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Volume 29, No. 11
State-mandated restrictions for our region due to rising COVID-19 positivity rates return Wednesday, Nov. 4, but they will not impact services at Peoria Public Library’s five locations.
“We will continue to monitor all changes, but, for now, things remain status quo for us,” Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “We have followed state and local guidelines from the start to make sure we are doing our utmost to protect our patrons and staff. We continue to do so.”
Peoria Public Library is open for brief browsing, and patrons are allowed to use socially distanced public computers. Virtual programs are featured on the library’s YouTube channel. Meeting and study rooms continue to be closed.
Curbside pickup is available at all five Peoria Public Library locations anytime during normal hours, except from noon to 2 p.m. or after 6 p.m.
Patrons who are home bound may also request home delivery through our Outreach Department. Call 497-2069 for details. You must live within Peoria’s city limits and have a Peoria Public Library card to participate.
All visitors and staff to Peoria Public Library will continue to be required to wear masks at all times and maintain 6-foot minimum social distancing.
“Providing access to our books, movies, music, as well as our specialty digital services, including live, online tutoring, is critical always, but especially now,” Yelverton added. “We will continue to be as accessible as we can be while being as safe as we can be. Always.”
So, what is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people try to meet that challenge. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.
While traditionally the goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in a month, PPL is giving this Challenge the 2020 treatment. We will accept a written work of any length. Please keep the content PG-13.
Peoria Public Library invites all taking part in NaNoWriMo to send us their completed submission by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Condense the file so we will receive it.)
We'll have our expert readers chose a "winner" so to speak and promise to print your piece, adding it to our collection.
We'll also invite you to tell your NaNoWriMo story on our YouTube channel and read an excerpt.
For tools and support, check out nanowrimo.org.
And good luck!!
Since Halloween couldn’t come to us this year --with Lincoln Branch’s famous Haunted House or Lakeview Branch’s Halloween party and parade – we decided to bring some slightly scary fun to you, our patrons.
Katy Bauml of Lakeview Branch created personalized Halloween At Home kits for more than 60 families. Families were asked to fill out a brief questionnaire to help our librarians choose Halloween-themed books and movies their children would love.
The idea was a hit. Demand outran supply, unfortunately.
Each “kit” contained books, one or two movies, age-appropriate Halloween crafts, snacks like popcorn and, of course, Halloween candy.
“We love our Halloween bag,” said Whitney Jordan. “We watched the movie several nights already! Thank you for the perfect Halloween Treat for 2020!”
Knowing that COVID-19 may yet impact our winter holiday celebrations, staff are working hard now on plans for a Christmas At Home kit and Hanukkah kit.
Watch our website and social media pages for details on how to register in the next few weeks.
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