The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Friday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All buildings will re-open on Saturday, July 5th for regular business hours – 9am to 5:30pm at all three locations.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
The 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.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
The 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.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
There are a lot of great things about holiday parties: cookies, presents, drinks, friends & family, drinks, decorations, food, and did I mention, drinks? If you’re considering shaking things up and trying a new drink, we have a wide range of books to wet your whistle.
Here are a few of my favorites (visit the reference desk for additional suggestions!):
Cocktails for a crowd : more than 40 recipes
for making popular drinks in party-pleasing batches by Kara Newman is a great go-to for people with a long guest list. From punches to drinks served with an umbrella, this book covers its bases well. Featuring beautiful photography, easy to follow directions, tips from bartenders, and a modern aesthetic, this is a great resource all year long.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle is a pun heavy book of drink recipes. While the drinks may not be revolutionary, the names breathe new life into old standards. Who could pass up a “Are You There God? It’s me, Margarita.” or a “Brave New Swirled”? Federle includes some bar tip staples, a few non-alcholoic drinks featuring familiar names from children’s literature (“Charlie and the Chocolate Fake-tini”), and bar bites like “The Develed Egg Wears Prada”.
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart has been on a number of best non-fiction book lists this year. Part history, part science, and part cookbook, The Drunken Botanist is an examination of how humans created the drinks that we consume today. With over fifty recipes and growing tips for libation minded gardeners, this is a great choice if you want to share some trivia along side your cocktail.
More novels will be making their way to the big screen this holiday season! Before you head to the theater, pick up the book version from the library.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: “Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow.” The film version starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is now in theaters.
Team of Rivals: The Poilitical Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin: “An analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War.” The film Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis and covers part of this book, is now in theaters.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: “Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.” The film, which stars Martin Freeman as well as many returning cast members from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is in theaters on December 14th.
One Shot by Lee Child: “Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is called in by James Barr, a man accused of a lethal sniper attack that leaves five people dead, and teams up with a young defense attorney to find an unseen enemy who is manipulating events.” The film adaptation, titled Jack Reacher, stars Tom Cruise and is in theaters on December 21.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: “Trying to forget his past and live an honest life, escaped convict Jean Valjean risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris.” The film stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe and will be in theaters Christmas Day.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac: “This counterculture classic records the escapades of members of the beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast.” Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, the film can be seen in theaters on December 21st.
*all book descriptions are from the publishers
This month is all about pumpkin lattes, Halloween costumes, and vibrant fall leaves, but it’s also when crafty people start looking ahead to the winter holidays. If you’re planning to create or make gifts by hand this year, now is the time to get cracking! Additionally, the Christmas and winter themed books that will be in short supply after Thanksgiving are abundant in October, so you are much more likely to find something inspiring when you stop by DPL.
The Art of Gift Wrapping: No matter what’s inside the package, thoughtful gift wrapping always makes it much more special. Instead of last-resort gift bags and tissue paper, check out this book for ideas and detailed instructions on innovative and lovely gift wrapping techniques.
Classic Crafts and Recipes for the Holidays: For timeless and sophisticated (and decidedly not “beginner”) DIY decorating, Martha Stewart’s books are the way to go. This particular one includes directions for some stunning outdoor-only ice decorations as well as decadent holiday recipes and some very creative uses for velvet.
Knitted Gifts and Holiday Knits each include the instructions for quite a few lovely knitting projects that are sure to please anyone on your gift list, from Christmas stockings to baby booties, cable-knit hats and mittens and decorative ornaments. All projects include photos and patterns. Easy for experienced knitters, but not out of reach for beginners either.
It may be 100 billion degrees outside at the moment, but Chrismas is just six months away! If you’re a crafter and plan to make gifts for friends and family this year (and those are the best gifts by far), then you know you need to get started now – if you haven’t already. Here are some new craft books to inspire you.
Fa La La La Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations by Amanda Carestio
The Feisty Stitcher: Sewing Projects with Attitude by Susan Wasinger
Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts by Martha Stewart
30-Minute Necklaces: 60 Quick and Creative Projects for Jewelers by Marthe LeVan
Making Handmade Books: 100 Plus Bindings, Structures and Forms by Alisa Golden
Are you getting a little tired of all the Christmas schmaltz? Fighting off that Bah Humbug feeling about now? When all the holiday madness starts to get to be too much, but you don’t quite want to give up on finding some Christmas spirit, try watching one of these movies. None of them are about Christmas (or New Years), but each has great holiday scenes – just enough glitter and holly to keep you in the mood!
Love, Actually – Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightly, many others
This one actually has a lot to do with Christmas, but it’s really about love in all it’s funny, touching, heartbreaking forms.
When Harry Met Sally – Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal
Not Christmas, but New Year’s Eve. Funny with several classic, iconic scenes. Don’t miss it.
Trading Places – Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
Everything starts at one of those dreaded Christmas office parties…… A modern comedy classic.
Meet Me in St Louis – Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien
One of the great American musicals, this movie introduced the heartbreaking song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
About a Boy – Hugh Grant
A trust fund slacker living off the profits of the Christmas song his father wrote years ago, gains a life – and a heart – with the help of a little boy. Sharp and funny.
While You Were Sleeping – Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman
Through misunderstandings that never get cleared up, lonely Lucy gains a family and falls in love – with the wrong guy! Set during Christmas and New Years. Bullock is at her charming best.
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