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The Bettendorf Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Sharon Sarver as the new part-time Foundation Coordinator.

Sharon is a lifelong native of the Quad Cities with deep rooted connections to this area, its residents and the Bettendorf Public Library. She is a proud member of the Bettendorf Rotary Club where she served as President from 2014-2015. Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Drake University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Iowa State University. Her most recent position was at Family Resources in Davenport, where she served for nearly 23 years in various positions related to program leadership and fund development. Sharon also currently serves as an online Adjunct Faculty member teaching undergraduate Organizational Behavior at Ashford University.

“The Bettendorf Public Library was my son’s second home while he was growing up. I have always known what a special place this particular library is and I am so proud to now be representing its talented staff and amazing programs in my new role with the Foundation!”

The mission of the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation is to raise money to support, enhance and preserve Bettendorf Public Library programs and services. The Foundation and its Board of Directors would like to recognize our very special sponsors that helped to support the fantastic programming at the library this summer!



Special donors enhance our Children’s Services Area!

With grants and donations received, the Bettendorf Public Library has recently introduced two great new interactive tools to enhance our Children’s Services Area. A youth Play Interactive Table was installed and you won’t have to look too hard to find it – just look for a group of kids huddled together and they are likely enjoying one of 12 different educational games that the table has to offer! The table promotes learning through fun, with game topics including trivia, memory, creativity, logic, basic math, spelling, organizational skills, colors, shapes and sizes, hand-eye coordination, and much more. Also newly available through grants and donations are the Library’s collection of Vox Books. Vox Books are audiobooks for the modern world that encourage literacy development in children of all ages through listening to stories. A total of 96 Vox Books were put into circulation in April of 2019 and they have been wildly popular! The Bettendorf Public Library plans to introduce new Vox books into circulation this fall.      

The Bettendorf Public Library Foundation would like to thank the generosity of the following donors for making the purchase of these interactive tools possible: The Regional Development Authority, Lynn and Dennis Quinn, the Updegraff Sutton Family Foundation and the Bi-State Literacy Council. Thank you for being literacy champions!