Readers of all ages will explore health and wellness this summer as the Decorah Public Library presents its 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” All summer long, a variety of fun events have been planned for families to participate in both at the library and within the community.
Family Fun activities include yoga, pilates, prairie walks, picnics, cooking classes, and more! Dan Wardell will visit on July 1 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IPTV’s Reading Road Trip and the Blank Park Zoo will bring its Live Animal Program to the library on August 3.
Story times, crafternoons, and book discussions will also be part of the Summer Reading Program calendar. With the support of RSVP and Silver Cord volunteers, library staff plan to build on the success of last year’s Reading Mentor Program and will offer book buddies to children in kindergarten through second grades. Library staff are also excited to introduce certified therapy dogs to the library for children to read aloud to. It should be a summer full of fun!!
To promote literacy, families will be encouraged to read together for 20 minutes a day. Families who meet reading goals will be entered into a weekly raffle for a chance to win a prize for a family of four. Area businesses including Toys Go Round, Decorah Bicycles, Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, Dragonfly Books, Fridley Theatres, Discover Happy Pilates Studio, Pulpit Rock Campground, and Reefuel Indoor Cycling & Yoga have generously made donations to support the “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” program this summer. We are also grateful to the Friends of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah United Methodist Church Fund who have been strong supporters of the Decorah Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for many years.
Families may come to the Decorah Public Library to register for the 2016 Summer Reading Program after May 26, 2016. The program is free and open to everyone. For additional information, please contact Joan Roach or Kristin Torresdal at (563)382-3717.