Cozy-up with Decorah Public Library’s “Celebrate Reading” Challenge

Looking for a literacy-based remedy to the winter blues?  Decorah Public Library has partnered with Inspire(d) Media and Impact Coffee to offer the Celebrate Reading Challenge.
“It’s easy to get in a rut during the winter,” says Children and Young Adult Librarian Rachael Button. “We wanted to design a checklist style challenge that would encourage our community to enjoy reading and create moments of joy.”
The checklist, which was in the “Look for the Bright Spots” winter issue of Inspire(d) Magazine is broken into three sections: read, create, and celebrate and features challenges like: “read a book while snuggled in bed”, “create a meal or decoration to celebrate the season”, and “spend an afternoon outside.”
Checklist cards are available in the most recent issue of Inspire(d), on Decorah Public Library’s website, or outside of the library beside the ground floor bookdrop.  This challenge is open to children of any age and adults.  Participants can turn in their completed check-list to Impact Coffee for a free small hot chocolate, coffee, or tea anytime before March 15, 2021.
This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library.  Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at 563-382-3717.

Decorah’s Landing Market Expands Partnership with Spectrum Network

The Landing, a modern-day food hall, announced today that it is expanding its restaurant opportunities for the Spectrum Network, a licensed program for adults with disabilities.

The Spectrum Network will operate a pop-up restaurant each Wednesday, using the space at Justin’s, a local food vendor at The Landing. Spectrum will initially make, sell and serve Landing customers a variety of soups from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. This will resume December 2nd. Eventually, Spectrum will expand their service and begin offering breakfast and lunch to patrons. Spectrum’s: The Kitchen, currently sells to-go and takeaway food at The Landing’s marketplace.

These hours are subject to change in case of COVID closures. The Spectrum Network as well as The Landing Market are working hard to provide spaces as safe as possible in these times and prioritizing the health and safety of their staffs, always.

“It’s a win-win for both organizations,” said Peter Espinosa, owner of The Landing. “We are proud to provide Landing customers this excellent food option, while also supporting the mission of the Spectrum Network by providing meaningful work opportunities for disabled adults in a safe and community focused environment.”

“We’ve already seen success at The Landing with the to-go meal packages that our employees prepare,” said Mike Meirick, of the Spectrum Network. “By giving us access to Justin’s we have the opportunity to showcase the skills and capabilities of our team, and provide meaningful compensation for them.”

The Landing is a food hall and marketplace owned by Pete & Kari Espinosa, offering space for unique local food and product vendors including: The Buzz Coffee & Wine Bar, Justin’s, Deli Arts & Letters, Sugar Bowl, and coming soon Root 43 Juicery a new endeavor started by Josey and Micole Jewell. The Spectrum Network is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled adults, serving ten counties in Iowa.

Bell Ringing

Beginning on Monday, June 1 area communities of faith will ring their bells for one minute at 11:00 a.m each Monday to mark lives lost and affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This is part of a call for a National Day of Mourning and Lament. The ongoing bell-ringing each week recognizes all lives affected by the pandemic. People are invited to stand outside at this time each week in solidarity with our community and the world.

Mail Cheer Program

Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Decorah & Winneshiek County Mutual Aid Network are proud to announce the Mail Cheer Program! Many members of our community may be struggling with loneliness or isolation due to the current pandemic. To combat this, we’re asking for volunteers from our community to sign up to send a positive message of cheer by mailing a card anonymously and safely to our PO Box, which we will then forward to individuals who have asked to receive a card.
Would you like to send mail to someone in the community?

Great! Thank you so much for helping us spread some cheer around our town.

Please mail your cards to:

Mail Cheer Program
PO Box 169
Decorah, IA 52101

Once we receive it, we will forward it to those who have requested to receive mail.

A few tips for sending cards:

  • Please be safe! Do not include personal information, such as your address or workplace. You can mail your cards without a return address and remain totally anonymous.
  • Please be kind and positive! The goal of this program is to brighten someone’s day.
  • Please feel free to include artwork or other small items including stickers!
  • Please send one piece of mail per envelope.
  • Please feel free to send multiple pieces of mail in! There’s no limit to the amount of mail you can send in.
Would you or a loved one like to receive mail?

To receive mail, please fill out this google form to submit your information.

Alternately, you can e-mail the Green Iowa Americorps Team at [email protected] or call (563) 382-4207 ext. 2, and we will get you signed up. Please include your name and the address you’d like to receive mail at.

Need some creative materials to assist with your writing endeavors?

A tote box is available in the Little Free Craft Closet at ArtHaus full of mailing and artistic supplies. Please feel to drop by and pick up whatever materials would be helpful for you to create a cheerful letter for someone in our community! Additionally, if you have supplies to donate, please feel free to drop them off in the tote box as well!

The Decorah Mutual Aid Fund through the Decorah Faith Coalition

Your contribution to this Mutual Aid Network fund will be distributed through Northeast Iowa Community Action to low income individuals and families in Winneshiek County to cover bills and basic expenses such as rent, energy, telephone, other utilizes, and immediate expenses. Qualification as low income can be based on 2019 income or on the income from the past 30 days. First Lutheran Church of Decorah is collecting these funds on behalf of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition.


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