READiculous! Their 100th Program!
Tuesday, December 30, 6:30 p.m.

readiculous03They started 3 years ago, and now our story-acting team of READiculous is ready to do their 100th program, right here at the Decatur Public Library!

Tuesday evening, December 30, at 6:30 p.m. they’ll be acting out favorite books from all their different programs. There’s certain to be some Elephant & Piggie, along with plenty of other great stories. It will be fun for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Want more READiculous? Check out their webpage, which even links to Youtube videos from some of their shows.

Chemistry Live!

Students from the Millikin University chapter of the American Chemical Society came on Saturday, October 25 to the Children’s Department to present live, interactive chemistry demonstrations!  Kids had fun AND their scientific curiosity was encouraged.   Click the link below to see photos from the event.

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 click on the gallery link to see pictures of some the kids’ creations!

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 October and November of 2014.

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!

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