YA Friday: Cozy Graphic Novels

It’s September and this YA Friday we’re in the mood to curl up with a baked good and a book. Looking for something autumnal to read this weekend? Check-out our list of cozy graphic novels...for art and autumn ethusiasts of all ages. [Read More]

YA Friday: Hopepunk

It's YA Friday and this week we're spotlighting: Hopepunk, a subgenre of speculative fiction, fantasy, and scifi. Works in the hopepunk subgenre are about characters fighting for positive change, radical kindness, and communal responses to challenges.  According to Alexandra Rowland, who coined the term on Tumblr, "Hopepunk isn’t ever about submission or acceptance: It’s about … [Read More]

August Children’s Activities

Note: We're taking a brief break in programming during August to plan for fall 8/18-Stroller Walk 8/18-Naturebrary 8/19-Baby Dance Party 8/25-Stroller Walk Save the date: Mississippi River Ocean Odyssey Touch Tanks are coming to DPL 9/17! See our Calendar of Events for details and registration.

Take-and-Make Fall Sessions

We provide the supplies for a project--you pick them up at the library and do the project at home.  This fall we're shifting to a monthly sign-up model in order to support a busy program schedule while still providing fun at-home projects.  Projects may include some overlapping supplies.  Sign-up before the beginning of each month.  Pick-up your … [Read More]


DES MOINES — The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Decorah Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.” Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. The Decorah Public Library has been recognized for … [Read More]

YA Friday

It may be summer, but we're starting to feel autumnal.  This week, for YA Friday we thought we'd try our hand at a Whimsigothic inspired reading list.  Whimsigothic, an aesthetic currently trending on Tik-Tok, is ethereal and otherworldly, playful and gothic.  For this booklist we looked for lightness and darkness, and cottagecore charm with a … [Read More]

Attention, OverDrive app users!

OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app in early 2023 and transitioning users to the Libby app. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library. It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you … [Read More]

Summer Reading Challenges: July & August

Want to stay busy and curious in the coming month? Decorah Public Library is offering two reading challenges for July/August: an “Early Literacy” bingo card designed for children 0-5 and another challenge designed for readers of any age.   These challenges are similar in structure to the ones the library offered in June, but offer … [Read More]