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.

 
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Books Between Bites
12:15 pm
 Books Between Bites
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:15 pm
Wednesday, October 1, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium
No Horizon is So Far: Two Women and their Extraordinary Journey Across Antartica
by Liv Arnesen, Ann Bancroft and Cheryl Dahle

Speaker: Chuck Shonkwiler

The book tells an unbelievable, true story of bravery an...read more
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Baby TALK Times
 Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Oct. 2
(Thursdays at 10 a.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Computer Help Monday
10:30 am
 Computer Help Monday
Monday, Oct. 6, 10:30 am
Monday, October 6, 10:30am, Computer Lab
This very basic computer session that focuses on the basics of computers and computer related problems. Bring your computer and laptop questions. Learn what to look for when purchasing a com...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Basic iPad and iPhone
4:30 pm
 Basic iPad and iPhone
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 7, 4:30pm, Computer Lab
Exploring the settings, setting up an iTunes account, backing up your device to the iCloud, downloading apps, setting up email accounts, setting up FaceTime and messages. Must have an email ...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Baby TALK Times
6 p.m.
 Baby TALK Times
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m.
(Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Baby TALK Times
 Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Oct. 9
(Thursdays at 10 a.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Introductory Word
1:30pm
 Introductory Word
Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30pm
Thursday, October 9, 1:30pm, Computer Lab
This session prepares the user for basic Microsoft Word. The very basics of navigation, file types, and opening a word document are covered.
Registration required.

Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Friends of the Library 2nd Saturday Used Book Sale
9:30 am
Friends of the Library 2nd Saturday Used Book Sale
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9:30 am
October 11, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Now is the time to shop all our new, refreshed displays of used books. Through the help of the United Way's Action Day in...read more
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Baby TALK Times
6 p.m.
 Baby TALK Times
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
(Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Basic PC
10:45 am
 Basic PC
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10:45 am
Wednesday, October 15, 10:45am, Computer Lab
Must be able to use a mouse and keyboard. Learn the difference between hardware and software, how to open files and access the internet. This session covers computer basics, computer ter...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Basic Microsoft Word
4:30pm
 Basic Microsoft Word
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm
Wednesday, October 15, 4:30pm, Computer Lab
This session covers the basic functions of word processing via Microsoft Word 2010 such as formatting text, aligning paragraphs and changing line spacing, cut, copy & paste and undo/r...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Baby TALK Times
 Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Oct. 16
(Thursdays at 10 a.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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DPL Book Club
1:00pm
 DPL Book Club
Thursday, Oct. 16, 1:00pm
Thursday, October 16, 1:00pm, Board Room
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
by Jennifer Chiaverini
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress,...read more
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French Conversation Classes for Free
5:30 pm
French Conversation Classes for Free
Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 16, 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 13, 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 4, 5:30 pm
In the Staley Room at Decatur Public LibraryTaught by Dr. Paul Touré
Assistant Professor of French
Department of Modern Languages
Millikin Universityread more
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St. Mary’s Health Series
5:30pm
 St. Mary’s Health Series
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30pm
Mental Health
Speaker: Steve Rathnow, LCPC
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm, Staley Room
Decatur Public Library
You are invited to join Steve Rathnow, Senior Counselor for St. Mary's Behavioral Health, to talk about mental health and counseling resources. This will be a FRE...read more
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Baby TALK Times
6 p.m.
 Baby TALK Times
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
(Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Beginning Excel
10:30 am
 Beginning Excel
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 am
Wednesday, October 22, 10:30am, Computer Lab
This Excel session is the beginning of a 3 part session where we will discuss Spreadsheet Basics, Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar, Movement Keys, Accessing Help, Working with Formulas, E...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Beginning Excel
5:30 pm
 Beginning Excel
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30pm, Computer Lab
This Excel session is the beginning of a 3 part session where we will discuss Spreadsheet Basics, Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar, Movement Keys, Accessing Help, Working with Formulas, En...read more
Register Online or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.
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Baby TALK Times
 Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Oct. 23
(Thursdays at 10 a.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Chemistry Live!
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Chemistry Live!
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Chemistry Live!
Children's Department Auditorium

Kids and families -- plan to drop in any time from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 in the Children's Department auditorium to see chemistry in action
 
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DPL Nonfiction Book Club
1:00pm
 DPL Nonfiction Book Club
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1:00pm
Tuesday, October 28, 1:00pm, Board Room
Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University
by Gaye Tuchman
Based on years of observation at a large state university, Wannabe U tracks the dispiriting consequences of trading in traditional educational values for loyalty to t...read more
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Baby TALK Times
6 p.m.
 Baby TALK Times
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m.
(Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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Just a Guy by William Horton
3:00pm
 Just a Guy by William Horton
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 29, 3:00pm, Madden Auditorium
Local Author introducing his book, a memoir, about what it is like to be an ordinary man, from an ordinary family, living his life in Central Illinois, surrounded by other ordinary folk.


 
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Baby TALK Times
 Baby TALK Times
Thursday, Oct. 30
(Thursdays at 10 a.m.)

Held in children’s auditorium for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Children play, adults chat about child rearing issues, and Ms. Susan from Baby TALK shares books, music, and fingerplays with the group.
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