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      March 2020
        Volume 29, No. 3

Peoria Reads 2020

Peoria Reads! has chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the selection for 2020.

In Thomas’ debut novel, she explores the world of a teenage girl grappling with racism, police brutality and activism after witnessing a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend. Thomas not only delves into the Black Lives Matter movement, but also other challenges faced by minorities.

Peoria Public Library chose this thought-provoking book with the hopes that the entire community will read it and engage in conversations and introspection.  Several events – from film screenings to poverty simulations to a panel discussion – will be hosted in March and early April. 

Because of its themes and vulgar language, The Hate U Give was one of the most challenged books of 2017 and 2018, but the Peoria Reads! Committee selected it for the opportunity to raise awareness on issues difficult to otherwise address. 

For more information on upcoming Peoria Reads! events, visit peoriareads.org.

No Waiting. No Late Fees. Tons of Choices: Why You Should Check Out Our Virtual Branch

Hoopla. Kanopy. Libby. If these mean nothing to you, then let us invite you to check our Peoria Public Library’s digital services. Combined, these services add more than a million titles to our collection.

Think of hoopla as Netflix on steroids because in addition to movies and television, hoopla also offers e-books, audio books, comics and music. With more than 800,000 titles, hoopla is a heavyweight when it comes to digital offerings. Better yet, hoopla’s offerings are constantly growing and include recent releases.

Indeed, hoopla and Kanopy have been called “the two best streaming services you’ve never heard of.”

Kanopy, which has more than 30,000 films – popular, classic, indie and documentary – also offers The Great Courses and children’s programming, such as Sesame Street and other PBS shows.

Libby, by OverDrive is another app that allows you to download or stream ebooks and audiobooks to your phone, tablet or Kindle.

Peoria Public Library also offers Axis 360 (ebooks and audiobooks), Freegal (music streaming or downloads) and RB Digital (audiobooks.)

Ask any of our librarians to help you explore our virtual library. All you need is your Peoria Public Library card.

Out and About

Our curious and persistent band of reporters and editors of The Lakeview Ledger took a field trip and had a private tour of a real newspaper thanks to Peoria Journal Star Executive Editor Dennis Anderson.

The next meeting of The Lakeview Ledger is Wednesday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch. New members are always welcome.

Peoria Public Library started the kids-run newspaper in 2019. Open to ages 8 to 17, those involved are writing original content – reviews of library programs, comics, stories -- and learning how to design. Other topics, including copyright and plagiarism, are also covered.

For more information, call 497-2200.

What’s New in Large Print?

By Teri Miller

Women’s Fiction

Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these Women’s Fiction titles appearing soon on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!

Dominicana by Angie Cruz: In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz’s Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age of a young woman finding her voice in the world. (Lakeview and North)

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey: A breathtaking novel of suspense. Single mother Lee has only one rule: Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood, Lee gives in. Noah, Mason’s handsome bright, charismatic tutor is more than happy to stay with him. Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead. (Lakeview, Main and North)

Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald: A charming tale of folks reuniting at a roadside motel in Pine Creek, Oregon, after the death of a local worker. (Lakeview, Lincoln, Main and North)

Southern Side of Paradise (Peachtree Bluff Series) by Kristy Woodson Harvey: The third novel in the Peachtree Bluff series in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother. (Lakeview, Main and North)

The Braid by Laetitia Colombani: Three women from different circumstances around the world find their lives intertwined by a single object and discover what connects us – across cultures, across backgrounds, and across borders. (Lakeview, Mail and North)

The Country Guesthouse (A Sullivan’s Crossing Novel) by Robyn Carr: When Hannah Russell suddenly becomes guardian to a five-year old named Noah, they need time to get to know each other. She rents a house on a lake, where they meet Owen, the owner. This unlikely trio are tested in ways they never thought possible. All three will discover their strengths and fight to become a family. (Lakeview, Main, McClure and North)

The Sisters of Summit Avenue by Lynn Cullen: Here comes a powerful novel set during the Great Depression about two sisters bound together by love, duty and pain. A journey of redemption, inner strength, and the ties that bind families together The Sisters of Summit Avenue is a heartfelt love letter to mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere. (Lakeview, Main, McClure and North)

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