2nd Annual Tournament of Books

DPL is conducting a Tournament of Books! 32 books/series will be “competing” for your vote over 5 weeks. Your votes will decide the weekly winners, and which titles move on. Best part? You can fill out a bracket with your predictions as to who will win, for the chance to earn prizes! AND OUR CHAMPION […]

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Movies @ Your Library!

NOW SHOWING… April 2018, Madden Auditorium Saturday April 21 10:00am The Good Dinosaur (2015) PG In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Special Sensory Friendly showing of The Good Dinosaur. We’re dimming the lights, lowering the volume, and setting out the big pillows for alternative seating.  There will […]

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Book Clubs

Interested in joining a book club? The Decatur Public Library offers 4 different book clubs and you can drop in any time! You do not have to the read the book to attend discussions, but you will want to.       DPL Non-Fiction Book Club The Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm in the […]

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Computer Classes

April Computer Classes Basic Computers Thursday, April 5, 10:00 am, Computer Lab  or call 217-424-2900 x. 7. Assistance with basic computer skills, using the library catalog and databases, and much, much more! Tech Drop In Monday, April 16, 10:00 am, Computer Lab  or call 217-424-2900 x. 7. Get assistance with using a computer, tablet, or […]

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Young Adult Writers Poetry Contest

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world!                                                              -John Keating, Dead Poets Society   In Celebration of National Poetry Month, […]

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Racial Taboo

Thursday, May 3, 6:00 pm Thursday, May 17, 6:00 pm Staley Room When the subject of “race” comes up, many people choose to avoid it. As a result, it continues to be a taboo subject. The Racial Taboo Initiative is working to change that, and bring communities and people together. The Initiative hopes to facilitate […]

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Educational Opportunities

lynda.com – Decatur Public Library (DPL) is pleased to offer its cardholders access to lynda.com’s library of instructional videos. Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a DPL library cardholder you can access lynda.com content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit DPL library card barcode and 4-digit PIN. Log […]

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Your Online Cookbook!

NEW AT DECATUR PUBLIC LIBRARY! AtoZ World Food – DPL is pleased to announce that it now offers AtoZ World Food to its patrons. If you think that spice the variety of life and love international cuisine, AtoZ World Food has you covered. AtoZ World Food is the only food database that contains traditional recipes […]

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Give the Gift of Life

Decatur Public Library Blood Drive Thursday, June 7 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Madden Auditorium To save your spot click here:  https://www.bloodcenterimpact.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/70260 Or call the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 Thank you for supporting the local blood supply and helping us save lives! Remember us in the future. Thursday, August 2nd Thursday, October 4th […]

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How Springfield, Not Decatur, Stayed the State Capital

Saturday, April 21, 2:00 pm Madden Auditorium Speaker: Mark Sorensen   Official Macon County Historian, Mark Sorensen, will reveal how and why Springfield became and has remained Illinois’ state capital, as opposed to Decatur or another locale. This is the second in a series of library programs covering aspects of Decatur and Illinois history leading […]

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