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Peoria Public Library Delivers! Are You Eligible?

by Amir Drissi

Did you know we delivered?

Well, we do! For over 30 years the Peoria Public Library Outreach Department has been operating our Homebound Program which delivers books, DVDs, magazines and other library materials directly to our patron’s homes.

What are the qualifications?

If you or someone you know are unable to make it to the library due to a disability or injury, and would still like to take advantage of all the library has to offer, give the Outreach Department a call at 309-497-2068 to check your eligibility.

What do we offer?

The Homebound Program offers a variety of materials to help you stay informed and entertained, including a wide selection of large print books, DVDs, magazines, music CDs and books on CD. In addition to physical materials, we also offer a variety of E-Book and E-Reader services that you can take advantage of on most PC, Mac, IPad/IPod, or Android devices, just ask us how to get started.

How can I find out more?

For more information about the Homebound Program or to check for eligibility, please contact the Outreach Department at 309-497-2068.

March YA Spolight - The Latest in Young Adult Literature

Welcome to our blog series, “YA Spotlight.”  Each month, we will bring you a variety of YA titles, new and old, to add to your to-be-read pile.

This month, check out the upcoming books that our YA for Adults Book Club will be reading.

In April, join us for a discussion of the Peoria Reads 2015 selection – Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario.  We will be reading the young adult adaptation of this book.  Journalist Sonia Nazario followed the journey of a boy as he tried to travel from Honduras to the United States to be with his mother.  The conditions that children travel in to reach the United States will surprise readers.  Nazario’s book was originally published as a series of newspaper articles, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

May’s selection is We Were Liars by veteran YA author E. Lockhart.  This book has been described as twisty, mysterious, and mesmerizing.  The book is so mysterious, no clear synopsis exists.  What is clear is that something strange is afoot on a private island.  Join us for a discussion of this book that received rave reviews across the board in 2014. 

June will be more light-hearted with A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall.  This unconventional contemporary romance is told from the point of view of the people surrounding young couple Lea and Gabe.  From the Starbucks barista to the squirrel in the park, everyone knows they belong together – except Lea and Gabe.

Check out these exciting titles and more at any Peoria Public Library location.  If you are an adult and like to read YA, consider joining the YA for Adults Book Club that meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 at the Lakeview Branch.  Look for more information on our book club page.

Halloween Music Playlist from Freegal

Ready to party? Create and stream a playlist with Freegal using your library card. Enter "Halloween" in the search box or try this Freegal playlist!

  • BEYONCE- Haunted
  • FIFTH HARMONY- I'm In Love With A Monster
  • RAY PARKER JR.- Ghostbusters
  • RJD2- The Horror
  • THE SPECIALS- Ghost Town
  • WARREN ZEVON- Werewolves In London
  • HOWLIN' WOLF- Evil
  • LITTLE NEIL-Time Warp
  • OZZY OSBOURNE-Mr. Crowley
  • ALICE COOPER-Feed My Frankenstein
  • SKIP JAMES-Devil Got My Woman
  • MS MR-Bones
  • YEAH YEAH YEAHS- Heads Will Roll
  • KE$HA-Cannibal
  • MIKE OLDFIELD- Tubular Bells
  • STEVIE WONDER-Superstition
  • REDBONE- The Witch Queen of New Orleans
  • SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS-I Put A Spell on You
  • BESSIE SMITH-Haunted House Blues
  • DONOVAN-Season of The Witch
  • BLUE OYSTER CULT-Don't Fear The Reaper
  • THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND-The Devil Went Down To Georgia
  • AC/DC-Hells Bells
  • FRANK SINATRA-Witchcraft
  • DAVE MATTHEWS BAND-Gravedigger
  • FIONA APPLE-Werewolf
  • DEAD KENNEDYS- Halloween
  • SAM THE SHAM-Lil' Red Riding Hood
  • JOHNNY CASH-Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • SANTANA-Black Magic Woman
  • ROBERT JOHNSON-Hellhound on My Trail
  • DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE-Nightmare on My Street
  • ALICE IN CHAINS- Them Bones

Call for entries 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show

Call for entries! All artists are invited to participate. The show is sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society in collaboration with Peoria Public Library.

The show opens Wednesday, May 4 and runs through May 27 at Peoria Public Main Library,  107 NE Monroe Street Lower Level 1 Gallery.

Artists may submit oil, watercolor, pen & ink, pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, mixed media, acrylic, photography, pottery, fiber art, print-making, porcelain, or sculpture.  Your piece must depict a scene that is within 100 mile radius of the tri-county area. All artwork must be an original completed in the last two years and ready for hanging or for display in the enclosed cases at the library.

Monday, May 2 - Enter Artwork - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 - Hanging of Artwork
Wednesday, May 4 - Exhibit Opens & Judging
Saturday, May 14 - Artist Reception - 2:00 -4:00 p.m. Lower Level Gallery 1
Tuesday, May 31 - Pick Up Artwork - 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


Winners will be notified by phone.
BEST OF SHOW  -  $300              SECOND PLACE  -  $ 50
FIRST PLACE  -      $  50              THIRD PLACE       -  $ 50
Honorable mentions will receive ribbons.

Non-refundable entry fee is  $15.00 for one entry
$10.00 for each additional piece of art - limit of five pieces.

You may preregister - send your check payable to Peoria Historical Society - 611 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL. 61602 -OR- you may bring your check/cash on the day of entry, May 2nd, 10:30-5:30 pm. Artists entry forms are here. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Local Authors Wanted!

The Peoria Public Library will host a Local Author's Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Local Authors are invited to have a table and meet fans as well as sell books just in time for the holidays. The Friends of Peoria Public Library will handle all sales so authors will be free to speak with visitors. Twenty percent of sales will go to support The Friends who in turn support programs at Peoria Public Library. To participate, download the form or call (309) 497-2143.

Silver Sparrow author Tayari Jones here in February

The 2017 book of choice for the NEA Big Read: Peoria Reads! is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.  It’s a heartbreaking tale of one man and his two families.  The story takes place in middle-class Atlanta in the 80’s.  One daughter knows about his second family and the story asks what happens when the other daughter finds out.  Through a chance meeting, the two teenage girls become friends and the truth of the situation starts to unravel.   The girls have to find their way through this storm and find that family and friend can bring both joy and pain.  The book lends itself to great discussion questions for book clubs and groups who want to talk about the importance of honesty and the value of relationships.

The author of Silver Sparrow was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and educated Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona state.  Tayari Jones’ stories all take place in the south and are about African-Americans.  Silver Sparrow is her third novel.  The novel was also chosen as a NEA Big Read for this year. 

Here is a great interview with her talking about Silver Sparrow with NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/19/136466056/silver-sparrow-tayari-joness-tale-of-secret-sisters

Peoria Reads! is happy to have the author, Tayari Jones, come to two events at the Peoria Public Library.  Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 at the Peoria Public Library- Lincoln Branch, and Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 at Peoria Public Library- North Branch.  Ms. Jones will talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Check back with the Peoria Reads! for further information and details about this year’s Peoria Reads! pick.  www.peoriareads.com

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For more information, please visit www.neabigread.org.