Read with PawPrint Ministries

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium January 17th February 7th & 21st Would the child in your life like to practice reading out loud to some furry friends? Children’s Department staff will read a story, and then PawPrint Ministries will introduce their dogs and talk about what they do in the community.  Afterward, […]

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Wake Up Call

Eating to Avoid Diabetes Wednesday, January 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am Staley Room 1 in 3 Illinois adults have prediabetes and most don’t even know it. Prediabetes raises your risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Join University of Illinois Extension nutrition experts for a free class to understand what prediabetes is, discuss […]

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TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary

This Is Us: The Stories of Humanity Part 2 Tuesday, January 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Click HERE to register for the event. Part 3 Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Click HERE to register for the event. What is TED?  TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of […]

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Rebecca Caudill Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, January 30, 2:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium Homeschoolers in 4th-8th grade will read a different Rebecca Caudill nominee book each month. The group began in September. Students who read at least three Rebecca Caudill books by the February meeting will be able to vote for the Rebecca Caudill award. The group will meet the last […]

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Get Cookies!

2 Seconds – Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. 1:7 – 1 in 7 people entering the hospital will use blood. 1 Pint – Blood cannot be artificially made. The only way to have enough blood to save lives is through your blood donations. 3 Lives – Every pint of blood can be split into […]

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Krafty Things with Katie

Book Heart Thursday, February 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Madden Auditorium This month we are trying something new! I’m going to offer a book-folding heart just in time for Valentine’s Day! Because this kind of craft is a bit more complicated, I am limiting registration to 20.  In order to better instruct the class, there […]

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Wizard Wands!

Saturday, February 9, 3:00 – 5:00pm, Children’s Auditorium Saturday, February 23, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Children’s Auditorium Create a detailed wizard wand any Hogwart’s student would be proud to wield! For ages 12-18. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register HERE for Feb. 9 or call 217-424-2900. Free! Register HERE for Feb. 23 or call 217-424-2900. Free!

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Following in Stevenson’s Footsteps

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm, Madden Auditorium This summer, 11 of us, including 4 from Decatur, hiked the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail in southern France, a distance of about 150 miles.  Walked by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1878, the trail inspired him to write Travels with a Donkey in Cévennes (1879). That ground-breaking book is […]

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GiGi’s Playhouse

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Children’s Auditorium LMNOP (Language, Music, N’ Our Peeps) 10 – 10:45 am LMNOP is recommended for Newborn to 36-month-olds with Down syndrome and their families! This program guides parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities. […]

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DPL Poetry Book Club

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30pm, Board Room Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful―the […]

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