Storytime in the Park

Dates: 
4/25, 
5/9, 5/16, 
6/13, 6/20,
7/11, 7/18 10:00 am at Phelps Park 

Join Decorah Public Library for an outdoor storytime and exploration stations at Phelps Park (shelter 1).  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. In the case of inclement weather, this program will be held at the library. 

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This will be an active program with about 15 minutes of stories and songs followed by 15-20 minutes of stations that participants can move between at their own pace. We understand that in a multi-age setting that attention spans will vary and welcome you to participate at the level that feels appropriate. 
Our librarian will be using amplification so she can more easily heard. Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.

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Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club

Wednesdays | 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 | 12:45-1:15 at John Cline 

Join Decorah Public Library at Kids Lunch Club.  Kids Lunch Club provides all area kids with free, fresh, and nutritious grab-and-go lunches all summer long! All area youth are invited to pick-up free “grab-and-go” style lunches on weekdays throughout the summer.  This summer the program is expanding to not only include great lunches but also a variety of activities for student fun and family engagement.  Join us Wednesdays for an all ages library storytime.  We’ll read a story or two with some fun hands-on activities to follow.  We’re excited to see you there.

What to expect:
Students will have an opportunity to gather their lunch first.  Stories will be read while kids eat.  Afterward there will be an activity like parachute play, bubbles, or games.  We understand that in a multi-age setting that attention spans will vary and welcome you to participate at the level that feels appropriate. Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.

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Summer Reading Challenges

Looking for an engaging literacy-based challenge for your family?  Decorah Public Library is offering two reading challenges in June: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and another challenge designed for readers of any age. 
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 “use water to paint the sidewalk” or “sing a favorite song fast and slow” encourage the kind of play that leads to learning and literacy.
The all ages challenge is designed to encourage readers in Decorah to diversify their reading, explore Decorah, and try new things this summer.  The library welcomes children, teens, and adults who want to participate.  The prompts range from “read a book from a series” to “write a letter.”
Participants have between June 1 and June 30 to complete 5 of the activities on their card.  Early literacy participants can then turn in their challenge and select a prize from the library’s treasure chest.  Those completing the all ages challenge can turn in their challenge to the library and be rewarded with a ticket that entitles them to one free visit to the Decorah Municipal Pool.  
This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Decorah Public Library in collaboration with Decorah Parks and Recreation.  Challenge cards are available online at:  
Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at [email protected].

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Summer Reading Challenges

Looking for an engaging literacy-based challenge for your family?  Decorah Public Library is offering two reading challenges in June: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and another challenge designed for readers of any age.

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 “use water to paint the sidewalk” or “sing a favorite song fast and slow” encourage the kind of play that leads to learning and literacy.

The all ages challenge is designed to encourage readers in Decorah to diversify their reading, explore Decorah, and try new things this summer.  The library welcomes children, teens, and adults who want to participate.  The prompts range from “read a book from a series” to “write a letter.”

Participants have between June 1 and June 30 to complete 5 of the activities on their card.  Early literacy participants can then turn in their challenge and select a prize from the library’s treasure chest.  Those completing the all ages challenge can turn in their challenge to the library and be rewarded with a ticket that entitles them to one free visit to the Decorah Municipal Pool.

This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Decorah Public Library in collaboration with Decorah Parks and Recreation.  Challenge cards are available at the library or download and print from home using the links below.

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

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Summer Family Performances

Mikayla Oz Magic Show

6/7 | 1 pm

Direct from the Cornfields of Iowa comes a rising star in magic, Mikayla Oz. Mikayla has recently been featured on the Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera Show and Penn & Tellers: Try This at Home TV Special. She combines magic, comedy and storytelling to make a truly unforgettable show!

Registration required.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library, and Marion E. Jerome Foundation Inc.

Eagle Bluff: Raptors on the Road

6/16 | 11 am

Join year-round environmental learning center, Eagle Bluff, for Raptors on the Road, an interactive program featuring live birds. Registration required.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library, and Marion E. Jerome Foundation Inc.

 

International Owl Center: Build an Owl

6/23/22 | 11 am
Decorah Public Library’s upper mezzanine 

Are owl eyes more like binoculars or a magnifying glass? What shape is an owl’s beak?

Come to learn first-hand about owl adaptations by identifying the pieces and parts of an owl. Once all the correct adaptations have been picked, a LIVE owl will come out for a visit.  Registration required.

Presented by the International Owl Center, this program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library, Marion E. Jerome Foundation Inc. and Decorah Methodist Church Trust Fund.

Martika Daniels: Circus Arts Variety Show

6/28 | 11 am
Decorah Public Library’s upper mezzanine 

All ages.

Internationally renowned and motivationally captivating, Martika and her one woman show hail from Kansas City, MO. Raised in a military family, Martika grew comfortable constantly moving about the globe from a young age. This exposure to international performers sparked her interest in the circus arts. Constantly looking to push herself, in 2008 Martika sought out the best teachers to further her knowledge in fire arts,  escapology, and sideshow stunts. Since then she has been featured on numerous news outlets such as Lawrence Business Magazine, KCUR, FOX4 KC, and the top international wellness corporation, Wanderlust.

Registration required.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library, and Marion E. Jerome Foundation Inc

 

 

 

ISU Insect Zoo

Friday 7/8 | 11:00 am
Decorah Public Library’s Upper Mezzanine

Get up close and personal with 100 species of our multi-legged friends, beetles, millipedes, walking sticks, roaches, scorpions, tarantulas and more! Learn all about why these animals are important for our environment with the help of our knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff. Ask questions about the animals on display and get a chance to touch millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and more! Families are invited to come out for a fun, hand-on, interactive display. Walk through, look, and ask questions at your own pace.  Registration Required.

Sponsored by the Friends of Decorah Public Library and the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.  

 

Bubble Stations

7/12 | 10 am

Decorah Middle School’s practice fields

Back by popular demand!  Absolute Science Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. With long-lasting, hand-made bubble solution, and hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, this program is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us! 

Pre-registration is required.

Appropriate for all age groups. Sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library and the United Methodist Church Trust. Offered in partnership with Decorah Public Schools

 

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Bubble Stations

7/12 | 10 am

Decorah Middle School’s practice fields

Back by popular demand!  Absolute Science Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. With long-lasting, hand-made bubble solution, and hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, this program is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us! 

Pre-registration is required. See out Calendar of Events to register.

Appropriate for all age groups. Sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library and the United Methodist Church Trust. Offered in partnership with Decorah Public Schools

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June Children’s Activities

1-Yoga in the Park
2-Stroller Walk
3-Baby Dance Party
5-Storytime in the Park
7-Take-and-Make: Summer Luminaries *
7-Mikayla Oz Magic Show*
7-Dog Tales
8-Yoga in the Park
8-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
8-Stroller Walk
9-Crafternoon: Tissue Paper Rainbows*
10-Field Trip on Foot*
13-Storytime in the Park
14-Take-and-Make: Citrus prints*
14- Maurice Sendak Birthday Party with ArtHaus*
15-Yoga in the Park
15-Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
16-Eagle Bluff: Raptors on the Road*
17-Field Trip on Foot*
20-Storytime in the Park
21- Take-and-Make: Nature Walk Bracelets*
21-Hammock and Books
7-Dog Tales
22-Yoga in the Park
22- Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
23-International Owl Center: Build an Owl*
24-Field Trips on Foot
28-Take-and-Make: Watercolor Fireworks*
28-Martika Daniels: Circus Arts Variety Show*
29-Yoga in the Park
29- Storytime at the Kids Lunch Club
30-Stroller Walk
30-Crafternoon: Spirograph Art

*Registration Required

 

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Hammocks and Books

6/21: 2-3 pm | Phelps Park
Ages: 12+

Do you feel over-scheduled?  Do you need more time to hang out, read, and enjoy the outdoors?  Join us in Phelps Park for some outdoor chill time!  You bring a book, a hammock (if you have one) and, if you want, a friend.  We’ll provide a snack and extra hammocks for those who need to borrow one.

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ISU Insect Zoo

Friday 7/8
11:00 am in Decorah Public Library’s Upper Mezzanine

Get up close and personal with 100 species of our multi-legged friends, beetles, millipedes, walking sticks, roaches, scorpions, tarantulas and more! Learn all about why these animals are important for our environment with the help of our knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff. Ask questions about the animals on display and get a chance to touch millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and more! Families are invited to come out for a fun, hand-on, interactive display. Walk through, look, and ask questions at your own pace.  Registration Required. See out Calendar of Events to register.

Sponsored by the Friends of Decorah Public Library and the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.  

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June Book Discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting nine book discussions in June. 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), Zach Row-Heyveld (Cookbook, Quick Bites Groups and Troubled Water) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World

Join facilitator Jim Martin-Schramm, chair of the Decorah Sustainability Commission, for a discussion of Katharine Hayhoe’s book “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” at 6 p.m. on June 7 and 14 at Pulpit Rock Brewery. Books are currently available for checkout at Decorah Public Library, thanks to the generous support of the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities. “Saving Us” is focused less on doomsday facts and figures and more on how everyone can play a role in shaping attitudes towards climate change through our conversations with skeptical friends and family members. Hayhoe argues for collective action through shared values instead of relying solely on facts about our changing climate. 

 

 

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

The Happy Hour Book Group will hold a hybrid meeting Wed. June 8 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Marianne Cronin’s “The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot.” In-person attendees will meet in the lower-level public meeting room at the library and digital attendees will join via Zoom. Life is short. No one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eighty-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years. To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, and of finding the person who is everything.  

 

Ottolenghi Flavor

The Cookbook Group will meet in person on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 in the lower-level meeting room at the library to discuss Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Ottolenghi Flavor.” In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. For process, Yotam and Ixta show how easy techniques such as charring and infusing can change the way you think about cooking. Discover how to unlock new depths of flavor by pairing vegetables with sweetness, fat, acidity, or chile heat, and learn to identify the produce that has the innate ability to make dishes shine. 

Brownies & Back When We Talked to the Dead

The Quick Bites group will hold a hybrid meeting on Tuesday, June 14 from 12:15 – 1:00 to discuss ZZ Packer’s “Brownies” and Mariana Enriquez’s “Back When We Talked to the Dead.” Both stories explore how groups experience and shape collective trauma, through the lens of teen and preteen girls. In “Brownies” a Brownie troop with only black girls plan an attack on an all-white troop after hearing one of them use a racial slur. “Back When We Talk to the Dead” focuses on four girls living in and around Buenos Aires who turn to a Ouija board to connect with family members who have been “disappeared” during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In person attendees can join from the lower-level meeting room at the library. Links to materials are on the Decorah Public Library website.

 

 

The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783

The History Book Group will hold a hybrid meeting Thurs. June 16 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss Joseph J. Ellis’The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783.” In-person attendees will meet in the lower-level public meeting room at the library and digital attendees will join via Zoom. For more than two centuries, historians have debated the history of the American Revolution, disputing its roots, its provenance, and above all, its meaning. These questions have intrigued Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Joseph J. Ellis throughout his entire career. From the end of the Seven Years’ War to 1783, The Cause interweaves action-packed tales of North American military campaigns with parlor-room intrigues back in England, creating a narrative that brings together a cast of familiar and long-forgotten characters: British and American, loyalist and patriot, white and Black. 

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

The Friday Book Group will hold a hybrid meeting Fri. June 17 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.” In-person attendees will meet in the lower-level public meeting room at the library and digital attendees will join via Zoom. In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets—secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness—and it is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years 

Railsea

The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet via Zoom Wed. June 22 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss China Mieville’sRailsea.” On board the moletrainMedes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham cant shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea, even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, Sham finds in the derelict a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—and it leads to far more than hed bargained for.

The Prom Terrorists & The Paper Menagerie

The Quick Bites group will hold a hybrid meeting on Tuesday, June 28 from 12:15 – 1:00 to discuss “The Prom Terrorists” by Rabih Alameddine and “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu. While tonally these two stories share little in common, they both feature narrators who are the children of immigrants and explore immigration, assimilation, prejudice, and cultural expectations. “The Prom Terrorists” is the story of a hapless, not-too-bright, 28 year old who still lives with his parents and is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the local mosque to find out what the new imam is planning (despite not being Muslim or speaking Arabic.) “The Paper Menagerie” tells the story of a son’s relationship with his Chinese mother who can breathe life into origami animals and won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards when it was published in 2011. In person attendees can join from the lower-level meeting room at the library. Links to materials are available on the Decorah Public Library’s website. 

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