Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September’s Adult Reading Challenge “Clues”

It is hard to believe there are only 3 months left for this year’s challenge.  There are only 6 more clues to be released.  If you have just joined us, welcome and if you are a regular to our Reading Challenge, thank you for playing our game. Don’t forget to join us, if you can for the Portals Reading Group in the Community Room on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 12:00 till 2:00 pm. We’d love for you to join us because the more the merrier when discussing books.
The clues for this month are:
Banned Book Banned Book week is September 27th-October 3rd. Help us celebrate the freedom to read by choosing any book that has been banned for any reason.
Pirates On September 18th the library will celebrate all things piratical during our all day Piratical Pursuits Family Day. There will be programs for all ages, games, photo ops, and snacks. Get in the mood by reading a book that features a pirate and then come party with us on the 18th.
Big Apple Read any book set in New York City.
September Author Read any book by an author who celebrates their birthday this month. Some suggestions to get you started are Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Fannie Flagg, or F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The released clues for this month are:
Non-Fiction Read any non-fiction book. Must be catalogued with a Dewey Decimal number to qualify.
Classic Read any book considered to be a “classic”. One definition of classic is a book that expresses some artistic quality and stands the test of time. Most of us have at least one on our personal TBR List. For some suggestions check out:  http://pigfish.hubpages.com/hub/List-of-Classic-Books-to-Read-Before-You-Die  or http://www.listchallenges.com/100-classic-books-challenge. If you just don’t know if the book you want to read will count, ask us. We love to talk books.

Happy Reading!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Are you a Lucky Ducky?

 You’ve got to ask yourself…do you feel DUCKY?

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County will hold its 2015 Ducky Derby & Amazing Duck Race at 6pm on August 21st as part of 3rd Friday Downton.  The Amazing Duck Race – inspired by the CBS TV show “The Amazing Race” – will challenge teams of four to complete mental and physical challenges at locations throughout downtown Decatur.  Those who compete will have a “quacking good time” tackling the fun and adventurous tasks. 

The other part of this event, and the reason you’re reading about this event on the Library blog, is the Ducky Derby.  Here’s how it works:  you “adopt” a Duck ($5 per Ducky, or a 6 “quack” for $25) and your Duck is assigned a number.  At the Derby, the Duckies will race in the fountain outside the Old State Bank building.  The Volunteer Center has two AMAZING grand prizes and 20 other awesome prizes to award to the winning ducks.

Which brings us to Duck adoption….   If you’re going to adopt a Ducky, please do so here at the Library!  For every Ducky purchased here, the Volunteer Center will give the Library a share of the proceeds.  You can get your Ducks at our Circulation Desk for $5 each, or you can purchase a 6-Quack for $25.  

We hope you’ll adopt your Ducky from us and that you’ll come see us at 3rd Friday!

Monday, August 10, 2015

It’s a TECHstravaganza @DPL!

You may have noticed some changes around the Library (new Circulation countertop, portable shelves in the Children’s Department, and sleek, space-aged security gates) but there are a few changes in the wind that are less visible; in fact, some of them are virtual! 
To celebrate those tech-y advances we are hosting a TECHstravaganza on Tuesday, August 11th.  There’s quite a bit going on that day, so check our website for the complete schedule.  What we want to focus on here is telling you about the live demonstrations we will be offering that day.  Come to the Library between 10 am and 4pm and we can show you how to use: 

Quickly and easily check out your materials.  Just scan your card, stack your materials on the platform of the kiosk, and watch the magic happen!  You can also get real-time emails, accurate checkout information and other account information.  It’s convenient and simple!

Freegal® Music is a free music service that offers access to about 8 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. The collection is comprised of music from over 28,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. Freegal has apps for most devices and all you need to take advantage of it is your Decatur Public Library card!  With your DPL card you will get 3 downloads per week and once you download it, it belongs to you forever.  You also get 3 hours of streaming music per day, so listen anytime, anywhere.


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We can also help you download eBooks.  Mrs. Anna will have a tech-y make & take craft in the Children’s Department between 10am & 4pm so everyone can take part in the TECHstravaganza!  We look forward to showing you the exciting new products we are offering.  Hope to see you there!