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Decatur rocks 11Alive News Today
Decatur rocks 11Alive News Today

DECATUR, Ga. -- Decatur, the small town inside the Perimeter, can host a festival for anything, and it certainly felt like a festival when the 11Alive News Today morning show rolled into town Friday morning.

Residents, business owners and local celebrities filled the Decatur Square to spend some time with Ted Hall, Donna Lowry and Chesley McNeil.

The Wonder-Nerds, a band consisting of three rising seniors at Decatur High School, entertained the crowd, while Revolution Donuts provided tasty treats.

VIDEO | A doughnut revolution in Decatur

Decatur is famous for being a city that loves to read. Several big-name writers call the county seat of DeKalb County home, including current U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews, whose newest novel, Spring Fever, debuted at No. 5 on the list.

VIDEO | Meet Mary Kay Andrews

In fact, so many authors live in Decatur that the city was recently able to stage a photograph, titled "A Great Day in Decatur," featuring many local writers. The picture was inspired by a famous 1958 photo called "A Great Day in Harlem," which pictures the top jazz musicians of the day.

VIDEO | Authors are rock stars in Decatur

Every year, the AJC Decatur Book Festival attracts writers and readers from all over the country. About 300 authors are scheduled to attend the 2012 festival over Labor Day weekend.

VIDEO | Meet Bookzilla, AJC Decatur Book Festival mascot

Decatur's growth has exploded in the past few years, turning the city into a haven for beer connoisseurs and a great place to raise children. Decatur City Schools is one of the first all-charter school systems in Georgia, and its focus is on meeting children's needs from birth through graduation.

VIDEO | Decatur City Schools help kids focus on careers

The city has certainly come a long way since 1962, when Elizabeth Wilson became one of the first African-Americans to receive a library card in DeKalb County. Wilson went on to be elected mayor of Decatur and was instrumental in desegregating the local schools. Residents showed their love and appreciation for her by pitching in to build a fountain in her name.

VIDEO | Meet former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson

Decatur was the sixth stop in 11Alive's 2012 Where U Live morning show tour. Previous visits include Duluth, Woodstock, Covington, Stone Mountain and Roswell.