Thursday, April 15, 2021

April "Cast of Characters" Blog


We are so happy to have been able to take one step toward normal by launching the 9th Annual Adult Reading Challenge. While we were a little later in the year with the launch, we feel it has gotten off to a good start. If you come into the Library to sign up for the Challenge, please remember to wear a mask. While the state and city mask mandates have ended, the Decatur Public Library Board – which governs what happens here in the library – has extended our mask mandate until further notice. For the health and safety of our patrons and staff, we will require a mask to be worn when you are in the library building. We thank you for your cooperation and hope this is only for a little while longer.

For those already signed up we hope you are meeting some great characters. If you are, spread the word about the books you are reading and which clue/task they work for by sending us a book review. You can fill out the book review form by hand and drop it off at our office or go to and click on the Book Club button. This will take you to the page with the online book review form. Fill in the information and click submit to let us know about the books you would like to recommend to your fellow challenge-takers.  We are ready to put out our first newsletter but we need you to send us your reviews to make that happen.

April is National Multiple Birth Awareness Month, so this month’s task is to read a book where the characters are twins, triplets or any other form of multiple birth. The character has to be a human being; animals, aliens, etc. do not work for this task.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March "Cast of Characters" Blog


The 9th Annual Adult Reading Challenge got started a little later than normal this year, but is now in progress.  If you haven’t taken the Challenge before or just haven’t gotten by the Library to sign up yet this year, please join us as we read and meet a cast of characters. More information about the challenge can be found at .  If you are interested in participating, you can stop by the Marketing and Outreach department, call us at 256-340-5780 or email us at

The March task is to read a book with a main character that is Irish. This can be someone who lives in Ireland or someone who is defined as being Irish while living anywhere else.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

8th Annual Adult Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


Thank you to everyone who signed up for Notes on Reading Challenge this  year. Check back in January for the kick-off date for the 9th Annual Adult Reading Challenge!
Until then have a happy and safe holiday! The holiday hours for DPL are below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

November "Notes on Reading" Blog


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.

Happy Reading!