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Children's 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

Earn fun rewards for reading or listening to books!

Wow! We had 760 kids actively participating in our 2021 Children's Summer Reading Challenge!

Even more amazing is that 58% of those kids -- 444 -- completed all 5 levels of the Challenge and came in to pick up their rewards! That is the highest percentage of finishers we've had since at least as far back as 2006, and perhaps ever. (Previous highest was 45% in 2010.)

Other statistics:

  • Kids logged 16,631 reading days this summer!
  • Thanks to our Decatur-area sponsors, these kids earned 4,688 coupons for all sorts of tasty treats. (Be sure to thank our sponsors listed below!)
  • Our 444 finishers earned a free book.
  • Kids earned 2,917 other reading rewards, including bookmarks, book bags, tattoos, erasers, and art pads.
  • 50 kids won a free "Let's Read, Decatur" t-shirt in our t-shirt drawing.

Thanks to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library and Dr. Richard Lockmiller for funding the reading rewards, t-shirts, and printing for the program!

Did you participate in our 2021 Children's Summer Reading Challenge? You can still come to the Children's Desk to pick up the rewards earned. (You can also arrange to pick up rewards via Curbside Pickup -- call or email us.)

Questions? Call the Children's Desk at 217-424-2900 ext. 5. Or email us at or message us via Facebook Messenger.

Thanks to our Summer Reading Sponsors!

and to Dr. Richard Lockmiller, for his long-time support of our Children's Summer Reading Program, in appreciation for his hometown Decatur Public Library.