Magazine Sale--Open to Public
During the 2nd Saturday Book Sale
April 13th, 9:30-12:30 pm


During the regular monthly book sale---something special! The library is downsizing some of it's periodicals. Don't miss the opportunity to add some of these items to your personal collection! All proceeds go to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library. 

2018 Friends of the Decatur Library Membership Form

Upcoming Events

Books Between Bites

kean author

Please join us for Books Between Bites on Wednesday, April 3, at 12:15 p.m. in the Madden Auditorium of Decatur Public Library.

Speaker: Tim Rapson, leader of the Nonfiction Book Readers Club of DPL.  Tim is a retired letter carrier, a part time preacher and a substitute teacher in Decatur Public Schools.

Author and Titles:  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. Kean has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Psychology Today and The New Scientist He has appeared on NPR’s Radiolab, Science Friday, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.

Second Saturday Book Sales

The next Second Saturday Book Sale will be held on April 13th 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.





Recently .....

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, in the Madden Auditorium of the Decatur Public Library.

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.



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!