photos by Jeffery Housenbold
The complete guide to night & lowlight digital photography by Michael Freeman
Platinum anniversary collection : 70 years of extraordinary photography
Capture the light : a guide for beginning digital photographers by Steve Meltzer
Lonely Planet’s Guide to travel photography by Richard l’Anson
Digital photography through the year by Tom Ang
Ultimate field guide to travel photography by Scott Stuckey
Ansel Adams in the national parks : photographs from America’s wild places by Ansel Adams
The Figge Museum currently (May 4-September 8) has selections from the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder on display as a part of American Pop! exhibit. Make sure you mark your calendars for Thursday, August 1 to hear Donald Warhola, Andy Warhol’s nephew, speak about the exhibit for free. Before you visit, take some time to examine and better understand Pop Art with these great library resources.
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
Pop Art Icons. Warhol, Oldenburg, Lichtenstein.
Pop Art: A Continuing History by Marco Livingstone
Warhol by José María Faerna
What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz
Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman
Roy Lichtenstein by Diane Waldman
WILBOR has a new look and now it is even easier to enjoy your favorite eBooks and eAudiobooks! A few of the highlights:
-An icon in the corner of a book cover will tell you whether the title is an eBook or an eAudiobook. If the icon is black, the title is available. If it is gray, the title has a wait list.
-Click on “Borrow” to choose your title.
-After you have logged into your account and accessed your “Bookshelf” you will be given the option to download your selection or return your title (once you download your selected format, you may only be able to return the title via the software). Clicking the “Download” button once will allow you to select your desired format.
-Overdrive Read is available for select titles, which allows you to open your eBook selection immediately and read from a browser on your computer or mobile device.
Questions? Contact the Reference Department!
It is finally here – our library’s eBooks are now available for Kindle users through WILBOR! It’s really easy to use- just log onto Wilbor with your Davenport Public Library card and start searching for eBooks. Simply choose the Kindle version of the book you would like and after you complete the checkout process you will be transferred straight to Amazon. Log in to your Amazon account, choose where you would like the book delivered and the next time you connect to a wi-fi network – voilà – your eBook will be waiting for you.
For additional information, visit the WILBOR site for tips, tutorials and frequently asked questions or please contact the Reference Department at the Davenport Public Library.
With the new EBSCO mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and for Blackberry, you can access the Davenport Public Library’s EBSCO electronic resources straight from your smart phone 24 hours a day!
Begin by visiting any EBSCO database through the Davenport Public Library’s website and follow the link at the bottom of the screen to get started. Then, after downloading the free app from the app store, you are all ready!
Listed below are a few of the cool things you will be able to do with the app:
*Choose which databases to search
*Email results to yourself of others
*Retrieve the full text of articles
EBSCO just announced that an Android app is coming soon – stay tuned!
According to one savvy reader of The Consumerist, if fellows crunch the numbers and start shaving old school, they can rack up quite a savings. Hundreds of dollars a year, in fact. Many guys marvel at the appalling cost of cartridges that seem calculatingly designed for planned obsolescence.
There are hobbyist sites devoted to the discussion and manufacture of retro hardware, soaps, and brushes.
So in addition to the financial savings, you get to join the fraternity of every guy you’ve seen in a Western, war movie, or Mad Men’s Don Draper.
I’m interested in both factors, but think I may go through more than $160 a year in bandaids.
According to a report released Monday by the University of New South Wales, science has now proven that bookmarks only have a 3% success rate in keeping ones place in their book.
“Every person that reads or loves someone who reads should pay attention to this study and it’s implications” stated head researcher Dr. James P. Unked. “The loss of an anchor, a way to mark your place in the world can be devastating and lead to aimlessly flipping through pages, missing key passages and wasted time rereading the same paragraph.”
Technological advancements in the form of eReaders and audio books have done little to alleviate this problem. “In fact,” reports Dr Unked, “they dramatically complicate the issue by adding the inevitable layer of computer illiteracy.”
There is no simple solution to this potentially disastrous situation. Experts have several suggestions including writing down the page number you stopped reading at, asking your spouse or significant other to remember your last page number, or gluing the bookmark to the page. However, the best solution is to simply read the book in one sitting; be sure to stock up on snack items and clear your schedule before tackling large volumes such as War and Peace.
The complete report is available here.
It is that time of year when newspapers and discussions of full of budgets, budgets, budgets! Want to look them over? Here are the links to the governmental recommended budgets currently being discussed and voted on by our elected representatives:
●United States of America
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012
●State of Iowa
Summary of FY2010 and FY2013 Budget and Governor’s Recommendations
●Scott County of Iowa
Scott County, IA Budget & Financials for 2012
●City of Davenport
City Administrator of Davenport’s Recommended Budget FY2012
Print copies available for viewing at all three Davenport Public Library Locations
Need contact information for your local governmental officials? Call, email or text the Davenport Public Library Reference Department:
Text: Start a text message with DPLKNOWS and send it to 66746.
or In-person: the reference desk is staffed during all library hours