Upcoming Events.....


Books Between Bites

union reader mcguffy reader fun with dick and jane

October 5th - Tim Rapson will share about his family of readers. 6 generations of family members who started reading at an early age. They learned from Dick and Jane readers, Mcguffey readers, even a Union reader from as far back as the 1880s. He has the set of the 6 readers used by his family over this 135 year span. 4 of the readers are the very books from which his Daughter, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandmother learned to read. He will share how these readers were collected by an exceptional family of teachers, lifelong learners, writers, and yes readers. All heavy readers. A special 7th reader will also be revealed publicly and added to the set for the first time.

Tim Rapson is happy to be able to speak with the Books Between Bites group in order to boost awareness of the Decatur Public Library Nonfiction Book Readers Club.


Book Sales

October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th - Second Saturday Book Sales - 930am - 1230pm

new books

new books
Find these great books, and dvds and cds at the next monthly sale!

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dr white
September 7th - Dr Patrick White, President of Millikin University spoke about the book: The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation. Authors: Antoine W. van Agtmael and Alfred Bakker.

jerry johnson and paula
August 3rd: Isaac Asimov: A Prolific Author and Scientist - Speaker: Jerry Johnson

jill davisSearching For Jesus
July Books Between Bites - A, B, See The Beatles by Jill Davis - Presented by Jill Davis

dr kovalcikSearching For Jesus
April Books Between Bites - Searching For Jesus by Robert Hutchison - Presented by Timothy Kovalcik

karen becker
Karen Becker spoke on January 6 at Books and Bites about the book The Teacher Wars

Teena Zindel-Williams
Teena Zindel-McWilliams spoke on December 2 on The Man Who Invented Christmas. Joyce Robinson(left), Teena(center), Mary Lou Dwyer (right)

Friends of the Decatur Public Library Mission

The purposes of the Friends of the Decatur Public Library are charitable, literary and educational. These purposes are:

We hope you will consider joining us in our mission to help Decatur Public Library serve our community in the best way possible!

Katie Gross, Head of the Children's Department at Decatur Public Library had this to say:

Over the past quarter of a century that I have been head of the Children's Division, the Friends have provided, among many other things, ongoing financial support for quality summer reading programs, and birthday gift books for one-year-olds, enhancing the library's partnership with Baby TALK.  The hard work and dedication of the Friends is a real morale booster,  saying volumes about the importance of the library to people in our community.  The  Friends' efforts are integral to providing good library service at Decatur Public Library!