Celebrate the season in a whole new way with the Davenport Public Library's Harry Potter holiday bash, "Winter at Hogwarts." Whether by apparition, portkey, or car (flying or otherwise), join us at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00pm for a fantastical winter evening in our corner of the wizarding world. Come enjoy snacks and beverages from the Harry Potter universe, participate in a handmade and store-bought costume contest, try your hand at classroom activities, and see if you can pass our Harry Potter trivia contest. Registration is required for this FREE program for all ages. To register, or for more information call (563) 326-7832


Head downtown on Thursday, August 1, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM where folks will be dancin' in the street! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers, with sound provided by Bos Sound, will be playing live jazz for our 26th annual Bix Porch Party at the Main Street Library (321 Main Street). Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets as we block off Main Street for some good old-fashioned fun.

While you are enjoying the live music, the Teen Volunteer Council will be providing hot dogs, potato chips, and soda at bargain prices, and the proceeds will go toward enriching the teen experience at the Davenport Public Library.

This FREE event is for people of all ages! For more information, call (563) 326-7832.

Join the Davenport Public Library for a fun-filled action-packed carnival, kicking off the 2013 Summer Reading Program!  On Saturday, June 1, the Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue) will offer an afternoon of fun and adventure between noon and 4:00 p.m.!  The first stop will be to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, with this year's "Dig Into Reading" theme.  We'll have information about the program, and the grand prizes will be on display.  This year's grand prizes include gift baskets and two 16" bicycles courtesy of Jerry & Sparky's Cycling & Fitness.  After signing up, be sure to stay around and enjoy games, a dunk tank, and get your picture taken with Libby the Library Dog in all her glory as a 25' balloon!

The Davenport Public Library would like to thank the following organizations for their donations to the Davenport Public Library Summer Reading Program:  FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library, Quad City Times, Jerry & Sparky's Cycling & Fitness, HyVee, Monkey Joes, and Isabel Bloom.

The Summer Reading Program is a free fun-filled event for all ages, and we welcome patrons from all over to sign up and participate throughout the summer.  This year's Summer Reading Program concludes on Thursday, August 1 with the 26th Annual Bix Porch Party!  For more information or a complete list of Summer Reading Program events, call (563) 326-7832 or visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

Saturday, March 16th, 11:00 AM in the Brooke Room

Come help lay the groundwork for growing something new.  A garden club at Fairmount.

Please come join a planning session for the Margaret Z. Henry Memorial Garden. This is located at the front of the Fairmount Street Library, a very important part of our Building. It is in need of loving hands and some garden expertise.  The goal of this first meeting is to create a group of concerned and helpful gardeners and gardeners-to-be who can create an inviting, attractive garden and then be able to spend a few hours through the growing season to help maintain it. We have a start, but too little experience. The Library can provide the materials and tools, if you can provide the knowledge and/or time, please come help with the plans

Can we solve this puzzle together?

Please email Sue at sring@davenportlibrary.com for more information.

Join the staff, library board, and FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street) for an open house and reception for LaWanda Roudebush.  She ends nine years (8/6/2003 - 1/31/2013) of dedicated and enthusiastic service as the Davenport Public Library Director!

Please stop by to congratulate and wish her well in her retirement!  In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library.

POST YOUR CONGRATULATION, THANK YOU, AND HAPPY RETIREMENT WISHES IN THE COMMENT SECTION FOR HER RETIREMENT POST ON THE PR BLOG AT http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr/ or email them to marketing@davenportlibrary.com!  We will print them off for LaWanda after her retirement on January 31.



He's made his list and he's checked it twice; now Santa's ready to visit the Davenport Public Library this holiday season.  Santa's been here once already this year and is making two more special trips to the Main Street Library (321 Main Street) on Saturday, December 8 and 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; and from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 pm. each day.  Due to Mr. Claus' popularity, we ask that all families are in line no later than 2:15 p.m.

Parents can bring their cameras to take pictures, and there will be goodies for the kids.  Make sure to come early for a chance to see Santa pull up in his amazing Santamobile!

Wells Fargo Bank and Davenport Printing Company sponsor this merry event. For more information call (563) 326-7832.

Dust off your boogie shoes and come to the Davenport Public Library for a movin' and groovin' good time! The first Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m., Movin' & Groovin' at the Library will be held at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N Fairmount Street.) Instructors from local dance studios will present a one-hour demonstration or lesson of a specific style of dance for all attendees to try. With styles ranging from Ballroom to Hip-Hop, this is a great opportunity to get moving, learn some new dance skills, and have some fun at the same time. All ages are welcome for this FREE program. For a listing of the hundreds of programs the Davenport Public Library offers, visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call 563-326-7832.

November 4–Salsa taught by Salsa Touch

December 2–Hip-Hop and Jazz taught by Midwest Academy of Dance

January 6–Beginning Ballroom taught by Fred Astaire Quad Cities

Join us as we recognize 30 years at the Davenport Public Library Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center (321 Main Street) on Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a celebration that includes genealogy and history guest speakers, historical film footage, and more.

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center opened in 1982 in a small area on the first floor of the Main Library. Donations and grants have allowed the Center to expand its collection and relocate to the roomier basement of the Main Library. Over the years, the support of our city and county personnel, volunteers, genealogical society members, library directors, staff, and generous donors have culminated in one of the finest genealogy and local history collections in the Midwest.

The schedule for the 30th Anniversary Celebration and Conference will be as follows:

9:45 a.m. -Welcome.

9:50 - 10:50 - Researching at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin by George Findlen.

10:50 - 11:20 Break.

11:20 - 12:30 - Draper Manuscripts - George Findlen.

12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch Break. You may either eat in local restaurants or bring a lunch to the library. Water and coffee will be provided for those who wish to eat at the library.

1:30 - 2:30 - Screening of local film footage from the SC Collection - SC staff will present with Bob King from Classic Films.

2:30 - 2:45 - Break.

2:45 - 3:45 - Civil War Camps - Jim Jacobsen of History Pays!

3:45 - 4:30 - Davenport 1857 Map: Conservation and Content by Amy Groskopf.

Participants are welcome to stay the whole day or attend the programs of interest. The Special Collections Center will be open for research as well. This event is free and registration is not required. For more information or questions please call (563) 326-7902.





The Davenport Public Library Fairmount Branch (3000 N. Fairmount Street) is now open on Sundays from 1 PM - 4 PM through April 2013.  This is a great opportunity for people to checkout a few items, read the paper, use a computer, and spend a relaxing afternoon in the comfort of your Fairmount Branch Library.  This is also a great time for people taking classes at the new Scott Community College West Davenport Center to visit and work on their academics.

In addition, there will be a dance program offered the first Sunday of the month for all ages at 1 PM.  This program will offer everything from Salsa to Hip-Hop to Ballroom dance, taught by instructors from local dance studios.

The Main Street Library (321 Main Street) and the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue) will remain closed on Sundays.  The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center (RSSC) at the Main Street Library will be open on the second Sunday of the month and for special Genealogy Night at the Library events.  Call the library's RSSC Center at (563) 326-7902 to register and find out where to enter for these special events.  Public computer sessions and the rest of the Main Street Library will not be available for use.

For more information, visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call (563) 326-7832.

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."