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Due to a power outage, Lincoln Branch closed at 5:00 p.m. today (Thursday, October 22).

Due to a power outage, Lincoln Branch closed at 5:00 p.m. today (Thursday, October 22).

Peoria Public Library in the News

Preschoolers Get Lesson in Financial Literacy from State Treasurer Frerichs

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited the Peoria Public Library on Oct. 18 and took part in a special StoryTime focused on financial literacy.

Read the full WCBU story here.

Taking a Glimpse Into the Peoria Public Library's Local History Room

Peoria Public Library discusses opioid issues in Community Forum

Opioid addiction -- one of the most pressing problems nationwide -- was the focus of October's Peoria Speaks, a monthly community discussion program funded by Illinois Humanities.

Chris Schaffner, program director for the local non-profit JOLT Foundation, discussed the current problem of opioid addiction in our region, as well as harm reduction strategies. WMBD covered the story. Find it here. 

Noted Historian and Musician Dennis Stroughmatt Performs at Peoria Public Library

Dennis Stroughmatt is one of about 20 people in world who still speak the specific dialect that was Illinois' first foreign tongue.

Stroughmatt brought Illinois' French to life through ancient folktales and song during a recent visit to Peoria Public Library, a program funded by Friends of Peoria Public Library and now-retired public relations manager Trisha Noack. 

For the full story, read the Peoria Journal Star article here

Mentorship Program at Lincoln Branch Keeps Kids Away from Crime

The MAY-I program is one of many outreach programs hosted at Lincoln Branch Library. For the full story, connect here.

Lincoln Branch Library celebrates 20th annual Summer Reading bike giveaway

Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch gave away a record number of brand-new bikes as part of its annual Summer Reading program this year.

With help from sponsors ADM, the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n Greater Peoria and the Afro-American Firefighters, as well as several board members and individuals, Lincoln Branch gave away a total of 91 bikes to eligible Summer Readers.

Read more here.

Fire Eater Comes to the Library

Peoria's North and Lincoln branches hosted stuntwoman Martika Daniels this summer, a fun surprise for those enrolled in Peoria Public Library's Summer Reading Program. 

"We wanted the kids to experience different things when they come to the library, and what a wonderful way to add entertainment to that. So, not only are they reading, but we are able to actually bring in entertainers that can also give them some fun things to talk about and just collaborate with the books they are reading as well," said Lincoln Branch Manager Cynthia Smith. 

See the video and story here.

Martika Daniels

Peoria Public Library introduces StoryWalk

This June, the Peoria Public Library and Peoria Park District debuted StoryWalk, a joint effort that encourages families to read and exercise simultaneously.


Read more about this program here. 


Praise for Summer Reading

This letter to the Editor appeared in the Journal Star on August 10, 2018 from a Summer Reader who was very grateful for the Summer Reading Program and the opportunities it offers.

"Library Deserves Kudos"

Journal Star Reports on HVAC Project

The Journal Star has reported on August 25, 2018 on the closure of two floors of Main Library for construction of the new HVAC project.

Installation will close two floors of library's Downtown facility.

Peoria Public Library celebrates National Bookmobile Day

National Bookmobile Day is recognizing the people that keep libraries rolling.

The Peoria Public Library celebrated the holiday in April, with treats, crafts and story time with their bookmobile.

“I grew up with bookmobiles – bookmobiles are coming back,” the library’s outreach manager, Teri Miller, said. “They are about the equivalent costs of a branch. It just goes where you go.”

The Peoria bookmobile goes to schools, grocery stores and even senior centers. Read WEEK-TV's coverage here.

How Peoria Public Library is Responding to the the Opiate Epidemic

The work of Peoria Public Library in responding to the opiate epidemic has been noted by libraries across the state of Illinois. Two articles appeared in the Illinois Library Association Reporter in August of 2018.

How the Opiate Epidemic Came to the Library

Fight the Epidemic With Partners and Programs