YA Friday

This #YAFriday we're sharing some of the books in our collection that have been nominated for the first ever Ignyte Awards. The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the … [Read More]

Loving Libraries Thursday

This #lovinglibraries Thursday we're highlighting Kanopy--the popular on-demand film streaming service available for free for Winneshiek County residents through Decorah Public Library.  For this post several of our staff members shared some of their favorite films that are available via Kanopy. Looking for Children's content?  Check-out Kanopy Kids for educational films, television for kids, and storytimes.  … [Read More]

Yoga Tuesday

It’s #yogaTuesday and today Mikah from Root to Rise Holistic Wellness is leading us in heart-opening yoga. Want more yoga? Check out: Pond Mediation Yoga Mountain Mediation Balancing Yoga Fall Equinox Yoga El Sol Yoga Le Luna Yoga Calm your Body Yoga Wildflower Yoga Oak Tree Yoga Washing Machine Yoga Forward Fold Yoga Sunny Yoga Beach … [Read More]

Find-It Tuesday

Happy #findit Tuesday.  This Tuesday we're highlighting some of the new Halloween-themed picture books you can find in our collection.  What are your favorite picture books to read as the weather turns colder and the nights get longer?  How does your family celebrate the changing season with stories?  [Read More]

Loving Libraries Thursday

It's #lovinglibraries Thursday and today we're feeling thankful: for our library patrons, our beautiful town, our librarian colleagues across the country, and for the authors, illustrators, and publishers who create books that inspire us and make us think.  Looking for some books to ignite your own sense of gratitude this season?  We've got you covered!  … [Read More]

Early Literacy Fun Packs!

  Do you miss storytime at the library? Us too. Meanwhile, we’ve created Early Literacy Packs with some of our favorite tools to support reading, singing, and playing with babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged kids at home. Packs will include a scarf, a shaker egg, Play-Doh, and a November calendar with early literacy activities for each … [Read More]

Yoga Tuesday

It's #YogaTuesday and today Mikah from Root to Rise Holistic Wellness is leading us in a lovely autumn-themed guided mediation. We love the way this mediation combines storytelling, visualization, and mindfulness and makes it accessible for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. Want more yoga? Check out: Yoga Mountain Mediation Balancing Yoga Fall Equinox Yoga El Sol … [Read More]

Find-It Tuesday

It's #finditTuesday and today we're helping you find #ownvoices picture books by Indigenous and First Nations authors and illustrators.  Created by YA author Corinne Duyvis in 2015, the #OwnVoices hashtag highlights books written by authors or illustrators who share an identity with the book's main character.  We love these picture books for the vibrant stories they tell … [Read More]

YA Friday

It's #YAFriday--and we love the way books can help us to be more compassionate: with others and with ourselves. Need a book to get you out of your head and into someone else's? Check-out this selection of diverse, award-winning, thoughtfully written YA and middle grade novels.