Decorah Library Online Resources

Decorah Public Library has some fantastic new (and some existing) online resources for entertainment and education. From film streaming to ebooks, children’s programming, and other educational and entertainment content, we want to help you stay engaged and uplifted through this chaotic time. You can find it all by following our Facebook page or by visiting our website: www.decorah.lib.ia.us.

FREE Film Streaming

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: https://decorah.kanopy.com/
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 your number? Message us.
    2. Need a new library card? Click HERE.
  2. Use your 10 digit phone number as your PIN (no spaces or dashes)

 

eBooks & Audiobooks

In need of new books? How about some magazines?

Try out Libby, the app for reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks on your phone or tablet. Winneshiek County Residents can access Libby with your Decorah Library card number and your 10 digit registered phone number (no spaces, no dashes).
To Sign-up:
  1. Use your Library Card Number.
    1. Need your number? Message us.
    2. Need a new library card? Click HERE.
  2. Use your 10 digit phone number as your PIN (no spaces or dashes)
Learn more about Libby at: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

Stay Curious Content

Looking for ways to stay curious and engaged with your library? We’ve got you covered!
The Decorah Public Library has a new Stay Curious page on our website, with tons of entertainment and educational resource links from our own staff and other organizations.

Some of our own in-house family content includes:

Storytime Monday:
‣ Children’s and Young Adult Librarian Rachael will share a read-aloud on Youtube.
Stay Calm Tuesday:
‣ Look for a post or a video by Decorah Public Library staff (or Decorah community members) about art, yoga, or writing activities that your family can engage in at home.
Keep-it-Curious Wednesday:
‣ We’ll share a post or video that encourages scientific exploration and inquiry-based learning.
Sing-Along Thursday:
‣ Join Children’s and Young Adult Librarian Rachael for a shared song on Youtube.
Babytime Friday:
‣ We’ll share a post or a video for the caregivers of our library’s youngest patrons.
Look for new family content every morning at 9 am on our Facebook page, or visit our new Stay Curious page on our website: https://www.decorah.lib.ia.us/stay-curious-engage-learn-create-from-home

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 https://decorah.kanopy.com/. 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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Decorah Public Library: February Book Group Titles

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. 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. Feb. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.” Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England—but small-town Kentucky proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. She is joined by four other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wed. Feb. 19th at 5:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor.” The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor, lest he lose his throne—or his life.

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The Library Offers Rest During Nordic Fest

Ready for a weekend of festing? Feel free to stop in to the Decorah Public Library to get off your feet, or out of the weather.

Are the kids restless? Need a cool place to sit down?
It can be tough to be on your feet all day, in the heat and the sun,
but you don’t want to go home and miss all the fun.

The library offers:

  • Comfy seating
  • Free mobile quick-charging station
  • Public WiFi and computers
  • Restrooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Children’s play area
  • New collection of Norwegian heritage materials
  • and a friendly staff to help with many other needs

Comfy seating at the library

Free public quick-charging station

National Library Week at Decorah Public Library

 

The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities.” This theme certainly rings true here in Decorah.

In April, we have 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.

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.

Photography Workshops in the Decorah Area

Nick Chill Photography WorkshopsMy name is Nick Chill, I’m a professional photographer living in Decorah, Iowa. For about 10 years I’ve been practicing photography full time, doing wedding and portrait photography, and selling fine art prints and stock photos. I have been teaching photography classes and workshops since 2011, starting in Southern California, and now teach out of my Decorah studio, and through both Decorah Arthaus and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

Join me for local digital photography classes and workshops, from beginner to advanced. Get the chance to learn with local peers, share ideas, and build your photography circle. Hands on experience is the best teacher. I have the knowledge, and the equipment, to help get you started.

Nick Chill Photography Workshops

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, on my backyard feeder.

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