Today’s flood of misinformation and disinformation illustrates the critical need for critical thinking. by Randall Yelverton, Peoria Public Library It is one of the greatest ironies of this century that while the amount of information available to us increases exponentially, our ability to discern what is bad information gets worse. 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 [...]
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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 [...]
(HOI) -- Peoria Public Library and the Fondulac District Library will soon be reopening their doors to the public. Both public library organizations said they will reopen on February 1. The Peoria Public Library will continue its curbside pickup option for those wanting the contact-free option and Fondulac Library will still offer its drive-up window and atrium services. Masks will be required at each location and social distancing will need to be maintained. “Let’s hope we’ve turned a corner with COVID and we’re able to remain open,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “As things slowly return to [...]
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. It’s one of the greatest ironies of this century that while the amount of information available to us increases exponentially, our ability to discern what is bad information gets worse. We are in the midst of a tremendous information boom, and the ability to navigate it successfully is essential. Bad actors are sharing misinformation online in order to confuse and mislead [...]
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. [...]
Access more than 50 popular magazines on your phone, PC, tablet, or other mobile device using Flipster! Download digital versions of new and back issues from a selection of popular titles, including Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit and others. Magazines download in an easy-to-read digital format that looks just like the print edition. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. Checkout Limits There are no limits to the number of magazines you can check out. Length of checkout is determined by the publisher and varies by magazine from a few days to a [...]
Peoria Public Library is fine free and will no longer charge for materials returned late. However, fees for damaged, lost or unreturned items - past or future - will still apply. Obtaining a Library Card Anyone living in Peoria or owning property within city limits is eligible for a free library card and may apply for one in person at the information desk of the Main Library or at any of the branch libraries. Applications for temporary cards, which provide immediate access to our digital collection, are also available online. Library Card Requirements Requirements for a Peoria Public [...]
By Olivia Streeter The Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country in adopting a fine-free policy, effectively eliminating barriers to the library’s multimillion-dollar collection of resources and materials. "When we broke down the fines by ZIP codes, we saw the ZIP codes where the median income is lower, the fine accumulation is higher," said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. "So we thought that it was disproportionately affecting those who might have a harder time paying for the fines, or the fines might be more of a burden to them. And we [...]
Peoria Public Library brings literacy to a new audience via the StoryWalk® in Peoria! Enjoy beautifully illustrated storybooks as you stroll our grounds – a perfect family friendly activity. Linger. Bring a picnic. Peoria Public Library has StoryWalks® at three of our five locations – McClure, Lincoln and North branches. Open year round, our StoryWalks® will always have a rotating variety of storybooks so there is something new and exciting to read on return visits. McClure Branch – Nestled under shade trees along a winding paved path, Peoria’s original StoryWalk® is located in Columbia Park, [...]
Curbside Pickup Curbside pickup is still available at all locations from the time that branch opens until noon and then again from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays if applicable, as well as noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays if applicable. If you have any questions, call ahead. Also call us if you need help reserving materials or make your reservations anytime online. We will contact you when your items are ready to be picked up. Patrons can place their own holds online anytime with a valid Peoria Public Library card and personal identification number (PIN). If you [...]