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December Books Between Bites - December 7th 12:15, Madden Auditorium

pacific crucible

Pacific Crucible, War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll. Presented by Judith Kimmons

The first book, of a three book trilogy. Did Japan really want war with the United States?  If not, why did an armada of Japanese warplanes appear suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastate the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Pacific Crucible begins with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  It tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history. It culminates with the Battle of Midway.

the last painting of sara de vos

January 3 - The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. The engaging novel centers on the fictional Dutch artist Sara de Vos.  The first woman to be so recognized, de Vos was admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland in 1631. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos, a haunting landscape, is known to remain.  An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both the original and her forgery are en route to her museum. Presented by Bev Hackney, Reference Librarian, Decatur Public Library

Destiny of a Republic

February 1 - Destiny of The Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard. The extraordinary New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy- presented by Mark Sorensen

Book Sales

December 10th - Second Saturday Book Sale - 930am - 1230pm, on the second floor at the Decatur Public Library

all the light

new books

new books
Find great books, and dvds and cds at the next monthly sale!

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Ella Minnow Peas

November 2 - Jackie Goeppinger is a retired child and adolescent therapist.  She talked about “Ella Minnow Pea and A, B, Cs,” based on the book, Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters, by Mark Dunn.  Ella Minnow Pea is a story about letters in letters based on the immortal pangram, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

dr profeta

October 1 - Uncomfortable Conversations:  Death The Patient in Room 9 Says He's God

Dr. Louis Profeta shared his experiences as an ER physician at a busy Indianapolis hospital, as detailed in his book, The Patient in Room 9 Says He’s God.  Dr. Profeta also discussed philosophical and professional concerns surrounding contemporary end-of-life practices. 

dr white

September 7th - Dr Patrick White, President of Millikin University spoke about the book: The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation. Authors: Antoine W. van Agtmael and Alfred Bakker.

Friends of the Decatur Public Library Mission

The purposes of the Friends of the Decatur Public Library are charitable, literary and educational. These purposes are:

We hope you will consider joining us in our mission to help Decatur Public Library serve our community in the best way possible!

Katie Gross, Head of the Children's Department at Decatur Public Library had this to say:

Over the past quarter of a century that I have been head of the Children's Division, the Friends have provided, among many other things, ongoing financial support for quality summer reading programs, and birthday gift books for one-year-olds, enhancing the library's partnership with Baby TALK.  The hard work and dedication of the Friends is a real morale booster,  saying volumes about the importance of the library to people in our community.  The  Friends' efforts are integral to providing good library service at Decatur Public Library!