John Schirle presented City of Thorns on January 3rd at Books Between Bites in the Madden Auditorium. Great review John!

Join us on March 7th at 12:15 for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt. Miley Palmer, "retired"  United Methodist pastor, will discuss.


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Wednesday, March 7th, in the Madden Auditorium, Miley Palmer, "retired"  United Methodist pastor, will discuss The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt.

Buzzy Jackson of the Boston Globe calls The Swerve, "An intellectually invigorating, non-fiction version of a Dan-Brown-like-mystery-in the-archives thriller."

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 back cover of the book)

secrets of a civil war submarineApril 4th - Raphaella Prang, Dean of Student Development at Millikin University, will review Dear Martin by author Nic Stone, who will be in Decatur for the Civic Discourse Series, and speak at Millikin.

Dear Martin, Stone's first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents—and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result—Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Second Saturday Book Sale

March 9th - 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.


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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.  But after several days, the ship had failed to return.  What had gone wrong?  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.

city of thorns January 3rd - John Schirle, from our very own Children's Department, will keep us riveted with his review of City of Thorns: Nine Lives In The World's Largest Refuge Camp by Ben Rawlence. Voted best book of 2016 by The Economist, this book is the timely story of the desperate lives of nine individuals, and what life is really like in the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

how technology won  the civil war December 6th - Don Chamberlain, a retired school teacher, and current President of the Decatur Civil War Round Table , discussed Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War by Thomas F. Army, Jr. Using PowerPoint, maps, photos and drawings, Don presented an interesting program summarizing Dr. Army's book and the role of engineering in the American Civil War

martin luther book Novermber 1st - Mark Sorensen reviewed Oxford professor Lyndal Roper's 2016 book, Martin Luther, Renegade or Prophet. Luther nailed a copy of his 95 Theses concerning a debate about indulgences to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.  The book delves in to Martin Luther's personality, and argues that Luther had enormous historical effects for both good and ill.  Sorensen is a former teacher of comparative religion and is currently president of the DPL Board of Trustees.

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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!