Summer Reading Program 2017


The 2017 Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading by Design,” starts Thursday, June 1 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 June 1 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!

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 Monday, June 12 will be entered into a drawing for a Reading by Design t-shirt!  (Thanks to the Friends of the Library for 60 shirts we can give away!)

One of the rewards is (of course) a ticket to see DPL’s own READiculous, doing their brand new 2017 Summer Show!

There are 3 performances to choose from:

Friday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.

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

Complete the 5th and final goal — 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 13

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27
Scheduled at the same time as Baby TALK for younger children

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.