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Children's 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

Earn fun rewards for reading or listening to books!

Wow! We had 1,379 kids actively participating in our 2022 Children's Summer Reading Challenge!

Even more amazing is that 56% of those kids -- 663-- completed all 5 levels of the Challenge and came in to pick up their rewards! That the highest number of finishers we've had since at least as far back as 2011 (which was just 667).

Other statistics:

  • Kids logged 27,649 reading days this summer! (Last summer was 16,631 -- way to step up your game, Decatur readers!)
  • Thanks to our Decatur-area sponsors, these kids earned 8,256 coupons for all sorts of tasty treats. (Be sure to thank our sponsors listed below!)
  • Our 663 finishers earned a free book.
  • Kids earned 4,106 other reading rewards, including bookmarks, book bags, tattoos, craft kits, and other fun stuff.
  • 52 kids won a free Read Beyond the Beaten Path t-shirt in our t-shirt drawing.
  • We had 72 different kids' programs at the library this summer, with a total of 6,054 people in attendance!!

Thanks to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library and Dr. Richard Lockmiller for funding the reading rewards, t-shirts, and printing for the program!

Watch for our Winter Reading Program, which will start in January 2023!

Thanks to our Summer Reading Sponsors!

and to Dr. Richard Lockmiller, for his long-time support of our Children's Summer Reading Program, in appreciation for his hometown Decatur Public Library.