YA Friday – Aquarius

It's Aquarius season and we're picking off where we left off in our Zodiac booklist series.  Most of our YA Librarian's knowledge of astrology comes from Google so if you know more about the Zodiac in all of its nuance we'd love to hear from you.  What books would you recommend for the Aquarians in your … [Read More]

“Jade Fire Gold” by June CL Tan

Jade Fire Gold By June CL Tan   I received an ARC of Jade Fire Gold from HarperCollins Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.   It’s not often you find a book so cleanly bifurcated in quality. The first half of Jade Fire Gold is almost uniformly excellent, a rich and textured tale … [Read More]

Most Popular YA 2021

What did Decorah Public Library users read last year?  We're sharing the three books with the highest circulation from our YA section.  Coming in at number 1 with 22 circulations since it arrived at Decorah Public Library in April is Angeline Boulley's debut novel The Firekeeper's Daughter. What else did we check-out?  Our 4th most popular book … [Read More]

2022 Decorah Public Library Annual Report

Text only version below image. Click here for a downloadable pdf version. Decorah Public Library Annual Report Jan 2022 Decorah Public Library Annual Report Kristin Torresdal, Director Board of Trustees: Andrea Beckendorf, Ed Brooks, Bob Felde, Scott Fjelstul, Andrew Hageman, Shannon Horton Elliott Johnson, Cheryl Pellett, & Shanna Putnam Dibble LIBRARY UPDATES Staffing: DPL staff … [Read More]

“Summer Sons” by Lee Mandelo

  Summer Sons By Lee Mandelo I received an ARC of Summer Sons from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. “Too many notes!” Remember that scene in Amadeus? We’re meant to laugh, of course—criticizing Mozart is inherently ridiculous—but this line came to mind more than once while I read Summer Sons, albeit with a … [Read More]


  Starting January 11, 2022, Decorah Public Library will no longer be collecting fines on any materials and all existing fines have been deleted from library users’ accounts. Why go fine free? Well, lots of reasons. DPL exists to provide equal access to materials and fines get in the way of that by creating a … [Read More]

Northeast Iowa RSVP Program Commemorates 20th Year

There will be no parades down Main Street, church bells ringing, train whistles blowing, or fire truck sirens blaring to celebrate this month when the AmeriCorps Seniors Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties observes its 20th anniversary year, but there will be dozens of community organizations that quietly express thanks … [Read More]

RSVP Pen Pal Program

Third graders in teacher Casey Rausch’s Crestwood Elementary School in Cresco are already preparing to write to the pen pals they’ll be matched with this winter through a Northeast Iowa RSVP program. “We did not have the Pen Pal program last year due to COVID and are so excited to get it up and running … [Read More]

2021 RSVP Appreciation Events

In October, volunteers were recognized once again at “Drive Through” appreciation events held in each of the three counties served by NEI RSVP.  Volunteers that drove through were treated to cupcakes and ice cream, and they also had the chance to pick up a few appreciation gifts and chat with RSVP staff. Volunteer “Years of … [Read More]