Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DPL invites you to take part in a free, worldwide digital book club with the Big Library Read





 No baking class needed, just a library card. Decatur Public Library is taking part in the Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. DPL users can borrow the eBook, Art of the Pie: one of 2016’s best cookbooks from pie-guru Kate McDermott, starting Thursday, March 16 and concluding on Thursday, March 30 by visiting www.camellia.overdrive.com.  Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

“If you are a first time pie maker, the words in the book are the very same ones I share in the pie making workshops and I hope they will give you the confidence to dip your hands into the baking bowl,” said author, Kate McDermott. “A recipe is a starting place, so feel free to experiment with different seasonings and flavor combinations that please you. I hope you will enjoy the stories in Art of the Pie as well as the recipes. It was a labor of love to write it for you.”

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a DPL library card. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook cookbook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between Decatur Public Library, the CamelliaNet consortium, OverDrive and Countryman Press, publisher of Art of the Pie. Library readers voted Art of the Pie as their cookbook choice for Big Library Read. To borrow the eBook, readers can visit www.camellia.overdrive.com. 

For more information on Big Library Read, visit BigLibraryRead.com.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Released Tasks

March is a great time to enjoy the library. We always have programs for kids but this month we have two events planned that will be fun for the entire family.

Kick off Spring Break by joining us Friday night, March 24th for our Family Movie Extravaganza. We’ll be showing an old classic with a flying car and have lots of fun crafts, activities, a photo op, and great snacks. All for FREE! The movie starts at 5:30 pm.

To finish off the week of Spring Break come enjoy Delano Park with us to celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day. Thursday, March 30th from 10 am until 12 noon DPL will be in the park. We will be setting up fun activities for the entire family centered around the Riverwild children’s area. There will be story time, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a princess appearance, and a Story Walk with the book Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman. We hope you all can join us.

The park offers some really nice spots to sit and read.  If you are taking the Adult Reading Challenge this year, pick out your books for the next two tasks and join us in the park.

In honor of Women’s History Month the first task is to read any book that deals with women’s rights.  Read a novel about a suffragette or read a biography of some of the women who fought hard for women’s rights, and don’t forget that not all women enjoy the freedom most of us in the United States take for granted today.

The second task is to read a book that would be classified as Eco-fiction. By definition eco-fiction is “ecologically oriented fiction, which may be nature-oriented (non-human oriented) or environment-oriented (human impacts on nature). Source: Jim Dwyer’s Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Eco-Fiction (University of Nevada Press, 2010). You can find more information on the subject at http://eco-fiction.com/ .

There will be a suggested reading list for each of these tasks in the notebook outside our office.

Happy Reading!



StephRhonda’s March Schedule*
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday







1.
10-5

*Meetings
After lunch
2.
9-5

12-2 Book Club in CR
3.
9-5
4.
9-5
5.
2-5



6.
9-5:30
7.
9-5:30


8.
9-1

*Meetings
After lunch
9.
9-6

*6:30pm Vulcan Eejits
10.

9-5
11.

Not Available
12.

Not
Available
13.
9-5
14.
9-5
15.
9-1

*Meetings
After lunch
16.
9-5

17.
9-5

18.

Not
Available
19.

Not Available

20.

9-5
21.
9-5
4-5:30
Adult Color Club
22.
9-1

*Meetings after lunch
23.
9-5



24.
12-3pm

Movie Extravaganza

25.

Not
Available
26.
Not
Available

27.
9-5:30
28.
9-5:30
29.
9-1

*Meetings after lunch
30.
10-5:30
*10-12
Take a Walk in the Park-Delano
31.

9-5









** This is a very tentative schedule. We will be doing library tours for all 5th graders during part of the month and the schedule will change as needed to accommodate that. If you are making a trip to the Library to get stamps, call or email us to confirm ahead of time that we will be available.
Phone: 256-353-2993 ext. 106

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Library Resource: Merck Manuals



You may have noticed a new button on our homepage: Merck Manuals.  First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, The Merck Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. 

As a sign of its deepened commitment to worldwide medical information access and improving global health, Merck has made the Merck Manuals available for free in digital form to professionals and patients.

In 2015, Merck embarked on their most far-reaching medical knowledge initiative to date, Global Medical Knowledge 2020. Through this worldwide project, The Manuals aim to make the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion professionals and patients around the world by 2020. As part of this project, all translations of the Manuals will be available online and kept current with the English version.

The Manuals are the product of a collaboration between hundreds of medical experts worldwide, an independent editorial board of peer reviewers, and an editorial staff of physicians and professional medical writers. For over 100 years, the Manuals have had complete editorial independence to present the best current thinking regarding medical diagnosis and treatment and do not in any way promote or publicize Merck or MSD products. To ensure the absence of commercial or corporate bias, authors and peer reviewers cannot be employees of Merck & Co., nor can they serve as speakers for Merck or MSD products, or in any other way represent the company. Although the editorial staff is employed by Merck & Co., there is no control, review, or even input into the content of The Manuals allowed from any other part of the company, including research and development, sales and marketing, public relations, legal, and corporate management.

It delights us here at DPL to be able to offer the Merck Manuals to our patrons.  This resource is free and reputable and we hope you’ll take a look at it when you find yourself with health & medicine questions.   (Also, if you click on the Merck Manual link on our webpage and scroll all the way to the bottom, there’s a link to the Veterinary Health Edition!)