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Children's Summer Reading Program

Earn rewards for reading or listening to books! Last day to bring in reading logs: Saturday, August 31.

Over 1,440 kids have been reading or listening to books and earning fun rewards! Over 550 have already completed all 5 goals and earned a free book, thanks to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library. You can see their names posted in the Franklin Street window of the Children's Section.

How does it work?

  • Pick up your personal Reading Log in the library to track books read or listened to over the summer.
  • Set a reading goal for the first week or so. It may be a certain number of books, chapters, minutes per day -- whatever works best for you or your child. Then check out books, go home and read!
  • Write down the titles of your books, come back and get a sticker for your book log and rewards for completing the first goal! Then set a new goal, and read some more! There are 5 goal levels, and 5 sets of rewards.
  • The last day to bring in Reading Logs and collect rewards is Saturday, August 31.


What can you earn? Rewards include a bookmark, pencil, tattoos, a book bag, food coupons from our sponsors, and your choice of a free book, thanks to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library!


Call us at 217-424-2900 ext. 5, email, or message us via our Facebook page.

Children's 2019 Summer Programs

Check out all the fun we've been having this summer at the library!


We love our sponsors! Their contributions encourage kids to have fun with reading and build a lifelong love of learning.

Thanks to these sponsors of our 2019 Children's Summer Reading Program:

  • Friends of the Decatur Public Library
  • Jimmy John's
  • McDonald’s of Decatur
  • Monical's Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Wendy’s Restaurants