FOL President's Newsletter

I am asking our members to tell us if we need to advertise our bookstore more. We still have customers come in and tell us they just found out about our sales. So, if you think we need to advertise, please let us know where to advertise. We do often advertise on Facebook. And we do have people come in from out of town and even out of state, but we want everyone to know we are here – and we are here for the future. Also, please, when you are talking to friends who might be interested, tell them about us. Word of mouth may be the very best advertising.

At this month’s board meeting one Board member suggested we have Rick Meyer, the head librarian, come and tell us the library’s Stratigic Plan and where we fit into that plan. I had never thought of that before. So, I will be talking to Rick soon about doing this soon.

The copy machine is another issue I have been thinking about. Did you know that we lease the copy machine and get the profits from it? In August I chose to order just one new copier. Now, I would like your opinion: if you have used the copier, do you think one is sufficient, or do you have to wait to use it?

We lost two members recently: Paula Cordts and Vern Thistlewaite. We have memorials for them, and we would welcome ideas of how to honor them.

I also want you to know why I do this monthly letter – I want you to know what we are doing, and that you are always welcome to come to our board meetings the second Thursday of each month (usually in the Staley Room). By joining Friends of the Library, you became part of our organization, not just a bystander or customer. What we accomplish with the programs we sponsor is your accomplishment too. Thank you for being a member of Friends of the Library!

To give us your feedback, please e-mail your thoughts to me at

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.

FOL President

Books Between Bites – June, 2024

Please join us June the 5th at 12:15-1:00 PM in the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium for our monthly Books Between Bites review.

the womenBook: “The Women by Kristin Hannah, about a young woman coming of age during the turbulent 1960's in America, who joins the Army Nurse Corps and serves in Vietnam will be published February 6th, 2024. The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.” (Goodreads)

About the Author: Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels who has won several awards. She retired from practicing Law in Seattle to become a permanent author.

About the Presenter: Lisa Betzer retired in 2021 after working for 33 years in Decatur school district. She taught English. Her passion subjects were Speech/Debate/drama and Creative Writing. Lisa graduated from Western Illinois University and obtained her Master from Olivet Nazarene. She is on the board of Friends of the Library, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Sigma chapter, and a member of the Library book club.

betzersLisa has been married for 40 years to her husband Randy, a retired police officer, and have two children, Kristin and Robert. Robert and his wife Chantel are foster parents. The Betzers attend plays, have University of Illinois season tickets for football and basketball, and like to travel and camp.

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!