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Music in the McKenzie offers a free concert monthly at North Branch. Find out who is playing.
Cozy up with some new reads during the winter months to complete the challenge
The Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin is providing information and discussion about the heroin epidemic in Peoria, Illinois.
This page contains information about the events planned at Peoria Public Library for The Great American Read
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This page links to the Kanopy streaming movie service. Use your Peoria Public Library card to watch eight movies a month free.
Buy used books from the Friends at any of these locations. Sales support programming at Peoria Public Library.
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Our Friendly Finds Bookstore at Main Library will be closed Saturday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 20.
Bookstores within our other locations will be open during regular branch hours.
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.
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.
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.
The MAY-I program is one of many outreach programs hosted at Lincoln Branch Library. For the full story, connect here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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