Tag Archives: Davenport Public Library

Novel Cuisine

It’s a given in the Quad-Cities that if an organization or business is around long enough, it will produce a cookbook.  Just look at the 641.5 shelves in our Special Collections Center and you’ll see decades worth of church cookbooks, … Continue reading

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The More Things Change . . .

On June 21, 1923, the Davenport Public Library formally opened the new addition to its Main Street location.  The eighteen-year old building—the largest Carnegie library west of the Mississippi at the time of its construction—was already in sore need of … Continue reading

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

We at the Special Collections Center spend a lot of time searching the past.  For the first post of 2010, we thought we’d take the time (no pun intended) to reflect on our own accomplishments over the past decade. We’re … Continue reading

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Rat-a-tat-tat. Vvvvvvvvvbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrr.

Not usually the sounds of silence you might expect in the library, especially in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, right? Well, all that noise is preparation for welcoming back our dancing, leaping and running cherubs, or “putti”, to the Davenport … Continue reading

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The Best Excuse Ever for Being Late.

If you are planning to visit the libraries of Davenport later this week, please note that all locations—including the Main Street location, which houses our Center—will be opening late this Friday (July 31). Doors will open at 1 pm, instead … Continue reading

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Now Available: Two New Online Indexes

We are pround to announce that our searchable Local Index Databases  have increased by two! The anticipated index for the  Civil War Enlistment Papers is now up and running.  As you may recall, these papers are for the men who volunteered for the … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Genealogy Night at the Library!

Never seem to have enough time to explore your family tree? Do you wish the Davenport Public Library were open a little later on the weekends so you could get all of your research done? Your wish has been granted! … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to the Library of Tomorrow!

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that we use it to share snippets of local history.  We hope you’ll forgive us if we take the opportunity this week to share some brief history of a … Continue reading

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The Importance of Women

Without women, the Davenport Public Library would not be here today, and this space would be taken up with a lament on the city’s shocking illiteracy rates. Sure, Andrew Carnegie was the one who challenged Davenporters to vote for a … Continue reading

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