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 *
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1.
2-5
2.
9-5
3.
9-5
4.
9-1
*Manager Meeting
5.
9-5:30
12-2
BookClub
6.
12-5
Movie
Extravaganza
7.
Not
Available
8.
Library
CLOSED
9.
Library
CLOSED
10.
2-5:30
10-12
Day in the Park
11.
9-2
*Manager Meeting
12.
12-6

Movie Night
13.
9-5
14.
Not
Available
15.
Not Available
16.
9-5:30
17.
9-4
4-5:30
Adult Color Club
18.
9-2

*Manager Meeting
19.

11-6
20.
12-3

3rd Friday
21.
Not Available
22.
Not Available
23.
9-5:30
24.
9-5:30
25.
9-2
*Manager Meeting
26.
12-6
 Movie Night
27.

9-5
28.

9-5
29.

2-5
30.

9-5:30
31.

9-5:30
*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







Wednesday, August 23, 2017

September Released Tasks

The Library is gearing up for a busy fall. We hope you can join us for a few of the many programs and activities we are offering this September. Book Babies, Story Times, LEGO Hour, and Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club will be starting back up for the young ones. Adults get programs from the Library, the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation.  Events hosted by the Library include the Adult Reading Challenge Book Club on the 7th, a Lunch & Learn program all about the River Clay Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, September 9th, Free Movie Nights on the 14th and 28th, 3rd Friday in Jones Park, and a Lunch & Learn program about Mildred Nungester Wolfe and the Decatur Arts on Wednesday, the 20th. We will also have a booth at the River Clay Fine Arts Festival. So stop by and visit us. On top of that the Friends of the Decatur Public Library will host classical guitarist Peter Fletcher on Thursday, the 21st. The Foundation will be sponsoring their annual fundraiser the Shoe Show on the 27th and all proceeds go to support DPL.  For more information about any of the programs offered by DPL please visit http://decatur.lib.al.us/.

The released tasks for this month are:

September is a great month for a road trip or journey and that is the first task for this month. Read any book that is about a road trip or journey that is from one physical place to another. To put it into context for this year’s challenge: think about how the American west was settled. People left the east and traveled by foot, wagon, train or horse to start over.

The second task of the month is the Texas Rangers. Read any book that is about a Texas Ranger, the legendary law enforcement officer –not a baseball player. The modern day Ranger came into being on September 1, 1935. The Ranger history goes back to 1823 when Stephen Austin formed a group of men to range over the territory of Texas where over 600 families had settled.

Happy Reading!


StephRhonda's September Schedule *
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday







1.
9-5
2.
9-5
3.
Library
CLOSED

4.
Library
CLOSED
5.
9-5:30
6.
9-2
7.
9-5:30
Book Club 12-2
8.
9-1
9.
11-3
River Clay Lunch & Learn
10.
Not Available

11.
9-5:30
12.
9-4:30
1st Responders Breakfast
13.
9-5:30
14.
12-9
Movie Night
15.
12-3

3rd Friday
16.
Not Available
17.
Not Available

18.
9-5:30
Read an Ebook Day
19.
9-5:30
20.
9-5:30
Lunch & Learn Mildred Nungester Wolfe
21.

9-5:30
22.

Not Available
23.

Not Available
24.
Not Available

25.
Not Available
26.
9-5:30
27.
9-5:30
28.
12-9
Movie Night
29.
9-5
30.
9-5
*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




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Released Tasks

This month we have a variety of programs for adults at Decatur Public Library. On August 3rd we will have the monthly book club meeting for the Adult Reading Challenge but it will start at 11:00 am instead of 12:00 pm. We moved it up to accommodate The Great American Eclipse Program that will take place at 2:30 pm in the Youth Services Department the same day. Kevin Alspaugh from the Space and Rocket Center will be here to explain about the eclipse that will take place on the 21st of this month. Everyone who attends the program will receive free eclipse glasses (while supplies last). The program is for all ages, but is being held in the Youth Services Department to allow more room for people to attend.

The Lunch and Learn series will continue with three programs this month. Wylheme Ragland will be speaking at the first two. On Tuesday, August 8th he will present “Successful Women of Old Town Decatur: The Best, Brightest, and Well Connected,” and on Tuesday, August 22nd, he will present “19th Century Aldermen of Old Town Decatur, 1800-1892”. On Saturday, August 26th, artist Frances Tate will present “Celebrating Early Old Town with Art”. Make sure when you come to the library this month to take the time to look at her artwork in the display cases. Her paintings will be on display throughout the month of August.

To finish off the busy month we will resume our Free Movie Nights on the 2nd and 4th Thursday. This month we will show two movies that star Humphry Bogart. See him win the girl from his dashing brother on the 10th and star in the movie version of Dashiell Hammett’s best novel on the 24th. As always the doors will open at 6:15 pm and the movie will start at 6:30 pm.

DPL will be in Jones Park on 2nd Avenue for 3rd Friday Downtown on the 18th of the month. We will be talking about upcoming programs and giving away children’s books. We hope you will join us for one or all of these programs this August.

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

To get in the mood for the coming eclipse, the first task is to read any book that is about or contains an astronomical event. This could be an eclipse, a comet, or a meteor headed for earth.

The second task is to read any book that is about or contains an earthquake or volcano. On August 27, 1883 the volcano Krakatoa erupted killing an estimated 36,000 people. It is one of the most deadly eruptions in modern history and considered the first global catastrophe. Because of the telegraph, news of the disaster spread around the world very quickly. The amount of ash in the atmosphere caused bright red sunsets to be seen around the world for years and may have also effected the growth of Saguaro cacti in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona (https://phys.org/news/2016-07-distant-volcanic-eruptions-foster-saguaro.html ).

Happy Reading!


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






1.
9-5:30
2.
9-5:30
3.
9-5:30
Book Club 11-1
Eclipse Program 2:30
4.
Not
Available
5.
Not
Available

6.
Not
Available


7.
9-5:30
8.
9-5:30
Lunch and
Learn 12-2
9.
9-5:30
10.
12-6
Movie Night
11.
9-5
12.
Not
Available
13.
Not
Available

14.
9-5:30



15.
9-5:30
16.
9-5:30
17.
9-5:30
18.
12-3
3rd Friday
19.
Not
Available
20.
Not
Available

21.
9-5:30
22.
9-5:30
Lunch and
Learn 12-2
23.
9-5:30
24.
11-9
Movie Night
25.
9-5
26.
9-11/3-5
Lunch and Learn 12-2
27.
2-5


28.
9-5:30
29.
9-5:30
30.
9-5:30
31.
9-5:30


*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