Library hosts ‘Find Your Voice’ summer programs

Decorah Public Library is hosting performers, educators, and presenters from across the region—from Houston, Minn., to Ames, Iowa–as part of their Find Your Voice Summer Reading Program.

“We want to make this summer feel fun and festive!” notes Children’s and Young Adult Librarian Rachael Button.

All events are free and open to the public but require registration.  Households interested in participating should register as soon as possible at to ensure a spot.  In future weeks Decorah Public Library will host:

Chad Elliot Family ConcertWednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott, will bring art to life in this interactive, heartwarming, giggle-worthy concert for all ages. Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical lyrics Chad wrote and illustrated to inspire readers and audiences to embrace their wildest imagination through art, music, and storytelling.Unhuggables with Eagle BluffWednesday, 6/14, 11 amJoin year-round environmental learning center, Eagle Bluff, for Unhuggables for an interactive program featuring a live snake.  Hear the myths and realities of typical “nuisance” animals and the positive impacts they have on ecosystems.Mad Mixtures with the Grout MuseumWednesday, 6/21, 11 amThe Grout Museum presents an amazing mix of science experiments and demonstrations for ALL AGES! Learn about temperature and matter with liquid nitrogen. Find out about chemical reactions with fire and kitchen experiments. Join us for some mad science F-U-N!

Ocean Odyssey: Sting Rays!Tuesday 6/27, 11 amBreakdown some of the common misconceptions about stingrays. We will highlight adaptations these critters have to survive, their importance to the ecosystem and discover how you can help with conservation efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to get their hands wet and touch one of these amazing animals.ISU Insect ZooFriday, July 14, 1 p.m.Get up close and personal with 100 species of our multi-legged friends, beetles, millipedes, walking sticks, roaches, scorpions, tarantulas and more! Learn all about why these animals are important for our environment with the help of our knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff. Families are invited to come out for a fun, hand-on, interactive display. Walk through, look, and ask questions at your own pace.Dr. Michael Bechtel’s AnimalsWednesday, July 19, 11 a.m.Meet Dr. Michael Bechtel, Associate Professor of Science Education at Wartburg College.  He has always incorporated exotic animals in his classrooms– everything from poison dart frogs to African spur thigh tortoises to Malaysian seramas (miniature chickens) to creating my own breed of mice.  He’ll be joining us at Decorah Library to share his love of ecology and introduce some of his animals during this engaging hands-on program.

Summer events are sponsored by the Friends of Decorah Public Library, the Decorah United Methodist Church Trust, and the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

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