Summer Reading Updates

We’ve had 1,152 kids sign up and participate in the Children’s Summer Reading Program!  So far over 310 have completed all 5 goals, and many more are close to finishing.  Each finisher gets to pick a prize book to keep, thanks to the Friends of the Library.  You’ll find the names of all the finishers in the library windows facing Franklin Street.

If you haven’t completed your reading goals, keep reading, and bring your book log to the Children’s Department to get your next reward by August 20.

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.

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