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FOL President's Newsletter

May 2024 Newsletter

Well folks, all I can say is I have written to you several times in my mind. But I am just now getting around (on June 9) to writing the May newsletter.

Our Sales Room is ever expanding! This month we have added t-shirts. But not just t-shirts, the t-shirts for the Summer Reading Program. In the winter the Library approached us to ask if we would be interested in selling these shirts. We agreed, and board members Patty Barr and Jan Allen have been in charge of this program. We have shirts available in small, medium and large children’s sizes, and a few in adult size (only one size was offered). It is always a little scary to try something new, but here we go! A family came in one day and we got to talking about the t-shirts being added. They had two little girls and told us one won a shirt last year, so they wanted to buy one for the other girl. However, buying one was not an option. Now we will be giving people the opportunity.

Last afternoon I attended a 50 th wedding reception. One couple, who had once lived in Decatur were there and we talked a little about the library. My friend told me that she keeps in touch via Facebook and the internet with Friends of the Library and the Decatur Public Library. She told me she has shared our messages and links with her book club and other friends in the Chicago/Morton Grove area. I tell you this in order to encourage you to do the same thing: tell your friends and neighbors about our bookstore, Books Between Bites, and Library programs. Get the word out – by word of mouth, e-mails, and Facebook if you use it. We have been trying to get the word out, but we still have customers come through and say I just heard of this!

Just one more thing I wanted to just mention briefly what a great job board member Lisa Betzer did in reviewing the book The Women. If you missed it, I’m sorry. If you are available, come next month. Next month the speaker will be Mac Moore, a retired Decatur teacher. His book will be a non-fiction book. I am sure it will be a big crowd, so come join us. It will be held on July 3 at 12:15. Hope to see you there!


FOL President



Books Between Bites – July 3rd, 2024

Please join us July the 3rd at 12:15-1:00 PM in the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium for our monthly Books Between Bites review.

Next month the speaker will be Mac Moore, a retired Decatur teacher. His book will be a non-fiction book.

More info coming soon.

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



fol sales


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!