Decorah Library Adds Film Streaming Service

Winneshiek County residents will have access to more than 30,000 films, for free!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free for Winneshiek County residents through Decorah Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
  • Your library account provides you with 10 credits (10 films) per month.
    Kanopy has also made available many
    Credit Free Films that won’t count toward your monthly allotment.

To Sign-up:

  1. Use your Library Card Number
    1. Need a library card? Click HERE
  2. Use your 10 digit phone number as your PIN
    (no spaces or dashes)

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Decorah Public Library: March Book Group Titles

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in March. 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.

  • The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. March 11th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “The Revisioners.” In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Nearly a century later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic and threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.
  • The History Book Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. March 19th on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Gordon Chang’s “The Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad.” Read more

Winter Reading Bingo

Looking for a literacy based challenge for your family this winter? Stop by Decorah Public Library, or visit our website, to pickup a winter reading BINGO card.

Decorah Public Library is offering two BINGO challenges: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and a “Read Diverse Books” BINGO card recommended for children, tweens, teens, elementary school age and older.

“It’s easy to get in a rut during the winter,” says Children’s and Young Adult Librarian Rachael Button. “We wanted to design a BINGO challenge that would engage our patrons in literacy-based activities.”

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National Library Week at Decorah Public Library

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities. The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect. This theme certainly rings true here in Decorah.

In April, Decorah Public Library has 23 programs scheduled for all ages (and this doesn’t even include Tech Help!) and we’re partnering with 11 different organizations and businesses (most of them local) including (in order of appearance): Luther College, the Oneota Questers, RUBAIYATIowa Legal AidFriends of Decorah Public Library, the Winneshiek Energy DistrictGreen Iowa AmeriCorps, members of the Upper Iowa Training ClubReefuelWinneshiek County Conservation, and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium!

The Decorah Public Library is celebrating National Library Week at DPL with a wide variety of programs for people of all ages and fine amnesty all week long. Anyone with overdue library materials may take advantage of fine amnesty: simply bring overdue items to the front desk of the library, let a staff member know that they are overdue, and all fines for those items will be removed.