Summer Reading Program 2018


The 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Program,
Reading Takes You Everywhere,
starts Tuesday, May 29 in the Children’s Department!

The program is open to any child (including pre-readers) with a Decatur Public Library card, or in the care of an adult with a DPL card.

Kids, starting May 29 you can sign up and receive a personal book log to track books read or listened to over the summer.  Set your own personal reading or listening goal for the week, then check out books, go home and read!  Write down the titles read on your book log, come back, and get a sticker and reward! There are 5 goal levels, and 5 sets of rewards, including a bookmark, tattoos, a book bag, food coupons, and a book!

EVERYONE who signs up (plus the adult who brings them) will get a coupon for a FREE book at the Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale.  And everyone who signs up by the end of Saturday, June 9 will be entered into a drawing for a Reading Takes You Everywhere t-shirt!  (Thanks to the Friends of the Library for 70 shirts we can give away!)

One of the rewards for Goal #2 is a ticket to see DPL’s own READiculous, doing their brand new 2018 Summer Show!

There are 3 performances to choose from:

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.

So be sure to sign up so you can earn a ticket for this summer’s show!

One of the rewards for Goal #4 is a ticket to see Nitro Joe: Science Mysteries Revealed!

There are 2 performances to choose from:

Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Is it magic, or is it science? This thrilling, fast-paced, high-energy program will help kids discover the science behind what seems magical. For elementary school kids and above. Sign up and start reading so you can earn a ticket!

Check out Nitro Joe’s website for more about his shows!


When you complete the 5th and final goal, you’ll get to choose a free book, and we’ll put your name in the library window!

Summer Baby TALK Times
for kids 3 and under with a parent

Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.
Every Thursday morning, 10:30 a.m.
(Note the change in hours for just June-July-August — a half-hour later than usual.)

Summer Family Story Times
for kids 3 and older, starting June 12

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19
Scheduled at the same time as Baby TALK to accommodate families with babies to 2nd graders.

Why should kids READ during the summer?

  • It’s FUN!
  • Kids can read what they WANT!
  • Kids can EXPLORE something new — a hobby, sport, craft, or facts they want to learn about.
  • Summer Reading helps prevent the “Summer Slide” — the tendency for kids to forget what they’ve learned and decline in reading level over summer vacation.

Thanks to our sponsors of the 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Program!

Friends of the Decatur Public Library  *  Dr. Richard Lockmiller  *  Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Texas Roadhouse  *  Wendy’s Restaurants  *  McDonald’s of Decatur
All our wonderful volunteers!