Next Second Saturday Book Sale - June 8th 


Time to renew your Friends of the Library membership. Thank you for all your support!

Here's the new enrollment form:

2019 -2020 Friends of the Decatur Library Membership Form

Books Between Bites


just call me dad Please join us for Books Between Bites on Wednesday, June 5th, at 12:15 p.m. in the Madden Auditorium of Decatur Public Library.

Speaker: Jim Minton, an award-winning high school and college athlete, will speak about his book, Just Call Me Dad; 13 Principles for Better Dads, Better Kids and a Better World.

Jim was inducted into the Decatur Illinois Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2018.  He was also part of the Decatur Pride fastpitch softball team that won two National Championships. Now what is most important to him is being a father and a grandpa. Jim will take you through his journey as a father, and the 13 principles he developed in the process. You can learn more at ""



Second Saturday Book Sales

The next Second Saturday Book Sale will be held on June 8th on the second floor of the Decatur Public Library from 9:30 to 12:30. Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks $.50. Newer Fiction $3. DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks are also available.






May 1st. Ann Lake, local author, spoke about her book, Escaping Freedom, a memoir of Ann’s years in Scientology.  Ann is a native of Washington D.C., has lived on the west coast but has made Decatur her home for several years.  She is a retired teacher and enjoys reading, writing and gourmet cooking.

becoming lincoln

Febrary 6th - Becoming Lincoln. This 2018 Lincoln interpretation was nominated for Illinois State Historical Society Book of the Year.  Bancroft Award-winning author Freehling explains how Lincoln learned from his many personal and political mistakes and misfortunes to recover from a difficult early life and repeated defeats in order to obtain the highest office in the land and save the Union.

Presenter Mark Sorensen is the former assistant director at the Illinois State Archives, author of many articles about state and local history and president of the Decatur Public Library Board of Trustees.

culver house

January 2, The History and Legends of Culver House was presented by local author Mary Lynn. Her most recent book is about the house’s history and on-going restoration.

tent camping in illinois

On Wednesday, March 6, John Schirle, author and Decatur Public Library staff member spoke on his book Exploring Outdoor Illinois.

John related some of the fascinating and diverse places to explore in outdoor Illinois, based on his book Best Tent Camping in Illinois 2nd edition, as well as from other guides.


kean author

On Wednesday, April 3, Tim Rapson, leader of the Nonfiction Book Readers Club of DPL, spoke about four books by New York Times Best Selling author Sam Kean: The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist’s Thumb, The Dueling Neurosurgeons and Caesar’s Last Breath.Tim is a retired letter carrier, a part time preacher and a substitute teacher in Decatur Public Schools.

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!