Book Clubs

Interested in joining a book club? The Decatur Public Library offers three different book clubs and you can drop in any time! You do not have to the read the book to attend discussions.

Books Between Bites is organized by the Friends of the Decatur Public Library and is not a standard book club. There is a speaker that comes in to present about a book or topic. They meet the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15pm in the Madden Auditorium.

Wednesday, May 7, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium

The Presidents’ Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

Speaker: John Dunn

How presidents from Hoover to Obama worked with–and sometimes, against–each other when they were in and out of power.

John Dunn served on the Decatur City Council from 1971 to 1975. He was the Illinois State Representative for the Decatur area from 1975 to 1995. He has also performed in twenty Theater 7 shows. He has been married to Barbara for more than fifty years and has four children and nine grandchildren.

DPL Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the board room. This club reads a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

Thursday, April 17, 1:00pm, Board Room
Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Amim

This is the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies’ club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April’. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, but aloof, Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love. From Amazon

DPL Non-Fiction Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm in the board room. This club reads only non-fiction titles.

Tuesday, April 22, 1:00pm, Board Room
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. From Barnes & Nobles

Please join us for one or all of our book clubs!