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2017 Summer Reading Program

Hey kids it’s that time again! The 2017 Summer Reading Program will be from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Monday and Tuesday mornings in July: July 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th. The program is held at the Iva Jane Peek Public Library located at 121 N. Main Street (on the Northwest corner of the 4-way stop). All kids between the ages of 5 to 9 years old are invited to participate and must pre-register. You can find out more information by calling 479-752-7323 Monday thru Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

PSSST: I hear it’s going to be a lot of fun!!! So, come check it out.

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ABCMouse.com

The Iva Jane Peek Public library has 2 computers set up with access to ABCMouse.com and it is free to all that are between the ages of 2 and 8+, but you have to go to the library to access it. You cannot access it from home. To learn more visit the following link:www.abcmouse.com/library_account.

Patrons can now access over 1,500 brand new learning activities, including books, games, videos, puzzles, and more. The expanded curriculum is designed to address the learning needs and interests of 2nd grade students with the goal of preparing them for the critical transition to 3rd grade. They can explore new environments along the Step-by-Step Learning Path and find activities in a range of subject areas, including: Reading Comprehension, Geometry, 3-digit Operations, Graphing, Biology, Physical Science, and so much more!!!

Library News

Learn English Online.

The Iva Jane Peek Public Library has a new added feature called Basic ESL. Really, we cannot say it any better than how Basic ESL says it,

“Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

No computer experience is necessary.” To access this feature, got to the tab at the top marked Departments and then click on Library. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a big instant access button marked “Basic ESL.”

About Decatur

Welcome to the City of Decatur

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Old Kansas City Southern Depot. Photograph courtesy of Mayor Bob Tharp.

 

Decatur, located at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 102, is a great place to visit, start a business or call home. At first glance, Decatur may seem to be a sleepy little town along the railroad and built around the Simmons plant there — its population is only about 1,700 residents — but a closer look below will reveal churches, schools, city parks and lots of activity. A walk down one of Decatur’s streets on a summer evening reveals the sounds of children laughing as they catch fireflies on the lawn, and the smell of freshly-mowed grass. With an area of only about five-square miles, everyone is counted a neighbor.

The town has two convenience stores and a truck stop, a bank, public library, medical clinic, restaurants and numerous churches. Families can enjoy picnicking or fishing at nearby Crystal Lake or in one of the town’s parks. Swimming is available at the municipal pool, and there are plenty of ball diamonds available for a game of softball or baseball.

A 60-year tradition continues each summer on the first Saturday in August, with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Decatur Barbecue held in Veterans Park. The annual festival causes the town’s population to swell to an estimated 10,000 with its famous barbecued chicken and other food, fun, games, contests, pageants, car show, motorcycle ride and first-class entertainment — with both local talent and a well-known country artist performing on the stage.

For those interested in railroad history, the Southern Belle engine — a landmark in the area — attracts attention from across the country as one of the last of its kind. Nearby stands a mid 1800s log cabin from just outside of town which was moved and re-assembled in its present location one log at a time. The cabin preserves some of the history of the area during Civil War days.

City Hall, located a block east of Highway 59, is a good place to stop for information on the city, its laws and city utilities. The city is served by a full-time police department and a volunteer fire department. It has its own water and new wastewater treatment facilities which are state-of-the-art.

Decatur Schools — with about 550 students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 — offer a low student-teacher ratio and dedicated teachers who know each child by name. A new elementary school facility was recently added on the west side of town.

The chief industrial employers in Decatur are Simmons Foods and FNA Group. Simmons Foods, which purchased much of the business established by the late Lloyd Peterson and Peterson Farms, operates a processing plant, hatcheries and a pet-food plant in the Decatur area.