Programs

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Decatur Public Library! All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Registration required where noted.
 Limit by audience:
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Yoga
Every Tuesday, August through December
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Madden Auditorium


 

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m.
BabyTALK Times are small parent-child groups designed for families with children from birth to three to share parenting questions and concerns, to celebrate babies' achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays. BabyTALK Times are held in the Children's Auditorium on the 2nd floor. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by Friends of the Decatur Public Library.
TEDxDecaturPublicLib
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Tuesdays, September 25, October 23, November 27 & December 18, 6:00 - 8:00pm)
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

What is TED? 

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED, converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events, like TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary, help share ideas in local communities around the world.

What is TED’s Mission? Spread ideas

Just think… Decatur is a part of a global community. With TED, we are welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Like TED, we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDxevents around the world, all year long. Our Decatur and surrounding community is a part of it!

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary welcomes you to hear these great ideas and be a part of the conversation it sparks!

Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Each Other: Creating Our Future
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm         

Decatur Public Library is excited to announce that it is welcoming its first live speaker to its TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary event. This is the second of a 3-part series. Click HERE to register for the event.

Allie Beam will present Active Youths: Not for Playgrounds Alone

Alexandra (Allie) Beam is a sixteen year old activist who is working to inspire change within her community. Throughout her life, using her speaking abilities to the benefit of others, has always been of extreme importance. The Speech and Debate Team at University High School has allowed her to grow in her abilities as a speaker, and has allowed her the opportunity to speak to many audiences across the nation. Allie Beam is a two time qualifier for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament, which is, to date, the largest academic competition in the world. Despite her national accomplishments, Beam’s highest priority is the inspiration of change within her community. Beam was one of four students asked to speak on behalf of University High School at the March For Our Lives, in the spring of 2018. She used this opportunity to express the opinions of many students feeling unsafe in their schools after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Beam, since helped found a group called BN Youth Activists. This group helps to give students a voice in her community. Through these actions, Beam aspires to be the voice of her generation, and to speak out in order to positively impact the future.

Come back for future events:

Part 3: Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click HERE to register for the event. We will be featuring TWO live speakers!

TBA: Tuesday, December 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click HERE to register for the event.

If you missed our very first event, you can catch up here:

Part 1: VulnerabilityTrustTechnology

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Quiet Study Room

The Decatur Vegetarian Society meets at Decatur Public Library every third Wednesday of the month.


Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share (with ingredients written down) and your own table service and drink.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.
Baby TALK Times are small parent-child groups designed for families with children from birth to three to share parenting questions and concerns, to celebrate babies' achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays.  Baby TALK Times are held in the Childen's Auditorium on the 2nd floor, and sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Public Library.  Registration NOT required.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

True Colors
Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Quiet Study Room

Release your “inner child” and join us for Adult Coloring Night at the Decatur Public Library each Thursday evening, from 5 to 7 pm in the Adult Coloring Room located near Local History.

Studies have proven that creative activities, like coloring, help reduce anxiety and promote personal wellness.  Public libraries across the country are finding that events like this are fostering a deeper sense of community too.   So even if you don’t consider yourself the “creative type,” come experience all the benefits that coloring provides, meet new people and have some fun!   

We will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons and markers, light refreshments and background music so all you need to bring is you!  Adults 18 and older are welcome.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium
December 6th and 20th

Would the child in your life like to practice reading out loud to some furry friends?  Children's Department Staff will read a story, and then PawPrint Ministries will introduce their dogs and talk about what they do in the community. Afterward, children will have the opportunity to read to the dogs, taking turns in small groups with a canine friend. Children from K-8 can sign up, but the class size is limited to10 children per class, so please sign up soon! First come, first served. The child's adult and siblings can attend too, or wait in the Children's area.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Yoga
Every Tuesday, August through December
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Madden Auditorium


 

Thursday, Dec. 27, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

True Colors
Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Quiet Study Room

Release your “inner child” and join us for Adult Coloring Night at the Decatur Public Library each Thursday evening, from 5 to 7 pm in the Adult Coloring Room located near Local History.

Studies have proven that creative activities, like coloring, help reduce anxiety and promote personal wellness.  Public libraries across the country are finding that events like this are fostering a deeper sense of community too.   So even if you don’t consider yourself the “creative type,” come experience all the benefits that coloring provides, meet new people and have some fun!   

We will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons and markers, light refreshments and background music so all you need to bring is you!  Adults 18 and older are welcome.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Yoga
Every Tuesday, August through December
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Madden Auditorium


 

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 2, 12:00 pm, Staley Room
 

Mother to Mother welcomes all moms with the purpose of creating a non-judgmental, confidential environment where women can share thoughts and feelings, receive support and obtain information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. “Lap” children are welcome, but at this time, we do not have child care available for older children.

Meetings are facilitated by Karla Thornton, MAC, LPC and Katie Eytchison, Certified Peer-Facilitator. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions, please call 424-2900, ext. 173.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 12:15 pm
Wednesday, January 2, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium
Author & Speaker: Lynn Potter (pen name Mary Lynn)
Book: My Plot of Ground: The History and Legends of Culver House

Local author Mary Lynn will share the story of Culver House as presented in her most recent book and speak about the house’s history and on-going restoration. Books will be available for purchase at $20.00 per copy.

At this meeting attendees will elect Friends of the Library Board for 2019.

 

Thursday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m.
Baby TALK Times are small parent-child groups designed for families with children from birth to three to share parenting questions and concerns, to celebrate babies' achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays.  Baby TALK Times are held in the Childen's Auditorium on the 2nd floor, and sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Public Library.  Registration NOT required.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

True Colors
Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Quiet Study Room

Release your “inner child” and join us for Adult Coloring Night at the Decatur Public Library each Thursday evening, from 5 to 7 pm in the Adult Coloring Room located near Local History.

Studies have proven that creative activities, like coloring, help reduce anxiety and promote personal wellness.  Public libraries across the country are finding that events like this are fostering a deeper sense of community too.   So even if you don’t consider yourself the “creative type,” come experience all the benefits that coloring provides, meet new people and have some fun!   

We will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons and markers, light refreshments and background music so all you need to bring is you!  Adults 18 and older are welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Thursday, January 3 & 17, 6 pm)
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium
January 3rd and 17th

Would the child in your life like to practice reading out loud to some furry friends?  Children's Department Staff will read a story, and then PawPrint Ministries will introduce their dogs and talk about what they do in the community. Afterward, children will have the opportunity to read to the dogs, taking turns in small groups with a canine friend. Children from K-8 can sign up, but the class size is limited to10 children per class, so please sign up soon! First come, first served. The child's adult and siblings can attend too, or wait in the Children's area.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 3, 6:00 pm, Staley Room

When the subject of “race” comes up, many people choose to avoid it. As a result, it continues to be a taboo subject. The Racial Taboo Initiative is working to change that, and bring communities and people together. The Initiative hopes to facilitate the beginnings of conversations and relationships, and remove the boundaries of the past. Join the Racial Taboo Committee and listen, discuss, and take action to improve our community.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Yoga
Every Tuesday, August through December
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Madden Auditorium


 

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.
BabyTALK Times are small parent-child groups designed for families with children from birth to three to share parenting questions and concerns, to celebrate babies' achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays. BabyTALK Times are held in the Children's Auditorium on the 2nd floor. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by Friends of the Decatur Public Library.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 8, 6:30pm, Staley Room
Whiteout
by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber

You can't get any further down than the bottom of the world - Antarctica. Cold, desolate, nothing but ice and snow for miles and miles. Carrie Stetko is a U.S. Marshal, and she's made The Ice her home. In its vastness, she has found a place where she can forget her troubled past and feel at peace... Until someone commits a murder in her jurisdiction and that peace is shattered. The murderer is one of five men scattered across the continent, and he has more reason to hide than just the slaying. Several ice samples were taken from the area around the body, and the depth of the drilling signifies something particular was removed. Enter Lily Sharpe, who wants to know what was so important another man's life had to be taken for it. But are either of the women prepared for the secrets and betrayals at the core of the situation? From Amazon.

 

Thursday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.
Baby TALK Times are small parent-child groups designed for families with children from birth to three to share parenting questions and concerns, to celebrate babies' achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays.  Baby TALK Times are held in the Childen's Auditorium on the 2nd floor, and sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Public Library.  Registration NOT required.
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