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Decatur Library

Call: 404-370-8450 or visit www.georgiacenterforthebook.org
A DeKalb County Public Library branch located in downtown Decatur.
A DeKalb County Public Library branch located in downtown Decatur. The Decatur Library is right off the square and near the Marta Station.

Tuesday Family Fun Night

Tuesday July 23, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
An envening of entertainment for the whole family featuring Michelle's Magical Poodles. Come see their tricks!

Open to first 164 participants. Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library.

Cost: Free

DIY DNA Necklace Workshop w/ Decatur Makers

Wednesday July 24, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Get a closer look at your own DNA. In this workshop with the Decatur Makers you will make a DIY necklace with your own DNA inside. Pizza will be served.

Please register online, call, or visit the Youth Services Desk to sign up. Support provided by DeKalb Library Foundation.

Cost: Free

Jordan Is So Chilly: An Encounter With Lillian Smith

Thursday July 25, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
We are pleased to present an encore performance of Jordan Is So Chilly: An Encounter With Lillian Smith, a one-woman show adapted, and performed by local actor Brenda Bynum. The text of Jordan Is So Chilly is drawn completely from Lillian Smith’s writings and interviews. Much of the material has nev...
Cost: Free

Graphic Novel Book Club

Saturday July 20, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Curious about Graphic Novels or already a fan? Read and learn about graphic novels.

Sign up at the Children's Desk and receive a copy of the book. Open to the first 10 participants. Please call or visit branch to register. Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library.

Cost: Free

Fun With Classic Games

Friday July 19, 2019 04:00 pm EDT
Learn to play a variety of classic abstract strategy games from around the world such as Go, Oware, and Hnefatafl. These games help build brains, develop skills, and provide lots of fun!

Open to the first 8 participants. This program is supported by the DeKalb Library Foundation.

Cost: Free

Arthur Miller: Writer

Thursday July 18, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
The documentary Arthur Miller: Writer is an intimate portrait of the great American playwright and social critic, Arthur Miller, from the unique perspective of an award-winning filmmaker – his daughter, Rebecca Miller. The film contains material never before seen by the public, including in-depth in...
Cost: Free

Dani Shapiro

Thursday June 27, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist and novelist copies a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love. Dani Sha...
Cost: Free

DisneyNature's Wings Of Life

Sunday June 23, 2019 04:00 pm EDT
Narrated by Meryl Streep, this FREE family film screening takes an amazing look at the incredible — but increasingly threatened — lives of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and flowers. Part of Beecatur's 2019 National Pollinator Week Programming. For complete schedule of eve...
Cost: Free

Hometown Habitat: Stories Of Bringing Nature Home

Sunday June 23, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Inspired by and featuring renowned entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy, this FREE film screening presents inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation and the principals of coexisting with nature that are outlined in Tallamy's book, "Bringing Nature Home." View film trailer here: Cost: Free

Jean Kwok

Thursday June 6, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
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Cost: Free

Jean Kwok

Thursday June 6, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
The New York Times Bestselling author of ”Girl In Translation” and “Mambo in Chinatown” returns to the Georgia Center for the Book to discuss her new novel, “Searching for Sylvie Lee”. “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three wo...
Cost: Free

Thank-O-Rama Bus Tour!

Saturday May 4, 2019 04:00 pm EDT
Little Shop of Stories presents The beloved characters of Mo Willems are hitting the road to engage book lovers across America in 2019! Little Shop is so excited that Decatur is a stop on this epic bus tour. We are partnering with the Decatur Library, just around the corner from the shop, to bring...
Cost: Free

Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival

Friday April 12, 2019 12:30 pm EDT
The Georgia Center for the book and the Decatur Library will host the first day of this 2 day festival. A celebration of southern writers who's works are underappreciated. Guest speakers include Valerie Boyd, Tony Grooms, and Caleb Johnson. The event is free but registration is encouraged. 
Cost: Free

Nancy MacLean | Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Thursday March 14, 2019 07:15 pm EDT
Presented by A Cappella Books

Location:  Decatur Library Auditorium 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD...
Cost: Free

Darria Long Gillespie

Thursday February 21, 2019 07:15 pm EST
Decatur Library
Cost: Free

Devi Laskar

Thursday February 7, 2019 07:15 pm EST
Lecture by author Devi Laskar about her new novel The Atlas of Reds and Blues in the Decatur Library Auditorium.
Cost: Free

Tayari Jones

Tuesday February 5, 2019 07:00 pm EST
A book discussion held at First Baptist Church Decatur led by Tayari Jones and leading a talk about her new novel An American Marriage.
Cost: Free

Soniah Kamal

Monday January 28, 2019 07:15 pm EST
Lecture in Decatur Library Auditorium about Soniah Kamal's novel Unmarriageable and it's retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan.
Cost: Free

Expanding Civil Rights with Focus on Women of the Movement Program

Tuesday January 22, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Decatur Library
Cost: Free

YATL

Wednesday January 16, 2019 07:30 pm EST
Come to the Decatur Library Auditorium for a live talk show setup for readers and writers of Young Adult Literature with various activities featuring Georgia-based and best selling authors.
Cost: Free

Decatur Public Library Book Club

Thursday December 20, 2018 01:00 pm EST
Join the DPL Book Club the 3rd Thursday of each month to discuss selected titles! December 20th- Fiction THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Cost: Free

Bicentennial Celebration

Saturday December 15, 2018 02:00 pm EST
Two hundred years ago, Illinois' leaders were working hard to make our wild western territory a state. Hear how they fudged numbers to cinch the deal and met the challenges of shaping a new state government (like finding a place to meet) in this interesting and entertaining talk by Tara McClellan Mc...
Cost: Free

Mother to Mother

Wednesday December 5, 2018 12:00 pm EST
Mother to Mother welcomes all moms with the purpose of creating a non-judgmental, confidential environment where women can share thoughts and feelings, receive support and obtain information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. ?Lap? children are welcome, but at this time, we do not have chil...
Cost: Free

Decatur Public Library Blood Drive

Monday December 3, 2018 11:00 am EST
There?s no time like the present to get the lifesaving started! Take part in a blood drive at Decatur Public Library! We have several dates you can give a pint!
Cost: Free

Decatur Library Book Sale

Saturday September 1, 2018 09:00 am EDT
Saturday; September 1, 2018 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Friends of the Decatur Library will host a book sale. The sale will be held on the lawn, in front of the Decatur Library. Proceeds provide funds for library materials and programs for children and adults. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Dealers...
Cost: Free

Discussion: The Martian

Wednesday August 29, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Remember Man Plus, Frederik Pohl’s award-winning 1976 novel about a cyborg astronaut who’s sent, alone, to Mars? Imagine, instead, that the astronaut was just a regular guy, part of a team sent to the red planet, and that, through a series of tragic events, he’s left behind, stranded and facing cert...
Cost: Free

Spotting Fake News

Thursday August 23, 2018 12:30 pm EDT
How confident are you in your ability to reliably spot fake news? Although most Americans say they are fairly confident, several studies show that the majority of us aren't able to accurately distinguish fake from real news. In the last decade or two, with the growth of the internet and social media...
Cost: Free

2018 Fall Book Preview

Tuesday August 21, 2018 07:15 pm EDT
Representatives from America’s biggest publishers will return to the library to talk about the exciting new books that will be published this fall. It’s a unique opportunity to get an advanced look at notable upcoming book titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fa...
Cost: Free

Landlord-Tenant Clinic

Tuesday August 21, 2018 05:30 pm EDT
Attorneys from DeKalb Legal Aid will discuss Georgia landlord-tenant law, the eviction process and tenants' rights.  After the discussion, attorneys will be available for questions and consultations.
Cost: Free

Golden Classic Films

Tuesday August 21, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Especially designed for those 55 and older. Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson, Walter Pigeon and Teresa Wright. NR, 1942. Willliam Wyler’s last film before joining the U.S. Army Air Force portrays a British family’s coping with the war in Europe and the bombing of England. Winner of six Oscars inc...
Cost: Free

2018 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony

Thursday August 16, 2018 07:30 pm EDT
2018 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony. Join us as we honor the writers and illustrators for the 2018 lists of Books All Georgians Should Read and Books All Young Georgians Should Read. Presented by the Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb County Public Library system.
Cost: Free

Delia Owens

Wednesday August 15, 2018 07:15 pm EDT
Author Delia Owens discusses her latest novel, Where the Crawdads Sing.
Cost: Free

Debt Clinic

Tuesday August 14, 2018 05:30 pm EDT
Are you struggling with debt?  If you have been sued for a debt and you have questions, then get the answers from the DeKalb Volunteers Lawyers Foundation.  Local attorneys will discuss information regarding debt cases in DeKalb County and facilitate free, one-on-one consultations.  Participants are...
Cost: Free

Jewelry Making

Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Create a piece of South American inspired jewelry by transforming beads and other components into something completely yours. Presented by local artist Virginia Milner. Class limited to 10 participants. To register, call 404-370-3070 ext.2008.  Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Librar...
Cost: Free

Beginning Yoga with Aditi Chandrasekhar

Saturday August 11, 2018 04:00 pm EDT
Join us for an inviting and relaxed yoga class with instructior Aditi Chandrasekhar. Her practice is in the vinyasa style, based on hatha yoga involving asana and pranayama. Please bring your own yoga mat. Open to first 15 participants This is an Embrace Our World program funded by the Dekalb Libra...
Cost: Free

Scrabble Saturday

Saturday August 11, 2018 01:00 pm EDT
Bring the family, grab a friend, consult your dictionary, and sign up for two rounds of fun wordplay. You must be at least 11 years old to play. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Registration not required. Open to first 24 participants. Funding provided by The DeKalb Library Foundati...
Cost: Free

Generation CONNECTED: Salsa Fridays @ The Library

Friday August 10, 2018 06:30 pm EDT
Want to try something new this year? Join Generation CONNECTED (21-35 year olds) at the Library and learn salsa! You will get a brief lesson followed by a chance to show off your moves.  All experience levels are welcome.  Dancing is a great way to exercise, have fun and meet new people! Refreshment...
Cost: Free

Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday August 10, 2018 11:30 am EDT
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, and it can make a huge difference in the lives of others. It only takes about one hour to give blood and each blood donation can save up to three lives. The Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood each day.
Cost: Free

George Yancy

Tuesday August 7, 2018 07:15 pm EDT
Emory Professor George Yancy, discusses his latest book, Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America.
Cost: Free

English as a Second Language

Tuesday August 7, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Free. No registration needed. Sponsored by Literacy Action and DeKalb County Public Library. For more information, call Literacy Action at 404.377.7323 or DCPL Literacy Services at 404.508.7190, ext. 2240.

This is a repeating event.  See below for full schedule:

Mondays, 10:30-12:00 p.m. Chamble...
Cost: Free

Cheryl Reid

Monday August 6, 2018 07:15 pm EDT
The author of As Good As True discusses her debut novel in the Decatur Library Auditorium.
Cost: Free

English as a Second Language

Tuesday July 31, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Free. No registration needed. Sponsored by Literacy Action and DeKalb County Public Library. For more information, call Literacy Action at 404.377.7323 or DCPL Literacy Services at 404.508.7190, ext. 2240.
Cost: Free

Book Bunch Book Club

Tuesday July 31, 2018 04:00 pm EDT
Read the month's selected book and come talk about it over snacks. Copies are available at the previous month's meeting when the title for the following month is annnounced. Open to first 15 participants. Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library.
Cost: Free

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:00 am EDT
Stories, rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and more! Siblings welcome. In some cases, latecomers cannot be accommodated.

Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 24 participants.

Cost: Free

Books and Babies

Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Nursery rhymes, songs, short books, and fingerplays that target the developmental needs of infants and crawlers. Siblings welcome. In some cases, latecomers cannot be accommodated.

Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 25 participants.

Cost: Free

The Exceptional Student Group - Improv for Autism Workshop II

Monday July 30, 2018 04:30 pm EDT
Join The Exceptional Student Group and Whole World Theatre for a workshop on improvisation for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Open to the first 8 participants. Register in advance at the Children's Desk. Open to first 8 participants. Please call or visit branch to register.
Cost: Free

Rockin' Mini Golf

Friday July 27, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Mini Golf is back at the Decatur Library with a new course! Bring the family for some fun and practice your putting skills. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program. Limit four people per tee time. Tee times begin at 7:00p.m., with the last tee time at 8:15p.m. Hang out in our club...
Cost: Free

Jobs Bus (Mobile Career Center and Resource Center)

Thursday July 26, 2018 10:00 am EDT
The Mobile Career Center (also called the "Jobs Bus") includes 13 computer stations and high-speed satellite Internet connection. The Center will provide residents with essential services, including job search assistance, resume writing, and interviewing tips. The bus schedule includes library locat...
Cost: Free

YATL Live

Wednesday July 25, 2018 07:30 pm EDT
If you haven’t been to a recording of the local live YA author show YATL, then you’ve missed some hysterical fun! This month, authors Will Walton, Carlie Sorosiak, Devri Walls, and Shawn Sarles will be the guests on YATL LIVE. Not only will readers get to meet the authors and get their books signed ...
Cost: FREE

Discussion: Members' Choice

Wednesday July 25, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Join us for our annual members' choice meeting where we each talk about a few of the books that we have enjoyed over the past twelve months.

Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library.

Cost: Free

Senior Advisory Board Meeting (SAB)

Wednesday July 25, 2018 01:30 pm EDT
Are you recently retired or have time to help your community? Get involved! Become a member of DeKalb County Public Library’s Senior Advisory Board (SAB) and assist us in planning programs for and about seniors. To register or for more information call, 404.508.7190, ext. 2257.
Cost: Free

English as a Second Language

Tuesday July 24, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Free. No registration needed. Sponsored by Literacy Action and DeKalb County Public Library. For more information, call Literacy Action at 404.377.7323 or DCPL Literacy Services at 404.508.7190, ext. 2240.
Cost: Free

Book Buddies Book Club

Tuesday July 24, 2018 04:00 pm EDT
A book club for early chapter book readers. Join us for discussion, activities, and snacks! Please call or visit the Youth Services Desk to sign up.

Open to first 15 participants. Please call or visit branch to register. Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library.

Cost: Free

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday July 24, 2018 11:00 am EDT
Stories, rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and more! Siblings welcome. In some cases, latecomers cannot be accommodated.

Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 24 participants.

Cost: Free

Books and Babies

Tuesday July 24, 2018 10:00 am EDT
Nursery rhymes, songs, short books, and fingerplays that target the developmental needs of infants and crawlers. Siblings welcome. In some cases, latecomers cannot be accommodated. Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 25 participants.
Cost: Free

Ricki Schultz

Monday July 23, 2018 07:15 pm EDT
Novelist Ricki Schultz returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for her latest release, Switch and Bait, a charming, hilarious romantic comedy told with sharp insight and sarcastic wit.
Cost: Free

Gloopy Glop Workshop

Monday July 23, 2018 02:00 pm EDT
Educators from the Children's Museum of Atlanta will help us explore the science of bubbles and slime during this hands-on workshop!  Funding provided by the Decatur Craft Beer Festival Grant and the DeKalb Library Foundation. Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 50...
Cost: Free
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
404-370-8450
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