Professor and historian Art Pitz will be presenting his annual Middle East lecture series at the Davenport Public Library and Rock Island Public Library in September and October.  Pitz will be discussing the complexities and hot-button topics relating to the Middle East, beginning with “ISIS Today: Dead or Alive?” at Eastern (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00 pm.  The com

Do you ship Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood? Same! Geek out with other teen readers about Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and other favorite book series. Join us at Main (321 Main Street) on the fourth Monday of the month beginning  September 25 at 4:00pm. There’ll be trivia, crafts, discussions, games and snacks!

Learn how to make your own working fidget spinner! Children ages 6 and older will use Perler beads to craft their own fidget spinner. Join us at Main (321 Main Street) on Tuesday September 19 at 3:30pm for this fun craft!

All materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

Come to the Davenport Public Library for a belly dancing demonstration from Bez Lancial! Bez will present a short history and introduction to belly dance, show some isolation techniques used to execute the movements and end with some follow-along dancing. Join us at Main (321 Main Street) on Thursday September 14 at noon for this fun and informative program!

You are invited to join us at the Davenport Public Library for a monthly craft program for adults. Meet us at 2:00pm on the third Saturday of the month beginning September 16 at Fairmount (3000 Fairmount Street) for lots of crafty fun! The lineup of upcoming crafts includes:

September 18 – Butterfly Jars

October 21 – Wycinanki (Polish Paper Craft)

November 18 – Card Making

As part of the centenary observance of the end of World War I, the Davenport Library will host a series of lectures discussing pivotal events of the War to End All Wars. The first in this series, “The Zimmerman Telegram and the US Entry into the War” will be held at Eastern (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Wednesday, September 13 at 2:00pm.

Join us for Saturday Storytime at the Davenport Library! This month’s theme is “Apple-y Ever After”, all about apples and harvesting. There will be stories, songs and a fun craft! Join us at Fairmount (3000 Fairmount Street) on Saturday September 16 at 10am for lots of apple-y fun!

Maria Nhambu will visit the Davenport Public Library to discuss her writing and share her love of her native Africa, its culture and rhythms. Join us at Eastern (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Saturday September 9 at 10:30am. Nhambu’s first book, Africa’s Child, is a memoir that describes her struggles and hardships growing up as a mixed race orphan in Tanzania.

Practice your frosting skills and learn new decorating techniques at the Davenport Public Library’s Cupcake School for grade-school kids! Cupcake School will be held at Eastern (6000 Eastern Avenue) on Thursdays beginning September 7 and running through September 28 at Eastern (6000 Eastern Avenue). Classes begin at 4:00pm. All supplies will be provided but space is limited and registration is required so sign up today!

Chi-Kung is a Chinese form of energy work. “Chi” means internal energy and “kung” refers to the diligent practice of a discipline. For centuries, the Chinese have used chi-kung practice to maintain and improve health.

Join us when Scott Caulpetzer, who has studied chi-kung for many years, will teach an introduction to this discipline at Main (321 Main Street) on Thursday August 31 at 12 pm noon.