107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

PEORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC JULY 6. CURBSIDE PICKUP WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT EVERY LOCATION. CLICK ON BANNER BELOW FOR DETAILS.

 

 

PEORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL MARCH 30... OUR STAFF IS WORKING TODAY, MARCH 16 TO ANSWER QUESTIONS... YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT DUE UNTIL APRIL 6...

PLEASE CHECK DUE DATES ON MATERIALS AND CALL US IF YOU NEED AN EXTENSION. OUR BOOK DROPS ARE OPEN, BUT IF YOU ARE STILL SHELTERING AT HOME, LET US ACCOMMODATE YOU.

 

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Summer Reading Goes Digital

Nothing stops Peoria Public Library’s quest to build literacy through Summer Reading – not even a global pandemic – but COVID-19 has changed the way Peoria Public Library offers its Summer Reading program.

This summer, instead of encouraging families to visit one of our locations every week to log their reading and collect prizes, Peoria Public Library has adopted a user-friendly online service that lets patrons track their reading sessions, scan in books they’ve read and earn prizes as well as recognition for streaks of multiple days of reading. Think of it as Fitbit for reading.

Peoria Public Library’s theme is “Read Where You Are,” and Summer Reading runs from June 1 to July 18.

“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,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “Find a place that makes you happy. Under a tree or up in a tree house. A favorite sunny window seat or under a cozy blanket fort with your flashlight. We want everyone – all ages – to rediscover how reading can transport us even if we’re still stuck inside.”

Details on how to use Beanstack, the library’s Summer Reading app, can be found at Peoria Public Library’s website: www.peoriapubliclibrary.org. A tutorial is also available on Peoria Public Library’s YouTube channel.

Patrons without access to the internet can still participate by either picking up a paper reading log at one of our curbside locations or by keeping their own log. Read one hour per week to earn prizes, which the library will distribute at the end of the program. Complete all seven weeks of reading to secure prizes and entry into a grand prize drawing, which will be July 31.

All ages can participate. Parents, reading to your children counts for you AND your child.

“Last year, our Summer Reading participation was up more than 35 percent, with nearly 4,500 readers taking part. We saw gains in every age range, and we’d love to keep that going or, hopefully, surpass last year’s participation,” Yelverton said. “This year, we’ve set a community goal to read one million minutes cumulatively, and with our new app, everyone will be able to see how we’re doing with this goal.”

With typical summer activities like public pools, summer camps and library kids events either cancelled or in limbo, Yelverton said he hopes families will rediscover how transportive books can be.  

“During the school year, students often don’t have a choice about what they read. In the summer, we want them to reawaken their imagination by reading what they like. There’s also a practical reason to sign up for Summer Reading. Reading over the summer prevents the ‘summer slide’ or loss of reading skills.”

Curbside Pickup Expands to all locations

Starting June 2, Peoria Public Library will have curbside service at all five Peoria Public Library locations. Also, Saturday pickups will be available at Lakeview and North branches, our busiest locations, starting June 6.

Peoria Public Library started curbside pickup service May 6 at three locations – Main, Lakeview Branch and North Branch – on May 6.

“We wanted to find a way to serve the public while still keeping everyone – our patrons and ourselves – safe. We feel confident the protocol we’ve set up for curbside pickup does that. At the same time, this was new to us so we rolled it out in stages,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “Starting today, every Peoria Public Library location is included in curbside pickup.”

Yelverton stressed that all library locations will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

“We cannot in good conscience reopen our buildings yet. We take this very seriously. When we were open, we used to see about 1,800 people a day through our doors. Even if we limited occupancy, we still wouldn’t be able to offer proper social distancing at our public computers or know every book someone has touched. It would be impossible to police with the staff we have, and we would be putting our staff and the public at unnecessary risk,” Yelverton said.

Although our doors remain closed, Peoria Public Library has been promoting its digital services and online databases as well as adding new virtual programming to its YouTube channel every day – everything from Storytimes and craft how-tos to book recommendations, tutorials and sneak peeks into our Local History collection. Staff has also been answering questions and issuing temporary library cards via our website.

Due dates on all materials have been extended to June 12, and patrons must use the library’s book drops to return materials. Staff will not take items directly from patrons.

Even with the addition of curbside pickup, Yelverton encourages patrons to explore our virtual library, which includes nearly a million titles – ebooks, audio books, comics, movies, music and more.

“Our digital collection is nearly as robust as our physical collection, and so easy for people to access from home. When you check out something digitally, you never have to worry about late fees,” Yelverton said.

For updates, please visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org or check the Library’s social media. 

 

Curbside Pickup Details:

· Call in to place up to five holds on items per household. Calls will be answered between 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Online holds can be placed anytime.

· Let our librarians know if you need help finding something to read.

· Call the branch you wish to pick up from:

Main Library – 497-2000

Lakeview Branch – 497-2200

Lincoln Branch – 497-2600

McClure Branch – 497-2700

North Branch – 497-2100

· Patrons will be called when their order is ready to pick up. Staff will place items in vehicle trunks, preferably, or through backseat car windows. Staff will not take returning items from the public. All returning items must go in book drops.

Peoria Public Library Starts Limited Curbside Pickup May 6

Starting Wednesday, May 6, Peoria Public Library will begin limited curbside pickup at three locations – Main Library, Lakeview Branch and North Branch. 

Patrons will be able to place holds online anytime or call every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and place orders of up to five items per household. Patrons will then be called and told when their items are ready to collect.

“We’ve been eager to find a way to serve the public while still keeping everyone – our patrons and ourselves – safe. We feel confident the protocol we’ve set up for curbside pickup does that. At the same time, this is new to us so we are rolling this out in stages,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “We hope the public can continue to be patient as we try this new service. Everyone has been absolutely wonderful in their support thus far, and we’ve been thrilled to see double digit increases in usage of our digital collection.”

Yelverton stressed that all library locations will remain closed to the public until further notice.  

“We cannot in good conscience reopen our buildings yet. We take this very seriously. When we were open, we used to see about 1,800 people a day through our doors. Even if we limited occupancy, we still wouldn’t be able to offer proper social distancing at our public computers or know every book someone has touched. It would be impossible to police with the staff we have, and we would be putting our staff and the public at unnecessary risk,” Yelverton said.

Although our doors remain closed, Peoria Public Library has been promoting its digital services and online databases as well as adding new virtual programming to its YouTube channel every day – everything from Storytimes and craft how-tos to book recommendations, tutorials and sneak peeks into our Local History collection. Staff has also been answering questions and issuing temporary library cards via our website. 

Due dates on all materials have been extended to June 12, and patrons must use the library’s book drops to return materials. Staff will not take items directly from patrons.

Even with the addition of curbside pickup, Yelverton encourages patrons to explore our virtual library, which includes nearly a million titles – ebooks, audio books, comics, movies, music and more.

“Our digital collection is nearly as robust as our physical collection, and so easy for people to access from home. When you check out something digitally, you never have to worry about late fees,” Yelverton said. 

For updates, please visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org or check the Library’s social media.  

Curbside Pickup Details:

Call in to place up to five holds on items per household. Calls will be answered between 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Online holds can be placed anytime.

Call the branch you wish to pick up from:

Main Library – 497-2000

Lakeview Branch – 497-2200

North Branch – 497-2100

** To place a hold in Spanish – 497-2000

Patrons will be called when their order is ready to pick up. Staff will place items in vehicle trunks, preferably, or through backseat car windows. Staff will not take returning items from the public. All returning items must go in book drops. 

Summer Reading: You Can VIRTUALLY Read Where You Are!

End of May is typically when we kick off Summer Reading, but this year, the large kick-off party we host in conjunction with Peoria area schools and the Peoria Park District has been cancelled due to virus transmission concerns. Along those lines, Peoria Public Library has made the proactive decision to handle Summer Reading virtually this year.

Our theme will be “Read Where You Are” to highlight that you can read anywhere – at home with a book or on your phone sitting under a tree while social distancing.

Look for more details soon in an upcoming newsletter and on our website. 

Check Out Our Online Programs

We miss seeing all of you in person, but you can see us – many of us – on our YouTube channel. Since the statewide shutdown, we have been adding online programs daily – from Storytimes with your favorite children’s librarians to book talks to tutorials on how to use our many databases and digital services. We even have a weekly feature called “Local History Logs: Peoria Public Library Revealed” in which Chris Farris of our Local History Department shows you behind the scenes and discusses some of our rare treasures. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/peoriapubliclibrary/featured

Hoopla, Freegal, Kanopy...Oh My!

Our virtual library has digital bookshelves bursting at their bytes – nearly a million titles of ebooks, audio books, graphic novels, movies, television and music. During the shutdown, many of you have explored our offerings and increased usage of our digital services by double digits. If you haven’t yet explored our virtual library, here are three popular services, but find all we have to offer at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org 

Hoopla. We like to think of it as Netflix on steroids because in addition to movies and television, there are about 300,000 ebooks, 80,000 audio books, 270,000 albums and thousands upon thousands of movies and television episodes. During this time, we have increased your monthly checkout limit to 8 items per patron per month. Hoopla has also added a selection of “bonus borrows,” which includes about 1,500 titles that you can access for free without impacting your checkout limit.

Freegal. This music service allows you to download or stream music from your digital device for free and without ad interruptions. More than 15 million songs from over 40,000 labels across 200-plus genres, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. 

Kanopy. Movies, documentaries, children’s programming and The Great Courses. Peoria Public Library patrons have 8 checkouts per month, but Kanopy is currently offering unlimited access to its children’s programming, including numerous PBS programs like Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger and more. Kanopy also offers more than 30,000 movies and documentaries, including foreign films, independent films and classic movies as well as The Great Courses, where you can learn life skills or about topics that interest you.

For more information, check out our virtual library at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

At Peoria Public Library, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, how much you earn, what language you speak, or religion you practice. We’ll never tell you what to read, what to think, who to be. Our doors are open to all, and everything we have is yours. No questions asked.

Peoria Public Library is also more than just a collection of books, movies, magazines and historical artifacts, and that’s something we like to highlight during National Library Week, April 19-25.

Someone very wise once said that the most important asset of every library goes home at night: the librarians. During National Library Week, we will allow our staff to be a little more relaxed and wear “Spirit Wear” as a small token of appreciation. We hope you will take the opportunity to thank them for their tireless efforts and expertise.

Monday, April 20: Peoria Public Library staff will dress up like their favorite author or book character, if they choose to, and this is also the date that the Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2019 is released nationwide. So, be sure to visit and feel free to wear your own character costume!

Tuesday, April 21: National Library Workers Day

Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day

Thursday, April 23: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

Remember, Peoria Public Library has five locations and a Bookmobile so our patrons have access to our services seven days a week. We offer 1,300 programs per year, free computers with internet and a collection of resources worth $19.5 million. Best of all, we offer our expertise – which is priceless.

Out and About

(Left) Jacob Roberts, reference assistant at North Branch, promoted the library’s offerings recently at St. Mark’s grade school resource fair, along with Laurie Trimble, a library assistant at Main.

(Below) Alyce Jackson, Manager of Programming, was a guest reader recently at Kellar Primary School.

 

What's New in Large Print

Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these Christian Fiction titles appearing soon on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!

Two Steps Forwardby Suzanne Woods Fisher: The last thing Sylvie needs around her farm is her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a grudge against Sylvie, and hiring Jimmy will only fan the flames. But while Jimmy is stealing Sylvie’s heart, Edith is planning to steal her land. (Lakeview)

The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray: When Elizabeth Anne breaks things off with her suitor, she goes to her friend, Will, for support. As they share their struggles, they’re surprised to realize that they have feelings for each other. (Main, Lakeview and North)

Amish Front Port Stories18 short tales of Simple Faith and Wisdom by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter: Come and sit awhile in Amish Country while enjoying stories of love, joy, peace, patience and more. (Main, McClure, Lakeview and North)

Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse: for Havyn, growing up on her grandfather’s dairy outside Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. But now, everyone has secrets, including the dark-haired stranger who recently arrived. (Lakeview, Main, McClure and North)

Chasing Dreams by Deborah Raney: When Joanna Chandler helps her older sister throw an outdoor wedding, she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business. And Lukas Blaine, the wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon. But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. (Main and North)

The Farmer’s Daughter Romance Collection 5 Historical Romances Homegrown in the American Heartland by Tracie Peterson, Mary Davis, Kelly Eileen Hake, Jill Stengl and Susan May Warren: Enjoy five historical novels by some of Christian fiction’s bestselling authors. Meet daughters of prairie farms from Montana south to Kansas who find love in the midst of turbulent life changes. Into each of their lives rides a man who may only make their situations worse. (Lakeview, Main, McClure and North)

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin: In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brother’s betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for – fulfilling the recurring dream of his death. Then he meets Leah. But can love overcome death before Clay’s recurring dream comes true? (Lakeview)

Peoria Reads 2020

Peoria Reads! has chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the selection for 2020.

In Thomas’ debut novel, she explores the world of a teenage girl grappling with racism, police brutality and activism after witnessing a white police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend. Thomas not only delves into the Black Lives Matter movement, but also other challenges faced by minorities.

Peoria Public Library chose this thought-provoking book with the hopes that the entire community will read it and engage in conversations and introspection.  Several events – from film screenings to poverty simulations to a panel discussion – will be hosted in March and early April. 

Because of its themes and vulgar language, The Hate U Give was one of the most challenged books of 2017 and 2018, but the Peoria Reads! Committee selected it for the opportunity to raise awareness on issues difficult to otherwise address. 

For more information on upcoming Peoria Reads! events, visit peoriareads.org.