Library encourages reading with summer program

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois library is working to make sure people of all ages understand the value of reading.

WAND-TV gave the Decatur Public Library its Spirit of Central Illinois award for the summer reading program. It’s focused on teaching the importance of keeping an open mind and having a willingness to learn.

“(We’re) getting kids exciting about the reading and books, and that opens up an entire world for them as they grow,” said Children’s Library Assistant Susan Bishop. “If you can read, you can learn and do anything you put your mind to.”

The library offers everything from e-books and magazines to classic hard-copy novels for people to pick up and enjoy.

Librarian Kasey Steiling wants people to take new knowledge about the world.

“You can see that there are people around the world who are experiencing the same things you do, or have the same feelings you do,” she said. “That’s really important, to just keep an open mind and learn things you don’t know.”

Click here to see what programs are coming up at the library.

Anyone with a person or group to nominate for the Spirit of Central Illinois award is asked to email