YA Friday

Happy New Year!  This YA Friday we’re highlighting some books in our junior nonfiction section that might appeal to readers looking to learn a new skill or start a new habit in the coming year.  

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1/25: Take-and-Make Tuesday: Snow Ice Cream

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We provide the supplies for a project–you pick them up at the library and do the project at home.

— :  Snow Ice Cream

Please pick up materials at the library Tuesday 1/25 between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Register early to guarantee a space. Registration ends 1/17 at 3 pm. 

Registration required please use form below to register.

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Owls Grab-and-Go Kit

Pick-up Friday 1/14.

This month our storywalk is Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and we’re celebrating by offering an owl grab-and-go kit to learn about owls at home.  The kit will include an owl pellet to dissect, suggestions for going on your own “Owl Moon” style owl walk, and owl coloring sheets from the International Owl Center.  Pair this activity kit with the Owl Moon Bookwalk at Phelps Park.  Sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

Registration is required. Please use form below to register.

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MLK Luminary Decorating

MLK Luminary Decorating

Thursday, 1/13
3:30-4:30 pm

Decorate luminaries in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We provide the supplies, you create messages of peace, hope, and light to decorate our library steps on the evening of Monday, January 17th.  This activity is appropriate for kids, teens, and adult.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by a grown-up.

Registration is required. Use form below to register.

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Cozy Storytime

Cozy Storytime

Monday 1/10, 1/24
DPL children’s section 10 am

Join Decorah Public Library for an active storytime with stretches, scarves, and shaker eggs.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.  Sponsored by Friends of the Decorah Public Library

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This will be an active program with about 20 minutes of stories, stretches, and rhymes followed by time and space for unstructured play and caregiver socialization.  We understand that in a multi-age setting that attention spans will vary and welcome you to participate at the level that feels appropriate. Covid-19 considerations: The Children’s Librarian will be wearing a mask and masks will be available for others that would prefer to wear one.  Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.

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1/18: Take-and-Make Tuesday: Frozen Bubbles

1/18: Take-and-Make Tuesday: Frozen Bubbles

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We provide the supplies for a project–you pick them up at the library and do the project at home.

— :  Frozen Bubbles

Please pick up materials at the library Tuesday 1/18 between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Register early to guarantee a space. Registration ends 1/9 at 3 pm. 

Registration required please use form below to register.

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Owl Moon Book Walk – Decorah Public Library

Owl Moon Book Walk

Owl Moon Book Walk

Phelps Park
12/23

The Decorah Public Library, the Decorah Community School District, and the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a BookWalk at Phelps Park starting Thursday 12/23

A BookWalk is a fun way to read while enjoying the outdoors. This BookWalk will feature Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. The BookWalk is free, open to the public, and does not require registration. The story is available in both English and Spanish. Thank-you to Friends of Decorah Public Library for funding the books for this walk.

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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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