Quilt Sale: Angela Roberts, Friend of Decatur Public Library member, won the Quilt Raffle at the November Second Saturday Sale. Kathryn Mast, FOL Board Member, donated the quilt and made arrangements for the raffle. We thank Kathryn not only for the generous donation of this beautiful quilt, but also her diligence for making this raffle possible. Proceeds went to the FOL. Thanks everyone!
Books Between Bites

how technology won  the civil war December 6th - Don Chamberlain, a retired school teacher, and current President of the Decatur Civil War Round Table , will be book talking about Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War by Thomas F. Army, Jr. Using PowerPoint, maps, photos and drawings, Don will present a delightful program summarizing Dr. Army's book and the role of engineering in the American Civil War


city of thorns January 3rd - John Schirle, from our very own Children's Department, will keep us riveted with his review of City of Thorns: Nine Lives In The World's Largest Refuge Camp by Ben Rawlence. Voted best book of 2016 by The Economist, this book is the timely story of the desperate lives of nine individuals, and what life is really like in the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Second Saturday Book Sale

December 9th - Second Floor of the Decatur Public Library 9:30-12:30. Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks $.50. Newer Fiction $3. DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks are also available.


Some of the newer $3 books available.


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martin luther book Novermber 1st - Mark Sorensen reviewed Oxford professor Lyndal Roper's 2016 book, Martin Luther, Renegade or Prophet. Luther nailed a copy of his 95 Theses concerning a debate about indulgences to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.  The book delves in to Martin Luther's personality, and argues that Luther had enormous historical effects for both good and ill.  Sorensen is a former teacher of comparative religion and is currently president of the DPL Board of Trustees.

Amy Zietllow October 4th - Amy Ziettlow reviewed the book she's co-authored with Law Professor, Naomi Cahn, titled Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care Loss. This book follows the caregiving and loss experiences of more than 60 families in south Louisiana. Through their stories of family, care, and love, we see how the American family now includes beloved stepparents, even ex-stepparents, and learn how a broad definition of family demands careful planning and preparation for honoring our parents and stepparents as they age or face serious illness. She brings her experience as a Hospice chaplain and administrator as well as a parish pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran in Decatur, into conversation with Professor Cahn expertise in family law, trusts. and estates law.

Jodi Picoult September 6th. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult will be discussed by Dick Virgin. Another high quality effort by Jodi Picoult who uses a true story as the basis of a gripping novel that embroils the reader in a contemporary story. An AfroAmerican nurse finds herself facing charges of allowing an infant child of white supremacists parents to die after they had her removed from their child's care.

Richard Virgin, a native Midwesterner, is a retired public school administrator who worked in a variety of school districts including District #61.  He spent the last 15 years of his career opening and building a unique educational program of voluntary desegregation in an urban community collaborating with 12 rural/suburban school districts of Connecticut. It's success led to the development of a proliferation of desegregated magnet schools in Connecticut.

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!