Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Released Tasks

It’s the time of year when we wish we were kids again…summer reading!  We envy the young ones who are encouraged to read over the summer.   Unfortunately we grown-ups still have bills to pay and are not given the summer off!    The next best option is to work at the library and run a year-long reading challenge for adults.  We consider it a blessing that this is our job!
This month we will have tons of programs for children and teens (which you can read all about on our website http://decatur.lib.al.us/YS/ ).  Adults are not left out, however.  This month we have a poetry writing workshop and local author meet and greet on Thursday, June 15th, a couple of lunch and learn events on the 28th and 30th, and a Friends After Hours event on the 29th featuring Julia Roth. We hope you find time to join us for some of the events we have planned for this month.

The released tasks this month are:

The first task this month is the read a book about dinosaur fossils or the people who look for them. Why is this a task?  During the Gilded Age of American History there was an intense passion for fossil hunting that is sometimes called the Bone Wars or the Great Dinosaur Rush. Paleontologists made some great discoveries at this time in the American West. Unfortunately the two most prominent were in an intense competition that caused them to find new lows in the bid to best one another. In the end, they sparked an interest in paleontology that lasted long after their feud and made many contributions to science and paleontology.

The second task is Rodeo. This sport has its origins in the lifestyle of cowboys who worked cattle on the open range and their Spanish and Mexican predecessors. The first rodeos were informal competitions between cowboys at the end of the cattle drives and round-ups. These informal events have since become a multimillion dollar business. Read any book that features a rodeo.


Happy Reading!

StephRhonda’s June Schedule

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday






1.
9-5:30
Book Club 12-2
2.
9-5
3.
Not Available
4.
Not Available

5.
11-5:30
10am Library Tour
6.
9-12
3-5:30
7.
9-5:30
8.
1-5:30
10am Camp Decatur
9.
9-5
10.
Not
Available
11.
Not Available


12.
9-5:30
13.
1-5:30
10am
Camp
Safe Haven
14.
9-2
Afternoon Meetings
15.
9-2

2-6 Poetry Workshop & Meet & Greet
16.
12-4
3rd Friday
17.
Not Available

18.
Not Available



19.
9-5:30
20.
1-5:30
10am Camp Safe Haven
21.
9-2
Afternoon
Meetings
22.
9-5:30

23.
9-4
Movie Extravaganza
24.
9-5
25.
2-5

26.
9-5:30
27.
1-5:30
10am
Camp
Safe
Haven
28.
9-11
12pm Lunch and Learn
Afternoon
Meetings
29.
9-5:30
30.
9-11
12pm Lunch and Learn

 ** This is a very tentative schedule. We will be out of the library doing outreach for Summer Reading every week this month.  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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DPL launches its Summer Reading Program



Children of all ages will explore aspects of our community this summer as Decatur Public Library presents “Build a Better World” during their Summer Reading Program.  Activities will include: story times hosted by community partners from all aspects of our city, magic shows, movie extravaganzas, and professional science programs.  We will have lots of crafts and activities and, of course, incentives for reading.   Events will be designed for all age groups, from infant to teen. 

The fun begins on Saturday, May 27th with our Summer Reading Kick-off: “Dog Days of Summer.”  The day begins at 10:00 am when the Decatur Alabama Kennel Club will bring therapy dogs to the Youth Services department of the Library.  This is a great opportunity for reluctant or struggling readers to read to dogs, who are a supportive, kind audience that builds confidence.   At 12:00 pm the Morgan County Humane Society will set up in Margarete’s Garden (the courtyard on the Cherry Street side of the Library) with dogs looking for a forever home.  You can meet the dogs, learn about adoption, and maybe even meet a new family member!  At 1:00 pm we’ll have canine author Chopper in our Youth Services department for story time, with a repeat performance at 2:00 pm.  Finally, at 3:00 pm the Morgan County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit will be here to tell us about the crime-fighting dogs in the Sheriff’s department.  From 10:00 am -3:00 pm we will have crafts, activities, and Summer Reading sign-up.

Participants who register for Summer Reading get a reading log on which to record what they read this summer along with the guidelines for turning in the reading log for prizes.  Participation in the reading part of the program is not required; everyone is welcome to all of our programs.  We hope, however, that children will take part to maintain – and hopefully strengthen! – their reading skills.  Small prizes will be given out through the summer and larger prizes awarded at our Summer Reading Finale on July 28th.  We will also have a grand prize drawing for a Kindle! 

Teens have their own set of programs this summer and are encouraged to read as well.  The teen events were designed with input from our Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) and include an Anime Club, Poetry Workshop, and a book swap.  Teens will also have service opportunities with a Community Clean-up at Rhodes Ferry Park and other chances to volunteer.

If you want to challenge yourself to read more this summer why not sign up for the 5th annual Adult Reading Challenge? There will be book clubs, a local author meet and greet, and other programs for adults as well. Make it a family challenge to see who reads the most this summer.

Regardless of your age DPL has something to offer for everyone in the family.
We hope to see you this summer!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Released Tasks


Decatur Public Library has a lot going on in May. On Tuesday, May 2nd, Al Keith, certified respiratory therapist will be presenting Asthma Blues® at 4:00 pm. This musical program educates people of all ages on the how to control asthma. On Thursday, the 4th of May, Mr. Jim Phillips will be presenting a program on the “Roads to Statehood: Life and Travel in early Alabama”. On Thursday, May 11th, DPL will host free movie night. The movie stars Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Donald Sutherland. Licensing restrictions prohibit us from listing titles here, but more information can be found on our website. If you enjoy 3rd Fridays Downtown in Decatur, be sure to come by and visit with us in Jones Park on 2nd Ave. We are there every 3rd Friday, letting people know what’s going on at DPL. The summer reading kick-off will be Saturday, May 27th from 10:00am until 3:00pm. The library will be hosting several canines with programs and activities in the Youth Services department and in Margarete’s Garden. We invite you to join us for some or all of these programs this month. For more information check the website or call 256-353-2993 ext. 106.

The two released tasks this month are:

Task # 1 Railroads/Trains:  The Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. It connected the civilized east coast to the west and made it easier to bring people and supplies to the unsettled parts in between. The task is to read any book that contains a railroad or train as an important part of the story.

Task # 2 Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Lewis and Clark Expedition set out in May of 1804 and returned in September of 1806. They explored a large area of the western United States and discovered many new species of plants and animals.  During their trip they passed through 10 present day states in the search for a water way across the continent. Those 10 states are Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. For this task read a book set in one of the states they crossed.


Happy Reading!



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



1.
9-5:30
2.
9-4
Asthma Blues 4pm
3.
Not
Available
Meetings &
5th Grade tours
4.
9-4
Book Club 12-2
Jim Phillips
4-6 pm
5.
9-3
6.

9-5
7.
2-5
8.
9-5:30
9.
9-5:30
10.
9-5:30
11.
11-1
3-6
5th grade tour
Movie Night
12.
10-5
13.


Not
Available

14.
Not
Available
15.
9-5:30
16.
10-5
5th grade tours
17.
9-5:30
18.
10-5
5th Grade tours
19.
12-4
3rd Friday
Downtown
20.

Not
Available


21.
Not
Available
22.
9-5:30
23.
9-5:30

24.
9-5:30
25.
9-5:30
26.
9-5:30
27.

Not
Available
28.
CLOSED
29.
CLOSED
30.
9-5:30
31.
9-5:30














** This is a very tentative schedule. We will be doing library tours for 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

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Released Tasks



This month the library will show free movies for adults on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The first movie stars Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment. The 
second stars Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jody Foster. Licensing restrictions prevent us from advertising titles here, but more info is available on our website. We hope you can join us  on movie night at the library for free movie and popcorn.

On the surveys for last year’s challenge several asked for a later meeting  time for the Reading Round-Up book club. This month we are going to try a second book club on Thursday, April 13th from 4:30-6 pm. Everyone is invited to attend, even if you attend the regular meeting on the 6th...you are welcome to the late meeting also. It will run just like the regular club, so plan to stay the entire time, or come when you can and stay as long as you have time. If you stay till six, you may as well enjoy  the free movie and popcorn too.

Now for the released tasks for this month for the Adult Reading Challenge:

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. There have been 3 other United States presidents assassinated while in office. For the first released task this month read any book that contains the assassination or attempted assassination of a United States president. If you are reading fiction and the book is about a fictitious president but there is an assassination or attempted assassination it will count for this task.

The second task this month is humor. April is national humor month, so read any book that you find humorous. A well-developed sense of humor is a must in trying times so pick something that tickles your funny bone. The best thing about this task-you decide what is funny to you, so you can read anything that makes you laugh.
Happy Reading!




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






1.
Not
Available
2.
Not Available
3.
9-5:30
4.
9-5:30
5.
Not
Available
6.
9-5:30

Book Club
12-2
7.
9-5
8.

9-5

9.

2-5
10.
9-5:30
11.
9-530
12.
9-2

Meetings after lunch
13.
12-6
Book Club2.0
4:30-6
Movie 6-9
14.
9-5
15.

Not
Available


16.
Not Available
17.
9-5:30
18.
9-5:30
19.
9-2
Meetings after lunch
20.
10-5:30

21.
12-4
3rd Friday
22.
Not
Available
23.
Not
Available
24.
9-5:30
25.
9-5:30
26.
9-2
Meetings after lunch
27.
12-6
Movie Night 6-9
28.
9-5
29.


9-5
30.


2-5


** This is a very tentative schedule. We will be doing library tours for 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