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calendarMarch 2017  

Tournament of Books!

Continues through March

DPL is conducting a Tournament of Books!  Thirty-two books or series will compete for your vote over 5 weeks.  YOUR votes will decide the weekly winners, and which titles move on to the next round.  Best part?  You can win prizes!  Just fill out a bracket with your predictions to enter.

Check our website or Facebook page for more details!


Free Tax Help
March 2, 4, 7, 9, 21, 25, 28

Again this year Millikin University is offering FREE preparation and online filing of state and federal taxes at the Decatur Public Library.  The service is offered for families with incomes less than $50,000 and individuals with incomes less than $25,000. 

Tax help will be offered on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., and selected Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  (Note tax service is NOT available the week of March 13-18, or 23 and 30.)  Please check our website for specific dates, restrictions, and details on the paperwork you need to bring.



Books Between Bites

A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny
Wednesday, March 1, 12:15 p.m.
Madden Auditorium
Speaker: Rosemarie King-Grindy

How about a book club where you don't have to read the book?  Try out Books Between Bites.  Organized by the Friends of the Library, each month a speaker presents a different book or topic of interest.  You're welcome to bring lunch, and the coffee is always on.  Check the website for more information on this month's program.


Movies @ the Library in March!

Madden Auditorium

Wed., March 8, 5:30 p.m.  Julius Caesar
Wed., March 15, 6 p.m.  Ides of March
Fri., March 17, 2 p.m.  March of the Penguins
Sat., March 25, 2 p.m.  Happy Feet
Mon., March 27, 5:30 p.m.  Guardians of the Galaxy

Free and open to all!  Check our website for more information on each movie!


Home Selling Workshop

Monday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Madden Auditorium
Speaker: Tasha Smeagal, Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell

Downsizing?  Outgrowing?  Selling your home but not sure where to start?  Join us for this workshop led by Tasha Smeagal of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell Realtors.  Come learn what to expect, what buyers are looking for, and what changes or improvements might help your house sell faster or for more money.


Equitable School Funding: Community Meeting

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Staley Room

Join us for a look at the complex and controversial issue of school funding and learn about what you can do to advocate for your community.   Check our website for more information.  Sponsored by Continuing Ed.: Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools.

Also note this event:
Our Resources – Where to Use Them, How to Share Them
Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM
Stephen Decatur Middle School, 1 Educational Park, Decatur
Keynote from State Senator Andy Manar (48th District) with additional presenters
Check the Illinois Humanities website for more information.


Decatur Audubon Society Program

Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.
Madden Auditorium

2:00 p.m.  Bird Study: Here They Come.  Presented by Marge Evans

2:45 p.m.  Touring Ethiopia from the floor of the Rift Valley to the roof of Africa -- a pursuit of the endemic baboons, wolves & birds of Abyssinia.  Presented by Bill Atwood.  Check our website for more information.


Free Computer Classes

Computer Lab, Second Floor

Basic Word -- Tues. March 7, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Computer Tutoring, Windows 10, Library Website --  
   Tues. March 14, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Basic Excel -- Wed. March 15, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Basic iPads, Tablets -- Fri. March 17, 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Basic Internet for Beginners -- Sat. March 18, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

All computer classes require advance registration.  Check our website for more information on class content and how to register, or call 217-424-2900 x7.

Monthly Book Clubs

DPL Graphic Novel Club
Tuesday, March 14,, 6:30 p.m., Staley Room
Book:  City of Glass, by Paul Karasik & David Mazzucchelli

DPL Book Club
Thursday, March 16, 1 p.m., Board Room
Book:  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance
Note: The author, J. D. Vance, will be speaking at DPL in April!

SCORE/DPL Business Book Club
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m., Staley Room
Book:  LIving Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy

DPL Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 28, 1 p.m., Board Room
Book:  The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, by Gretchen Bakke

DPL's Book Clubs are open to all, and you don't have to read the book to come and join in the conversation or just listen.  Check our website for more information on these books.


Adult Coloring

Thursdays, 5 - 7 p.m. 
 Adult Coloring Room

Free Yoga

1st & 3rd Tuesdays
12 - 1 p.m.
Madden Auditorium

Decatur Vegetarian Potluck

Wed., March 15, 6 p.m.
Adult Coloring Room

Baby TALK Times

Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Children's Auditorium


Gallery 510 Arts Guild Exhibit

March artist:
Richard Colbeck
Upstairs Gallery

Second Saturday
Book Sale

Saturday, March 11
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Book Sale Room
(outer lobby elevator)