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      October 2019
        Volume 28, No. 10

Local Author Fair

Peoria Public Library will host its 7th annual Local Author Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway.

In addition to meeting area authors and purchasing their books, two local writers will host mini workshops discussing their paths to publishing.

Bradley University Professor Sara Baker Netzley will discuss her efforts to self-publish, and Kate Bateman, who writes as K.C. Bateman, will talk about the world of traditional publishing. Bateman, who was a 2019 RITA® Finalist for Historical Romance, has been published by Random House Loveswept, an e-book imprint, and St. Martin’s Press. 

Area authors interested in attending should email Programming@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us by Oct. 15 as spaces are limited.

Authors are encouraged to bring copies of their books to sell, but a portion of proceeds must be donated to Friends of Peoria Public Library. Friends is a 501(c)(3).

Out And About

We’re still thrilled that Summer Reading was such a success this year! Participation was up more than 35 percent, with a total 4,403 readers this year. 

We visited the schools that had the highest percentage of Summer Readers, awarding them prizes and taking their photos for a poster they can proudly display.

Pictured above: Students at Daarul Uloom, the winning private/parochial school, pose for their photo taken by Peoria Public Library graphic designer Laura Fehr. Also pictured: Karla Wilkinson of the programming department.

Remaining winning schools: Kellar Primary School, Washington Gifted School (middle school), and Chesterton Academy (high school).

Peoria Public Library Manager of Public Relations Jennifer Davis, left, and Jennifer Sevier, Manager of Reference Services, attend Bradley University’s annual activities fair on Aug. 26.


Before the weather turns, take time to visit our new StoryWalk® in Columbia Park, just steps from
McClure Branch.

But don’t worry, staff plans to keep changing out the stories even through the winter months!

Book ‘Em Mystery Readers: Saying Goodbye to 25 Years of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder

By Helen L. Burgess

Peorian Joyce Welsch loved books, especially mystery books. She wanted to share this love of the mystery genre with the public. In the fall of 1994, she got together with a few friends and the Peoria Public Library program manager to create a Mystery Readers book club, which Joyce christened, “Book ‘Em.” The first meeting was held in January 1995.

This fun Mystery Readers book club met the third Sunday of each month at Peoria Public Library’s Lakeview Branch. The male/female mix of authors was about 50/50, and we read everything from the classics to thrillers, hometown cozies, psychotics and police procedurals. Of the nearly 300 books read and discussed over 25 years, the most read authors were: Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Sara Paretsky, C.J. Box, J.A. Jance, and Janet Evanovich.

At around our 10th year, Joyce talked a few members into participating in writing our own murder mystery. At our 20th year, we celebrated the completed writing of our book. As it had a Peoria setting, we named the book Murder on Whiskey Row and copyrighted both the book and the name, “Book ‘Em Mystery Readers.” The book may be found in several local area libraries.

Joyce’s dream of sharing her love of the mystery genre has now reached the 25 year mark. We have had a good run - and this is a good place to end. Book ‘Em Mystery Readers are disbanding their club pending the final meeting on Dec. 15, 2019.

We wish to thank all who have participated in our club over these 25 years.

A special thanks to Peoria Public Library and their Lakeview Branch as our host library for all those years, and to the Friends of Peoria Public Library for allowing us to hold the Joyce Welsch Memorial Fundraiser to honor her dream of Book ‘Em Mystery Readers, and the publishing of our book, Murder on Whiskey Row. Joyce Welsch passed away in July 2009.

Parent University

As part of Peoria Public Schools’ annual Parent University, Peoria Public Library will open Lakeview Branch, which is normally closed on Thursdays, and host a special StoryTime and craft.

Staff will also be on hand at the Oct. 3 event to demonstrate how to use our various databases, particularly the ones for students including:

Brainfuse HelpNow – One-on-one online sessions with live tutors from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day for grades K-12. Get help with math, English, science and social studies, as well as help taking the G.E.D. Also includes a writing lab offering thorough analysis – writing style and organization – of your papers.

Testing and Education Reference Center -- Online tool for standardized test preparation, researching undergraduate and graduate programs, finding tuition assistance, and career advice. 

ABC-CLIO –  A multidisciplinary reference resource with more than 140,000 primary and secondary source materials across numerous subject areas – world history to geography to pop culture.

SIRS Issues Researcher – Provides authoritative insight into the most-studied social issues by delivering the pros and cons from relevant, credible documents and graphics selected by trained editors and curated from over 2,000 global sources. Critical Thinking and Information Literacy skills are promoted through engaging essential questions and supporting viewpoint articles. All articles, websites, multimedia graphics, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources, and government documents are editorially-selected from thousands of global sources.

What's New in Large Print

By Teri Miller

Thrillers for October 2019

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

Lock Every Doorby Riley Sager: Riley Sager’s latest heart-pounding thriller follows Jules Larsen, a heartbroken and broke young woman whose new job as an apartment sitter at one of Manhattan’s most high-profile, glamorous and mysterious buildings may cost more than it pays. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln and North)

Layoverby David Bell: Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work. His life is a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person. What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets. (Main, Lakeview and North)

The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean: Tikka Malloy was eleven years old during the long, hot, Australian summer of 1992. That summer was when the Van Apfel sisters – Ruth, Hannah, and the beautiful Cordelia – mysteriously disappeared. The mystery of their disappearance was never solved, and Tikka and her old sister, Laura, have been haunted every since by the loss of their friends and playmates. Now, years later, Tikka has returned home to try to make sense of that strange moment in time. (Main, Lakeview and North)

The Body in Questionby Jill Ciment: Two jurors on a sensational murder trial, sequestered at the Econo Lodge, fall into a furtive affair yet keep their oath never to discuss the trial. During deliberations, the lovers learn that they are on opposing sides of the case as things become more complicated. (Main and North)

The Turn of the Keyby Ruth Ware: She stumbles across the ad while looking for something else: a live-in nanny post with a staggeringly generous salary. She doesn’t know that she’s entering a nightmare that will end with a child dead and her in prison for murder. (Main)

The Last Woman in the Forestby Diane Les Becquets: From the national bestselling author of Breaking Wildcomes a riveting and powerful thriller about a woman whose greatest threat to her survival could be the man she loves. (Lakeview, Lincoln, Main and North)

The Last Good Guyby T. Jefferson Parker: Private investigator Roland Ford hunts for a missing teenager and uncovers a dark conspiracy that will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil. (Main, Lakeview and North)

Little Darlingsby Melanie Golding: Lauren Tranter’s infants, Morgan and Riley, disappear from her side. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley, but to Lauren, something is off. Determined to bring her true infants home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. (Lakeview and North)


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