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Read Where You Are is Peoria Public Library’s theme for our Summer Reading program for 2020.

As we head into summer, many things are still unknown, but one thing we do know is that you can read where you are, wherever you are. We want to encourage all ages – birth to 100+ -- to find your happy place and READ. Remember, no matter what the circumstances, reading can always transport us.

This year, due to restrictions in place because of the global pandemic, Peoria Public Library has added a virtual format to Summer Reading. That said, you can still participate if you don’t have internet access by either creating your own reading log or picking one up from us at one of our curbside pickup locations. Call 497-2000 or email programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us for details.

Remember, Summer Reading is for all ages, and, parents, reading to your children counts for you AND your children.

Enroll by June 1 and read one hour a week through July 18. That’s all it takes.

Taking part in Summer Reading not only allows you to earn points for prizes, including a GRAND PRIZE, but you can help stop the dreaded “Summer Slide.” We’ve all heard the statistics: students may experience up to two months of learning loss over the summer months. Reading regularly, even for pleasure, helps students keep their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills sharp.


How to take part:

  • Read one hour per week between June 1 and July 18. Read whatever you like. Our books, your books, digital or traditional books. It doesn’t matter.
  • Create your own reading log, pick up a paper log at one of curbside locations or track your progress online at www.peoriapubliclibrary.beanstack.org or with the mobile Beanstack app.

Finding books:

  • Peoria Public Library is offering curbside pickup so you can reserve books online or over the phone. We’ll call you when your order is ready to be picked up. For more details, visit the Curbside Pickup page at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org.
  • Access hundreds of thousands of ebooks via our virtual library, which includes Overdrive, Libby, Axis 360 and hoopla. Find links on our website.
  • Read books you have at home. Why not spend this summer falling in love again with your favorites!

Earn badges and prizes:

  • One benefit to tracking your Summer Reading virtually with the Beanstack app is that it’s interactive and you can earn badges. Earn at least 7 of the 14 badges to complete the program. Complete the program to receive prizes at the end, as well as being entered into our Grand Prize drawing on July 31.
  • You can’t earn the virtual badges if you do a paper log, but you will still receive your prizes at the end of the program and be entered into our Grand Prize drawing if you have completed all your reading.