Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Task

March is Women’s History Month and we have a wonderful display titled: Historic Women of Decatur and Morgan County. The display comes from The Schaudies-Banks-Ragland Collection and was put together by Frederick D. Kennedy, James L. Nicholas, Jr., and Wylheme Ragland. There are brief bios and photos of the following women: Leila Seton Wilder Edmundson, Cora Breeding Harris, Mae Jemison, Elder Bertha Polk, Daisy Murphy Nolan, Abbie Robinson Schaudies, Eva Adelaide Young Sterrs, and Grace Elvina Hinds Curzon. If you haven’t been in the Library this month to see the display, it’s worth your time to come by and check it out. While you are here we have lots of books by and about other historic women. We hope to see you soon.

This leads us to the March task for the Adult Reading Challenge. In honor of Women’s History Month read a book by your favorite female author. There are many strong female writers and this will be one of the hardest tasks-deciding on just one.

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 26, 2018

February Task

The month of February is usually depicted with a heart or some version of Valentine’s Day. This year the 14th got here too soon for us. We were laid low by the plague and out of work a lot at the beginning of this month. Because of that, Valentine’s Day was officially postponed until we could get around to it. Well, here we are finally getting to that entry on our to-do list. The blog this month was slated to come out before the 14th and be a Valentine for our patrons.

So here it is: a belated Valentine for all our patrons and Friends. We have the best patrons and Friends, and we want you to know we consider it a privilege to serve this community. We strive to provide the best resources and services at all times, and we just want to make sure we tell you how we feel.
Fox, Love, Heart, Balloon, Mother And Child, CuteSo all this sweet talk leads into the February task for A Book Challenge, which is love. Read any book that is about love in any of its many forms. No, you do not have to read a romance; although this is the perfect opportunity for one. You can read any book where the main theme is love, whether it is love for a child, a pet, family, job, etc.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Physical Changes at DPL

The only thing that never changes is that everything changes…a truth that we at DPL embrace!  We’ve changed a lot over the past couple of years and there may be more coming, but it’s all in an effort to better serve our patrons.  We are always looking for ways to improve. 

The Library building belongs to the city of Decatur and we must get written permission before making any changes to that building.  Recently, we asked the City Council for their consent to make a few changes to our building.  These ideas involve opening up our 6th Avenue entrance by removing the brick wall; moving our historical and genealogical collections from the Alabama Room downstairs to the main level so they are easier to get to for our patrons; and  replacing or repurposing our outdated and damaged display cases. As the City Council approved these ideas, we can now move forward with exploring our options to find the best way to handle each of these projects.

None of these changes have been decided on, nor are they in progress.  Decatur Public Library strives to provide the best service possible for all of our patrons. The proposed changes are being considered because we feel they will make the library easier on our patrons and more inviting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with the Marketing & Outreach department. 

Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Task

Decatur Public Library has started 2018 with some major changes. We lost employees and changed the hours we are open, causing us to enact further changes in the way we serve our patrons. Where before there was a circulation and a reference/information desk, there is now just one Public Service Desk. All patron interactions are handled from the one place, allowing us to provide better service with fewer employees. We are cross-training all employees and appreciate the public’s patience as we all adapt to the new way of doing things.

One thing that did not change is the year-long Annual Adult Reading Challenge. Despite bad weather we kicked off the 6th annual challenge on Friday, January 12th. A Book Challenge, as we are calling it this year, is based on the alphabet. If you haven’t signed up yet, please come by the Marketing and Outreach Office and we will be happy to get you started. There will be one task each month released sometime during the month on this blog. The January task is Change.  Read a book that is about a major change in the characters’ lives. Change effects all of us, whether it is a divorce, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, or the loss of a job. So come by the library and see the changes we’ve made, and sign up for the Adult Reading Challenge while you’re here.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

If you love someone, give them a book...

It’s that time of year again…February 14th looms closer.  Most people associate this date with Valentine’s Day, a time for hearts, Cupid, cards and demonstrations of love; all of which is a big part of the day.  But did you know there’s another holiday held on February 14th?  It’s also International Book Giving Day!

International Book Giving Day aims to insure that books are put into the hands of children, towards the goal of encouraging access to and enthusiasm for books among all children.   According to the website,, it’s easy to celebrate this holiday. 

Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2018:

1.      Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.  Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2.      Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3.      Donate a Book.  Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.

We think these are great ways to celebrate!   We also want to remind you about our Friends Used Book Sale Room which can help with all three of the above.   We have a huge and ever-changing selection of books available for purchase (works for #1, #2, or both) and we accept donations anytime the library is open; you can even get a receipt for your taxes! 

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to give someone a book on International Book Giving Day.  And while the purpose is to give books to children (which we wholeheartedly encourage) we also recommend giving books to adults! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November Released Tasks

This blog is going to be short and sweet. 
First we have to say thank you to everyone who took the 5th Annual Adult Reading Challenge this year. We hope you enjoyed playing as much as we enjoyed hosting. 
You can begin turning in reading logs at the Book Club meeting on Thursday, November 2nd.  In order to be eligible for the prize drawings, your Reading Log must be turned in by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 1st to the Marketing and Outreach Department (StephRhonda).  If we are not in the office you may slide the reading log under our door. If you do, make sure your full name, phone number and library card number are printed on the log in ink. If we have your card number we do not need the checkout receipts because we can always check your history to make sure you checked the book out. We hope you enjoyed the Reading Round-Up this year and can join us for the last meeting of the Book Club from 4:00-6:00 pm (please note the change in time) in the Community Room on Thursday, December 7th. After the meeting stay for the Christmas Open House, it is always fun with lots of good snacks.

The last 2 tasks for this year are:

Kidnapped/shanghaied Read any book that contains a kidnapping or where someone is shanghaied. It happened a lot during the Wild West years.

Capital Punishment Read any book that is about or contains capital punishment.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Released Tasks

October at Decatur Public Library will be a very busy and cozy time. The 36th annual Quilt Show is going on so come down and vote for your favorite by the 23rd. Winners will be announced on the 24th and the quilts come down on the 30th. Also this month we will be hosting Hitchcocktober during free movie nights. We will show 2 classic Alfred Hitchcock movies on the 12th and the 26th of this month. The doors open at 6:15 pm; movies start at 6:30 pm. We also have the Adult Color Club meeting on the 17th from 4- 5:30 pm in the Community Room. We invite you to spend some time relaxing with us at DPL this month.

As the end of the challenge is close, we wanted to remind you of the requirements for each level of the Adult Reading Challenge this year:

Trail Boss- Read 60 books, and at least 10 of them must be released tasks

Cowboy-Read 30 books, and at least 8 of them must be released tasks

Puncher-read 15 books, and at least 6 of them must be released tasks

To be eligible for prizes Reading Logs must be turned in by 5 pm on Friday, December 1st to the Marketing and Outreach Department.

The released tasks for this month are:

Read any book set in a Ghost Town or Haunted House. Jim Phillips will be in the library on the 30th telling antebellum ghost stories, so get in the mood ahead of time by reading a book set in a ghost town or haunted house. 

The second task is to read any book about or set at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The fair was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the new world and was open from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893. It was a massive event that covered over 600 acres and had a lasting impact on Chicago and the rest of the country. To see what it looked like follow this  link  from author Deeanne Gist’s website.
Happy Reading!

 StephRhonda's October Schedule *
*Manager Meeting
Day in the Park
*Manager Meeting

Movie Night
Not Available
Adult Color Club

*Manager Meeting


3rd Friday
Not Available
Not Available
*Manager Meeting
 Movie Night





*This is a tentative schedule. We may be working but not available to stamp logs on some days. If you are making a trip to the library just to see us about the challenge, please call or email to confirm first or to schedule a time.
Phone: 256-353-2993 ext. 106