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National Friends of Libraries Week Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:25

Davenport, Iowa, October 21, 2012 -- During  the week of October 21-27, 2012, the Davenport Library and its FRIENDS of the Library will be celebrating the accomplishments of the FRIENDS group as part of the sixth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The FRIENDS of the Davenport Library were established in 1983 and have raised well over $6.5 million dollars for the library to date, including $5.675 million dollars to help build the Eastern Avenue Branch which opened in July 2010 and the Fairmount Branch that opened in January of 2006.   Currently over 200 community members contribute annually to the FRIENDS.  The FRIENDS of the Library operates used bookstores at each branch, recently completed a book sale, and is hosting its second "Chair-ity" auction at the Eastern Avenue Branch on November 10th.

The FRIENDS provide financial support to the Library for programs and resources that are not paid by tax dollars. Programs with which the FRIENDS assists include the summer reading program, author visits, special family programming, Santa at the Library, teen programming and the bi-monthly newsletter.

“The FRIENDS of the Library is a vital volunteer group for the library.  More than 75 volunteers assist customers monthly in its two bookstores plus the Main Library’s book sale area.  They work on fundraising throughout the year” said Library Director LaWanda Roudebush.

The Friends Board is made up of volunteers from the community that meets once a month. Officers include President Ian Russell, Vice President Carollyn Gehrke, Secretary Cari Rieder, Treasurer Laura Hoss, and Immediate Past President Tim Reier. If you would like to become a FRIEND of the Davenport Library, or would like to become a Board Member, please contact the FRIENDS library liaison at 328-6837.

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Author Susan Spence Daniel announces the release of ‘The House That Wanted a Family’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:18

Storybook helps children adjust to a new home

RACINE, Wis. – The first day of school is one of the major milestones in a child’s life. Countless stories, books and techniques exist to help children adjust to the experience of starting kindergarten. Contributing a story to help children adjust to a different, but equally significant, moment in life – moving to a new home – Susan Spence Daniel delivers her children’s storybook, “The House That Wanted a Family” (published by Inspiring Voices), which has recently gotten a revived marketing push.

Told from the perspective of an empty house, “The House That Wanted a Family” puts a personal touch on the experience of moving to a new home – a monumental event in the life of a child. In the story, the house sits empty for many months. Only when a family moves in, does the house become a home.

The story puts a lighthearted tone on what can be a difficult adjustment for children. Daniel uses personification to make the new house seem welcoming, friendly and eager to receive a new family, easing the apprehensions children may have about moving to a new scary home.

Daniel recognizes that an empty house in today’s economic environment does not easily translate to a heartwarming story because of the association it has with hardship and financial struggles. “There are a lot of empty homes today,” she says. “Most of them are for sale. I think this puts a more positive spin on what is happening across the United States.”

But many families are faced with the tough decision to move to a new home – sometimes in a new city or state. She hopes to make that transition easier for young readers. Daniel says, “My book has the potential to help children cope with a move or relocation – both in leaving a home they love and moving into a new one.”

About the Author

Susan Spence Daniel has dreamed of being an author and illustrator since she was young. Although Daniel has written many stories, “The House That Wanted a Family” is her first published book. She lives in southeastern Wisconsin and is the mother of one daughter.

Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts, is dedicated to helping authors share their words of hope, faith and inspiration with the world. A strategic publishing partnership with indie book publishing leader, Author Solutions, Inc.; Inspiring Voices allows authors to publish inspirational and spiritual books without respect to their specific doctrine, denomination or political point-of-view. Authors published through Inspiring Voices benefit from access to exclusive Guideposts marketing services, with select titles appearing in a special collection at Guideposts.org. For more information on publishing with Inspiring Voices, log on to inspiringvoices.com or call 866-697-5313.

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Davenport Public Library Accredited PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:07

iowa Library Services has announced that the Davenport  Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outiined in ”In Service to iowa: Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.”  Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality iibrary  services. Of Iowa’s 544 public iibraries, 349  including the Davenport Public Library - are accredited.

The Davenport Public Library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of iibrary operations inciuding governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities. The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2015.

lowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services. More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public iibrary cards, and use of our public libraries continues to increase each year. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.

Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services' Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kirn Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Monica Gohlinghorst.

Said Wegner: "The director and board of trustees of the Davenport Public Library and the City of Davenport are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community."

 
If Re-Elected, Obama Should End FCC Threat To Restrict TV News, Press PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:23
By: Corydon B. Dunham

Corydon Dunham is a former TV network executive and general counsel, and author of , “Government Control of News.”

On Tuesday, President Obama spent much of his address to the United Nations General Assembly discussing free speech in an era of global instant communication.

“I know that not all countries in this body share this particular understanding of the protection of free speech,” he said.

Meanwhile, under his administration the FCC is holding a plan for a new balance, diversity and localism rule that would enable the U.S. government to suppress television news and restrict speech.

The new rule is similar to the old Fairness Doctrine, which the FCC and courts revoked in 1987 when they found it was against the public interest. FCC investigations had deterred and suppressed television news, restricted speech, and prevented criticism of incumbent administrations.

As my book reveals, the new localism rule would have similar results or worse. One new member of the FCC staff who helped draft the localism rule has written that freedom of speech and press is not his “objective,” and that free speech “is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance.” He also concludes the new localism rule could be used to take away licenses in place of the “misnamed Fairness Doctrine.”

Another wrote that television is a “powerful source of homogenization and pabulum,” and recommended using burdensome FCC regulations to “hasten the demise of broadcasting” (later reworded.) That writer applauded a rule which would make broadcasting local events more difficult so “local viewers are less likely to watch the local broadcasters.”

A special report recommended in June 2011 that the localism proceeding be ended because of its destructive burdens. Over opposition from other commissioners, the FCC chairman appointed by President Obama continued it and, after the November election, the FCC could move to adopt it.

The Chief of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a fellow law professor of President Obama, has long urged that the government should take control of news to achieve its political and social purposes. Another former law professor, since appointed by President Obama to the Supreme Court, wrote an article also urging the government to manage news, saying this would be constitutional if news coverage were not “ideal” at a particular time, and government was changing news to that end.

The great historian Gordon S. Wood writes, “Remember that the United States has always been to ourselves and to the world primarily an idea.” Ending this country’s free press and free speech traditions would certainly destroy that idea.

About Corydon B. Dunham

Corydon B. Dunham is a Harvard Law School graduate. His Government Control of News study was initiated at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute, and expanded and developed for the Corydon B. Dunham Fellowship for the First Amendment at Harvard Law School and the Dunham Open Forum for First Amendment Values at Bowdoin College. Dunham was an executive at NBC from 1965 to 1990. He oversaw legal and government matters and broadcast standards. He was on the board of directors of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Corporate Counsel Association, and American Arbitration Association among other posts.

 
“Sun Come Up” screening set in Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sallyann McCarthy, for Sisters of St. Francis   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:34
“Sun Come Up,” the Academy Award-nominated documentary depicting some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants” will be shown, free of charge, at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841-13th Ave. No., Clinton, on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m.

“Sun Come Up” depicts some of the world’s first “climate refugees,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.  These peace-loving people are being forced to find a new homeland.  The film examines how and if they will be welcomed by mainland dwellers who live in a more violent society.

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Sustainable Clinton, a project of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking (CANV),  will host the presentation, one of several hundred screenings to be viewed by thousands of people in church halls, school auditoriums and college campuses nationwide this fall..  The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and viewers will explore ways to respond to the reality of climate change and its effect on the environment.

" ‘Can we remain indifferent to the problems associated with climate change?’ is the question facing the world today,” said Laura Anderson, coordinator of the CANV.  “We cannot ignore the growing phenomenon of ‘environmental refugees,’ people who are forced by the degradation of their natural habitat to forsake it – and often their possessions as well – in order to face the dangers and uncertainties of forced displacement.  The situation is equivalent to the crisis faced by persons displaced by war."

More and more environmental refugees are resulting from the warming planet and increased drought, wildfire, flooding, food and water stresses, disease and population displacement.  It has been shown that the poor and vulnerable are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation and climate change.

For more information call Sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611, or visit www.clintonfrnciscans.com.

 

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