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Children's Programs  |  Young Adult Programs 

Children's Programs
Join us for free classes designed to develop early literacy skills in young children:

Toddler Time
Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. & Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

Designed for children 18 months to 3 years this program includes stories, songs, movement, puppets and activities to enhance pre-literacy skills and development skills. This program encourages participation from toddlers and care givers while accommodating toddlers’ short attention span, curiosity, and development. A “stay and play” playtime and social will be held following the program.  

Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.

A story time designed to promote books and reading. This program includes stories, songs, movement, puppets, crafts, and activities to encourage early literacy and a love of reading. This program encourages participation from caregivers and children as stories are enhanced and brought to life. 

Story Tails with Jack
Bring your children to read with our awesome reading dog, Jack! 
Jack is in the library each month; contact the library at 940-393-0290 for the next available date! 

Learning to read is a unique process for every child. Oftentimes, fear of failure or mistakes can impede a child’s process, creating an aversion to reading. Story Tails with Jack is a program designed to provide children with a relaxed, non-judgmental reading environment that allows them to read at their own pace. The anticipation of reading to a sweet and lovable dog often replaces dread with excitement, opening young minds to learning and new experiences.

Certified through R.E.A.D., Jack and his handler will listen attentively as your child practices reading. This program is ideal for emerging or struggling readers, or even as a reward for enthusiastic readers who would enjoy a reward for their hard work! Jack visits the library every month, so call today to set up your 15-minute reading spot!

Learn more about the R.E.A.D. program at

Young Adult Programs

Teen Advisory Board

Looking for a way to help your community, to meet other teens, and to have a say in what happens at the library? Join the Teen Advisory Board. TAB meets monthly to plan programs, make Teen book suggestions, and have snacks. Pick up a TAB application form from Ms. Abby or from the Library Front Desk. Fill it out, bring it back, and then enjoy being part of the most fun group at the Library!

Otaku Club (Anime/Manga Club)
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Join other Anime fiends as we show your favorite manga or graphic novels, watch anime, and talk about why we love them. Perks include a discount price on ordering manga and graphic novels through the Decatur Public Library, and sharing your Otaku ways with the rest of us. Oh, and there will be snacks. 

A couple of things that are Library Law: If you are under the age of thirteen, you will need a signed consent form from your parents. You may ask for one at the front desk at the Decatur Public Library. Ms. Abby or Ms. Denice will also be most happy to help you. 

If you are bringing any anime that you wish to show during our meetings, you must bring it into the library a few days before the meeting so that Ms. Abby or Ms. Denice can view it. 

If this sounds like the club for you, then please join us. We hope to see you there!

Children's Classes

Story Time
(ages 3-5 years) Wednesdays at 10:15am

Toddler Time
(18 months - 3 years)
Wednesdays at 11:15am 
     Thursdays at 1pm followed by a stay and play social time for toddlers and their parents

Otaku Club
(Manga/Anime Club)
Meets the third Tuesday of each month
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The Book Experience Book Club
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00am
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