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:
Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Dec. 14, 10:00 (Thursdays at 10:00)
Babies, toddlers and their parents/caregivers meet with a Baby TALK teacher in the children's auditorium for parenting conversations, playtime, stories, fingerplays & songs.  (Birth to 3)  Sponsored by Friends of Decatur Public Library.
Parent Leadership Training Initiative
Thursday, Dec. 14, 4:30 - 8 p.m. (Thursdays 4:30 - 8 p.m.)
Parent / Community advocacy training  for a cohort of 20 adults Thursday evenings October - March. Sponsored by The Community Foundation, Millikin University, Decatur Public Schools & Decatur Public Library.
Adult Coloring Night
Thursday, Dec. 14, 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.

Yoga
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Baby TALK Times
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 p.m. (Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)
Babies, toddlers and their parents/caregivers meet with a Baby TALK teacher in the children's auditorium for parenting conversations, playtime, stories, fingerplays & songs.  (Birth to 3)  Sponsored by Friends of Decatur Public Library.
Movies @ Your Library!
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm
Now Showing…
Tuesday, December 19th @ 6:00 pm – The Dark Tower


 
The Decatur Vegetarian Society
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 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.

The Decatur Vegetarian Society
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Quiet Study Room
          Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share (with ingredients written down) and your own table service and drink.
            The Decatur Vegetarian Society will continue to meet here every third Wednesday of the month.
DPL Book Club
Thursday, Dec. 21, 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 21, 1:00pm, Board Room
Chance Developments
by Alexander McCall Smith

From the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes this splendid collection. Inspired by vintage photographs, these five lyrical stories capture the surprising intersections of love and friendship that alter life's journeys. 

A smiling girl leading a younger girl astride a pony, and a boy in a kilt on a tricycle beside them, gives rise to a story of a lifelong romance between the two riders. A dapper, roguish-looking man perching on a lady's knee sparks the story of a ventriloquist and an animal handler who work in a circus, and who, under the most delightfully unexpected circumstances, fall in love. The image of a woman haloed by light in a train station becomes the lighthearted tale of a nun's decision to leave the sisterhood and discover what the big city has to offer. Charming and poignant, this collection brims with the flourishes of grace and humor that could only come from the pen of Alexander McCall Smith. From Amazon.
Movies @ Your Library!
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2:00 pm
Now Showing…
Thursday, December 21st @ 2:00 pm – Despicable Me 3


 
Parent Leadership Training Initiative
Thursday, Dec. 21, 4:30 - 8 p.m. (Thursdays 4:30 - 8 p.m.)
Parent / Community advocacy training  for a cohort of 20 adults Thursday evenings October - March. Sponsored by The Community Foundation, Millikin University, Decatur Public Schools & Decatur Public Library.
Adult Coloring Night
Thursday, Dec. 21, 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.

Racial Taboo: Continuing the Conversation
Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 21, 6:00pm, 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.
Yoga
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

DPL Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 26, 1:00pm, Board Room
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
by Sam Kean
Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing.

In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title.* With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

*"The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons" refers to the case of French king Henri II, who in 1559 was lanced through the skull during a joust, resulting in one of the most significant cases in neuroscience history. For hundreds of years scientists have gained important lessons from traumatic accidents and illnesses, and such misfortunes still represent their greatest resource for discovery. From Amazon.
Movies @ Your Library!
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2:00 pm
Now Showing…
Thursday, December 28th @ 2:00 pm – Cars 3
 
Adult Coloring Night
Thursday, Dec. 28, 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.

Yoga
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Movies @ Your Library
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 5:30 pm
Now Showing…
Tuesday, January 2nd @ 5:30 pm – Wind River
Books Between Bites
Wednesday, Jan. 3, 12:15pm

Wednesday, January 3, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium

Speaker: John Schirle
Book: City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Author: Ben Rawlence

 

Decatur Public Library’s own John Schirle from the Children’s Department will keep you riveted with his review of City of Thorns. Voted best book of 2016 by The Economist, this book is the timely story of the desperate lives  of nine individuals, and what life is really like in the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.
 

To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; Tawane, the indomitable youth leader; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio-political investigative journalism, doing for Dadaab what Katherinee Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers did for the Mumbai slums. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home. From Amazon.

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