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Making books come alive!

New Summer 2023 Program! arrow_forward

Don't miss our new program this summer! Six different times you can come.

The Decatur Public Library loves showing kids how READiculously fun reading books aloud and together can be! READiculous brings books to life with their story-acting program.

Book a Show

School Performances

READiculous brings the library to your school and makes books come alive. READiculous encourages kids to grab their grownup and visit the library, as well as get a library card of their own.

And here is something else READiculous! We bring our assembly to Decatur schools and it is FREE! Not a Decatur school? Call or email to discuss a field trip to the Decatur Public Library to see READiculous.

Performances Tailored to Grade Level

  • Preschool - You might not know that we can also perform for preschool children. We have shortened our show to anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes using preschool favorites!
  • Kindergarten-Sixth Grade - We present a 30-minute program geared toward K through 6th graders.

Schedule a Performance

We are booking for the 2022/2023 school year. Schedule a READiculous visit at your school, or a presentation to your organization, by calling (217) 424-2900 ext. 5 or emailing

Our Shows

Every year from 2011 to 2019 we launched a new show, which we performed for our DPL Summer Reading Programs and at area grade schools and other venues. We are excited to return with a new program summer 2022! You can see videos from over 60 different books performed at past programs on our YouTube channel: Really READiculous.

READiculous, JR

READiculous, JR is a reader’s theater/creative dramatics program led by READiculous’ Susan Bishop and Alissa Henkel. READiculous, JR promotes self-expression, critical thinking, creativity and team work through exercises. The program includes theater games, improvisation exercises, characterization techniques, literary interpretation and more!

READiculous, JR returned in the fall of 2022 with the students who missed the spring 2020 class. Watch for more READiculous, JR classes to be offered in 2023! For the most up-to-date information check out the READiculous, JR page! READiculous, JR is supported by the Friends of the Decatur Public Library!

To get more information, see more photos, or contact READiculous, check out our Facebook page or email us at

Interested in reading books from our past shows? arrow_forward

See all of the books we have ever performed so that you can check them out and be READiculous too!

READiculous Photos

  • A Readiculous performance at school for a group of kids
  • Sue and Alissa photographed in front of the flag of the local Kiwanis chapter

Our Performers

Alissa T. Henkel

Alissa T. Henkel

Head of Programs, Resources, and Services
Susan Bishop

Susan Bishop

Library Assistant

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