Posts Tagged ‘Decatur Library’

Tonight (Friday, 7, 2014):

Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis present Wildwood Imperium
Kavarna Coffee, 7-10 p.m.
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, and acclaimed artist, Carson Ellis, will debut their latest in the Wildwood Chronicles with a reading and signing of Wildwood Imperium. All proceeds benefit the Decatur Education Foundation’s literacy program that ensures low-income students have access to great books and develop a lifelong love of reading. Hosted by Poverty is Real. Tickets available at Little Shop of Stories, 404-373-6300. $15 adult/$10 children.

This Weekend

Decatur Old House Fair
Saturday, Feb. 8 • 9am-4pm
Marriott Courtyard Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave.
Discover new ideas, materials and techniques for rehabilitating, furnishing and maintaining your older home.

Mingei World Arts
Saturday • 10am-5pm & Sunday •noon-5pm
Mingei’s pop up is open this weekend. Stop by for new finds, old favorites and a glass of wine.

This Month

Decatur Library
Exhibit: Owls, The Symbol of Wisdom and Knowledge
All during the month of February, the Decatur Library will exhibit the private collection of owls of Mrs. Lillian W. White (March 24, 1932-May 8, 2011), former librarian of the Durham County Library System and one of the first professionally-trained, African American librarians in the state of North Carolina. Mrs. White is the mother of Greg D. White, director of the City of Decatur’s Active Living Division.

Eat Well Indie-Catur Returns
In February, Decatur Active Living and the Decatur Visitors Center team up once again with local restaurants for the Eat Well Indie-catur Campaign. Visit a participating restaurant any day during February, choose one of the featured healthy entrees and get your Eat Well Indie-catur card. Cards are available at participating locations and at the Decatur Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave. Participate three times during February and you will earn a recipe book featuring some of Decatur restaurants’ healthiest recipes.

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Today’s weather is a good opportunity to re-post the following from Sgt. Ross with the Decatur Police Department:

Check On Seniors In Your Neighborhood

This is not a warning to the community that it is cold outside, we are all quite aware. This is a request for everyone to pitch in as a community and offer something that is free, a few minutes of your time. Many of us prep for cold weather by stocking the kitchen, picking up a space heater, throwing more blankets on the bed and tending to our plants and animals. However, it is not easy for every member of our community to prepare for or endure extremely cold weather. Please take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood. See if you can bring in their mail or wood or something else they may need. Sometimes simply being checked on is greatly appreciated when staying indoors gets to be lonely. Lastly, a neighbor may need emergency assistance and unable to call for themselves. If you are caring for an elder loved one or simply watching out for seniors in your neighborhood, click here for some specific tips to help.

The police non-emergency number is 404-373-6551.

Here’s a round-up of today’s closings in the City of Decatur:

  • The Decatur library is closing today at 2 p.m.
  • The Decatur Recreation Center is closing at 5 p.m. Youth basketball and all afternoon and evening classes are cancelled. All Recreation Center classes and activities before noon tomorrow are cancelled.
  • Decatur Municipal Court is closed tonight. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing for a future date.
  • All City Schools of Decatur after-school programs and after-school activities have been canceled for this afternoon. All evening activities, athletics practices and games, classes, and meetings scheduled in the City Schools of Decatur are also canceled.

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There are always things going on at the Decatur Library, and this week is no exception! Tom Fisch will be sharing his musical talents at a free musical program this Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm.

“Tom’s music is like describing a favorite recipe—the first ingredient is tasteful acoustic guitar playing.  Second, add Tom’s rich vocal style.  Combine with the heart and soul of traditional folk and country tunes, and you’ve cooked up some extraordinary and innovative entertainment.  With the background of the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration, this North Carolinian and his music have found a comfortable place to call home.  You’ll enjoy the stellar musicianship and warm, engaging personality he brings to the stage.”

The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur and the performance begins at 7:00p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m

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The Band of Desperate Men will be appearing at the Decatur Library on Thursday, February 11.  The band is comprised of Clay Spurz (aka Larry Schulz), Chamblee Tucker (aka Britt Dean), and Dr. Downbeat (aka Doug Oster). Spurz and Tucker were in the original BoDM back in the late 1970s, and Downbeat was added about 4 years ago when Spurz and Tucker resurrected the group. They play mostly original material and a few covers that showcase the trio’s rich vocal harmonies and accompany themselves on guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, and cowbell. Their song styles are from many genres across the spectrum of American roots music, including blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, pop, reggae, country, and Chinese Doo-Wop. Doors open at 6:30pm and the preformance begins at 7 pm. Enter through the doors on the lower level. The event is free. For more information about events at the library, click here.

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Being the event planner for the City of Decatur brings the same question from people I run into: “What’s coming up next?”. Since it is January and (to quote Bing Crosby) the weather outside is frightful, or at least very cold to us Southerners, there are no big events scheduled on the Square for a while. However, there ARE things to do in Decatur!

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love will be speaking at Agnes Scott College at Presser Hall on Monday, January 11 at 7 pm. She has written a new book, Committed, A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage in which the author, who had sworn off marriage, searches for its  true meaning and chronicles her journey.  I look forward to not only attending, but to buying and reading the new book. For more information, click here.

On Thursday, January 14th, Elise Witt and the Mezzanine Band will be playing at the Decatur Library Auditorium located at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur. The free show begins at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. From Karen Skellie at the Library: “Elize Witt is a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm. A concert with Elise takes listeners on a glorious and rollicking journey, visiting lands of gypsy jazz, smoky cabarets and funky swing.”

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greenhomeWant some new information on making your home more green? Join Peter Michelson of Renewal Design-Build and Joe Thomas of Renewal System Solutions this Saturday at 10 am at the Decatur Library to find out how to make your home more healthy. You will also learn how to improve the indoor air quaility of your home and protect your family from indoor pollutants.

The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur. For more information visit www.Dekalblibrary.org or www.Renewaldesignbuild.com.

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Looking for something to do tonight, and on a tight budget? Karen Skellie writes in that Angela Easterling will be appearing at the Decatur Library tonight at 7 pm and the performance is free.

“Angela was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and her country roots run deep.  Her unique sound and soulful writing display her enchanting brand of neo-traditionalist country that mixes hard-edged honky tonk with fetching ballads.  You’ll hear a hint of gospel and authentic acoustic instruments, but she’s not your usual country girl.”

I have been quite impressed with the number of  free activities offered at the Decatur Branch. GA Center for the Book brings in great authors, and Karen has been bringing in some popular music performances. This is all in addition to being able to borrow books, DVDs, CDs, Books on Tape……the list goes on.  My son and I visit at least once a week.

Great work Library folks!!

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rec monRound up your children and head over to the Decatur Library on Thursday, July 16 to hear “Recess Monkey”, a show for children of all ages. “Recess Monkey” weaves puns, jokes, stories and shenanigans into their kid-inspired songs.  No play on words is too much of a stretch, and no rhyme schemes are out of bounds for their genre- bending set of catchy, singable and dance-able ditties that NPR called “inventive, brilliant, multilayered” and Cookie magazine called “fast paced and goofy.”  The band is exceptional because the band actually has children help compose, record, and design their CDs.

The show begins at 7 pm.

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Karen Skelli, from the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb Library, sends information about FREE concerts to be held at the Decatur Library:

Photo from Kevin's MySpace page
Photo from Kevin’s MySpace page

Kevin “Kalimbaman” Spears

Thursday, January 22

Kevin is a gifted artist on the African instrument called Kalimba/Mbira. The exotic sounds he evokes from this instrument cause you to hear distant echoes of Africa, Egypt, Duke Ellington, Blues and Gospel. Kevin not only designs his own instruments but also has raised the standard for playing this simple instrument utilizing electronics and effects creating a fusion of Jazz, Rock and African music.

Photo from newmuses.com

Photo from newmuses.com


The Muses

Thursday, February 5th

 Returning for the third year from Colorado, The Muses, featuring Tanya Brody and Matthew Guernsey, each play a plethora of exotic instruments ranging from bohdran and concertina to harp and  hammered dulcimer; psaltery, pennywhistle, fiddle and bones to name a few.  They perform with a ferocity and strength of heart that embodies the Celtic music they love so dearly. 




Neshima Jazz Quartet

Thursday, February 26

 Neshima, which means “breath” in Greek, has a sound that is the result of blending classical, jazz, rock and gospel styles. Each of the performers brings something different to the “groove”. Whether jazz standards, R & B, or adult contemporary, Neshima’a arrangements put a fresh spin on tunes both old and new.









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