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, May. 29, 9:00 am
YA & Adult Summer Reading Programs will begin Tuesday, May 29th.

Rules:
  1. Sign-up and get your passport to record where reading takes you this summer. You may sign-up at any point during the program.
  2. Read books! Read whatever books you want, in any format you want! Just read!
  3. Check-in with your Passport each week to gain weekly swag and an entry for the Grand Prizes. Entries will be in the form of stamps, which participants will fill-out with identifying information and placed in our tower of suitcases.
  4. For bonus entries, fill out and return book review forms and tell people where reading has taken you! Reviews will be posted for others to view and discover.
  5. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 5:30 pm. Prizes & grand prizes will be drawn for both divisions, Young Adult (13-18) and Adult (19-100+). This year we plan to offer the chance for one of TWO Kindle Fire 7's in each division!
Tuesday, May. 29, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Tuesday, May. 29, 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.
Wednesday, May. 30, 5:30 pm
Now Showing…
Join our host, Marc, for movies with some of your favorite actors and actresses (that may or may not have hit it big at the box office).
Wednesday, May 30th @ 5:30
The Birds (1963) PG-13
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Thursday, May. 31, 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, May. 31, 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.

Monday, Jun. 4, 5:30 pm
Now Showing…

Monday, June 4th @ 5:30
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) NR

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.and please feel free to bring whatever would make your child most comfortable. Open to all.Return of our FREE Thursday Family movies for the summer! Join us for a review of Disney's greatest animated films, Thursdays at 2:00pm throughout the summer. All family movies will be shown with inclusion in mind. Pillows for alternative seating will be available

 
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Tuesday, Jun. 5, 6:30 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.
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, June 6, 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, Jun. 6, 12:15 pm
Wednesday, June 6, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium
Speaker: Shirley Elkin
Book: Your Body Believes Every Word You Say
Author: Barbara Hoberman Levine
           
Barbara Levine’s struggle with a then-inoperable brain tumor led her to discover “seed thoughts” and “core beliefs” that link one’s mind and body.  She traced common phrases like “that breaks my heart” and “it’s a pain in the butt” to underlying beliefs on which they are based and the symptoms they cause.
(From the book’s back cover)
 
Shirley Elkin is a retired teacher of Speech, English, General Semantics and Debate. She is also creator of the speaking/training business, Communication Dynamics.
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 5:30 pm
Now Showing…

Wednesday, June 6th @ 5:30
Lady Bird (2017) R
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Return of our FREE Thursday Family movies for the summer! Join us for a review of Disney's greatest animated films, Thursdays at 2:00pm throughout the summer. All family movies will be shown with inclusion in mind. Pillows for alternative seating will be available. Open to all.
 
Thursday, Jun. 7, 10:30 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, Jun. 7, 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, Jun. 7, 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 7, 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.
Saturday, Jun. 9, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book Sale Room
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, Jun. 9, 2:00 pm
Now Showing…

Saturday, June 9th @ 2:00
Space Jam (1996) PG
In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Return of our FREE Thursday Family movies for the summer! Join us for a review of Disney's greatest animated films, Thursdays at 2:00pm throughout the summer. All family movies will be shown with inclusion in mind. Pillows for alternative seating will be available. Open to all.
 
Monday, Jun. 11, 10:00 am
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
Monday, June 11, 2018
10:00 am
 
We will cover basic Microsoft Word Basics, resume building, creating and saving a document, using the library catalog and databases, and much, much more.
 
Registration is required please. Please register at the front desk OR call 424-2900.
Monday, Jun. 11, 5:30 pm
Now Showing…

Monday, June 11th @ 5:30
The Philadelphia Story (1940) NR
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Return of our FREE Thursday Family movies for the summer! Join us for a review of Disney's greatest animated films, Thursdays at 2:00pm throughout the summer. All family movies will be shown with inclusion in mind. Pillows for alternative seating will be available. Open to all.
 
Tuesday, Jun. 12, 10:00 am
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
10:00 am
 
Staff will assist in signing participants up for the six week online course. Participants may use the computer lab weekly to complete these online classes (if available).
 
One of the most basic skills needed in any job is writing reports and letters using Microsoft Word 2016. In this course, you'll gain the foundational skills you need to make the most of this powerful program.
 
Learn how to add and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; and format your text. Learn how to save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents.
 
Learn dozens of ways to modify the appearance and content of your documents by adjusting page margins, paragraph tab settings, and line spacing to create great-looking documents quickly and easily.
 
Use Word's spell and grammar checker, to catch typos and grammatical mistakes before you print or share your document with others. You'll also explore the program's thesaurus feature, which can help you find exactly the right word.
 
Registration is required please. Please register at the front desk OR call 424-2900.
 
About The Instructor
Wallace Wang is the author of over 40 computer books including "Microsoft Office 2016 For Dummies."
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