Friday, December 14, 2012

Civil War Conference March 14-16

The following information has been provided by Gettysburg College:

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War presents a unique opportunity to

engage public audiences in discussions about the long shadow of the conflict,
and the myriad ways in which this past has shaped, and continues to shape,
21st-century America. How can we, as public historians, make the most of the
platform the anniversary provides to open new conversations, both with public
audiences and with our Civil War colleagues?
Please join us in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in March 2013 as we explore this
question in a highly-conversational three-day conference on The Future of Civil
War History. Co-sponsored by Gettysburg College and Gettysburg National Military
Park, the conference, which will be held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16,
2013, will devote itself to exploring new ways the historical community can make
the Civil War past more engaging, more accessible, and more usable to public
audiences as we look beyond the 150th commemorations and to the future of Civil
War history.
Built around a wide variety of panels, presentations, working groups and field
experiences, The Future of Civil War History will feature over 150 speakers,
including Dwight Pitcaithley, Tiya Miles, Ed Linenthal, David Blight, Cathy
Stanton, David Glassberg, Barbara Franco, and Seth Bruggeman.
Sessions that may be of particular interest to public historians include:
  •  How Can Civil War Sites Offer a Usable Past During a Time of War?
  • Reinterpreting Civil War Monuments
  •  Debating Battlefield Rehabilitation
  • New Media and the Future of Civil War History
  • Building a Dialogue Among Museum Professionals, Academics, and Civil War Re-enactors
  • Sites of Violence: New Approaches to Conflict Tourism
  • Slavery and Contraband History at Civil War Sites
  • Discussing Gender at Civil War Sites
  • Interactive History: Creating a Gaming Experience at Civil War Sites
 Space is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register by
January 15. For registration information and a draft program, please visit the
conference website: Questions? Email

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Adult Reading Challenege

Starting in February of 2013, we will begin our first ever
Adult Reading Challenge!

"Visit” as many countries as you can through the magic of reading!
We will provide you with a “passport” to keep track of your “trips”, and when
the challenge is complete your stamped passport is your entry for fabulous

Here are the levels:

Visit 15 countries to be a TOURIST
Visit 25 countries to be an EXPLORER
Visit 50+ countries to be a GLOBETROTTER

We’ve set three levels so that YOU choose how much (or how little!) you want to
read.  Each level will have its own prize drawing.

We’re also making it simple to get a country “visit” stamp in your passport.
Simply read a book from the Decatur Public Library collection that:

Is set/takes place in the specific country
Is written by an author from the specific country

Sound like fun?  We think so!

Stay tuned for more details as the time for the challenge gets closer.
We will have a list of the continents and current countries, suggested reading
Frequently Asked Questions, details on the prizes, and much, much, more
available as the start of the challenge draws near.

Only books read after the challenge officially begins will count towards your
“travels”, but you can definitely start planning your itinerary.

Check our website and Facebook page frequently for more information.
Start packing your bags!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quilts and Art in Alabama

To follow up on the excitement and interest in our library’s Annual Quilt Show, and to welcome the new downtown Arts Center to Decatur, this blog will highlight books from our collection focusing on folk art and the visual arts in Alabama.

First though, did you know that one of the official emblems of the state Alabama is the lovely Pine Burr Quilt? Here are a couple links to information on and instructions for this pattern:

At DPL, we already have many books of interest to our patrons who enjoy the Arts, and we are evaluating the existing collection to add more that may supplement or support Arts Center students as well.  While there are many related fiction books with artist characters and artistic themes, most of this current list are books from our nonfiction collection (shelved in the 700’s). These include exhibition catalogs, books of art history and criticism, artist biographies, and books on craft technique.  Some of the books are cataloged and housed in our Alabama Room collection, and as such are non-circulating, but may be used on the library premises. However, the majority of the books are in the general collection and are available for checkout; most of these art books  are large sized and profusely illustrated. Art books such as these titles are a delight to look at and informative to read!

Quilts and Fiber Arts:

ALABAMA STITCH BOOK: Projects and Stories Celebrating hand-Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style. Natalie Chanin. STC Craft, New York: 2008. 746.44 CHA

 ALABAMA STUDIO STYLE: More Projects, Recipes & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living, Natalie Chanin. STC Craft, New York: 2010. 746.44 CHA

ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING & DESIGN. Natalie Chanin. STC Craft: 2012. 746.4 CHA

 Three books of projects by Natalie Chanin of Florence, AL sharing techniques and traditional skills to create handmade clothing and home decorations.

THE FREEDOM QUILTING BEE. Nancy Callahan. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 1987. 976 CAL

During the late 1960’s Civil rights era, the black women of Wilcox County created quilts and a handcraft cooperative, the   Freedom Quilting Bee, acclaimed across the nation.

 GEE’S BEND: the Architecture of the Quilt.  Tinwood Books, Atlanta: 2006. 746.46 GEE
Book and exhibition offering a focused investigation into the nature, inspirations and future of the quilting tradition of Gee’s Bend.

 LEAVING GEE’S BEND. Irene Latham.  G.P. Putnam’s Son, New York: 2010. JF F LAT
Juvenile novel set in 1932 and inspired by the quilting history of Gee’s Bend; a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl growing up.

 THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND. Tinwood Books, Atlanta: 2002. Oversize 746.46 QUI Oversized art book about the quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend, a small isolated community where generations of women created quilt masterpieces from the early 20th century to the present.

 Alabama Folk Art:

ALABAMA FOLK POTTERY. Joey Brackner.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2006. ALA 738.61 BRA.
A valuable resource for collectors and scholars, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Brackner presents a definitive survey of folk potters and pottery traditions in Alabama from the early historical period to the present.

 HOWARD FINSTER: THE EARLY YEARS. Thelma Finster Bradshaw.  Crane Hill Publishers: 2001. B FIN
As well as being a fresh and insightful profile of one of America’s most esteemed visionary folk artists (Howard Finster, born in Alabama), this book is also a loving tribute from a daughter to her father.

 GONE HOME: Southern Folk Gravestone Art. Jack and Olivia Solomon.  New South Books, Montgomery: 2004. ALA 929.5 GON
Compilation of historical epitaphs, with accompanying photographs of gravestone art, collected from cemeteries in central and southeast Alabama

 LIFE AND ART OF JIMMY  LEE SUDDUTH.  Susan Mitchell Crawley. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts:  2005. ALA 759.13 SUD
An elder statesman of Black folk art in America, Sudduth’s distinctive paintings were created largely using various colors of local clay. His rich and evocative creativity has expanded the boundaries of what is considered mainstream art.

 REVELATIONS: Alabama’s Visionary Folk Artists. Text by Kathy Kemp; photos by Keith Boyer.  Crane Hill Publishing, Birmingham: 1994.  745.0976 KEM
Profiles of 31 artists and their work showcasing Alabama as an active center of visionary art. This genre, also known as outsider art, is typified by an artist’s ability, without training or use of traditional materials, to create vivid, fresh, primitive and spiritually inspired works of art.

 Fine Arts in Alabama:

ALABAMA MASTERS: Artists and Their Work. Edited by Georgine Clarke.   Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery: 2008. ALA 745.0976 ALA

Full color catalog of a 2007 “Year of Alabama Arts” exhibition featuring work by 20th century Alabama artists from the collections of six major state museums.

 FACING SOUTH: Portraits of Southern Artists. Jerry Siegel. One hundred photographic portraits of contemporary Southern artists, including many from Alabama. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2012.  770.975 SIE
IMPRINTING THE SOUTH: Southern Printmakers and their images of the region 1920’s-1940’s. Lynn B. Williams. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2007.  ALA 769.975 WIL

A visual history of printmaking in the South. Including biographical sketches, samples of work and analysis of imagery of over 60 artists.


OF TIME AND PLACE: Walker Evans and William Christenberry.  Thomas W. Southall.  Amon Carter Museum: 1990. 779.9976 SOU

From a joint exhibit of Walker Evan’s iconic photographs from the 1930’s and native Alabamian William Christenberry’s art  of a generation later.  Also includes essays exploring the interrelationships between these two artists.

 LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN. James Agee.  Library Classics: 2005. F AGEE
AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM: the Legacy of Let Us Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South.  Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson.  Pantheon Books: 1990. ALA 976.106 MAH

 PICTURE TAKER. Photographs by Ken Elkins; Foreword by Rick Bragg. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2005.
Collection of 100 photos  by Ken Elkins, selected from his 42 year career as the chief photographer for the  Anniston Star. Demonstrates his eye for capturing with great dignity images of rural southern lives and landscapes.

 Graphic books (about Alabama):

DARK ROOM: A Memoir in Black & White.  Lila Qunitero Weaver. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa: 2012.

Transplanted at age five from Buenos Aires to Alabama, author and artist Weaver encountered the racially charged culture of the early 1960s as a Latina who is neither black nor white.  She creates a emotional story in a rarely heard voice from the turbulent past of U.S. race relations in this unique graphic novel format.

SCOTTSBORO ALABAMA: A story in linoleum cuts. Lin Shi Khan and Tony Perez.  New York University Press: 2002.  ALA 345.73 KHA

While not produced by regional artists, this book’s topic ties it to this list. An example of powerful political art, this graphic book of linocuts from 1935 links the struggles of black America, as seen through the Scottsboro case, with the oppression of the working class.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Wonderful World of Ebooks

If you're new to using our library or just starting to think about possibly diving into electronic books, this blog is for you.

At the Decatur Public Library, we are currently a part of Camellia Net. Which is supported by a company called "OverDrive".
In order to see our entire collection on Camellia Net, you can go to this website and sign in with your library card number in the top right hand corner. There you will be able to search our collection and see what's available to you to download right then. If an item is not available at the current moment, you can put a hold on the item. You will have to provide an e-mail address so they can e-mail you when the item is available.  At that point you will have around 2 days to download it.

If you have any questions about your electronic reader device, Overdrive Help probably has something for you. They have tons of videos that are all about setting up a specific device, downloading, and returning items. You may also e-mail the systems manager at the library to see if they can help you at

Sunday, September 9, 2012

HOT off the Press: “50 Shades of Grey” Read-A-Likes & Review

Opposites attract in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY when innocent college student Anastasia Steele meets wealthy and handsome entrepreneur Christian Grey.  Even though she is shocked by what she learns of Christian's troubled past and particular erotic tastes, Ana can’t resist him.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, the opening novel of the wildly popular trilogy by E. L. James, is (as the above blurb suggests) first and foremost a romance. However, the novel is also being media hyped, hot and heavy, as especially provocative and sex filled. For some readers, this may be all you need to know; other library patrons may be curious for more information or be looking for other similar books. 

Before listing some specific read-a-like titles, I would encourage readers to link to The Sensuality Rating Guide on the All About RomanceAAR website. This rating system ranks Romance authors as to the amount and type of sexual content and sensuality in their books via an escalating “Blush Factor” scale. This information is quite helpful in choosing appropriate romance novels within a reader’s individual comfort zone of interests and tastes. If 50 SHADES OF GREY is not for you, please consider some of the other authors and levels of romance fiction as reviewed on the AAR pages.

FYI: according to the AAR criteria50 SHADES OF GREY would be at the highest “Burning” level, and classified as “romantica”, a hybrid of romance and erotica. This level features writing which is extremely explicit as to sexual feelings and desire; the details and description can be graphic, and may include some of what is considered kinky.

Decatur Public Library offers our patrons a wide selection of Fiction, and there are other books in our collection similar to 50 SHADES OF GREY. While these Read-A-Like books are not “just like” 50 SHADES OF GREY, they all share elements in common with it. Following is a sample of related materials available for checkout.

CamilliaNet, our digital library, offers other titles of erotic fiction (available in various downloadable formats); these include:

Anne Rice’s (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) Beauty seriesTHE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, BEAUTY’S PUNISHMENT, and BEAUTY’S RELEASE.  First published in the 1980’s, this fairytale based trilogy of sexual fantasy reads as far more explicit and kinkier than 50 SHADES OF GREY.

ECSTACY by Bella Andre. A contemporary romance about a writer of erotic fiction.

n anthology of erotic fiction by various authors.

ANTHOLOGY OF FETISH FICTION edited and with an introduction by John Yau; may read online or as a downloadable PDF via Ebsco Host’s e-book collection.

On our Fiction shelves, look for these novels which incorporate aspects of Dominant/Submissive relationships as part of the storyline:

COURTSHIP by Catherine Coulter. Regency romance which includes a mild whip switch ofDiscipline.

TOPPING FROM BELOW by Laura Reese. Contemporary murder mystery which uses BDSM as part of the plot, conflict and character.

GORDON by Edith Templeton. A psychological novel of obsessive sexuality and submission; perhaps somewhat dry and dated now, but was widely banned when first published in the Sixties.

For yet more related reads, try these titles of classic literature (also often banned or challenged for their sexual content):

LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER by D.H. Lawrence. Banned, burned, and the subject of a landmark obscenity trial, a classic tale of adulterous love and discovery.

 LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov. Tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for a young girl.

TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller. A bawdy fictionalized memoir about life in Paris as a starving but liberated writer.

Additionally, many contemporary genre authors infuse their novels with frequent and fairly explicit sex scenesSuch authors in the Paranormal genre include Laurel K. Hamilton (Anita Blake series)J. R. Ward (Black Dagger series and others), and works by Lora Leigh andSherrilyn Kenyon. Or look for works by Urban Fiction authors like Zane, Alison Hobbs, Sister Souljah, and Nikki Turner.

Lastly, of course, we also have Stephanie Meyer’s TWILIGHT series, which was the tamerYoung Adult source material for the fan fiction that became 50 SHADES OF GREY.

Shady secrets and 50 SHADES OF GREY review:  

Secret #1: I was very reluctant to read 50 SHADES OF GREY. I’m not against sexual content inlibrary books or for my own recreational reading. However, I’m not interested in poorly written books of any kind, and had perused enough critical reviews of 50 SHADES to suspect that is what I’d find. However, since this trilogy has gained so much popularity (or maybe justmisplaced notoriety), I felt I couldn’t write a related library blog without actually having read the book.

Secret #2: I am a hypocrite. I’ll admit to having rolled my eyes when patrons requested 50 SHADES OF GREY and even (most unprofessionally) snickered when at least one added that the book request was being placed “for a friend”.  But “Hey, I read it for RESEARCH.” :/ 

Secrets #3: While I usually decline to include this information on my resume, disclosure here seems somewhat amusing and relevant. I once worked for over a year at an adult bookstore in San Francisco, and later was a member of an erotic fiction writers group, of amateur and professional authors, in Nashville TN.  So, I suppose I do know something about this particular genre.

Not So Secret #5I didn’t like 50 SHADES OF GREY. While this may be romance fiction with quite a bit of sexual content, in my personal opinion, the novel is not nearly as edgy as all the hype would have one believe.  The kink aspects, supposedly a major part of the story and its impact, seemed to be used primarily for superficial shock value. Beneath a sprinkling of sex toys and spanking, this is a conventional formula romance. I read a lot in the genres of science fictionand horror; somehow, I find the idea of an impending zombie apocalypse much easier to acceptwith the required suspension of disbelief than I did this book. The author was not able to makeme believe in her clich├ęd characters or care about their relationship.  James writing is filled with repetition; she grossly overusecertain phrases in description and dialogue (and then goes in the opposite direction with a noticeable lack of proper nouns or even adequate euphemisms in her sex scenes).

At most, 50 SHADES OF GREY may appeal to some readers aspassable escapist romantic fantasy. However, the over the top unbelievable characterizations, poor writing, and sloppy editingreally cooled off any “Burn” for me.

--Heather Whiteside
Reference Dept. / Library Assistant

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Keeping Up with our Social Media

I know it's hard to keep up with all the things going on today on facebook, twitter, and what is pinterest?! Well this blog is going to help you out. Our social media sites are a great way to keep up with things going on at the library or things we think are interesting. So sit back and take it all in. Click on the links below to go to our respective sites.

Our Website- Is NEW and IMPROVED! I'm very proud of what I've been able to create on our new website.  It may not be perfect, but I think it's much more functional than what we've had in the past.  There are way to many things on the website to list them all but I encourage you to check out the "Library Services" tab, the "Calendar" tab, and the "Community" tab which are all right under the picture of the library.

Facebook- Facebook is a way to connect with friends or just people you know. Could be people you went to high school with, work with, or people you just met.  Most people have a facebook these days.

Our facebook is a great way to find out what is happening at the library that day/week.  
  • Facebook is where we post all the pictures we take from our various activities including Friends events and Children's events. 
  • We have a picture album dedicated to our Employee's of the month, so every month (or as soon as the EOM is announced) we will post their picture along with a quote from their nomination.
  • Some of you may have noticed but I have a little quote of the day thing going on every Thursday. I've been able to find inspiring library quotes to share with everyone.
  • I create a facebook event for every Friend Event that we have happening at the library. As soon as I have a flyer for it, I'm making the event on facebook.
Twitter- This is a great way find out what is going on in your area by following people/companies.  It's good if you don't want a lot of stuff to weed through or pictures to be forced to look at but the only down side is sometimes it seems like everyone on Twitter has their own "twitter language".

Pinterest- Let's be frank here....Pinterest is a great way to waste A LOT of time. If you're like me, you can get on Pinterest and 5 hours later you're like "What? What time is it?" BUT it's AWESOME!! It's a virtual pinboard that you can explore all sorts of things that you're interested in and "pin them" to your boards and go back later and look at them or make/do them.

We use our pinterest to:
  • show you things we're interested in on our "Staff Picks" board
  • show you funny/cool libraryish pictures that we come across on our "Things We Love" board
  • show you neat and nifty things to do with the children under the "Children's Craft's" board.
  • But most of all, we use our Pinterest to convey to our patrons books that we are just getting in to the library. Check our lists to make sure you are up to date. =)

Google+- This is coming that is new to me so I'm still trying to figure it out. BUT we do have one. From what I can tell it's sort of a cross between Facebook and Twitter. Look for new things to be going on with this page.

YouTube- We have a YouTube channel where we'll post book trailers from books that we will be getting at the library and videos that we come across that we thing are interesting. Great thing to watch folks. Keep that on your favorites list for sure.

foursquare- This is an website or an app on a smart phone that will let you "check-in" to places and sometimes you can get special deals with it or show pictures from the place and the coolest things is you can leave tips for other people who are visiting this place after you. You can also collect points/badges like the bookworm badge for checking in at the library.  This is also new to me but I'm workin' on it. So far, I'm the mayor of the library. It's not hard to become the mayor when you check-in at the same place everyday because you work there! =)

Of course there is our blog which you're reading right now...that will continue to grow and improve. 

I hope this has helped you understand social media and stay in touch with us. We love to hear back from our patrons. So follow us/friend us/check-in/pin/subscribe/WHATEVER! =)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Julie Williams

This Thursday we will have Julie Williams at the library as a part of the Friends of the Libraries Scintillating Summer Series. 

Of the families that boarded the "unsinkable" Titanic in 1912, only a fourth stayed together during the sinking and arrived safely in New York. Albert and Sylvia Caldwell and their 10-month-old son, Alden, were one of those rare Titanic families. Author Julie Williams draws on first-person accounts from her great-Uncle Albert and extensive research to tell the fascinating story of the young family who were saved by a combination of luck, pluck, Albert's outgoing nature, Sylvia's illness, and Alden's helplessness. Their detailed story of the short life of the Titanic and their lucky rescue aboard the ill- starred Lifeboat 13 has never been fully told in Titanic literature.

This program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Library Renovation Updates...

We're in the middle of our re-carpeting project!!!

Some fun things have been happening around here.  Like this brand new carpet!->

The Alabama Room, general Fiction area, and Community Room have been carpeted at this point. 

The library will be CLOSED May 7-9 in order for us to put all the books back on the shelves and other maintence things we can't do while we're open. 

Due to the upstairs area being closed, we have some section re-locations.

This is where you'll find all the fiction books for the time being...

This is where the Insprirational section has been moved for now... 
 You'll find your Western Fiction here....
And your Graphic Novels are here next to the 6th Ave. entrance.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Library Renovations

Hello All,

I'm sure some of you may know about the upcoming re-carpeting to the upstairs area of the library.  This project will include the Alabama Room, Community Room, and Fiction section....

Preparations for this project have already begun and because of the large coverage area, the project is going to be happening in different stages.

Western novels and Graphic Novels have already been moved downstairs by the 6th Ave. entrance.  Inspirational is next up.

The Magazine Room, or the glass room by the newspapers, will be where we display many of the Fiction section during this time.

First up is the Alabama Room.  The Alabama Room is currently closed to patrons to allow library staff to start boxing up and moving materials. We anticipate the carpet to be taken up and laid back down in the middle of April.  No word yet on when the Alabama Room will re-open to patrons.

The Community Room will be closed from April 17 until the completion of the project to allow us to store things from The Alabama Room and Fiction section.

The Fiction Section will most likely be when we have to close the library due to the taking up of the carpet.

This brings up an interesting question.  What happens when you have a book out and is due back when we're closed? To ensure this doesn't happen, we have altered the due dates to checked-out items.  Please check the due date on an item you check out and if you're unsure of the due date, please get in touch with the Circulation Department.  Because of this, we will NOT be receiving books from Eva.

Please keep in mind that most of the re-arranging will only be temporary and will be moved back. 

We anticipate the project to be done by the beginning of June.  

We appreciate everyones cooperation while we tackle this big project.

Stay tuned here, on the website, and on our facebook for updates.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Peter Fletcher: Classical Guitarist

Hey everybody,

We're getting ready for our visit from Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher. This event is going to take place this Thursday March 15, 2012 at 6:30pm. The friends of the library are sponsoring this visit.

Still need more information about our special guest?

Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In December, 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of fifteen under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. In 1980 classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andres Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long master class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi. Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class he was chosen to play in the student recital two consecutive years and, in 1988, the class was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR).

In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition. In 1995, he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

The season of 2011-12 will undoubtedly be the most auspicious ever in an already distinguished career, appearing in over 100 cities at such prestigious venues as St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL, his fifth appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where Peter will be premiering a major work by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco entitled “Divan of Moses- ibn-Ezra” with acclaimed tenor DavidMichael Schuster. In addition, Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Schuster will give the world premier of a work they have commissioned from New York based composer Clarice Assad. Mr. Fletcher's interests outside of music include reading and cross-country running. He lives in New York City.

Make sure to join us on Thursday evening to enjoy what is sure to be beautiful music.

Information for this post was retrieved from Peter Fletcher's website.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Library Happenings

Tax Assistance

Tax season is upon us again and again this year the RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will be volunteering their time to assist with the filing of basic tax forms. They will be here on Mondays 1-5, Wednesdays 1-5, and Saturdays 9-1. Their last day will be April 16. For a complete list of dates and time please visit our website at

For those needing tax forms, the library does have the basic federal forms in stock. They are in the rack in the hallway. We do at the moment have a few State of Alabama long forms at the Information Desk. We only received a small shipment so we have placed a limit of 1 booklet per person on the state forms. For those with internet access and a printer, federal and state forms may be obtained online. The federal forms can be found at and the state forms can be found at

Please be advised that the staff of the library will be able to help you find a form if you know the number of the form. However, the staff cannot advise you on what form to file or answer any questions regarding your taxes.

2nd Annual Love Your Library 5K and Running Readers Mile

Please join us for the 2nd annual Friends of the Decatur Public Library Love Your Library 5K and Running Readers Mile on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The 5K will be at 8am and the mile will be at 9:15am. Registration forms are available at and

Fancy Nancy/Dapper Dan

The children's department is planning a Fancy Nancy/Dapper Dan party for Tuesday, February 21 at 6pm. The party will be repeated at 6:45pm. Preregistration is required for this event. Please contact the children's department at (256) 353-2993 ext. 122 or for more information or the register your child.