New Books and Audio-Visual Materials in Children’s

Do you want to see just the newest items in the DPL Children’s Department?  Click the links below to go to the online catalog, listing new items added in September and October of 2015.

New Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Graphic Novels (J, J-GN)

New Juvenile Non-Fiction

New Juvenile Audio-Visual (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks on CD) 

New Block Play Area in the Children’s Department!

Thanks to a generous gift in memory of Daniel Owen Earls, the Children’s Department has a superb new block play area from Community Playthings!  The set includes a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as trucks, a plane, a helicopter, and other special pieces to encourage creativity.

Studies have shown that block play can enhance children’s creative thinking, mathematical skills, and ability to understand spatial relationships.  In an age when so much play takes place on screen, it’s good to know that something as simple as block play can be so beneficial.  The kids, of course, just know they’re having fun!  Check this brief article about the value of block play.  And check out this picture gallery of some of the kids’ creations!


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!

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