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Welcome to the FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library

The mission of the FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library is to raise funds and manage an endowment portfolio that will provide resources to support the literary and educational purposes of the Davenport Public Library.


Davenport Public Library is embarking on an exciting mission to bring vibrant new activities to our children's areas at all three of our libraries!

Artist Renderings I Eastern (PDF)

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We are currently fundraising to add interactive nature-themed kiosks, wall panels, and more to all three Davenport Public Library locations. These will allow kids to engage in different activities that support early literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. There will be letters and words, gears, magnetic pieces, song lyrics, varying textures, and so many other pieces that are perfect for hands-on play. And of course, lots of cozy nooks where you can read books together!

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

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

This $1.08M project is estimated to be completed in Winter 2023-24. As of March 31, 2023, we are still 40% away from bringing this project to success. Major donors to date are listed below. Donations of $5,000+ will receive mention on a wall plaque at each library.
You can learn more about Rochelle Murray and her influence on this project at the Info Cafe blog.


$200,000 and more
Rochelle A. Murray
FRIENDS of the Davenport Public Library

$150,000 and more
Regional Development Authority

$5,000 and more
Your Name Here

Images ©2023 Burgeon Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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The FRIENDS are excited to announce that they are selling RAYGUN Library Shirts! Your purchase of a shirt will support future Library programming. To learn more and buy a shirt, you can visit the store here.