The Summer Reading Program has started!  In the first two days over 500 kids signed up to earn rewards for reading or listening to books, and they keep coming!  Check our Summer Reading Program page for more details about the program, prizes, and coming events.

Story Times — Thursdays at 10 a.m., June 12 – July 24

Story times start Thursday, June 12 at 10 a.m., and will be every Thursday morning through July 24!  Story times are geared especially to children aged 3 to 6, but older children are welcome to come and enjoy them as well.  For children under 3 years old, Baby TALK will meet at the same time, so families can take advantage of both.  No advance registration required for either — just come and join us!

Therapy on a Leash — Tuesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.

Come meet basset hound Wegi (along with owner Mrs. Sharon Andrews) and discover how therapy dogs help people in hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and other settings, along with dog safety tips.  For kids 10 and older.

Space is limited, so call or come to the children’s department to register in advance:  424-2900 ext. 5.

READiculous brings the library to your school and makes books come alive. We’ll read and act out a READiculous amount books, showing kids how READiculously fun reading books aloud and together can be! READiculous encourages kids to grab their grownup and visit the library, as well as get a library card of their own. We present a 45-minute program geared toward K through 6th graders.

And here is something else READiculous! Our program is FREE to Decatur schools! Schedule a READiculous visit by calling (217) 424-2900 ext. 5 or emailing Not a Decatur school, library or group? You can contact us at for availability. Like us on Facebook and you can see pictures, watch videos and read news articles! Now you can find even more videos on YouTube!

READiculous will also be performing this summer at the libary as part of the Summer Reading Program. Kids who reach their first goal will earn a ticket to one of two performances:  Thursday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m., or Friday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m.  Another good reason to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

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Children’s Staff Blogging About Books
Two DPL staff members have their own children’s book blogs where you can get information about what’s new and good for your kids at the library.

Mr. John’s blog, Books for Boys, covers everything from picture books to chapter books and non-fiction that will appeal to boys, even those who are beginning or reluctant readers.

Dragons Lite: Shorter Dragon Stories - Though his mother doesn’t like it, Elmer Elevator befriends a stray alley cat, brings him home, and sneaks him saucers of milk.  In appreciation, the cat tells him of a far-off place he visited in younger days called Wild Island.  It’s populated by wild animals, and they have enslaved a poor baby dragon, tying him up and forcing him to ferry them back and forth across the river that divides the island. more…

Ms. Alissa’s blog, Will Follow White Rabbits, shares ALL of the chapter books she reads, and she reads A LOT! If it is a Newbery, Coretta Scott King or Caudill book, she can tell you about it.

2014 Caudill Nominee: Boys Without Names - Gopal is the oldest son of an onion farmer in rural India. A young son might think that one year’s bumper crop would guarantee next year’s planting. The laws of supply and demand will prove him wrong. Gopal’s family never had much money to begin with, but now the small family is not only impoverished, but also deeply in debt to the money lenders. Baba, father, decides that the family must move to the big city, Mumbai, to live with an uncle while working towards a better future. What is more, the family must sneak out of their rural village without saying goodbye to friends in order to escape the punishment of the money lenders. more…