2019 Children’s Winter Reading Program
January 2 – March 30, 2019

Read or listen to books and earn rewards!

Check out our Winter Reading Program page for all the details,
and sign up in advance online!
Sign ups open Monday, December 17.

What to do between the holidays? Come be READiculous at the Decatur Public Library on Thursday, December 27 at 10:30 a.m.  Join us upstairs in Children’s as our story-acting team of Ms. Susan and Ms. Alissa bring some new favorite books to life! This special holiday break program is free and open to all.

Back-to-school help:

Parents, ever wish your kids (or you) could just call up a personal tutor in math, science, or English when they’re working on homework?  With your Decatur Public Library card,  you can! is an online service you can access for free as a DPL patron.  Log in with your library card number, and then you can connect live with professional tutors between 3 and 10 p.m. every day. You supply the grade of the child, subject, and particular issue and will connect you with an appropriate tutor.  You can also download worksheets, take practice tests, submit essays for review, and get a variety of other help in English or Spanish.  For more information, go to, or check out their video introduction.

Online for kids: E-books, Movies, and Music

Your Decatur Public Library card provides access to a wide range of e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music, available for free on your digital device. Several of our digital services have great kids’ selections, as well.  All are available through a free app or website, and you log in with your DPL card barcode number and PIN.  Options include:

Hoopla for Kids

Hoopla includes kids’ movies, picture books, comics, chapter books, music, and audiobooks for younger and older kids. To use, download the app or go to Sign up with an email, then log in with your library card number and PIN. To view only kids’ content, go to “Settings” and toggle “Kids Mode” on.

You can download up to 5 items per calendar month for each library card account. For more details, check our Hoopla page.

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy includes kids’ movies, picture books, cartoon series, and educational videos. To use, down the app or go to Sign up with email, then log in with your library card and PIN. To view only kids’ content, click “Kids” at the top of the page.

Kanopy is a streaming service, which means you cannot download, and must have an internet connection to watch content. You can stream up to 5 items per calendar month for each library card account. For more details, check our Kanopy page.

Book lists and Recommendations

Check these pages for staff recommendations on various topics of interest to parents, children, and teachers:

Picture books — Preschool Concepts and Popular Topics

Winners and Award Nominees — Best Children’s Books in various categories

New Parent Teacher Collection

  • How do I get my two-year old to nap?
  • What can I expect when they reach the teen years?
  • How can I help my child get started reading?
  • How much screen time should I allow, and how do I regulate it?
  • What are the challenges of raising a gifted child?

If you’ve asked any of these or similar questions, take a look at our new Parent/Teacher Collection in the Children’s Department of the Decatur Public Library. We’ve gathered together a variety of titles that address concerns of parents of kids from birth through adolescence, from creative play and education to behavior and family challenges.

The beautiful wooden cart housing the collection was donated by friends and family in memory of Emma Lou Earls.

You can see all the titles in our catalog:

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 recently.

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

New Juvenile Non-Fiction

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


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!