Children of all ages will explore aspects of our community this summer as Decatur Public Library presents “Build a Better World” during their Summer Reading Program. Activities will include: story times hosted by community partners from all aspects of our city, magic shows, movie extravaganzas, and professional science programs. We will have lots of crafts and activities and, of course, incentives for reading. Events will be designed for all age groups, from infant to teen.
The fun begins on Saturday, May 27th with our Summer Reading Kick-off: “Dog Days of Summer.” The day begins at 10:00 am when the Decatur Alabama Kennel Club will bring therapy dogs to the Youth Services department of the Library. This is a great opportunity for reluctant or struggling readers to read to dogs, who are a supportive, kind audience that builds confidence. At 12:00 pm the Morgan County Humane Society will set up in Margarete’s Garden (the courtyard on the Cherry Street side of the Library) with dogs looking for a forever home. You can meet the dogs, learn about adoption, and maybe even meet a new family member! At 1:00 pm we’ll have canine author Chopper in our Youth Services department for story time, with a repeat performance at 2:00 pm. Finally, at 3:00 pm the Morgan County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit will be here to tell us about the crime-fighting dogs in the Sheriff’s department. From 10:00 am -3:00 pm we will have crafts, activities, and Summer Reading sign-up.
Participants who register for Summer Reading get a reading log on which to record what they read this summer along with the guidelines for turning in the reading log for prizes. Participation in the reading part of the program is not required; everyone is welcome to all of our programs. We hope, however, that children will take part to maintain – and hopefully strengthen! – their reading skills. Small prizes will be given out through the summer and larger prizes awarded at our Summer Reading Finale on July 28th. We will also have a grand prize drawing for a Kindle!
Teens have their own set of programs this summer and are encouraged to read as well. The teen events were designed with input from our Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) and include an Anime Club, Poetry Workshop, and a book swap. Teens will also have service opportunities with a Community Clean-up at Rhodes Ferry Park and other chances to volunteer.
If you want to challenge yourself to read more this summer why not sign up for the 5th annual Adult Reading Challenge? There will be book clubs, a local author meet and greet, and other programs for adults as well. Make it a family challenge to see who reads the most this summer.
Regardless of your age DPL has something to offer for everyone in the family.
We hope to see you this summer!