Get Your Mittens

It's chilly outside and it looks like more snow is coming this weekend!   We thought we'd share some picture book about mittens for those of you who appreciate a cozy accessory. 

YA Friday

It's YA Friday and this week we're celebrating poetry!  This week's list includes some books of poetry, a memoir in verse, and a number of Junior Fiction and Young Adult novels in verse. For those who don't know, a novel in verse combines the music and lyricism of poetry with the plot, characters, and narrative … [Read More]

Loving Libraries Thursday

  It’s #lovinglibraries Thursday and today we’re feeling grateful for our community collaborators…in particular Decorah Public Schools and Decorah Parks and Rec who worked with us on the Tacky the Penguin Bookwalk. Have you done the Book Walk?  If so we’d love it if you took a brief SURVEY. (Completing the survey helps us keep track … [Read More]

Yoga Tuesday

Shake your grumpies away! It’s #yogaTuesday and this week Mikah of Root to Rise Holistic Wellness is leading us in some tapping and movement to bring some warmth and movement into our week. This short (approx 8 minute) yoga practice is perfect for helping little ones shift their energy. [Read More]

YA Friday

It's #YAFriday and today we're highlighting new additions to our graphic novel collection.  Are you a teacher or teacher whose interested in learning how graphic novels can support literacy and learning?  Check-out this article from Edutopia..  https://www.edutopia.org/article/build-empathy-and-understanding-pairing-comics-novels ...which explores using graphic novels to facilitate reading  comprehension and social-emotional competencies.  [Read More]

Book Walk

The Decorah Public Library, the Decorah Community School District, and the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a BookWalk Friday, January 15 thru Sunday, January 24. A BookWalk is a fun way to read while enjoying the outdoors. This month’s story is Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Pages of the book will be … [Read More]

YA Friday

It's #YAFriday and this week we're highlighting read-alikes for a handful of popular middle grade and young adult books.  We gathered these suggestions from a variety of sources...including our own reading experiences.  We hope they are valuable for you! We know, of course, that every reader is different.  Have suggestions for us, feedback for us, … [Read More]

Find-It Tuesday

More year end booklists! On #YAFriday we shared books for teens from NPR's Best Books of 2020 list.This #findit Tuesday we're highlighting picture books and middle grade chapter books from the same list.You can find these books (and many others) in our collection: https://decorah.biblionix.com(We're highlighting just 10 books here but feel free to check-out the … [Read More]

YA Friday

We love a year end booklist! This #YA Friday we're highlighting books from NPR's Best YA Books of 2020. You can find these books (and many others) in our collection. Happy reading!