Thursday, November 19, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
When we kicked off the 8th Annual Adult Reading Challenge on January 17th, we had no idea that 2020 would be a pandemic year with quarantines, stay-at-home orders, library closures and no book club meetings. So if you have stuck with us for the 8th Annual Adult Reading Challenge, we applaud your perseverance!
This is the last task of the year and will finish the Notes on Reading Challenge. We wanted this to be a treat not a trick so are releasing this task earlier than usual. The last task is to read a book where the title of the book is also the title of a song. The titles have to match the song title exactly. The exception is if it is a Non-Fiction title, the words before the colon must match exactly, and what comes after the colon does not matter. You can find a list of eligible books in the DPL catalog labeled “November Task for 2020 ARC”. We have also printed the list and put a copy in the notebook outside our office door. These lists are suggestions to help you, but are not the only books that will work. You may find books we did not list. When you fill in the November task on your reading log please list book title, author and the singer or group who recorded the song.
Since this is the last task, as you finish the challenge you may turn in your reading logs. The last day to turn them in is Thursday, December 3, 2020. This is a different date than what is listed on the brochure you received when you signed up for the challenge, but a lot has changed this year! The winners will be announced on this blog and our website on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
You may drop off reading logs to the Marketing and Outreach office (now located across from Youth Services department) anytime the library is open. If we are not in our office, please make sure your name and the phone number where we can contact you is written on the front of your reading log then slide it under the door. We will contact the winners by phone and post the list for everyone to see.
Thank you for playing along this year, we hope you read some great books and will sign up for the 2021 Challenge in January.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Starting this Saturday, (October 3rd) DPL will be open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. On this first Saturday we are open since March, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a Book Donation Drive from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. If you have books, magazines, or media materials you have been wanting to donate to the library, drive through the circular drive on Cherry Street to drop off your donation. Friends members will be on hand to unload your donations, so you won’t even have to get out of your vehicle. All proceeds will benefit the Decatur Public Library.
October also brings the 39th Annual Quilt Show, so be sure to come into the Library and see it. There are 32 quilts hanging in the library now through October 30th. There are voting slips on the table beside the New Arrivals bookshelf, so vote for your favorite quilt before we close on Wednesday, October 21st. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Viewer’s Choice and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the pictorial category; ribbons for both categories will be posted on Thursday, October 22nd.
This year has been a crash course in strange and different. If you had told us last year that 2020 was going to be a year of quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and mandatory face masks in public, we would not have believed you. At the end of 2019, that scenario would have sounded like something out of Hollywood. Cue the opening music, because 2020 has one more moviesque moment for us. Remember Footloose? A real life town in Missouri has banned dancing. This inspired the October task-read a book where dancing is part of the story.
We hope you are still reading and working on the Adult Reading Challenge. If you’re finished and ready to turn in your reading log, you can drop it off in the Marketing and Outreach office now through Monday, November 30th.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
We have been really depressed about the lack of programs to push in the blog each month of this never-ending, pandemic-ridden year. However, good news - finally! Decatur Public Library will be hosting the 39th annual Quilt Show this year in October. You can call the Marketing and Outreach office at 256-340-5780 to reserve a space (limit 2 quilts per person) and you must have the quilts turned in to us by Wednesday, September 23rd by 3:00 pm. They will be on display October 1st through October 30th. Voting for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place “Viewer’s Choice” ribbons will be open October 1st through October 21st. Be sure to come in and vote for your favorite!
As this is being written, we still have no word on when we might plan for a Book Club Meeting. We are not giving up, though. We are hopeful we can start planning small programs sometime this fall. If limited attendance is a condition of hosting Book Club, we might have to schedule a couple of meetings with limited registration for each one. We would of course take notes on all books discussed and post the information in the Adult Reading Challenge binder outside our office to keep everyone up to date.
For the September task for the Adult Reading Challenge, read a book that has the word “Music” in the title. The book does not have to be about music, just has to have the word "music" in the title. There are several in the physical collection, and CamelliaNet, and hoopla both have titles that will work as well.
We miss all of you!