107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

Peoria Public Library is OPEN for BRIEF BROWSING and COMPUTER APPOINTMENTS. Contact-Free CURBSIDE PICKUP is still available.

 

 

NEW CURBSIDE HOURS: AVAILABLE AT ANY LOCATION UNTIL 5 P.M. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF McCLURE BRANCH, WHICH IS CLOSED FROM 1-2 P.M.

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

NEW CURBSIDE HOURS: AVAILABLE AT ANY LOCATION UNTIL 5 P.M. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF McCLURE BRANCH, WHICH IS CLOSED FROM 1-2 P.M.

NEW to Peoria Public Library: VOX BOOKS

March is National Reading Month, a month designed to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. 

Peoria Public Library is trying to make that as easy as possible for our youngest readers with the newest addition to our collection: Vox Books.

Vox Books are designed to capture a child's attention by combining audio books with beautiful storybooks thus making reading fun and, hopefully, a lifelong love.

Each Peoria Public Location has its own, unique collection of Vox books, geared to young readers, ages 4 to 8 years old. Simply push a button to listen and read along. No wifi or data required.

Studies show that read-along books improve the connection between the spoken and written word as well as help increase a child's attention span. 

 

Flipping Out for Flipster in 2021

Just a friendly reminder that you can check out dozens of magazines 24/7 from the comfort of your couch -- thanks to Flipster.

Visit our website or download the Flipster app and access more than 70 popular and niche magazines from your computer, mobile device or tablet. Scroll through the pages of your favorite magazines, enjoying the colorful design and ads as if you were reading it from the newsstand.  With Flipster, you can also access back issues, search by keyword and, depending on the publisher, even print pages from your favorite publication.

We have chosen a variety of magazines to appeal to all ages and interests. For our news junkies, we have The Atlantic, National Review, The New Yorker, Newsweek and TIME to name a few.  For our foodies, we have Bon Appetit, Eating Well,Food & Wine and others. For our Do-It-Yourselfers and hobbyists, you can explore American Craft, Do-It-Yourself, Family Handyman, Fine Gardening and This Old House. 

Flipster also allows us to bring you dozens of popular mainstream magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Health, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Woman’s Day and more. 

And, unlike the real thing, you never have to wait in line to read it. Enjoy!

March Is All About Our Furry and Feathered Friends

Sign up for two interesting animal-related programs this month. 

On March 13, Peoria Public Library has partnered with the Peoria Humane Society to host an online "Pet Show & Tell." 

While the library doesn't allow pets in the building, we can show and talk about our favorite furry (or scaly or feathery) friends on Zoom. Following the show and tell, Kitty Yanko from the Peoria Humane Society will show some adoptable animals and explain the adoption process. If you wish to participate, email elisehearn@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us for the Zoom link. 

On March 31, we will learn what barn owls eat and how their digestive track works during this hands-on discovery session.

There are a limited number of pellets, please register here to request your owl pellet dissection kit and receive the Zoom invited to the live dissection.

Dissection kits will be available for pick up at Lakeview Branch.

ILA Award Applications Underway for 2021 

Peoria Public Library's Deputy Director Roberta Koscielski was named the 2020 Illinois Librarian of the Year. 

Perhaps we should try for a repeat. 

Nominations are being accepted now for the 2021 Illinois Library Association awards, which seek to recognize excellence in librarianship and library service. 

For details on the types of awards and nominating criteria, visit ILA's website.

Friends Book Sale Cancelled Again

For the second year in a row, the annual Friends of Peoria Public Library Book Sale has been cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic.

The signature fundraiser of this volunteer-led nonprofit has been held for years and raises the majority of the funds that Friends uses to supplement the library's budget -- from crayons and crafts to renting out the entire Peoria Riverfront Museum for our annual Summer Reading celebration.

COVID has also caused the library to restrict book donations to Friends. Monetary donations, however, can still be made online via PayPal at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org or by mail at: Friends of Peoria Public Library

107 NE Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61602-1070.

A small selection of books are for sale at each Peoria Public Library location, including a new-ish corner bookstore on the first floor of Main Library. Meanwhile, Illinois Reads is hosting a virtual book sale later this month. Details below.

We're BACK! All PPL Locations Reopen Feb. 1 

As of Feb. 1, Peoria Public Library has reopened to the public for brief browsing and computer appointments.

Contact-free Curbside Pickup will continue to be offered as well, except between the hours of noon to 2 p.m. or after 6 p.m. With curbside pickup, patrons can place holds online anytime or call in their order to the branch they prefer to pick up at. They’ll be notified once their materials are ready. 

Take-home craft kits can also be requested through curbside pickup. Visit our website or social media for details.

Additionally, Peoria Public Library has an extensive digital library with more than a million titles – everything from ebooks, audio books, newspapers, movies and music – which can be accessed from home anytime with a computer or mobile device and library card.

From Our Director: Building Information Literacy

In the early days of COVID-19, the World Health Organization’s Director-General summed up the crux of the crisis in one simple sentence: “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.”

This pandemic is the first in history in which technology and social media are being used on a massive scale to spread misinformation and disinformation. Be it misguided or malicious, the lightning spread of “fake news” happens because of how easy technology has made it to share that so-called news. 

What’s missing? A little thought and scrutiny before clicking the share button. As a librarian and information professional, I’ve been observing the decline of information literacy in our country with growing alarm. 

Peoria Public Library stands ready to help. 

At the library, we curate and share some of the best information available at any given moment. We subscribe to peer-reviewed journals and trustworthy databases covering a range of topics. We also subscribe to NewsBank and ProQuest Newsstand, two digital services allowing you access to thousands of newspapers around the world. You can read the actual article, not a Facebook fake.

It’s also our hope that we can help you grow as an information detective. Rely on us to help you learn how to discern good information from bad.

Read more about Director Randall Yelverton's thoughts on information literacy in this month's Peoria Magazine. Find his full editorial here.

Coming Soon -- Documentary: Black Men in White Coats And a Community Conversation

Coming soon: Watch the documentary, "Black Men in White Coats" and then hear from local doctors about why a lack of diversity in healthcare impacts us all. 

Find all the details on our Facebook Event page, and many thanks to our lead partner Illinois Prairie District Public Library.

Stream the documentary online -- for free -- Feb. 16-18 and then join us online 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 for a conversation with local doctors, Dr. John Fonge and Dr. Kelvin Wynn, to discuss the ramifications of a lack of diversity in healthcare. 

All the details on how to participate are on our Facebook Events page or call any branch for more details.

Flipping Out for Flipster in 2021

Peoria Public Library is starting 2021 off with a gift for you.

Starting Jan. 11, visit our website or download the Flipster app and access more than 100 popular and niche magazines from your computer, mobile device or tablet. Scroll through the pages of your favorite magazines, enjoying the colorful design and ads as if you were reading it from the newsstand.  With Flipster, you can also access back issues, search by keyword and, depending on the publisher, even print pages from your favorite publication.

We have chosen a variety of magazines to appeal to all ages and interests. For our news junkies, we have The Atlantic, National Review, The New Yorker, Newsweek and TIME to name a few.  For our foodies, we have Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Food & Wine and others. For our Do-It-Yourselfers and hobbyists, you can explore American Craft, Do-It-Yourself, Family Handyman, Fine Gardening and This Old House

Flipster also allows us to bring you dozens of popular mainstream magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Health, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Woman’s Day and more. 

And, unlike the real thing, you never have to wait in line to read it. Enjoy!

Virtual Mayoral Forum on Jan. 21 

Peoria Public Library has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria and WCBU- Public Radio to host an online forum featuring the candidates running for Peoria mayor.

Join us at 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 for this live Facebook event or listen live on WCBU, 89.9 FM. 

Submit your questions now.