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:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:00 pm

Building Illinois Railroads
with Don Chamberlain

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 pm, Madden Auditorium

The dramatic changes to intermodal transport had far reaching impact upon the course of Illinois history. The building of the Illinois Central Railroad changed the population and culture of Illinois citizens, as it was built. After establishing rail connections from Cairo, Illinois south to Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, the IC expected even more profits. Then the Civil War began and the southern routes were compromised. Although the lines were compromised the IC continued to be very important for the Union cause during the Civil War in several unexpected ways.

Born and educated in Decatur, Illinois, Don taught biology/chemistry at Eisenhower High School for 31 years before retiring in 2000. He is known far and wide as an excellent speaker and his in-depth knowledge of this subject make it a can't miss part of our Bicentennial series.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Staley Room

Decatur Area Poets exists to create, share and kindly critique original works by local writers of poetry, essays, short stories and spoken word. Interested writers at any level of experience are welcome to join. We are open to learning different genres and forms of writing and presenting material. DAP is dedicated to engaging our community in both the written and spoken arts.
Monday, Oct. 22, 12:30 pm
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

Monday, October 22, 2018
12:30 pm

Must be familiar with keyboarding, computer basics. This session explains the components of a spreadsheet and how to store data in it. Students will also learn to perform basic mathematical tasks, create charts and graphs in a spreadsheet, and learn about the various options available for printing a spreadsheet.

Registration is required please.

Monday, Oct. 22, 5:30 pm

Now Showing…

Monday, October 22nd @ 5:30
Three Identical Strangers (2018) PG-13

Imagine your first day of college, everyone recognizes you and welcomes you to the campus, but you've never been there before and none of these people are familiar in the least. Now imagine you discover the reason they were so warm is because you happen to have a twin brother who attended the college the previous year, a twin brother you never knew about. This is just the start of Three Identical Strangers, a stranger than fiction documentary that unravels one of the wildest, darkest real life stories you'll ever witness, with one bombshell after another. This movie is rated PG-13 for some thematic material.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00pm, Board Room
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
by Jim Robbins

In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen's as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-twentieth century, and how these needs mirror our cultural ones.

A mix of reportage and rant, personal history and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers.
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Tuesday, Oct. 23, 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, Oct. 23, 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.

Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Each Other: Creating Our Future
Tuesday, September 25, 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).

Thursday, Oct. 25, 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, Oct. 25, 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, Oct. 27, 2:00 pm

Now Showing…

Saturday, October 27th @ 2:00
Sensory Friendly

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) G

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
 

Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 pm

Now Showing…

Monday, October 29th @ 5:30
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) R
Bill Murray plays an eccentric oceanographer out to find the mystical shark that ate his friend in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a quirky, brisk comedy that boasts a remarkable ensemble cast. In addition to Murray, we have Angelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and more. This movie has beautiful, sometimes surreal visuals, razor sharp dialogue and character development, and Anderson's usual quirk filled atmosphere. This movie is rated R for language, some drug use, violence, and partial nudity.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


 

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Tuesdays, September 4,18, October 2, 30, & November 6, 5:30 pm)

with Gary Geisler

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Madden Auditorium
September 4, 18, October 2, 30 and November 6

This is a six-part presentation on the Presidency of the United States of America.  This will be a non-partisan discussion on the office of the Presidency, the powers that the President holds and the limits of those powers.

The presentation is designed for the high school student, but is open to the public.  The subjects shall include: the political aspects of the Presidency, administrative powers,   ability to affect legislature, judicial selection, the pardon power, 25th amendment and dysfunction of the President, impeachment.

The presentation is not intended and will not delve into current controversies or ideologies.  However, the program will serve to enlighten or remind us of the structure of the office and its established patterns.

Gary Geisler is an attorney who has practiced law in Decatur for 41 years.  He graduated from MacArthur High School in 1970 and then attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in Political Science with High Honors.  He then graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Gary has been a long standing student and reader of different aspects of our country, both political and cultural. 

Gary is also known for his series of light hearted articles and essays designed to entertain, rather than to enlighten.

He has been a volunteer in the Local History Room at the Decatur Public Library for the past year.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 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, Oct. 30, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium

Kids will hear stories, make a Halloween craft, and get a treat bag!

Wednesday, Oct. 31, all day!

Now Showing…

Wednesday, October 31st Halloween Marathon
Join our film curator for an eclectic mix of spooky, creepy and even slightly terrifying films culminating in a showing of "The Shining" (1980) R. The Madden will have spooks and shrieks all day; you're free to come and go as you may! Follow us on Facebook or stop in each week as the fog rises ... titles and start times are revealed.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 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, Nov. 1, 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, Nov. 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

A Christmas Carol Book
Thursday, November 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Madden

Join us for some holiday crafting fun! We'll be turning used books into holiday decorations inspired by A Christmas Carol! Ages 10 and up are welcome. Registration is suggested.
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