Part-time Library Aide

Decorah Public Library is accepting applications for a part-time Library Aide position.

Candidates must be at least 14 years old and available to work select daytime hours, 1-2 weekday evenings 5-7 p.m., and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

10-19 hours/week available at $10.50/hr, no benefits

Job description and application available below or call 563-382-3651.

Send completed application to:

Decorah Public Library, Attn: Tricia Crary
202 Winnebago St.
Decorah IA 52101

Or [email protected]

Applications accepted until position is filled. The first review of applications will be on Friday, August 19.
M/F disabled and Veteran EEO/AA Employer

Library Aide Job Description

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Take-and-Make Fall Sessions

We provide the supplies for a project–you pick them up at the library and do the project at home.  This fall we’re shifting to a monthly sign-up model in order to support a busy program schedule while still providing fun at-home projects.  Projects may include some overlapping supplies.  Sign-up before the beginning of each month.  Pick-up your project each week at the library.

Preregistration is required. Use form below to register.

September Take-and-Make projects:

  • 9/6: Crocus Planting
  • 9/13: Milkweed planting
  • 9/20: Fall Lantern Making
  • 9/27: Leaf Mask

Please pick up materials at the library each Tuesday between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Registration will close 9/1/22.

November Take-and-Make projects:

  • 11/1: Coffee Filter Leaves
  • 11/8: Droplet painting
  • 11/15: Gratitude tree

Please pick up materials at the library each Tuesday between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Registration will close 11/1/22.

Our October Take-and-Make projects are:

  • 10/11:  Daffodil planting 
  • 10/18: Apple Prints
  • 10/25: Corn Cob Painting

Please pick up materials at the library each Tuesday between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Registration will close 10/1/22.

December Take-and-Make projects:

  • 12/6: Conifer Discovery Jars
  • 12/13: Ice Lanterns
  • 12/20: Conifer Jar Lanterns

Please pick up materials at the library each Tuesday between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Registration will close 12/1/22.


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August Book Discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting two book discussions in August. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email [email protected] to be added to any of the groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.  

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group) or Zach Row-Heyveld (Cookbook Group) at 563-382-3717.

How to Grill Everything

The Cookbook Group will meet in-person in the mezzanine of the library on Thursday August 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Mark Bittman’s “How to Grill Everything.” “How to Grill Everything” features 1,000 recipes and variations, plus Bittman’s practical advice on all the grilling basics. Recipes cover every part of the meal, including appetizers, seafood, meat and poultry, vegetables (including vegetarian mains), and even desserts. Plenty of quick, high-heat recipes will get dinner on the table in short order (Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp, Green Chile Cheeseburgers); low and slow “project” recipes (Texas-Style Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork with Lexington BBQ Sauce) are ideal for leisurely weekend cookouts. You’ll also find unexpected grilled treats like avocado, watermelon, or pound cake, and innovative surprises—like cooking meat loaf or from-scratch Rosemary Olive Oil Bread on the grill—to get the most out of every fire.


The Cutting Season

The Friday Book Group will hold a hybrid meeting Fri. August 19 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Attica Locke’s “The Cutting Season.” In-person attendees will meet in the lower-level public meeting room at the library and digital attendees will join via Zoom. While walking the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house in Louisiana she has managed for four years, Caren sees some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar cane fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. But he calls her to say it’s something else—a body. Now she has police on site, an investigation in progress, and a member of staff no one can track down. As Caren is drawn into the dead girl’s story, she makes discoveries about the future of Belle Vie and the secrets of its past.


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DES MOINES — The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Decorah Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. The Decorah Public Library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities. The accreditation status begins July 1, 2022, and is valid through June 30, 2025.

“The director and board of trustees of the Decorah Public Library and the city of Decorah are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” said State Librarian Michael Scott.

Of Iowa’s 543 public libraries, 403 – including the Decorah Public Library – are accredited. Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services. More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.

Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through the State Library’s Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, State Librarian Michael Scott, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Carrie Falk.

For more information on the State Library’s accreditation program, and to view the Public Library Standards, go to

About the State Library of Iowa

The State Library of Iowa actively champions libraries. Our two roles are improving library services in Iowa and delivering specialized information services to state government and to Iowans.

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Attention, OverDrive app users!

OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app in early 2023 and transitioning users to the Libby app. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library.

It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card.

Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:

  • Tags to categorize books however you’d like—you can even sync your OverDrive wish list into a tag!
  • A central bookshelf for all loans and holds
  • Customizable notifications for ready holds, new magazine issues, and more
  • Compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos speakers
  • Easy access to OverDrive support staff

Learn more about switching to Libby here.

Note: Our library’s digital collection will continue to be available at on desktop and mobile devices.

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Big Library Read

Decorah Public Library Offers Riveting USA Today Bestselling Novel for Worldwide Digital Book Club

“The Girl in His Shadow” ebook and audiobook now available for reading and discussion with global audience

Booklovers in Decorah and Winneshiek County can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Decorah Public Library card holders who live in Winneshiek County can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app or visiting Readers can then discuss online at

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world including  Decorah and approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at

The Girl in His Shadow was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit



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July Children’s Activities

4-Library closed
5-Take-and-Make Tuesday:  Squirt Gun Painting*
6-Yoga in the Park
6-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
6-Frida Kahlo Birthday Party with ArtHaus*
7-Stroller Walk
8-ISU Insect Zoo*
11-Storytime in the Park
12-Take-and-Make: Pressed Plant Bookmark*
12-Bubble Stations*
13-Yoga in the Park
13-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
14-Stroller Walk
14-Summer Crafternoon*
15-Baby Dance Party
18-Storytime in the Park
19-Take-and-Make: Ice Painting*
19-Hammocks and Books
20-Yoga in the Park
20-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
21-Stroller Walk
21-Naturebrary at Twin Springs Park: Fairy Houses*
22-Sensory Walk at the Decorah Prairie*
25-Playgroup in the Park with Helping Services
26-Take-and-Make: Clay Nest*
26-Dog Tales
27-Yoga in the Park
27-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
28-Stroller Walk

*Registration Required


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Summer Reading Challenges: July & August

Want to stay busy and curious in the coming month? Decorah Public Library is offering two reading challenges for July/August: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and another challenge designed for readers of any age.   These challenges are similar in structure to the ones the library offered in June, but offer new prompts and prizes.

For the Early Literacy Bingo, Decorah Public Library took cues from the “Every Child Ready to Read” early literacy program and the Public Library Association.  Prompts like “ Make a tent out of blankets and pretend to be camping in the forest ” or “ draw and decorate the alphabet together ” encourage the kind of play that leads to learning and literacy.

The all ages challenge is designed to encourage readers to try new things this summer.  The library welcomes children, teens, and adults who want to participate.  The prompts range from “visit a place in Decorah you’ve never been before ” to “read a book outside” and encourage connection with books and with community. 

Participants have between July 1 and August 10 to complete 5 of the activities on their challenge.  The prize for this round of challenges is a free ice cream cone or cup from the Sugar Bowl.  Challenges can be turned directly into Decorah Public Library where free ice cream tickets will be distributed.
This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Decorah Public Library.

Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at [email protected].


  • Which summer reading challenge should I choose?
    The Early Literacy challenge emphasizes play-based components of literacy and is geared toward ages 0-5–it’s a great choice for kids building skills to get reading to read.  Our Reading Challenge is for all ages and is designed to diversify reading and promote exploration of our community.  If someone in your household is “between” challenges you are welcome to mix and match between the cards and make to make it appropriate to your child’s reading level and interests.
  • What are the prizes?
    The prize for this round of challenges is a free ice cream cone or cup from the Sugar Bowl.  Challenges can be turned directly into Decorah Public Library where free ice cream tickets will be distributed.
  • What is the goal of this program?
    Our hope is to get kids and families reading, being creative, and exploring Decorah.  We want to make summer fun as accessible as possible and give kids and families an incentive enjoy our library collection and our awesome community!

Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at [email protected].

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