Batman Weekend


Did you know that Batman turned 82 years old in 2021? Help celebrate the Caped Crusader's 82nd year by celebrating at Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave. We have activities for all ages. You'll have the opportunity to take your picture with some of Batman's friends and foes. Kids can help the World's Greatest Detective solve the Riddler's riddles by finding all the villains that escaped Arkham Asylum. Adults can vote on the best onscreen Batman!    

Batman Weekend2021-09-08T12:58:10-05:00

Special Storytime with Friends


Peoria Public Library and the Peoria Humane Society have partnered to bring award-winning artist and author Donna Carr Roberts back to Peoria this September with her latest book! Donna, a former artist in residence at Bradley University, started her children's book series -- Mr. Fuzzy Ears -- using her own dogs as inspiration. The characters in her book are taken from the real-life adventures of her four dogs....Izzy, Scamp, Teddy, and Sofie. She also illustrated the books and her work will be displayed at Peoria Public Main Library's gallery. Come see Donna's original watercolor paintings from her two books and meet [...]

Special Storytime with Friends2021-08-20T16:11:40-05:00

LEGO Challenge


Compete against your friends to see who has the skills to be a LEGO master. All ages. Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Branch, 1312 W. Lincoln Ave.  Call (309) 497-2600 for more information.      

LEGO Challenge2021-09-13T08:41:12-05:00

Pottery Painting!


Peoria Public Library's McClure Branch, with help from local experts at Fired Up!,  will host pottery painting in the park for the entire family this Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please dress for a mess. Supplies are limited so registration is required by calling (309) 497-2700 or emailing   Free and open to all. For more fun events, be sure to check out our Events Calendar or pick up a calendar at any location.    

Pottery Painting!2021-07-21T15:15:56-05:00

Join A Book Club


Peoria Public Library hosts more than a dozen book clubs -- each with its own unique perspective. We invite you to scroll through our book clubs here.  If you don't find one that fits you, contact our Programming Department about starting your own. Email or call (309) 497-2143. We have a variety of meeting spaces available for your club across five locations in Peoria. Due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, several of our book clubs are starting to meet in person again or offering hybrid meetings (in person and Zoom options.)      

Join A Book Club2021-07-01T12:48:57-05:00

Art In the Park


Peoria Public Library Presents Art In The Park Join us! Make some art and take some time for self-care with local artists in this free series! We will kick off each session in the park next to McClure Branch with a mediation and breathing exercise from the instructors at Soulside Healing Arts, and then take a class on different artistic mediums. Adults only please. RSVP by calling 309-497-2700. June 9: We'll learn about collage from Domonick Holloway June 16: We'll learn about photography from Alexa Cary. June 23: We'll learn about painting from Duncan Katlack. [...]

Art In the Park2021-05-28T10:03:18-05:00

Building Information Literacy


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 [...]

Building Information Literacy2021-03-18T11:40:53-05:00

Peoria, Fondulac libraries to reopen at start of February


(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 [...]

Peoria, Fondulac libraries to reopen at start of February2021-03-18T11:40:54-05:00

Peoria Public Library Goes Fine-Free Forever


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 Goes Fine-Free Forever2021-03-18T11:40:55-05:00

Preschoolers Get Lesson in Financial Literacy from State Treasurer


Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited the Peoria Public Library on Oct. 18 and took part in a special StoryTime focused on financial literacy. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited the Peoria Public Library today to teach preschoolers how to think about money. Frerichs read the group of 3- and 4-year-olds a book about a child who used money from his piggy bank to buy a pet fish. Read the full WCBU Story

Preschoolers Get Lesson in Financial Literacy from State Treasurer2021-03-18T11:40:55-05:00

Library Locations

Main Library

107 N.E. Monroe
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-497-2000


Mon–Sat: 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

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