Enhanced Children's Areas


The Library is embarking on an exciting mission to bring vibrant new learning activities to the children's areas at all three Davenport Public Library locations!

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The Library is fundraising to add interactive nature-themed kiosks, wall panels, and more to the Main Library, Fairmount Branch, and Eastern Branch. These learning spaces will ignite child imagination and allow kids to engage in different activities that support the fundamentals of emergent and early literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. There will be letters and words, gears, song lyrics, varying textures, and so many other pieces that are perfect for hands-on play. And of course, cozy nooks for parents and children to read together!

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Early literacy is critical for lifelong learning and success in school. Access to these free, educational spots, will give children a strong start in early literacy to ensure that they are ready for kindergarten and beyond. The Library is partnering with The Burgeon Group as the artist on this interactive art installation.

Excited to play and learn at The Library? Please consider donating!

The first phase of this $1.1M privately-funded project was completed in November 2023 at the Fairmount Branch and Eastern Branch. Next up? Main Library in winter 2024/25. Major donors to date are listed below. Donations of $5,000+ will receive mention on a special wall plaque at each location.

You can learn more about Rochelle A. Murray and her lasting influence on this project and the community at The Library's blog.


$450,000 and more
Rochelle A. Murray estate
$200,000 and more
FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library
$150,000 and more
Harold R. Bechtel Charitable Trust
Regional Development Authority
$75,000 and more
Scott County Regional Authority
The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation
$25,000 and more
Community members
$5,000 and more
Kiwanis Club of Davenport
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