Decatur Public Library

504 Cherry Street
Decatur, Al 35601

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Friends Of The Library

What do the

Friends of Decatur

Public Library do?

at the Plug-in Bar inside Decatur Public Library

This holiday season, the Friends of Decatur Public Library invite you to their Holiday Book Fair!  We’ll have 2023 hardback fiction & nonfiction titles for just $5.  We’ve got vintage titles, autographed books, & books for all ages.  We will also have a silent auction for some of the premium items!  Mark your calendar and be sure to come shop the Holiday Book Fair.  Get great gifts for everyone on your list…or for yourself!

Silent Auction

Silent Auction items will be available to bid on throughout the Book Fair.   If you would like to bid on an item, follow these steps during the Holiday Book Fair:

  1. Provide your name & phone number to a Friend who is working the Book Fair.
  2. Write your bid on the sheet in front of the item you are bidding on. *PLEASE NOTE THE MINIMUM BID INCREMENTS ON EACH SHEET!*

The Silent Auction will end at 2pm on Saturday, December 9th.  If you are present and your bid wins, you may take it with you at that time.  If you are not present, we will contact you to let you know you have won. 

Winners must pickup their items by Friday, December 15th.  You can pick up your item from the Public Services desk whenever the Library is open.

All proceeds from the Holiday Book Fair will go to the Friends of Decatur Public Library who will, in turn, use it to support Decatur Public Library’s work.  Thank you for your support!


About the Friends of Decatur Public Library

The Friends of Decatur Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated association. Our objectives are to:

  • Encourage all citizens to make fuller use of the opportunities afforded by the Decatur Public Library for the dissemination of education and culture.
  • Provide supplementary materials and equipment to increase the effectiveness and scope of services provided by the Decatur Public Library.
  • Foster locally an appreciation of the high standard of service afforded by libraries in general and by the Decatur Public Library in particular.
  • To stimulate public interest and support of the Decatur Public Library.
  • Develop citizenship, enrichment and education through better reading.

The Friends Used Book Sale Room

Other Ways To Help

Monetary Donation

The Friends of the Library will accept monetary donations in cash or check form. Make checks payable to Friends of the Library.

The Friends of the Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.


The Friends of Decatur Public Library accept volunteers from their membership. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following, please check the boxes on your Friends of Decatur Public Library membership form.  Click on each item for more details about what would be required.  

Volunteering weekly, in the Used Book Sale Room

Book Room volunteers unpack, sort, price and shelve book donations. The Friends typically work in the Book Sale Room on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 12pm – 2pm.  You could be asked to work extra for donation drives or other special events.

Volunteering at events

These volunteer opportunities would not be scheduled regularly, and you would be provided with advanced notice. Volunteers would help with setup such as moving and arranging chairs, tables or other furniture, putting out refreshments (if applicable), and any other work that needs to be done prior to an event.  Usually requires an hour before the event and an hour after for clean-up.

Decorating for the Holiday Open House

This could include putting up, shaping and decorating a Christmas tree, unpacking decorations, putting garland on the railings, hanging wreaths, etcetera.  Another volunteer opportunity would be removing the decorations, boxing them, and storing them after the holiday.

Serving on the Friends’ Author Luncheon committee

The Friends’ Author Luncheon is a recurring, ticketed author event. Serving on the Luncheon committee would involve logistical organization leading up to the event which could involve phone calls, coordinating advertisement, arranging tickets, setting up the venue and working on the menu.  The day of the event will require set-up coordination with the venue, working with the author and/or bookseller, and anything else that needs to be done for the event.  

Serving on the Friends Board, if a vacancy opens

The Friends Board meets on the 3rd Thursday each month, at 4pm, in the Community Room at Decatur Public Library. The Board handles the business of the Friends’ group:  coordinating the Used Book Sale Room, determining the distribution of the profits, planning occasional events, and supporting the library.  Meetings typically last one hour.  Opportunities to head up or serve on special committees may arise which would require more time.