Peoria Public Library Summer Reading 2022:
Reading Colors Your World | June 5 – July 16

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Peoria Public Library is celebrating more than 75 years of Summer Reading!
All these decades later, there is really still only one rule of Summer Reading: READ!

READ what you want, when you want, for however long you want, with whomever you want!
We just invite you to seek out something to read this summer that is beyond what you traditionally read! Maybe you’ll find a new author or genre to love!

Open to ALL ages! Birth to 100+

And anything you read counts. Reading to your children counts. Even reading to your goldfish counts!

If you’d like to be part of our community of readers – the cool kids – then we hope you officially sign up for Summer Reading with us. It’s SO easy!

  • Sign up at your favorite Peoria Public Library location, the one you visit most often, OR sign up online at or the Beanstack app.
  • Track your reading on paper logs we give you OR online via Beanstack.
  • Read at least 3 hours over the course of the week and earn a small, weekly prize!
  • Read at least 5 of the 6 weeks and earn a pass to one of our Summer Parties!

Summer Reading Parties

Family Party at the Peoria Zoo
July 19th — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Don’t forget your party pass! Not only is it your ticket in, but it qualifies you for our Grand Prize drawings. 

If someone in your family didn’t participate in Summer Reading, but would like to join in the fun, they can pay $5 (a very discounted rate) to attend.

This year, our prize drawings will be held after the party so you can enjoy the Zoo the entire time. So, obviously, need not be present to win!

  • 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Make an animal mask in the Zambezi River Lodge
  • 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Join us for games next to the Contact Barn
  • 5:30 p.m. — Live animal chat at the Amur Tiger enclosure
  • 6:30 p.m. — Live animal chat at the Giraffe enclosure
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live animal chat with George the Aldabra Tortoise

The Zoo Gift Shop and Concession Stand will be open all evening.

Adult Party at North Branch
July 26th — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Don’t forget your party pass! Not only is it your ticket in, but it qualifies you for our prize drawings. (Must be present to win.)

Adults deserve to have fun too! Leave the children (grandchildren, furry children, etc.) at home and join us for a fun after-hours party at North Branch.

  • Trivia!
  • Games with Cabbages & Kings
  • Adult coloring
  • Live music by local trio — Harlan, Meister & Mitts.
  • Henna tattoos by Wild Style Designs
  • Tony’s On Wheels food truck

Special note: Summer Readers at Lincoln Branch who complete Summer Reading — 3 hours a week for 6 weeks — are eligible to be part of our annual bike drawing. Open to pre-K through high schoolers. Must be registered at Lincoln Branch.

Many thanks to sponsors:

BioUrja Renewables
Ed Barry
Glenn & Margaret Miller

Still have questions or need help signing up? Call our Programming Department at (309) 497-2143 or 497-2150 or email

february, 2023