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Music in the McKenzie offers a free concert monthly at North Branch. Find out who is playing.
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The Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin is providing information and discussion about the heroin epidemic in Peoria, Illinois.
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This page contains information about the events planned at Peoria Public Library for The Great American Read
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At every branch Peoria Public Library Youth Services strives for a fun learning environment for kids, parents, teachers and caregivers while providing materials and programming for children's educational and emotional needs. To this end our collections include:
• Juvenile fiction and non-fiction Preschool - 6th grade (J)
• Young Adult fiction and non-fiction 7th -12th grades (YA)
• Picture Books (JP)
• Easy Readers
• Holiday Books
• Kid Concerns (social issues)
• Reference materials
• Foreign Language Collections
• Non-print items
• Paperbacks and Board Books
• Caldecott and Newbery Award winners
Programs are offered for a variety of age groups. Check Kid Events and our web calendar each month for children's events at each branch. Our Summer Reading program is also held annually for the whole family.
Peoria Public Library celebrated its 70th anniversary of Summer Reading in 2016. This annual 7-week program gives families the opportunity to read and participate together. Reading through the summer helps children maintain and improve reading skills and encourages lifelong readers and library users. Those who read and record their hours for six of the seven weeks will be invited to the Summer Reading party at the end of the program and become eligible for grand prizes awarded at the party.
Special Computers are available for use of children up to the age of 14 at each location. Computer use requires that a child has their valid library card with them. There are also online computer catalogs available to all patrons. Wireless internet is accessible at all branches.
The Programming Department is pleased to schedule tours for daycares, schools, scout troops and other groups. Tours for preschool - 2nd grade generally include a story time and a lesson on book care and library manners but can also include a tour of the Children's Department. Tours for older children may include the rest of the library as well as the Children's Department and focus on how to use the library and its resources. This service can be tailored to fit the needs of a group. Call 309-497-2143 at least a week in advance to schedule a tour.
Peoria Public Library can be a great resource for Children's Literature students. There are a number of online resources that can be helpful, such as Something About the Author, Literature Criticism Online and World Folklore and Folklife all of which can be found here alone with other great services for students of all ages. Our collection includes a wide variety of materials for children birth through eighth grade to fulfill Children's Literature requirements. Spine labels will help you locate different genres and award winners. Classes are welcome to tour the department as well as use our resources.
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