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Library Field Trip

Bring your class, preschool, scout or church group for a customized field trip.

Teachers, preschool directors, scout and youth group leaders -- Bring your students to the Decatur Public Library for a field trip!

We offer a variety of program elements, suited to the ages of your kids and purposes for the visit. Possibilities include:

  • Story time (especially for preschool and younger elementary-aged students)
  • Children's section tour (fiction vs. non-fiction, reading levels, how books are organized)
  • Resources for class projects (like genre studies, reports on particular topics)
  • How to use the online catalog to search and request items
  • How libraries work, including a behind-the-scenes look at Technical Services and Circulation
  • Children's Section scavenger hunt
  • Local History Room tour, including focus on selected elements of Decatur/Macon County history
  • Library careers
  • Free time to play
  • Time to browse books, search for project resources with staff to assist
  • Other ideas?

Interested? Call at the Children's Desk (217-424-2900 ext. 5) or email:

We need to know:

  • possible date(s) & time(s)
  • ages/grades of students
  • how many students
  • how many teachers/adults accompanying
  • purposes for the trip, any program elements you'd like us to include

We can also bring the Decatur Public Library to YOU!

If you're a Decatur elementary school or civic organization, our story-acting team of READiculous can bring a free program to you. Check their page for more details, and contact them via email ( to discuss details of a program.