01/25: Moon Yoga Storytime – Decorah Public Library

with Mikah Jaschke and DPL
at the Yoga Studio
3:15-4:15

Join us for a kid-friendly cozy movement session at the Yoga Studio! We’ll read a story themed around the moon, do a 30 minute family-friendly yoga practice, and send you home with a materials to make a moon-inspired craft. Open to kids and adults of all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Sponsored by Friends of the Decorah Public Library.

Registration is required. Please use form below to register.

This program invites children and adults to participate in a playful storytime and yoga session that starts with story and an opening song, includes a sequence of themed movement, and ends with a guided relaxation, and a closing song.

We understand that in a multi-age setting that attention spans will vary and welcome you to participate at the level that feels appropriate. We have mats to provide.

Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.

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Dog Tales

1/11, 1/25
4:30-5:30 pm

Independent readers are welcome to join us in reading to some adorable four-legged friends. Our visitors are certified therapy dogs (with their trainers), and are more than excited to see you.

What you can expect:  This drop-in program invites emerging readers to read with a certified therapy dog and their trainer.  Dogs and trainers will be available on a first come first serve basis in DPL’s children’s section.  Readers can select a book of their choice to read with a dog.  Participants can read a book with the dog…or more than one book if their aren’t other readers waiting.  It’s an opportunity to both practice skills and to have positive and affirming experiences with books and with the library.  Readers are “old enough” to participate when they can engage with a book independently and be safe and respectful with our animal visitors–we’re not necessarily looking for a specific level of phonic fluency.  Readers under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.  Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.

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Kiki Smith Birthday Party with Arthaus

1/18: 3:30-5 pm at ArtHaus

Join ArtHaus to celebrate the 68th birthday of Kiki Smith, a German American Artist known for her sculpture, installation, printmaking and drawing. Enjoy cake with the artist (actor) as she tells about her life and create a piece of art inspired by her style.

Children of all ages.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration required. Use form below to register.  Sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

What to expect: During this program the artist (played by a community member) will meet participants, talk about her work, and answer questions.  We will then do a project inspired by her work and end by eating birthday cake.  Participants who prefer not to eat during this program are welcome to take their cake to-go.

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Grab-and-Go Reserves

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Starting on June 1, curbside pickup and reserves will be merged into Grab-and-Go Reserves. Anything you place on reserve will be checked out to your account and placed on the Grab-and-Go Reserves shelf in the library’s lobby. All you need to do is run in, grab the books with your name on them, leave the rubber band and get on with your day.

Grab-and-Go Reserves includes all the convenience of the curbside pickup services we offered during the pandemic, but now you can get your books any time the library is open. Patrons who normally use the reserve system to place holds on items can just grab them from the shelf instead of stopping at the circulation desk. Book bundles will also be waiting on the bottom of the Grab-and-Go Reserves shelf. Just grab the bag with your name on it.

Depending the notification preferences on your library account, you’ll get an automated email or text when your books are ready, or one of the friendly DPL librarians will call and let you know you can come in to get your books. If you want to change your notification settings, you can either call the library or follow these easy instructions:
Log into your account on the library’s catalog,
Click “MY ACCOUNT” at the top right corner of the screen.
Click on the “Notifications” tab
Change your notification preferences for each of the categories. If you want to get a text, select the phone number with the word “Text” in front of it.

Not sure how to reserve materials? Follow these easy instructions to get started!

Call the library at 563-382-3717 for more information.

Click on image to below to get started with online reservations.

Click “Play” button to watch a How-To on reserving books online…

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2/1: Take-and-Make Tuesday: Snow Painting

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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 Painting

Please pick up materials at the library Tuesday 2/1 between 9 am and 7 pm. Supplies are limited. Register early to guarantee a space. Registration ends 1/24 at 3 pm.

Registration required please use form below to register.

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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.

Enter a phone number where you can be reached in case of changes in the event status

Enter an email to contact you in case of changes in event status

Select the name of the event you are registering for from the list

Enter the total number of people in your group attending or participating in this event

First and last name of person/s attending or participating in the event. Separate multiple names with a comma.

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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.

Enter a phone number where you can be reached in case of changes in the event status

Enter an email to contact you in case of changes in event status

Select the name of the event you are registering for from the list

Enter the total number of people in your group attending or participating in this event

First and last name of person/s attending or participating in the event. Separate multiple names with a comma.

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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.

Enter a phone number where you can be reached in case of changes in the event status

Enter an email to contact you in case of changes in event status

Select the name of the event you are registering for from the list

Enter the total number of people in your group attending or participating in this event

First and last name of person/s attending or participating in the event. Separate multiple names with a comma.

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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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