The library has a coffee connection

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by

Coffee and books just go together. Look at Starbucks and Barnes and Noble. Joe Muggs Cafe and Books-A-Million.

They go hand in hand. One is not complete without the other. Even Decatur Public Library has a coffee connection, a couple actually. First of all, they now serve coffee daily, and coffee played a unique role in the start of the library in the late ’60s. Locals participated in the filming of a coffee commercial, and the money they made on the project was put toward a fund to start the library.

I had never heard this until a couple of weeks ago and was intrigued. I don’t want to give away all the details, but I’m working on a feature story for the weekend paper that highlights the filming of the coffee commercial, as well as other significant events in the library’s history, leading up to its most recent award, Runner-up Best Small Library in America. It should be a fun look back with vintage video footage, as well as old photos and memorabilia. It’ll be on news stands Saturday morning.

In the meantime, make plans to attend a celebration 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the library in honor of its national recognition. The Decatur High School jazz band will play, and there will be refreshments.

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