Long Overdue Podcast


​New Episodes will be uploaded every Friday!

The Long Overdue Podcast is a production of the Decatur Public Library and features staff members discussing various library-related topics. 

The hosts of the Long Overdue Podcast are:
Pat Peters, Library Director
Dawn Wilbert, Youth Services Manager
Christofer Shenkir, Technical Services Manager
Denice Herrera, Library Technician

Sound Engineer: Christofer Shenkir
Editor and Media Specialist: Denice Herrera

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Dewey Like Murder?: The Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Dawn and Denice talk about two books in which people are considered "pillars of the community" but are really murderers. Dawn discusses Evidence of Love by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson and Denice discusses Above Suspicion by Joe Sharkey.

Opening and ending theme is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 60: Good Mental Health for the New Year

On this episode, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk with Kelly Jones, an EMDR therapist and CISM approved instructor, from Wise Health System about positive mental health.

Long Overdue Episode 59: We're Looking at You 2019

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about what they are looking forward to in 2019.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism.

Long Overdue Episode 58: Favorites of 2018

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about their favorites of 2018.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism
Dewey Like Murder?: Ladies Be Solvin' Murders

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Dawn, Denice, and Chris are joined by Pat and they discuss the books Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: the true story of New York City's greatest female detective and the 1917 missing girl case that captivated a nation by Brad Ricca, Mad City: The campus murders that America forgot by Michael Arntfield, and To the Last Breath: three women fight for the truth behind a child's tragic murder by Carlton Stowers.

Opening and ending theme is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 57: We Are Not Alone

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice go on location to Aurora, Texas and visit the gravesite of the famed Aurora alien named Ned!

Opening and ending theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 56: A Lovely Conversation

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Dawn, Chris, and Denice have a lovely conversation and cover many topics including NaNoWriMo, volunteering, the North Texas Hunger Initiative, and Chris' NaNoWriMo work-in-progress novel.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 55: What's Your Style?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, and Denice talk about furniture, style, and feng shui.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Dewey Like Murder?: Injustice and Blood Trails

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Denice and Dawn talk about The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Trail of Blood: a Father, a Son, and a Tell-Tale Crime Scene by Wanda Evans.

Opening and ending theme is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 54: What's Cooking?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. They each picked a recipe from the cookbook, looked up a short story by the author of the recipe, and tried something new.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 53: Three Spooky Tales

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice perform three spooky tales for your listening pleasure. The first tale is Tallyjones reimagined and adapted by Christofer Shenkir from the folktale Tailypo, the second tale is El Cucuy reimagined and adapted by Denice Herrera from the folktale El Cucuy, and the third tale is a radio play version of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and adapted for radio by Ernest Kinoy.

Transition music is Hammond Horror by Keshco, Creepy Background by Daniel Simon, Nodirana by various artists, and Never You Find Me by Kosta T. All other sound effects were found on soundbible.com.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 52: Wise Hope Crisis Center

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris and Denice talk with Janice Watkins from the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and what services are available through the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center.

For more information on the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center visit their website at wisehope.org/

Opening and Ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Dewey Like Murder?: Based On True Events

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Chris, Dawn, and Denice talk about films that are based on true events and the real-life cases that inspired them. Chris talks about The Frozen Ground starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack based on Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen. Dawn talks about the classic film In Cold Blood starring Robert Blake and based on the Truman Capote book about the Clutter family murders. Denice talks about Richard Linklater's film, Bernie starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine based on Bernie Tiede and the murder of Marjorie Nugent.

Opening and ending theme song is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos.

Based on True Events
Long Overdue Episode 51: How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse​

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about how to survive a zombie apocalypse and just being prepared for a disaster of any kind.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 50: 50th Episode + 50 Books= Awesome

On this very special episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about several of their favorite books and somehow managed to make a list of 50 of their favorite books to commemorate the 50th episode of the podcast!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 49: Living Mindfully

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, and Denice sit down with Megan Adams, a mindfulness expert, and talk about what mindfulness is, the benefits, and how you can get started.

You can visit Megan's blog Mishaps and Mindfulness here: mishapsandmindfulness.com/

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Dewey Like Murder?: At Least the Murders Were Interesting

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Dawn and Denice talk about two books that didn't quite meet their standards but the stories were still worth knowing about. Denice talks about Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson and Dawn talks about Invisible Eden by Maria Flook.

Opening and ending theme song is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos.

Long Overdue Episode 48: Throwback TV Shows

On This Episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about old TV shows that they watched liked, didn't like, and what it means to be antique, vintage, or classic.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 47: Camping...If You Dare

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about camping, what they like, what they don't like, and all kinds of things that make the great outdoors great or not so great. Depends on who you ask.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 46: My Lady's Choosing

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice have read My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and have different adventures to talk about. Well, almost.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 45: Summer Reading Club Recap

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, and Sharon recap our summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Dewey Like Murder?: Teens Who Kill

Dawn and Denice are joined by Pat for this episode of Dewey Like Murder. Dawn talks about A Perversion of Justice: A Southern Tragedy of Murder, Lies, and Innocence Betrayed by Kathryn Medico and Mollye Barrows, Denice talks about Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham, and Pat talks about Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe.

Opening and ending theme song is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 44: Wise County Health Improvement Initiative

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat and Dawn talk with members from different committees that are a part of the Wise County Health Improvement Initiative that is working to improve health services of all kinds in the Wise County community.
For more information on the Wise County Health Improvement Initiative, check out their website here: www.wisehealthsystem.com/community-he…improvement/
or their Facebook page here: bit.ly/2MaM4jA

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 43: Role Playing Games and the People Who Play Them

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris talks with two of his regular role-playing gamers, Josh and Sam, about what they like about RPGs and why they play them.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 42: The Impregnable Fortress of Dib

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris has two players from our regular Gaming in the Library group, Sam and Josh, joining him for an exciting role-playing adventure.

Opening and ending theme is Enchanted Village by Agustin C.

Dewey Like Murder?: For Those Who Eat Darkness

On this episode of Dewey Like Murder?, Denice and Dawn are joined in their true crime talk by Chris and special guest Kelsey. Denice talks about Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann, Chris talks about People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, Kelsey talks about The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps, and Dawn talks about Blood Warning by John Dillmann.

Opening and ending theme is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 41: Movies Seen So Far In 2018

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about movies they have seen so far in 2018. They also talk about what's coming up that they want to see.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 40: Books We've Read So Far In 2018

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about some of the books they've read so far this year and what they're looking forward to reading.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 39: Problematic Authors

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about problematic authors. This episode does have some intense themes and discussions. Though we do not get into graphic detail, we do discuss the actions, words, and works of authors that are considered problematic in one form or another.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 38: Did You Know? Music Episode

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice share the strange, funny, dark, and just plain weird things they know about music, musicians, and bands.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Dewey Like Murder?: While They Slept & Incident At Big Sky

Denice and Dawn talk about true crime titles that they chose from the non-fiction shelves of the Decatur Public Library! 
On this episode of Dewey Like Murder? Denice talks about While They Slept by Kathryn Harrison and Dawn talks about Incident At Big Sky by Johnny France.

Opening and ending theme is El Horror Sucesivo del Vacio by Guerra de Cerdos

Long Overdue Episode 37: It's All About The Music

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Dawn, Pat, Chris, and Denice talk about music. Their favorites, their not so favorites, and everything in between.

Opening and ending theme is So Low By Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 36: Julia Heaberlin Paper Ghosts Event

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, we had international bestselling author and local favorite Julia Heaberlin visit the library! Listen to Pat and Julia Heaberlin talk about her newest novel Paper Ghosts!

Opening and ending theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 35: Summer Reading Club

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about the Summer Reading Club, what is it, what we're doing, and everything in between!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 34: Writers' Group Spotlight

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, we have members of our writers' group reading short stories that they wrote. Each story has something to do with music; either by theme, subject, or detail. Our special guests are Nella Jenkins, Chrissie Adams, Tammy Rainey, and Christofer Shenkir.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism


Dewey Like Murder?: Scream At The Sky & I'll Be Gone In The Dark

Dawn and Denice have started a new segment called Dewey Like Murder? for the Long Overdue Podcast! This monthly segment will be dedicated to true crime titles that they chose from the non-fiction shelves of the Decatur Public Library!

To celebrate our new segment, we are doing a giveaway! Answer the question below in the Facebook comments and be entered to win a hardcover copy of Julia Heaberlin's new novel Paper Ghosts!

Question: What does Chris think would be better than CSI (the TV show)?

Contest is open in the US only. Winners will be announced on May 15th, 2018.

Long Overdue Episode 33: Free Comic Book Day

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris and Denice talk about Free Comic Book Day and what events, activities, and comics will be available at the event. Free Comic Book Day is May 5th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm! They also talk about Madness Comics and Games in Denton, Texas and why they love it!

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Long Overdue Episode 32: Kindergarten Readiness

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast Pat talks with Dawn about our upcoming program Kindergarten Readiness! They talk about what it is, who's it for, and what to expect from this program.

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Kindergarten Readiness for website

Long Overdue Episode 31: The NeverEnding Story Commentary Episode

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice watch The NeverEnding Story! This is a commentary episode so if you have never seen the film, please be aware that there are spoilers all over this episode.
Unedited Version: This version has not been edited so you can start the film and watch along with us!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 30: Holocaust Remembrance Day with Special Guest Max Glauben

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Dawn, Chris, and Denice go to the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance to interview Holocaust Survivor, Max Glauben. This episode has some intense moments and some wise words from an incredibly inspirational person. Thank you, Max Glauben for sharing your story with us.
For more information on Max Glauben or the Dallas Holocaust Museum, please visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum's website.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 29 Part 1: Who Loves the 80s?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about the 80s. Everything from music, movies, TV, and even some more recent things that have been inspired by the 1980s. This episode is part 1 of 2.

Opening and ending theme is Toby or Not Toby? By Matt Oakley from the album 80s TV vol. 1

Long Overdue Episode 29 Part 2: We Love the 80s!

Who loves the 80s? Well, it looks like Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice sure do! This is part 2 of our 80s Nostalgia podcast episode!

Opening and ending theme is Toby or Not Toby? By Matt Oakley from the album 80s TV vol. 1

Long Overdue Episode 28: Fur the Love of Pets

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris and Denice talk about how to adopt a furry friend! They also tell hilarious stories about their own pets!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 27: Loving Diverse Books

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Denice has three special guests Yaika, Liz, and Kelli, who joined her for a great conversation about diversity in literature, sensitivity readers, and everything in between!

Opening and Ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 26: Ladies to the Front

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Denice, Dawn, and Chris talk about Women's History Month and other things that involve awesome ladies.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 25: Wish You Were Here

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat and Dawn talk about their travels while Chris and Denice are just along for the ride.

Opening and ending theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism.


Long Overdue Episode 24: This is Funny

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about humor and what they think is funny.

Opening and Ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism.

Long Overdue Episode 23: Folktales and Fairytales

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, Denice, and Dawn talk about folktales and fairy tales. What are they, which ones we like, and of course we share some book recommendations!

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Long Overdue Episode 22: ​Hmm, What About Nonfiction?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, Denice, and Dawn talk about nonfiction titles that they are interested in reading and some of their favorites!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 21: Favorite Recipes and Everything In-Between!

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast is all about food! Pat, Chris, Denice, and Dawn talk about their favorites, their most cooked, and everything in between!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 20: Make Your Garden Thrive! Special Guest Master Gardener Charlotte Canion.

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Dawn and Chris talk with Master Gardener Charlotte Canion about gardening, organic gardening, and gets some helpful tips to keep your garden thriving.

Opening and Ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 19: What's the deal with Science Fiction & Science Fantasy?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, Denice, and Chrissie continue their discussion about science fiction, fantasy, and science fantasy.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 18: Did Anyone Like the New Book Artemis?

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Denice, Chris, and Chrissie who the newest member of the Decatur Public Library Staff, talk about the sci-fi novel Artemis by Andy Weir and other sci-fi things!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 17:  2018 Is Going To Be Great Y'all!

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Chris, Denice, and Dawn discuss what books, movies, and TV shows they are excited about for the new year. 2018 is going to be great y'all!

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Long Overdue Episode 16: Our Favorite Books From 2017!

On this episode, Pat, Chris, Denice, and Dawn talk about their favorite books for 2017! These are all titles that they read throughout the year!

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Outtakes and B-Sides 2:

The Long Overdue Podcast doesn't cut out much from their episodes but when we do, it's pretty hilarious. Take a quick listen to what was edited out of our last episode about books we hate.

Interlude music is Family Tree by Jahzzar

Opening and ending theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 15: Don't Like It, Couldn't Finish It, Books We Loathe

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about books they hate, disliked, or just couldn't finish.

Opening and ending theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 14: Get Your Craft On With DIY Gifts!

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice got crafty and made some fun DIY gifts! For more pictures of the crafts, check out the slideshow!

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Long Overdue Episode 13: In-Between Laughs! Christmas Books, Movies and Music

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about Christmas books, movies, and music with many laughs to be had in between!

To learn more about the Denton Community Theater's production of the Christmas Story, please visit their website at: https://dentoncommunitytheatre.com/

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Outtakes and B-Sides 1:

Ever wonder what gets cut out of the Long Overdue Podcast episodes? Well, wonder no more! Here is a small sample of some of our outtakes, bloopers, and b-sides. These clips come from our previous Thanksgiving theme episode with Pat, Chris, Dawn, and Denice and from the Scott Pilgrim episode with Chris and Denice.

Interlude music is Family Tree by Jahzzar

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 12: Thanksgiving Traditions, Foods and Events

Pat, Dawn, Denice and Chris discuss their customary Thanksgiving traditions, foods and events.

Opening and closing them is So Low by Art of Escapism.

Long Overdue Episode 11: Did That Just Happen? Books-to-Movies Adaptations

This episode of the Long Overdue podcast is the continuation of last week's episode where Chris and Denice discuss book-to-movie adaptations.

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Long Overdue Episode 10: Scott Pilgrim Awesome-ness!

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris and Denice talk about Scot Pilgrim! They talk about the set of graphic novels, the movie, and all things Scott Pilgrim!

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 9: Monster Stories From The Writers' Group

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Denice had three members of the Decatur Public Library's Writers Group write and read an original short story based on a prompt about classic monsters. The members are Jessica Shenkir, Christofer Shenkir, and Tammy Rainey.

Artwork by Denice Herrera

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Long Overdue Episode 8: Everything Star Wars! FAN-tastic!

This episode of the Long Overdue Podcast is all about Star Wars! Pat, Chris, and Denice talk about Star Wars books, movies, infographics, and everything else in between.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 7: Author Julia Heaberlin joins our spooketeria!

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Chris and Denice talk about Wise County lore, creepy books, hauntings, and sightings! Special guest Julia Heaberlin, best-selling author of Black-Eyed Susans, joins the podcast for more spooky talk and to talk about her new book Paper Ghosts that will be coming out in April of 2018!

Opening and closing theme song is So Low by Art of Escapism

Long Overdue Episode 6: D.A.R.C. Arrives to Discuss Awesome Library Programs and More

On this episode of the Long Overdue Podcast, Dawn talks with members of the Teen Advisory Board about changing the name to Decatur Area Reading Council, favorite books, and awesome teen programs that D.A.R.C is planning. Chris and Denice join the talk and discuss gaming in the library as well as John Green, a book giveaway, and what cool teen programs are coming up.

Opening and closing theme is So Low by Art of Escapism.

Long Overdue Episode 5: S'what?! BANNED Books!?

This episode of the Long Overdue Podcast is about Banned Books Week. Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice talk about what Banned Books Week means to them and what some of their favorite banned books are.

Opening and ending theme is So Low by Art of Escapism.

Long Overdue Episode 4: We're All About the Same Page Book Festival.

Pat and Denice discuss the Same Page Book Festival, the authors that will be attending, the sessions, and the author fair!

Charlotte Canion, the opening keynote speaker, is our special guest for this episode! Charlotte tells us about her passion and why she was driven to write her book You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying: How to Parent Your Parents.

The Same Page Book Festival is on September 30th, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

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Long Overdue Episode 3: Decatur PL Book Clubs; What's Coming and What YOU Want To Read

Episode 3 of the Long Overdue Podcast is about our book clubs and books that Pat, Dawn, Chris, and Denice have read and want to read. Want to know more about the Decatur Public Library book clubs? Visit our Book Clubs page!

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Long Overdue Episode 2: 9/11 Retrospective

Episode 2 of the Long Overdue Podcast is a retrospective look at the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. The staff talk about what they were doing that day and how it impacted them and then we hear from community members Wise County Judge J.D. Clark, Library Board Member Betty Carson, Library Supporter Nancy Rosendahl, and Decatur Mayor Mr. Martin Woodruff.

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Long Overdue Episode 1: Get To Know Us!

The first episode of the Long Overdue Podcast is all about getting to know the hosts! The hosts for the podcast are Library Director Pat Peters, Youth Services Manager Dawn Wilbert, Technical Services Manager Christofer Shenkir, and Library Technician Denice Herrera.
It's an entertaining episode with fun questions and lots of laughs!

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July 7th, 2017

To Be Read Pile Organization.
I Really Need to Do Something About This!

Oh man, my TBR pile is out of control. I have a ton of books that I want to read but I cannot make up my mind on what to start next. I decided that I was going to try and organize my TBR pile and tackle this in a fun and creative way. Traditional means of stacking them in the order that I should read them is certainly not working.

So I did a little digging (thank you internet) and I found a few things that I am considering.

To Read List:

This seems like the easiest way to go. I found an adorable template on DIY Home Sweet Home Blog that can be downloaded here. It’s colorful and has check boxes which I think will help out a lot.  My concern with this is will I keep up with it? Will this be any different from my TBR pile as it is now? Probably… maybe… hmmm, probably not.

Books to read

Book Journal:

This is a super cute idea and there are book journals out there that you can buy, ready for you to just fill in. Of course, you can make your own with an old book, some paper, and glue, or you know… a notebook. I really like the idea of this, but this seems more like an after you finish a book activity not a help me pick a book from my giant pile aid. 

Book Jar:

Well hello there book jar. Now this seems like the answer to my problem. You get yourself a jar, jazz it up, write the titles of the books in your TBR pile onto slips of paper, and add them to the jar. When you are ready to select a book, you reach into your jar and pick a title at random. What could possibly go wrong? Well, I could pick a title that I’m not in the mood for. So maybe, I have to be super strict with myself. Once the jar has chosen a book for me, I’m going to read it no matter what. Yeah…


So, I've decided! I’m going to try a book jar.

Wish me luck! 

Denice Herrera

June 30th, 2017

Sweet Treats for Your Independence Day Celebration!

Whether you’re grilling out, visiting family or just enjoying “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, July 4th is a great day to indulge in that special dessert. Here are some of our favorite recipes from library cookbooks:

Mixed Berry Pie

From Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz, 2010.  Find it in the library at 641.86 LEB. 

You’ll need to roll out two pie crusts (a top and a bottom).

2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

2 cups blueberries

 2 cups blackberries

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons tapioca flour or cornstarch

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or kirsch

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon whole milk or cream

1 tablespoon coarse-crystal or granulated sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 400⁰F.

2. Roll out and place the bottom crust into a 9-inch pie plate.

3. In a large bowl, gently mix the berries with ½ cup sugar, tapioca flour or cornstarch, and lemon juice or kirsch. Transfer into dough-lined pie plate and smooth into an even layer.

4. Roll out and place the top crust over the fruit layer, tucking the edges under the lower and crimping to seal.

5. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and whole milk or cream together. Brush lightly across the top crust. Pierce with a knife or star-shaped pie cutters.

6. Bake until the top crust is browned and the filling juices are thick and bubbling, 50-60 minutes. If crust begins to brown too quickly, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil for the duration of baking time.

7. Let pie cool for 1 hour before serving.

Great served with vanilla ice cream!

Martha’s Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce

From Chocolate Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn, 2001.  Find it in the library at 641.8 BYR.


1 small package (9 ounces) devil’s food cake mix

½ cup buttermilk or whole milk

1 egg

½ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Position center rack for baking. Prepare 9” x 5” loaf pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, blend cake mix, ¼ cup buttermilk, egg, and extract for 1 minute on low speed. Scrape sides and add remaining ¼ cup buttermilk. Beat on medium for 2 minutes more. Pour into pan. Place pan in oven for 35-37 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly pressed.

3. Cool cake on wire rack for 10 minutes; then remove from pan. Place upright on cooling rack to cool another 30 minutes.

4. Slice cake lengthwise into 3 equal layers. Separate layers with waxed paper and cover the whole thing with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 hour.


1 can (12 ounces) cherry filling, or 1 ½ cups cherry preserves

1 gallon vanilla ice cream, in rectangular block

1. Chill cherry filling, large mixing bowl, and beaters.

2. Remove cherry filling from refrigerator and divide in half. Remove the cake from the freezer. Lift off the top two layers and the waxed paper. Place bottom layer on serving dish.

3. Remove the cardboard carton from the ice cream, working quickly. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut off a ½-inch-thick slice of ice cream. Place ice cream on cake layer to cover. Trim to fit. Continue until layer is covered with ice cream. Spread one half of cherry filling over the ice cream, just to the edge. Slice more ice cream to cover cherries.

4. Place the middle layer of the cake over the ice cream. Repeat the layers of ice cream, cherry, and ice cream. Then top with final cake layer.

5. Cover the assembled cake with plastic wrap and return to freezer for 1 hour.

Topping (Sweetened cream):

1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract

Chocolate curls for garnish

1. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold in sugar and extract until blended.

2. After assembled cake has been in freezer for 1 hour, remove and cover top and sides with a thin layer of sweetened cream. Sprinkle with chocolate curls for garnish.

3. Return to freezer, uncovered, for a few hours to overnight.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

                1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

                1/3 cup light corn syrup

                2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a medium saucepan, warm cream and corn syrup over medium heat just to a boil. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and sauce is smooth.

When ready to serve, prepare hot fudge sauce, drizzle over cake slices and serve immediately.


Watermelon-Berry-Lime Icebox Cake

From Grandbaby Cakes by Jocelyn Delk Adams, 2015. Find it in the library at 641.865 ADA.

1 ½ cups chopped seedless watermelon

1 ½ cups strawberries, hulled

2 cups heavy cream, cold

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

½-¾  cups granulated sugar (depending on sweetness of the fruit)

2 teaspoons lime zest, plus more for garnish

Pinch salt

3-8 drops red food coloring (optional)

12 graham cracker rectangles (do not break apart)

1. In food processor or heavy-duty blender, purée the watermelon and strawberries until smooth. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the juice. Reserve ½ cup of the pulp and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the juice.

2. In large mixer bowl (whisk attachment), beat the heavy cream, cream cheese, and sugar on low speed.

3. Turn mixer to medium and beat until soft peaks form. Add reserved pulp and juice, lime zest, and salt. If using red food coloring (for a pink tint), add drops until color is to your liking. Continue to mix until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate this cream filling for 1 hour to stiffen.

4. In a springform pan, arrange 2 graham crackers side by side vertically.

5. Remove the cream filling from the refrigerator and transfer to a piping bag with a No. 12 round tip (or similar size) or quart-sized resealable plastic bag with a corner cut off. (You can also just use an offset spatula for a less precise, more rustic look.)

6. Pipe 1/6 of the cream on top of first graham crackers, then arrange 2 more graham crackers on top of the filling horizontally. Pipe 1/6 of the cream on top of the graham crackers. Repeat this step, alternating the graham crackers in horizontal and vertical rows until you have the 6th and final layer of graham crackers. Pipe side-by-side dots of cream on top of this last layer.

7. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, to soften the graham crackers. Garnish with remaining lime zest before serving. Serve cold.

These are just some samples of what these delightful recipe books have to offer. Stop by the library to check them out!

June 19th, 2017

Having a child start school can be daunting for the child as well as the parent. At Decatur Public Library, we would like to help make that transition smoother for you and your child by providing a list of skills that are beneficial for children to know before entering kindergarten. These skills will ease the transition for your child and will help them to be more successful in their first year of formal schooling.

DPL’s Kindergarten Readiness Program has been developed by a former kindergarten teacher as an opportunity for parents to observe their child in different areas including language, math, social and physical skills. Children will perform activities while parents observe their child in action. This will provide a starting point in which parents will have a better idea of how to ready their child for kindergarten. Children who will begin kindergarten this fall are eligible to attend this program.

The next session, consisting of three meetings approximately one hour in length, will be July 10, 17 and 24. Each meeting covers 2 components of a child’s learning. Parents will be given a checklist at each meeting to make notes and to keep track of their child’s skills in each area.  By the end of each meeting, parents or caregivers should have an idea of where they should focus their time with their child in order to help them be ready for kindergarten.

The most important thing to remember is to make learning fun for your child. During this session, you will learn some ideas on how to work with your child using everyday items and experiences as well as items from the library. Your child may not even realize they are learning!

Registration is open for this free program through July 6. Call the library at 940-393-0290 today to sign up!

---Dawn Wilbert

You may also fill out our online form to register and you may email Dawn at dwilbert@decaturtx.org with questions.

June 9th, 2017

Wise Reads Online Book Club

We started an online book club!

What does this entail? Well, it’s really quite simple.  A staff member will select a book each month and post their thoughts and discussion questions on the brand new Wise Reads Online Book Club Facebook page. There will be a moderator that will engage with our members that participate in the discussion, as well as post author interviews, videos regarding the selected title or author, and other book related materials.

We are hoping to expand the experience with Facebook live book talks and staff videos in the future.

We are very excited about this and we are looking forward to discussing books with our community, online and in person (we do have a book club that meets in the library on the 1st Tuesday of the month)!

This month’s book is Red Rising by Pierce Brown. The book discussion has begun but it is not too late to join in. There is a post with the discussion questions and each question is getting its own post. Take a look at the page for more info.

Be sure to read the Online Book Club Policy and Rules in the Notes section.

Book Synopsis for Red Rising by Pierce Brown

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” (1)
So begins Darrow’s story of revenge, courage, and sacrifice in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.
Darrow is a Helldiver—strong, nimble, and willing to take any risk to lead his team of miners faster and farther than any other team of Reds in Lykos colony. He believes in their noble mission to help terraform the planet Mars for human habitation in the future. The Golds who rule constantly remind the Reds that this is their purpose. But Darrow soon learns that his entire life is based on lies.
Darrow’s wife Eo believes that all Reds are slaves and dreams of a future where Reds rule themselves. When she is hanged for treason, Darrow is lost. He only ever wanted to live for her, but she entreats him to “live for more.” (45) He has no idea what that means or what that “more” might be.
The Sons of Ares, a group of rabble-rousers, however, have plans for Darrow. They tell him, “’Dreamers like your wife are limited…The only power they have is in death. The harder they die, the louder their voice, the deeper the echoes.’” (60) She has become a martyr, and it seems that with her death, her dream died as well. But he, they assure Darrow, can bring about justice because his purpose is “’to make the dream come true.’” (60) And the Sons can give him everything he needs to begin.
Red Rising is an action-filled, thought-provoking look at self-identity, power, rebellion, and the making of civilization.
Brown, Pierce. Red Rising. Del Rey: 2014.

May 30th, 2017

Summer Reading Kickoff May 25, 2017

Summer reading started off with a celebration on “Building a Better World”. The community of Decatur and surrounding businesses were supportive of our event, coming to volunteer their time and resources to you and the library!

Lowe’s Home Improvement is a sponsor of our summer reading program, providing building kits for children for their reward for completing the summer reading program. For the kickoff event, Lowe’s sent three volunteers with flats of flowers for the children to plant. We are so grateful for their contributions to our community and the summer reading program! A special thanks goes to the City of Decatur’s Parks Department for preparing the ground for planting.

Decatur Police Department sent officer Reeves to talk with the kids about the importance of police officers and to build relationships amongst children and police officers.

Adam Black with Black Creek K-9 Services brought Aika, a German Shepard trained in Narcotics Detection. He talked with children about Aika and how she has a job and her nose is what she uses to do her job.

Agrilife brought supplies for children to learn about plants and to create a Garden in a Glove.

Children created a pig bank, their own personal kindness calendar and made ice cream in a bag.

Other sponsors of our summer reading program are Chili’s and Sonic.

We would also like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers from the Teen Advisory Board and the Library Foundation. 

We are so grateful for all of the community support and the participation of the community in our program. We hope to Build a Better World together!
---Dawn Wilbert

May 13th, 2017

udiobooks and How I Got Around to Loving Them

I hadn’t really gotten into audiobooks. I tried. I listened to a few and never made it past disc one. I tried to listen while I cooked or folded laundry.  I would always miss something and have to stop and go back. It was frustrating. I gave up.

After many years of avoiding audiobooks, I decided to give it another shot. This was all Aziz Ansari’s doing. I came across Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and I thought, “I bet he’s hilarious while reading his book out loud” (He totally was, by the way). I’m sure I missed a few things from not reading the book itself, (he mentioned graphs and such in the audio version), but the side jokes he made about reading the book out loud to you were well worth it (this is saying a lot, since I’m the kind of person who likes to look at graphs and charts).

Before I knew it, I had listened to all 6 hours while driving to and from work. I was surprised at how much I had enjoyed it. I suddenly understood what audiobook people meant when they said it was all in the reader.

For me, Aziz Ansari accomplished two things with his audiobook.

1. I listened to a whole audio book.

2. I listened to a whole NONFICTION audiobook.

I am not much of a nonfiction reader. I have read a few books all the way through (I’m looking at you Erik Larson) but on the whole I am not much for nonfiction reading. Even memoirs from people I love (Except for Anna Kendrick. Her book Scrappy Little Nobody is amazing and I’m sure Anna Kendrick and I would be best friends in real life) have been a chore to get through. I usually don’t make it very far in a book that’s about real life. I like my books to be fiction.

Except for audiobooks. I like my audiobooks to be anything that I wouldn’t normally read on my own. I have listened to First Blood (Yeah, the book that Rambo was based on) by David Morrell, Ready Player One (Wil Wheaton is the best reader you guys) by Ernest Cline, Redshirts (Did I mention that Wil Wheaton is the best reader?) by John Scalzi, and I’m currently listening to You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (Which is hilarious! She does a wonderful job reading and she includes awesome verbal sound effects). Oh, and by the way, I highly recommend all of these audiobooks.

There are so many different types of books and they come in many different formats. Check out our online catalog for downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and of course our library catalog, which not only includes us but also all the libraries in our consortium.

So anyway, what I am trying to say here is, give books that you wouldn’t normally pick up a chance.  I would have missed out on some wonderful things if I hadn’t given Aziz Ansari’s audiobook a try.

                                                                                                ---Denice Herrera


April 28th, 2017

Free Comic Book Day and Madness Comics and Games

For many years, we here at the Decatur Public Library have been participating in Free Comic Book Day. What is Free Comic Book Day? It’s the first Saturday in May and people of all ages get to take home select titles and special issues of comic books for free! It’s a special magical day at the library with comics, activities, and door prizes!

For the last few years, we have been incredibly fortunate to be partnering with the wonderful people at Madness Comics and Games!

Jim Shuman has been a huge supporter of not just the public library but of literacy itself. He is well versed in the benefits of reading comics and how it can spark a love for all kinds of reading. He has the amazing ability to be able to match a person or child with the right title for them.

Jim and his staff are some of the most knowledgeable and kindest comic book people I have ever met. As a girl with an interest in comics, I often get the metaphorical pat on the head and an unnecessary explanation of titles I am very well acquainted with from comic book store employees. Not from Jim and his staff; they have always treated me like a comic book fan.  

Whenever I visit the store, located on 2317 W. University Dr, Ste 185 in Denton, Texas, I always walk out happy and with a stack of comics.

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, May 6th to be exact, and we are excited to be a part of the fun again this year! We most certainly couldn’t have done it without the help, generosity, and support from Madness Comics and Games!

Stop by the library on May 6th starting at 10 am and check out the free comics and activities! If you have the time or are in the Denton area, check out Madness Comics and Games. I am confident that Jim and his staff will be able to find something just right for you!


                                                                                                                                --Denice Herrera


April 8th, 2017

Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at Decatur Public Library is made up of a group of middle, high school and home schooled students who help develop programming at the library. This group has one business meeting each month and they schedule at least one event for the teens in our community. In the past, this group has planned movie parties for new movies that are being released, holiday parties for younger children such as the stuffed animal sleepover and more! We welcome new members and new ideas for programs! Join us on Monday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m.

TAB 2016

Check out the pics from some past events hosted by the Teen Advisory Board!

March 24th, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, check out these great books on women in Texas, across the United States, and around the world:

Legendary Ladies of Texas                                                                                            920 ABE

Famous Women                                                                                                             920 BOC

First Ladies of the White House                                                                                     920 BRO

Women in Early Texas                                                                                                    920 CAR

The Roosevelt Women                                                                                                    920 CAR

Women in Texas: Their Lives, Their Experiences, Their  Accomplishments                   920 CRA

Women of Texas                                                                                                              920 DAY

Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret                                               920 EDW

Gentle Giants: Women Writers in Texas                                                                           920 ELD

The Mothers of American Presidents                                                                                920 FAB

I Once Knew a Woman: A Patchwork of Seven Unforgettable Americans                        920 JEN

Texas Women: Interviews and Images                                                                               920 LAS

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism                        920 MAR

Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries       920 MCG

Pioneer Women in Texas                                                                                                     920 PIC

Westward the Women                                                                                                         920 ROS

Jackie Ethel Joan: Women of Camelot                                                                               920 TAR

Women of Courage                                                                                                             920 TRU

Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century                            920 WAR

The Women Who Made the West                                                                                       920 WES

Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers                                                                               920.72 HUT

This Day in the Life: Diaries From Women Across America                                                920.72 THI


March 10, 2017


Riverdale and the Evolution of Archie Comics

Archie Andrews has been around for a very long time. Betty and Veronica have been romantic rivals for longer than I care to mention.

Since the first appearance of the likable redhead in Pep Comics, circa 1941, Archie and his friends have been through a lot. In some comics he picks Veronica and in others he chooses Betty. Jughead remains a mystery. He plays the guitar, a teenage witch joins the storyline, and Josie and the Pussycats rock out no matter what style of music is in at the time.

At some point though, Archie lost some of his appeal. His high school experience wasn’t relatable to the modern high school experience. A lot has changed, and ultimately Archie had to change.  

Afterlife with Archie, the first horror Archie title, hit the stands in 2013. There is nothing quite like reading about the gang trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. That the zombie apocalypse was started by Jughead should come as no surprise. I can’t even begin to talk about Archie’s dog Spotty and his heroic act without tearing up.

In 2015, Archie was released and Archie and his friends went through some changes.  His signature red hair was updated with a new haircut and sweet little Archibald got an updated wardrobe. It’s pretty cool to see them in this new way, and I must say that the comics are 100% enjoyable.

Where is all this Archie comics’ history going? Well, it’s leading straight to Riverdale, the new CW show Riverdale that is. Promoted as Archie meets Twin Peaks, and yeah I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Riverdale has the whole gang, old and new, with all of their teenage angst and if that wasn’t enough it throws in some murder. What can I say, this show is the darker side of Riverdale and Archie is still the wholesome boy next door but there is a killer amongst them.

This show has all the teen drama you would come to expect and it has so much more. A diverse cast, Betty and Veronica are friends not rivals, Jughead is a writer with a tragic past, and Josie and the Pussycats will always rock. The murder mystery adds a darker element to the classic and it is just plain addictive.

Archie has been around for over 75 years, he made some changes, and now with Riverdale he is invading the young adult landscape in a completely new way.

Stop by and pick up an Archie comic before you get hooked on Riverdale.

 Already hooked? Yeah, me too.

---Denice Herrera
Decatur Public Library


March 3, 2017

Young Adult Nonfiction

Young adults, middle through high school students, often have their own interests and information needs.  For that reason, Decatur Public Library is in the beginning stages of developing a nonfiction section for young adults. Although our selection is small, we invite you to “check-out” our YA nonfiction selection and tell us what you think. We are also open to book suggestions for our collection.

Some of the books we have available are:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Steve Jobs: insanely great by Jessie Hartland

Fueling the teen machine: what it takes to make good choices for yourself everyday by Ellen L. Shanley

Rapture practice: a true story by Aaron Hartzier

Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery

Sexual assault: the ultimate teen guide by Olivia Ghafoerkhan

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

--Dawn Wilbert
Youth Services Manager

Check out Miss Dawn's awesome book trailer for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler! Great Job, Miss Dawn!

February 17, 2017

We sure do love books. We also really love it when books win awards and we get a nice list of things to read.

Recently, the Blue Bonnet Award was announced and we wanted to share with you what awesome books are on the list and what books we have available at the library.

Check out the list below!

 For more information about the Blue Bonnet Award, please visit the Texas Library Association's Blue Bonnet Award page.

Winner: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Blue Bonnet Award Master List:

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
The Best Man by Richard Peck  
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose) by Victoria Jamieson
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, illustrated by James Mark Yellowhawk  
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd  
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Lola Levine: Drama Queen by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee  
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh  
Soar by Joan Bauer
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Storyteller by Evan Turk
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes  
Unidentified Suburban Objects by Mike Jung
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate


February 11, 2017


By Aileen Fisher

I have a hundred Valentines,

A hundred, did I say?

I gave a thousand Valentines

One cold and wintry day.

I didn’t put my name on them

or any other words,

because my Valentines were seeds

for February birds.

Families can celebrate Valentine’s Day in so many ways. Instead of buying things for those close to you show them how much you love them by spending time together.  

Here are some ideas of how you can spend family time together this Valentine’s Day.

Read a Book

Spending time snuggling and reading books is a great way to show children you love them. Pick a book about Valentine’s Day or any book that your child loves. Check out a fun poetry book such as Where the Sidwalk Ends by Shel Silverstein or a joke book like the one listed below.

Feed the birds

As our poem mentions at the beginning of this post, feed the birds! Spend time with your family in the great outdoors. You can go bird watching, visit a pond and feed the ducks or maybe go for a hike together. Being outdoors can relieve stress and can be great exercise for the family. 

Play games or make a special dessert

Have a family game night, craft night or spend time cooking up some special chocolatey desserts.  Check out one of our books listed below for ideas!

Remember to take family photos or selfies to remember this extra special Valentine’s Day! Take a few moments to post one to our Facebook page or just share with us how you will spend this special day with your family or loved ones.

Good Morning to You, Valentine: Poems for Valentine’s Day

Selected by Bennett Hopins

Illustrated by Tomie de Paola

Funny Valentine’s Day Jokes to Tickle your Funny Bone

By Linda Bozzo

Valentines: A read-and-do book

By Judith Moffatt

Crafts for Valentine’s Day

By Kathy Ross

Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Chock full of Chocolate

By Elizabeth Macleod


February 3, 2017

Do You Like Stories and Games? We've Got a Program for You

If you haven’t been involved in One Page Adventures in the past, now is a great time to start. One Page Adventures is the Decatur Public Library’s program for role playing games. Without going excessive  detail (check out October 7, 2016 post for more), role playing games are kind of like board games in the respect that everyone sits around a table with dice and sometimes mini figures and a map. But beyond the rules and mechanics of the game, there is another aspect: collective story telling. All of players as well as the game master are working together to spin a yarn. Each player is free to make their own choices for their character however, so the outcome is often anything but predictable.

Since the end of summer 2016 we’ve been having a different adventure every month. These adventures have taken our players to different worlds and time periods, but each contained its own contained story. With our teen and adult players as well as the younger players at our children’s table craving deeper character and story development, we’re taking our adventures to the next level this year with a far reaching story arc that spans a vast variety of settings. We’ll still keep the theme of multiple settings and time periods, but all of these settings exist as part of a single world of fractured dimensions. Players take on the role of dimensional travelers trying to correct problems that have occurred in the timeline, hopping from one domain to another throughout the course of their journey.

The characters’ first mission takes place in the primeval domain of Primundis, where prehistoric humans have been given the power of fire prematurely. Primundis is a mixture of prehistoric themes featuring dinosaurs and early mammals, as well dangerous tar pits and volcanoes. The characters enter the domain seeking out the source of this fire and clues as to who gave it to humans.

This is just the beginning though. As their story progresses the characters will journey to space and beyond in science fiction themed settings, encounter worlds of magic and medieval fantasy and even step foot into modern worlds very much like our own. Even better, the players’ characters can come from any of these worlds. We’ve got players who have taken on the identity of everything from an android law enforcer to a samurai warrior from feudal Japan. I’m really excited about the dynamic between all the players and their respective characters, and I can hardly wait to see what kinds of unique interactions come out of this setting.

I’m also happy to say that some of our regular attenders have also volunteered to run additional tables during our sessions. One of our players who first started playing table top RPGs when we began our program in 2014 is now game mastering a table of his own. He’s very creative and enthusiastic, so I’m looking forward to hearing about the adventures at his table. I’m just really impressed and very thankful for the help, especially with our steadily growing attendance.

All of the players and game masters come here once a month to play a game and tell a story together. Whether you’re veteran to table top RPGs or just interested for the first time come check out our One Page Adventures and add your own page to the story.

One Page Adventures meets every second Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm. Join our adventures in Primundis this February the 11th!

--Chris Shenkir

Decatur Public Library

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January 27th, 2017

One day Sarah came into my office and shared a wonderful idea that she had for a book display. After some talking and planning, we decided that having a book display about Banned Books and Band Books would be awesome! Not only was it a delightful play on words, but we could make some cute bookmarks and buttons to go along with our display.

we set out to make a list of every book we could think of that involved a band. We came up with a long list of books that included titles from all areas of the library. Some of my favorites include Punk Farm by Jarret J. Krosoczka, Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson, The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Though there are so many other books to choose from that range from all ages to some unexpected titles, such as Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. We made some awesome bookmarks and buttons to go along with our display. In fact, each book on our display comes with a free button.

The Banned Books portion of our display was easier. We have made a few book displays that have been about banned books and we selected some of our favorites for this display. One of my favorites, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood has been adapted as a series for Hulu that will premiere later this year.

This display is about having the freedom to choose what read and reading what you want.

Stop by and check it out, pick up a good book to read, and enjoy our cool buttons!

Read On!

--Denice Herrera

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January 20th, 2017

PrinterOn Makes Printing at Your Decatur Public Library Even More Convenient

Available now at the Decatur Public Library, PrinterOn allows users everywhere to send print jobs from their home computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet, expanding the availability and convenience of a commonly used library service.

Public printing is one of the most commonly used features provided by Decatur Public Library. Printing from the library’s public access computers allows anyone to print just about anything they need. Printing at the library is now more readily available than ever. PrinterOn is an online mobile printing service. By accessing the PrinterOn website set up for the library or by using the free PrinterOn app from a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, users can upload documents directly to the library’s printing queue from their home or other location with internet access. They can then pick up their prints at their convenience within 24 hours.

This service will also prove useful for library users who want to print while they are at the library. Library employees are often asked by users if they can print from their personal laptop while in the library. Prior to subscribing to this service users had to save their document to a flash drive or send it to their email, then sign in to a public computer to print. Now, for instance, a student could take their laptop to the library to work on their paper, and then print that paper without any intermediate steps.

The employees of the Decatur Public Library are excited to provide this service for the community, but they couldn’t have done it with the support of the Decatur Library Foundation which has graciously provided the funding for the PrinterOn service for the first year.

How to use PrinterOn: 

  •  From your own computer, go to the library’s website, www.decaturpubliclibrary.com, and click on the “Print Now” banner. This takes you to the PrinterOn site. Enter your email address under “User Info”; this will be your ID when you pick up your print job. Then click the Browse button under “Select Document”; then find the document you want to print and click on it. Click on the Triangle button on the right as you move through the instructions. Be sure to select the pages you want to print. Note how many pages will be printing before you click on the green Print button. Your print job has been sent and can now be printed at the library.
  • From your tablet or smartphone, download the app “PrinterOn” from the App Store or Marketplace. When you can select a printer, put in “Decatur Public Library” and you’ll find us as an option. Select the type of file you wish to print and then find the file you want. Click on it; then click the green Print button. Enter your email; this is how your print job will be identified at the library. Then click on the check mark on the upper right of your screen. The blue banner at the top of your screen shows the progress on your print job.

At this time, Decatur Public Library has only black-and-white printing available. Prints are $0.20 per page.

The library is open:

Mondays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information on mobile printing, please contact the Decatur Public Library at 940-393-0290 or visit our website

The Decatur Public Library is proud to be a resource and provider of information, education, and enjoyment. With free internet access, up-to-date resources, and current editions of popular fiction and nonfiction materials. Decatur Public Library is the place to be.

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    --- Chris Shenkir
 Denice Herrera

January 6th, 2017

Happy 2017!

At Decatur Public Library, “The Place to Be for Education, Information and Enjoyment” isn’t just our motto. It’s what we live by.

Education is at the heart of what we do at DPL.

Our weekly Early Literacy Classes are designed to give young children the skills they need to learn to read when the time is right and to be successful in their formal learning later on. Little Learners Storytime meets Wednesday mornings at 10:15. Sensory Storytime, for all ages and abilities, meets on Wednesdays at 11:30am and on Thursdays at 10:15am. Check it out!

For school-age children, there’s STEAMing Tuesday Nights. Hands-on activities focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math are happening every second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Let us know if you plan to come; we’ll save a spot for you!

Students preparing for the ACT or SAT, who need help with their regular classes or who are applying for colleges or looking for jobs can use LearningExpress Library. It’s available for free through the TexShare Databases on our website: Research and Literacy. LEX includes practice tests, computer tutorials, resume builders, and more.

Get the Information you need:

How do I fix my lawn mower or dishwasher? Where can I find a simple power of attorney form? What is this medicine supposed to do for me? All these questions and more can be answered through DPL’s TexShare databases. Go to Research and Literacy and select TexShare databases. You’ll need a library username and password (let us know if you need that info). Then you’ll find Small Engine Repair and Home Improvement Center, Gale Legal Forms, and EBSCO Health Source: Consumer. All are available

Read magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone with Zinio. Click on the Zinio link from the library’s home page: http://www.decaturpubliclibrary.com. Set up your free account and choose your magazines. Zinio will even email you when a new issue is available. Of course, the library still has select magazines and newspapers in print. Stop by to read or check out back issues.

Enjoy life more:

In the library, you’ll find the latest bestsellers, novels by your favorite authors, nonfiction on the hot topics of the day, and memoirs from personalities you know!  You can also find DVDs and audiobooks to borrow. Find titles and availability on the Library Catalog.

Online there’s even more. Read or listen to the latest bestsellers or your favorite classics on your tablet or smartphone from our digital library. Download the app: Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks.

Adults who love to read are invited to The Book Experience Book Club. Meeting at 11am the first Tuesday of each month, The Book Experience reads a different book each month. Join us for good literature and lively discussion.

Both teens and adults are invited to join us for Raid the Library! RPG Day every second Saturday, 10am-2pm as we play Savage Worlds One Page Adventures roleplaying game. It’s a new game every months, so new players, novice or experienced, are always welcome. Children can get in on the fun with Half Page Adventures every second Saturday, 10am-12noon.

It’s all free! Find out more at Decatur Public Library or call us at 940-393-0290. Of course, you’re more than welcome to stop by Decatur Public Library, 1700 S. FM 51, at the corner of Hwy. 51 and Thompson St.

Check it out!

~~ by Patricia Peters, Library Director

December 30, 2016

Best Books of 2016: Staff Favorites 

Miss Pat's Favorite Books:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 
Me Before You
 by Jojo Moyes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . . 
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life— big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
The Light Between Oceans
 by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Dark Matter
 by Blake Crouch
“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.  Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
            Miss Denice also counts this as one of her favorite books of the year. Here is what she had to say about it: I have recommended this book to a few people and I always say, "It's about the multi-verse and how it got too real for one guy in particular."

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
Miss Denice also counts this as one of her favorite books of the year. Here is what she had to say about it: I don't normally like to read trilogies. I picked up Red Rising because I found Pierce Brown's author photo to be of an insanely handsome man and I just had to know if he was as talented of a writer as all the praise had indicated on the back of his debut novel or if his blue eyes had gotten him much farther than anyone could have imagined. I was instantly fascinated by his writing and his story. I was enthralled in this futuristic world and I was gripped by Darrow's journey. Morning Star is a fantastic conclusion to this amazing story. It also has a wonderful Bye Felicia moment that I will always cherish.  

Miss Dawn's Favorite Books:

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
It is a Blue Bonnet nominee. Although it is for younger readers, if you want to read something a little spooky, this would be a good read. Recommended for third through adult, although, if your child gets scared easily, you might want to steer away from this book.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
This book surprised me because it was so good and held my interest even though it was written in 1932. It received the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century and has never gone out of print. I recommend this book to teens through adults. 

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
This is my nonfiction pick of the year. It is an interesting view of World War II and how other countries dealt with the war and how teens made a difference. This is a Texas Lone Star book choice which is recommended for middle school students. I would recommend this to teen and adult readers as well. It was interesting and easy to follow.

Miss Sarah's Favorite Books:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This was very cute. It's a teen romance, but unusual because of the main character's rare disease. I listened to the audiobook in  my car, and the end had me driving circles around my neighborhood, unwilling to finish it the net day-I had to know how things sorted out.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

This is a really delightful collection of spooky stories. The stories are good, but what makes them are the illustrations. They are beautiful, but very creepy. A word of advice: if you are like me and you can turn shadows in the corner of your eye into certain death, consider not reading this after midnight, all alone. Or do, if you're into that.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Often, it's too much to ask that a book about a gay teenager be well written and end on a hopeful note and be more than 150 pages. This book ticks all three boxes. While beautiful to read, be warned that this book features conversion therapy and its tragic results. Still, it's very good, and I'm glad I read it.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
If you're like me, you like sci-fi. But most of the time, it's too doom-and-gloom, all royal intrigue and government experiments gone wrong. This book has none of that- it's straight-up-feel-good sci-fi. Think Firefly, except with aliens and without a teenage girl losing her mind, and clothes, for no real reason. i loved this so much, I recommended it to a friend on the other side of the world before I reached page 50. Read this book!
​Miss Denice's Favorite Books:

But What If We're Wrong by Chuck Klosterman
I feel that I must start out by saying that I LOVE Chuck Klosterman. I normally don't read non-fiction, but Chuck Klosterman is one of the few non-fiction authors that I adore and will read everything and anything that he writes. This book made me think about so many things, music, art, film, writing, science, and even sports. He brings up several good questions that have branched out from the main theme of the book which is: How certain are we of our understanding about anything that we think we know? Wonderful book!

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
​I would classify this book as realistic fantasy. Set in the modern world with hidden magic and advancements in technology. What makes this book awesome is that you have two vastly different sides of the spectrum falling in love with each other. Science and Magic at war, and only love can bring it to an end and simultaneously save the world from either a technological or magical devastation. This book has it all, secret magic academy, time machines, spells gone awry, technological barriers broken, and of course, love.

The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gomez Barcena
The first thing that caught my eye was the blurb on the inside of the book that says that this is based on a true story. Add in the poet Juan Ramon Jimenez and some ancient cat fishing and I was completely intrigued. So, cat fishing before the internet was much more time consuming and elaborate. Two young, wealthy, wanna-be poets write a letter to the famous poet, Juan Ramon Jimenez, under the guise of a beautiful woman named Georgina. At first it was just a ploy to get a signed book of poetry from their idol but it quickly turned into a full blown deceitful affair. I found myself feeling some sort of affection for Carlos, the sensitive one who is more of a poet in spirit than in talent, but by the end of the novel, he had lost all of my affection and I felt that both Carlos and Jose deserved the lives they got, devoid of art, happiness, and poetic satisfaction. The story was beautifully written, with a clear message of what kind of damage you can do and the hearts you break when you let lies and greed consume your soul. 

My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta
This book is absolutely amazing. It is heart breaking, gut wrenching, tear jerking, open, and completely honest. I found myself having to put it down several times to process what I had just read. Elissa Washuta lays herself bare about her experiences with mental illness, an eating disorder, sexual assault, and cultural identity. She pulls no punches as she explores and brings forth a fierce look into a rarely talked about human experience. It is a difficult memoir to read but, in my opinion, an important memoir. Full of anguish, despair, and hope this book changed me. 

December 19, 2016

Darcy the Dragon’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover Journal

December 16th

I was invited to a sleepover at the library. All week long, I have been thinking about all the fun I was going to have and all the new friends I was going to make. I am a little nervous to meet new stuffed animals, I hope they like me, but I am excited too.

December 17th

                I had so much fun last night at the sleepover! We played, read stories, and I made a bunch of new friends! Miss Dawn took lots of pictures for us!

Here are all my new buddies! We posed in front of the Christmas tree because it was so pretty and Miss Dawn said that it was festive. I really like the lights! They are so sparkly! 

Darcy 1

We made some fun crafts with our people before they went home and let us sleepover in the library. Our people are so great! I’m sure they missed us at bed time but they were happy to let us spend some time hanging out together. Our people want us to make lots of friends too. 

Darcy 2

Miss Dawn is so nice! She read us some stories and did a very special storytime just for us! She read Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! by Mo Willems. I love the Pigeon books! They are so funny and the Pigeon gets into all kinds of fun situations!

Darcy 3

We played Go Fish! I had never played this card game before but it was a lot of fun to learn how to play a new game. My stuffed buddies taught me how to play and I even won a round! 

Darcy 4
Darcy 5

I took a picture of some of my new friends hiding from Miss Dawn. We were playing Hide and Seek, so she knew that we were hiding. She found us pretty quickly, but probably because we were giggling so much. It’s hard to be quite when you’re having so much fun!

Darcy 6

We cuddled up in front of the fireplace, and talked and giggled some more before we fell asleep. We had such an exciting night! 

Darcy 7

December 9, 2016

Hi everyone!

This blog post is going to be completely dedicated to the great and wonderful Kate Beaton!

Let me start off by talking about her funny and adorable picture book, The Princess and the Pony. This book is not just about a princess that wants to be a warrior. She already is a little fighter, but it’s about being true to yourself, resourceful, and showing your cuddly side. All Princess Pinecone wants for her birthday is a big, fast, and strong horse so that she can ride him into the upcoming battle. She usually gets a cozy sweater, but this year she gets a pony that is fat, tiny, and a round thing that farts too much. But, man is he cute! That is all that I am going to say in regards to the story. I don’t want to spoil this amazing picture book for anyone, but it is so worth the read! The illustrations are cartoon style and super cute.

I first heard of Kate Beaton when I stumbled across her webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant. She writes and draws about literature, history, and comic books. Hark! A Vagrant is most definitely for adults. She has hundreds of comics that poke fun at literature and history but also the popular perception of these things. From poking fun at the change that the image of Dr. Watson, from the Sherlock stories, took when it went from print to television, to the complexities of Wuthering Heights. With some myths and popular culture sprinkled in between.  It is all gold.  

She currently has two hardcover collections of her webcomics called Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops.

At the library, we have a copy of The Princess and the Pony in the children’s section, and a copy of Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops can be located in the A CMX section! She also has a chapter book, titled King Baby, that is published by Scholastic and is out now! King Baby will be on our library shelf very soon!

To read some of Kate Beaton’s comics or to find out more about her work, check out the Hark! A Vagrant Website

---Denice Herrera

November 28, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor

“December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, the opening of his Pearl Harbor Speech*

December 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Of course, that attack was the turning point which caused the United States to enter what became known as World War II.

ONLINE: For general information, go to Explora for Public Libraries, part of the TexShare Databases found on our website under “Research and Literacy.” You can find newspaper and magazine articles, images, and video about Pearl Harbor and other important events during World War II. If you have a DPL library card, you can get a username and password to gain free access.

BOOKS: Decatur Public Library also has books for all ages related to Pearl Harbor:

Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath by John Toland                       940.54 TOL

            Toland examines the days leading up to the attack and the effects on the United States and, ultimately, on the resolution of World War II.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor by Gordon W. Prange   940.54 PRA

            Prange’s extensive research results in one of the most comprehensive account of the Pearl Harbor attacks written.

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1943, Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal by Alan Schom                                                         940.54 SCH

            Historian Schom details the decisions (and consequent results) of the various military and political leaders who sent thousands of American troops into battle during the first two years of the war in the Pacific theater.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson                   940.54 NEL

            In a multi-pronged approach, Nelson follows the building of the U.S.S. Arizona, the movement of the Japanese government to fascism, and the details of the Pearl Harbor attack from both American and Japanese perspectives.

For children, see:

Pearl Harbor by Tamara L. Britton                                                 J 940.54 BRI

            Includes an overview of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the establishment of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

World War II in the Pacific: Remember Pearl Harbor by R. Conrad Stein           J 940.54 STE

            A general overview of the battles in the Pacific, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

World War II: Visual Encyclopedia by Brian Williams                            J 940.54 WIL

            An introduction to the key figures and important battles of World War II.

DISPLAY: While you’re in the library, check out the display from the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum.

* Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation.” December 8, 1941. American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches. Accessed 28 Nov. 2016.

November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Baking

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Some people have this holiday down with signature dishes, traditional gatherings, and classic desserts.

I am not one of those people.

Every year, I think I can make something simple to take to my family gathering. Maybe some mashed potatoes or a couple of pumpkin pies. And every year, I decide, at the last minute, to try something completely different. Sometimes it works out and I make something delicious and other times I show up empty handed, with a sad look on my face, and a great story about a fire.  

As of this writing, Thanksgiving is about a week away and I have no idea what I am going to make. This doesn’t concern me as much as it should, but I am concerned enough to do a little recipe gathering.

The Decatur Public Library has a great selection of cookbooks and a nice portion of those are books on baking. I’m not just saying that because I work here, either.

I have made things that I normally wouldn’t have thought of if it wasn’t for my constant need to flip through a book about pies. I have stumbled upon many lovely photographs of delicious looking pies and thought, “I can make that”.  

So let’s talk about the cookbooks that I am currently flipping through looking for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

Let’s start with Sweety Pies by Patty Pinner. In Sweety Pies you have recipes for the classics like pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and lemon meringue pie, but you can also find recipes for tasty wonders like Miss Claudette Cotton’s White Potato Pie, Cousin Eunice’s Grated Carrot Pie, and Aunt Helen’s Pineapple Pie. If you’re like me and like to go the non-traditional route, Sweety Pies is a great place to start.

Pies are awesome, and I have been talking a lot about pies, but cakes are also delicious and should be mentioned.

Right now, in between sentences, I am flipping through Grandbaby Cakes by Jocelyn Delk Adams. There are so many great recipes in this book, but I am going to focus on her Seasons and Holidays section for obvious reasons. One of the things that I like about this book is that the first thing you see on the list of recipes, that are in each section, is a little icon of measuring spoons that indicates the difficulty level of each recipe.  So, even though Red Velvet S’mores Cake sounds super tasty, I am nowhere near ready for a level three. Caramel-Apple Pound Cakelettes or Coffee-Toffee Pumpkin Cupcakes are more my speed (they’re both level twos). Cakelettes, by the way, are adorable!

I am looking at these recipes and I am 99% sure that I can make each and every one of the mentioned desserts.

I will try not to think about how desserts is stressed spelled backwards.  

Now which one do I choose? 

November 8, 2016

The New Youth Services Manager

Decatur Public Library is excited to welcome our new Youth Services Manager, Dawn Wilbert!

Dawn comes to us from Rhome Public Library, where she served as Library Manager. Prior to entering the library field, Dawn worked in education, marketing, and event planning. She brings a passion for developing readers among children and teens and for supporting education across the curriculum.

Dawn is looking forward to the opportunity to work with kids and continue to learn. The ability to help the community and enjoy lifelong learning along with the children and teens are what brings her to this job. One challenge she will be working to meet is getting to know the regular library patrons and learning how to fulfill their needs.

Dawn and her family (her husband and middle-school son) have lived in the area for 12 years. Her hobbies include reading, crafting, traveling, and spending time with family. She is completing her Master of Library Science degree at Texas Woman’s University.

Currently, Dawn is reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and also enjoys reading young adult novels. She says, “They’re so good, they don’t need to be exclusive to young adults. Adults would like them, too.” When asked about her favorite author or genre, Dawn stated that she is reading across genres, trying to broaden her horizons. And it’s working!

Be sure to welcome Dawn to the library the next time you visit. And if you have suggestions for children’s or teen resources or programs, let her know.


November 1st, 2016

National Novel Writing Month

The Decatur Public Library has decided to help anyone that is participating in National Novel Writing Month by transforming our meeting room into a quiet room. We will have coffee and space for anyone that needs a place to write. Please check out the schedule below to see what days and times the meeting room will be available.

What is National Novel Writing Month? Well, the goal is to have written a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30th. So, you write every day and hopefully by the end of the month you have a novel. Editing is not a huge concern when it comes to NaNoWriMo. The point is to write and to write every day.

There have been several books that were written during NaNoWriMo that have been published. Last year alone 82 books were published that were written during this speed writing month! They were published by independent presses as well as big publishing houses such as HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Scholastic, and Macmillan.

National Novel Writing Month can be a lot of fun but it can also be intense. Some people need a ticking clock over their heads to get them to focus and to write every day.  I am one of those people. This is the time when I just want to drink coffee and write but without having a deadline of some sort, I will get distracted by the internet and all of the kittens you can find there. If this sounds like you, then take a look at the NaNoWriMo website www.nanowrimo.org and consider the satisfaction you will feel when you have finished your novel. Even if you don’t make it to the 50,000 word goal, you tried, you wrote, and you have started something wonderful.

--Denice Herrera
Decatur Public Library


October 25th, 2016

Halloween Happenings at the Library!

Be our guest on Monday, October 31, 4:00-6:0 p.m. for Decatur Public Library’s annual Halloween Carnival! Children of all ages are invited to come in costume and enjoy spooky games, Halloween challenges, and—of course—candy! Come and go as your schedule allows. It’s free for everyone.

And while you’re at the library, check out these great Halloween books for kids:

It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky                                                                           J 811 PRE

            Spooky and funny poems.

Angelina’s Halloween by Katharine Holabird                                                       E HOL

            Enjoy trick-or-treating with Angelina Ballerina and friends.

The Haunted Halloween Party by Gail Herman                                                    LR HER

            Join Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang for a shivery time.

On Halloween Night by Ferrida Wolff and Dolores Kozielski                             E WOL

            Count Halloween things from 1 to 13.

Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals                                  E SID

            Learn colors with a cute creature on Halloween night.

Babymouse: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm                      J CMX HOL v. 9

            Spend Halloween with our favorite mouse friend.

In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting                                                                 E BUN

            Tour a mysterious house with a little girl and her father.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman                                                                          E SIL

            It takes all the monsters around to pick the BIG pumpkin.

 There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro                E COL

            Sing along with this variation on the traditional song.

 Click on the links to place a hold on any of the items listed above.