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:
Monday, Mar. 25, 10:30am
Monday, March 25, 2019, 10:30 am, Computer Lab

Get assistance with basic Microsoft Word Basics, resume building, creating and saving a document, using the library catalog and databases, and much, much more! 

 

 

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 1:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26, 1:00pm, Board Room
China’s Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and he End of the Chinese Miracle
by Dinny McMahon

Over the course of a decade spent reporting on the ground in China as a financial journalist, Dinny McMahon gradually came to the conclusion that the widely held belief in China’s inevitable economic ascent is dangerously wrong.

 
In this unprecedented deep dive, McMahon shows how, lurking behind the illusion of prosperity, China’s economic growth has been built on a staggering mountain of debt. While stories of newly built but empty cities, white elephant state projects, and a byzantine shadow banking system, have all become a regular fixture in the press in recent years, McMahon goes beyond the headlines to explain how such waste has been allowed to flourish, and why one of the most powerful governments in the world has been at a loss to stop it.
 
Through the stories of ordinary Chinese citizens, McMahon tries to make sense of the unique—and often bizarre—mechanics of the Chinese economy, whether it be the  state’s addiction to appropriating land from poor farmers; or why a Chinese entrepreneur decided it was cheaper to move his yarn factory to South Carolina; or why ambitious Chinese mayors build ghost cities; or why the Chinese bureaucracy was able to stare down Beijing’s attempts to break up the state’s pointless monopoly over the distribution of table salt.
 
Debt, entrenched vested interests, a frenzy of speculation, and an aging population are all pushing China toward an economic reckoning. China’s Great Wall of Debt unravels an incredibly complex and opaque economy, one whose fortunes—for better or worse—will shape the globe like never before.
From Amazon.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Class 1, Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm,
February 19 – March 26, Children’s Auditorium

READiculous, JR is a reader’s theater/creative dramatics program for kids 10-14 years old led by READiculous’ Ms. Susan and Ms. Alissa. READiculous, JR promotes self-expression, critical thinking, creativity and team work. The program will include theatre games, improvisation exercises, characterization techniques, literary interpretation and more!

To sign up, stop by the Children’s Desk or call the Children’s Desk at 217-424-2900, ext. 5.

Program supported with help from the Friends of Decatur Public Library.

 

 

Sponsored by Friends of the Decatur Public Library.
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 6:00 pm
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. Sponsored by Decatur Public Library.
Wednesday, Mar. 27
Class 2, Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm,
February 20 – March 27, Children’s Auditorium

READiculous, JR is a reader’s theater/creative dramatics program for kids 10-14 years old led by READiculous’ Ms. Susan and Ms. Alissa. READiculous, JR promotes self-expression, critical thinking, creativity and team work. The program will include theatre games, improvisation exercises, characterization techniques, literary interpretation and more!

To sign up, stop by the Children’s Desk or call the Children’s Desk at 217-424-2900, ext. 5.

Program supported with help from the Friends of Decatur Public Library.

 

 

Sponsored by Friends of the Decatur Public Library.
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium

Homeschoolers in 4th-8th grade will read a different Rebecca Caudill nominee book each month.

This group will meet the last Wednesday of the month.

In March, the group will read and discuss the book that is chosen at the February Discussion.

The link to request any Rebecca Caudill book: http://bit.ly/DPL-Caudill-2019

For more information about the Rebecca Caudill award: http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/

Thursday, Mar. 28, 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, Mar. 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday, March 28, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Madden Auditorium

The Volunteer Organizational League (VOL) was created to connect community non-profits who utilize volunteers. This group meets monthly to assess individual organization needs, the potential community volunteer's wants, crossover opportunities for use of volunteers, and much more.

The VOL group would like to come together in one space to offer community members the chance to come learn about over 30 social service agencies and the volunteer opportunities they have to offer.

Join us to find out where your time can best be used volunteering in our community. The VOL volunteer fair will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library in the Madden Auditorium. No RSVP required. Show up and explore your community volunteer options!

 

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2:00 pm
Thursday, March 28, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Children’s Floor

You are invited to join the Millikin Children's Literature class to watch READiculous bring to life a READiculous number of books! Each year Dr. Ngozi Onuorah and her students enjoy the latest program from our story-acting duo, and if you're looking for something READiculously entertaining to do with the kids over spring break - then join the fun!

Thursday, Mar. 28, 4:30 - 7:30 pm (Thursdays, March 7, 21, 28)
Thursdays, March 7, 21, 28
4:30 – 7:30 pm, Madden Auditorium, Staley Room on occasion
Saturdays, March 2, 23, 30
9:30am – 2:30pm, Madden Auditorium, Staley Room on occasion

Get FREE online filing of State and Federal income tax forms for families (more than one person in household) with $50,000 or less in total income and individuals with $25,000 or less in total income.

No appointments will be taken. First come – first served.

Please note that times and dates of this service can vary or even be cancelled due to to bad weather, staff availability, or other unforeseen circumstances. Questions? Call the Decatur Public Library at 424-2900 ext. 6131 or 6100.

What to bring with you:

  • All W-2s, W2G, and 1099s for the year(s) you want to file
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN’s) for all family members.
  • A valid (not expired) photo identification for all family members
  • Copies of last year’s State and Federal tax returns
  • Proof of bank account number and routing number, if you choose to direct deposit your tax refund
  • Total amount paid for day care and the necessary ID numbers
  • Property tax bill
  • Amount spent on college expenses

This is a FREE service provided by the students of Millikin University. The Decatur Public Library provides the location. Questions about your tax returns? Please call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040.
 

Thursday, Mar. 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.

Saturday, Mar. 30, 9:30 - 2:30pm
Thursdays, March 7, 21, 28
4:30 – 7:30 pm, Madden Auditorium, Staley Room on occasion
Saturdays, March 2, 23, 30
9:30am – 2:30pm, Madden Auditorium, Staley Room on occasion

Get FREE online filing of State and Federal income tax forms for families (more than one person in household) with $50,000 or less in total income and individuals with $25,000 or less in total income.
No appointments will be taken. First come – first served.
Please note that times and dates of this service can vary or even be cancelled due to to bad weather, staff availability, or other unforeseen circumstances. Questions? Call the Decatur Public Library at 424-2900 ext. 6131 or 6100.

What to bring with you:

  • All W-2s, W2G, and 1099s for the year(s) you want to file
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN’s) for all family members.
  • A valid (not expired) photo identification for all family members
  • Copies of last year’s State and Federal tax returns
  • Proof of bank account number and routing number, if you choose to direct deposit your tax refund
  • Total amount paid for day care and the necessary ID numbers
  • Property tax bill
  • Amount spent on college expenses

This is a FREE service provided by the students of Millikin University. The Decatur Public Library provides the location. Questions about your tax returns? Please call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040.
 

Saturday, Mar. 30, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturdays, February 2 – May 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Children’s Section

Chess Club every Saturday! Children 3rd grade to teens and their families are invited to play chess with instructor, Gene Tanta, on Saturdays in the Children’s Section. Adult must be present. No registration required.


Gene Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from The Iowa's Writers' Workshop (2000) and PhD in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee (2009). He has served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania with the University of Bucharest and has recently completed the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists. He lives in Decatur, IL and enjoys mentoring young people.

Sponsored by Decatur Public Library.
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Thursday, Apr. 4, 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.

Saturday, Apr. 6, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturdays, February 2 – May 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Children’s Section

Chess Club every Saturday! Children 3rd grade to teens and their families are invited to play chess with instructor, Gene Tanta, on Saturdays in the Children’s Section. Adult must be present. No registration required.


Gene Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from The Iowa's Writers' Workshop (2000) and PhD in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee (2009). He has served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania with the University of Bucharest and has recently completed the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists. He lives in Decatur, IL and enjoys mentoring young people.

Sponsored by Decatur Public Library.
Tuesday, Apr. 9, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Thursday, Apr. 11, 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.

Saturday, Apr. 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturdays, February 2 – May 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Children’s Section

Chess Club every Saturday! Children 3rd grade to teens and their families are invited to play chess with instructor, Gene Tanta, on Saturdays in the Children’s Section. Adult must be present. No registration required.


Gene Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from The Iowa's Writers' Workshop (2000) and PhD in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee (2009). He has served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania with the University of Bucharest and has recently completed the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists. He lives in Decatur, IL and enjoys mentoring young people.

Sponsored by Decatur Public Library.
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