labor day book sale     

The Friends of the Decatur Public Library Labor Day Book Sale will be held at the Decatur Civic Center on Sept. 2nd from 11am to 5pm, and Sept. 3rd from 9am to 3pm. This annual event offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase from approximately 60,000 to 90,000 used books and to help raise funds used for community programs at the Decatur Library. Payments can be made via cash, check, debit and credit cards. Hardback books only $1! Paperbacks only $0.50!

2018 Friends of the Decatur Library Membership Form

Upcoming Events

Books Between Bites

Wright Brothers Book

September 5th - Retired Macarthur HS Librarian Nancy Peterson will review The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Everyone has seen the iconic photograph taken in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; it marked the beginning of the age of flight. Pulitzer Prize winning historian McCullough looks deeply into the impact of the Wright brothers: how they did it, why they did it and what happened to them in the years that followed. He traces the origin of their work ethic, their extraordinary father, and the Wright sister whose support was an important part of their success.Presenter: Nancy Peterson. Nancy retired from the Decatur Public Schools after 33 years as a high school librarian. Incredibly, she still loves books and readers.


Second Saturday Book Sales

September 2nd and 3rd- Labor Day Book Sale at the Decatur Civic Center!

Second Saturday Book Sales on October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th on the second floor of the Decatur Public Library 9:30-12:30. Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks $.50. Newer Fiction $3. DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks are also available.


Some of the newer $3 books available.


Recently .....


A Brotherhood of SpiesAugust 1st -  Dr. Ngozi Onuora, Associate Professor in the School of Education, Millikin University discussed A Brotherhood of Spies:  The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret War by Monte Reel

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. Award-winning Journalist Monte Reel's Brotherhood of Spies has been described as A thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA and brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of disaster.” (Quotes from Amazon.)

your body believes every word you say book

June 6th - Shirley Elkin spoke about Your Body Believes Every Word You Say:The Language of the Bodymind Connection, by Barbara Hoberman Levine.

Barbara Levine's struggle with a then-inoperatable brain tumor led her to discover "seedthoughts" and "core beliefs" that link one's mind and body. She traced common phrases like "that breaks my heart and it's a pain in the butt" to underlying beliefs on which they are based and the symptoms they cause. The revise and updated edition clearly describes this mind/body language link.

earth abidesMay 2nd - Earth Abides by George R. Stewart reviewed by Bill Horton.

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man.

secrets of a civil war submarineApril 4th - Raphaella Prange, Dean of Student Development at Millikin University, along with two Millikin students, reviewed Dear Martin by author Nic Stone.

Dear Martin, Stone's first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

secrets of a civil war submarine

On March 7th, Miley Palmer, "retired"  United Methodist pastor, discussed The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt.

In the winter of 1417, an unemployed papal secretary turned book hunter named Poggio Bracciolini discovered a copy of Lucretius's On the Nature of Things in a remote monastery.  The story of how this astonishing poem would cause the world to swerve in a new direction is at once a supreme work of scholarship, a literary page-turner, and a thrilling testament to the power of the written word." (Quoted from the book cover)

secrets of a civil war submarine


February 7th - Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker. Presenter is Millikin student Taylor Hartman, a junior elementary education major from Kankakee.

On February 17, 1864, the H.L. Hunley made history as the first submarine to sink a ship in battle.  Soldiers on the shore waited patiently after seeing the submarine's return signal.   In 1995, after 130 years of searching, the H.L. Hunley was finally found buried off the coast of South Carolina.  Author Sally M. Walker takes the reader on a journey through the workings of the submarine, its voyages, and the difficult obstacles that were overcome to recover, excavate and conserve the ship.



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!