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


  • Which summer reading challenge should I choose?
    The Early Literacy challenge emphasizes play-based components of literacy and is geared toward ages 0-5--it's a great choice for kids building skills to get reading to read.  Our Reading Challenge is for all ages and is designed to diversify reading and promote exploration of our community.  If someone in your household is "between" challenges you are welcome to mix and match between the cards and make to make it appropriate to your child's reading level and interests.
  • What are the prizes?
    The prize for the June Early Literacy challenge is a toy from our treasure chest (which contains things like Play-Doh, bubbles, small sets of crayons).  The prize for our June Reading Challenge is a free visit to the pool--which we're so excited to be able to partner with Parks and Recreation to offer.
  • Is the pool pass for all season?
    No--the pass provides one visit to the pool.  If your household already has a pool pass you can use your reading prize to invite a friend to the pool for the day.  
  • Will there be more challenges this summer? (This one ends June 30th)
    YES!  We also have a July/August reading challenge.  Keep an eye out for it later this month!
  • What is the goal of this program?
    Our hope is to get kids and families reading, being creative, and exploring Decorah.  We want to make summer fun as accessible as possible and give kids and families an incentive enjoy our library collection and our awesome community!

Questions can be directed to Rachael Button at