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


Monday, July 3, 2017

July Released Tasks



Decatur Public Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th to celebrate the holiday. We will reopen at 9 am   on Wednesday, July 5th.  The rest of the month is packed full of programs and events for all ages. There will be two movie extravaganzas: we have rescheduled the one that was cancelled due to weather in June for Friday, July 14th at 5:30 pm and the other one will be held Friday, July 28th. The last one will also serve as the grand finale of summer reading 2017. For adults we have two more opportunities to learn more about the history of Decatur and Morgan County on the 13th and 26th with our Lunch and Learn series. More details are available at http://decatur.lib.al.us/.

Now for the reason most of you clicked on this blog to begin with, the tasks for the 2017 Adult Reading Challenge this month are:

Freedom Read any book that deals with obtaining or maintaining freedom. It can be a character’s personal freedom or a country or group of people’s fight for freedom.

A book that was first published from 1800 to 1900 This task is to read a book that could have been read by a person who lived in the old west. To make it easier we have given you an entire century of time not just the 50 to 60 years of the boom time of cattle drives. The original publication date must be from January 1, 1800 to December 31, 1900. For this task graphic novel retellings of classics do not count.


Happy Reading!

StephRhonda’s July Schedule*

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday








1.
Not
Available
2.
Not Available

3.
2-4
4.
CLOSED
5.
9-5:30
6.
9-5:30
Book Club
12-2
7.
1-5
Outreach Rhodes Ferry Park 9-12
8.
Not
Available
9.
Not Available


10.
9-5:30
11.
1-5:30
Camp Safe Haven
12.
9-1
Afternoon
Meetings

13.
3-5:30
Camp Decatur,
Lunch & Learn 12-2

14.
11-5
Movie
Extravaganza
15.
Not Available

16.
Not Available



17.
9-5:30
18.
1-5:30
Camp Safe Haven
19.
9-1
Afternoon
Meetings
20.
 9-11
2-5:30
YS Program
21.
11-3
3rd Friday
Downtown

22.
Not
Available
23.
Not
Available
24.
9-5:30
25.
9-10:30
2-5:30
Outreach
Program
26.
9-11:30
2:30-5:30
Lunch & Learn 12-2
27.
9-5:30
28.
11-5
Movie Extravaganza
29.

9-5

30.    

2-5

31.
9-5:30





**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, 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!