December 2023 FOL Newsletter

This month FOL voted to help bring the program “The Auschwitz Experience in the Art of Prisoners” to Decatur Public Library. This is a 22 panel exhibit of the Art of Holocaust prisoners. Since there are Holocaust deniers we need to demonstrate that the Holocaust happened. This will be at the Decatur Public Library during January 19 through February 9, 2024. I hope that you will be able to come and see these works.

January 3 will bring the election of officers to FOL. Members who are at the monthly Books Between Bites will vote to select the president and vice-president. The vote will be first and then Don Chamberlin will talk about Map making during the Civil War. Please try to attend.

If you haven’t heard yet, we are now open and selling not just books, but also puzzles, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Our hours are Monday and Tuesday 10:30 - 2:30, Thursday 3:00 – 6:30, and the second and fourth Saturday 9:30 – 12:30. If you haven’t yet come see us and see our new area inside the library.

FOL President

Books Between Bites - February 7th, 2024

DasePlease join us February 7th at 12:15-1:00 PM in the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium for our monthly Books Between Bites review.

Book Title: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Author: Adam Alter

Presenter: Jeff Dase. Jeff Dase is Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Decatur Public Schools.

Jeff has been committed to the students and communities of Illinois since 1998. He became the Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion March 6, 2023, after serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Decatur Public Schools since July 2019. Jeff previously served as High Schools Network Operations Manager for Chicago Public Schools. He was charged with supporting 20 city of Chicago high school principals with developing, implementing, and monitoring systems and structures to improve school wide student achievement. He rose through the ranks of Chicago Public Schools as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Chief of Schools.

“Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” uncovers how technology has become addictive and how we can break free from our screens. It warns of the cost of technology on our relationships and mental states and offers practical solutions. Almost anyone can become addicted to something given the right circumstances. In modern times, the circumstances are ripe for behavioral addictions. Companies who design tech products and online experiences are skillful at engineering such addictions.

Books Between Bites is a free program at the Decatur Public Library, sponsored by Friends of Decatur Library

Weekday and Second Saturday Book Sales! FOL booksales are at the library 3 to 4 days a week! At the new Friends area on the lower level of the library. Every Monday from 10:30am – 2:30pm, Tuesdays from 10:30am – 2:30pm, Thursdays from 3pm – 6:30pm. Second & fourth Saturdays sales will be from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Come see us in our new home on the lower level of the library!