Save the Date! Celebrate North Branch’s 10th anniversary May 9-15!

North Branch will celebrate 10 years of service to the community with a scavenger hunt, crafts, contests — even a commemorative bookmark.

Since tin is the traditional 10-year anniversary gift, we ask patrons to also join us for a canned food drive to benefit the Peoria Area Community Food Bank.

While its opening weekend in May 2011 attracted more than 4,500 visitors, this year, due to the pandemic, such a flood of patrons would not be possible even though the library is open.

“North Branch is everything our city wanted and needed it to be,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “We built it to provide equal library service across the city due to the growth of North Peoria, and in the past decade  it’s become a key part of Peoria Public Library with more checkouts and meeting room reservations than any other location in a normal year. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a normal year for awhile.”

After the initial lockdown in mid-March 2020 due to COVID-19, Yelverton chose North Branch as one of the first PPL locations to offer curbside service since the large parking lot and 30,000-square-foot building allowed for easy access and space for the thousands of books put on hold by patrons from across the Tri-County.

“Each of our locations brings something special to our community, but many of them are constrained by space in one way or another. North Branch is not,” Yelverton said. “Adding North Branch was a wise investment in our city’s future, and if you’ve been there, it still looks brand new.”

The only major change since North Branch opened was the addition of the StoryWalk on the back patio, which was dedicated in September 2020.