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

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

Read Where You Are is Peoria Public Library’s theme for our Summer Reading program for 2020.

Update: Thank you for being such great readers this summer! As a community, we read over 750,000 minutes over seven weeks.


In addition to earning weekly prizes, we also entered everyone who read for at least six of the seven weeks into our random Grand Prize drawings. Each age group had at least two winners.

Many thanks to Friends of Peoria Public Library, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Thirty-Thirty Coffee, Wheels O' Time Museum, McDonald's, CEFCU, Zen Nail Lounge, Galesburg Sewing Center and Smoothie King for contributing to our prizes.

Here are our Grand Prize winners. Since the majority of them are minors, we are only using first names:

Preschool Winners:

Kate loves to snuggle on the couch as she listens to her mom read to her. She also likes to play with modeling clay or Play-Doh as she reads.

Caleb is learning to read on his own, and is very proud of the words he knows! He loves to be outside, and did some scavenger hunts this summer.

Grade School Winners:

Addie reads books in both Spanish and English, and her favorite book is Dory Fantasmagory. She enjoyed choosing books online this summer and picking them up curbside at the library. She also liked that the library was able to do Summer Reading in a safe way this year.

Jack says his favorite book is Geronimo Stilton and the Dragon of Fortune. He liked the challenge of being able to read for a contest this summer, and his favorite place to read is at home in the study where it is quiet.

Dean is 6 years old. He enjoys dinosaurs, animals, riding his bike, and being outside. His favorite book is “Jurassic World: Dinosaur Rescue”. He also enjoys the Wild Kratts reading series.

Teen Winners:

Anthony’s favorite book series is the Land of Stories. He enjoyed reading outside on the patio this summer.

Delaina’s favorite book series is Harry Potter. She enjoyed reading American Girl books this summer, and likes to read in her reading corner in her room.

Zamar is going to be a senior at Peoria High School. Beyonders by Brandon Mull is one of his favorite books. He really likes the unique spin on a classic story line, and he enjoys reading in my bedroom at my desk unbothered. Zamar would like to be a recording artist someday, and enjoys drawing unorthodox pictures.

Adult Winners:

Nicki is a big fan of the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, and cannot wait for the next book to come out. She also likes Janet Evanovich, Tami Hoag, Beverly Lewis, Janette Oke, and James Patterson.

Julie is a fan of romance books who likes to read at home. Her favorite part of Summer Reading is “usually the year end parties.”


This year, due to restrictions in place because of the global pandemic, Peoria Public Library added a virtual format to Summer Reading. That said, you can still participate if you don’t have internet access by either creating your own reading log or picking one up from us at one of our curbside pickup locations. Call 497-2000 or email programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us for details.

Remember, Summer Reading is for all ages, and, parents, reading to your children counts for you AND your children.

Enroll by June 1 and read one hour a week through July 18. That’s all it takes.

Taking part in Summer Reading not only allows you to earn points for prizes, including a GRAND PRIZE, but you can help stop the dreaded “Summer Slide.” We’ve all heard the statistics: students may experience up to two months of learning loss over the summer months. Reading regularly, even for pleasure, helps students keep their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills sharp.


How to take part:

  • Read one hour per week between June 1 and July 18. Read whatever you like. Our books, your books, digital or traditional books. It doesn’t matter.
  • Create your own reading log, pick up a paper log at one of curbside locations or track your progress online at www.peoriapubliclibrary.beanstack.org or with the mobile Beanstack app.

Finding books:

  • Peoria Public Library is offering curbside pickup so you can reserve books online or over the phone. We’ll call you when your order is ready to be picked up. For more details, visit the Curbside Pickup page at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org.
  • Access hundreds of thousands of ebooks via our virtual library, which includes Overdrive, Libby, Axis 360 and hoopla. Find links on our website.
  • Read books you have at home. Why not spend this summer falling in love again with your favorites!

Earn badges and prizes:

  • One benefit to tracking your Summer Reading virtually with the Beanstack app is that it’s interactive and you can earn badges. Earn at least 7 of the 14 badges to complete the program. Complete the program to receive prizes at the end, as well as being entered into our Grand Prize drawing on July 31.
  • You can’t earn the virtual badges if you do a paper log, but you will still receive your prizes at the end of the program and be entered into our Grand Prize drawing if you have completed all your reading.