Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gee’s Bend and Heritage of Hope



You may have noticed a lot of mention of the Gee’s Bend quilters in your Decatur Public Library.  (If you’re not familiar with the story of Gee’s Bend, take a look at this Encyclopedia of Alabama article for a brief overview.)    We’ve had our focus on Gee’s Bend this year for a couple of reasons:  first, four of the famous quilters will be visiting Decatur – and our library! – this month; and second, we at Decatur Public Library have a fondness for quilts.

How did we manage to get the world-famous quilters to visit?   The credit belongs to Decatur City Schools elementary art teacher Beth Young.  As part of an arts grant, Beth was able to bring the quilters of Gee’s Bend to Decatur to visit and share their art with her elementary art students.  Because she is incredibly generous and gracious, Beth invited other community organizations to take part; we’ve all been working together since May of last year to put together a week of events designed to let as many people as possible visit with the amazing artists of Gee’s Bend.  

Naturally, we are especially excited about the Library events and they have already begun!  On January 20th we kicked off the River City Read; we hope it will be the first of many.   Generous members of our community donated the money to allow us to purchase 44 “pass-along” copies of the book Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham and we are delighted to say that all 44 copies are now out and about in the community.  The idea is that you take a copy, read it, and either give it to someone else to read or return it to the Library; if they are brought back to us we put them out for someone else to take them.  We were also fortunate to have Irene Latham here in our Library on January 28th.  Ms. Latham was a wonderful speaker and storyteller who shared not only her books but the story behind her story of Gee’s Bend; we thoroughly enjoyed her visit and highly recommend Leaving Gee’s Bend.   

Beginning February 1st we have Gee’s Bend-inspired artwork on display created by students in Decatur City Schools.  The art teachers from various schools selected the best pieces from their classes and are displaying them here at DPL throughout the month of February.   The artwork is located in the display cases inside each Library entrance and you can vote for your favorite until February 14th.   We will announce the viewer’s favorites at our Gee’s Bend Meet & Greet, which is our next exciting event!

On Monday, February 15th, the Library will be closed for business in observance of President’s Day.  We will, however, have our building open from 2pm – 4pm so that we may welcome the quilters of Gee’s Bend to our Library and our city!   This will be a chance to meet the ladies, have them sign any books you might have (click here for a list of purchase suggestions), and enjoy light refreshments.   As always, this event is free and everyone is invited.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February Monthly Gauntlets



Normally there will be two gauntlets released each month between now and November. But to start the year off right you actually have a choice of three this month.

The first monthly gauntlet is an either/or choice. You can choose to read any book by Stuart Woods who was born on January 9, 1938 or you can read any book by Agatha Christie who died on January 12, 1976. These authors are well represented in our collection and it should not be hard to find a book to read or listen to from either one you choose.

The second monthly gauntlet ties in with Black History Month. The challenge is to read any book written by a black author. This means an author who is black, not a book with black characters. There will be a list of authors who work for this category in the binder in the reference department. And you may pick up a copy of the brochure Black Fiction Authors in the reference department also.

The saying goes that for every rule there is an exception. So here’s one, if you read the River City Read book Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham you can count it as one of the February Gauntlets. The reason this is an exception is the book is catalogued at DPL as a juvenile book and the rules state that nothing catalogued as Juvenile will count for the challenge. But since we use this Reading Challenge to shamelessly push everything we touch at the library, we figure why not? To receive credit for this you need to get your hands on one of the “pass along” copies, (not the checkout copy catalogued in the library) read it, and fill out the survey on the website. (Remember we are pushing the River City Read.) And we hope you can make it to the library on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm to meet the author Irene Latham.

Happy Reading!

February 2016 StephRhonda Schedule*

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

1
9am-5:30pm

2
11am-8pm
Movie Night
3
9am-8pm
4
9am-5:30pm
Book Club
5
9am-5pm

6
Not Available
7
Not Available
8
9am-5:30pm
9
9am-5:30pm
10
9am-8pm
11
11am-3pm
5pm-8pm
Movie Night
12
Not Available
13
9am-5pm
14
2pm-5pm
15  Library      Closed
2pm-4pm
Gee’s Bend Reception
16
Not
Available
17
9am-8pm
18
9am-5:30pm

19
9am-5pm
20
Not Available
21
Not Available

22
9am-5:30pm
23
Not Available
24
9am-8pm
25
11am-8pm
Movie Night
26
9am-5pm
27
9am-5pm
28
2pm-5pm

29
9am-5:30pm






 *This schedule is accurate as of 1/27/2016 but subject to change. If you have questions or wish to make sure we will be available at a certain time please contact us.
Phone: 256-353-2995 ext.125




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 Adult Reading Challenge

Our fourth annual Adult Reading Challenge is called Authorian Quest and challenges participants to read books based on the authors who write them. 

If you choose to accept our challenge you will receive a Royal Charter for your quest, which contains a list of specific types of authors you must read and provides you with a place to record your quest.   Your crusade is broken down by different categories that are in no particular order.   You read them in any order you choose and you decide which quest you choose to read and which you pass over.

Like last year, this year’s challenge is interactive.  Each month, additional quests known as Monthly Gauntlets, will be announced via the Decatur Public Library blog.  These challenges will not be made known until the blog comes out some time around the first of each month starting with February. You do not have to do the quests in the month they are released but can go back to add them to your Charter at any time during the year.

To learn more about this year’s Adult Reading Challenge you can click here or come in and ask for StephRhonda at the front desk. We will be happy to explain in detail and get you signed up if you wish to play. Our schedule for the rest of January is below so you will know when we are in the library and our contact info is also listed if you need to call or email to set up a meeting time.

 Happy Reading!


January 2016






16  Sat.
Steph
9am-5pm

17  Sun.
Steph
2pm-5pm
18  Mon.
Closed
19  Tues.
SR
9am-5:30pm
20  Wed.
SR
9am-8pm
21 Thurs.
SR
9am-5:30pm
22  Fri.
SR
9am-5pm
23  Sat.
Not
Available


24  Sun.
Not
Available
25  Mon.
SR
9am-5:30pm
26  Tues.
SR
9am-5:30pm
27  Wed.
SR
9am-8pm
28 Thurs.
SR
11am-8pm
29  Fri.
SR
9am-5pm
30  Sat.
Rhonda
9am-5pm
31  Sun.
Rhonda
2pm-5pm



Email: stephrhonda@decatur.lib.al.us

Phone: 256-353-2993 ext. 125




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get your added bonus for online holiday shopping

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/63-0708934 



If you shop online with Amazon.com this holiday season (or anytime, really) please remember to support our Friends of Decatur Public Library.*
 
Now you can help the Friends of Decatur Public Library when you shop online!   Our Friends are set up with AmazonSmile, so if you shop on Amazon.com you can help out the Library at the same time!
If you use our link (CLICK HERE), when you sign into your Amazon.com account your charitable organization should default to our Friends group, but if you somehow end up with a search field for your charity they are listed as Friends Of The Decatur Public Library Inc. (make sure to select Decatur, Alabama).    

Then all you have to do is shop through AmazonSmile and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our Friends of Decatur Public Library!  The Friends use these funds to do so much for the Library (CLICK HERE to learn more about what they do), and now you can help them simply by shopping! 

Your patronage of Decatur Public Library is essential and we are extremely grateful – this season and always – for the opportunity to serve you!