Peoria Public Library Summer Reading 2021:
Reading Colors Your World | June 6 – July 24

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

Peoria Public Library is celebrating 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 colors your world!

Open to ALL ages! Birth to 100+

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

If you’d like to be part of our community of readers – the real, 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 https://peoriapubliclibrary.beanstack.org/ or the Beanstack app.
  • Track your reading on paper logs we give you OR online via Beanstack.
  • Read 3 hours over the course of the week OR complete our challenges OR do a little bit of both!
  • Complete that week’s reading and then check in with us to pick out a small prize that week while you build your chance to win our BIG prizes!
  • Everyone who successfully completes Summer Reading will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing for a “Day Out in Peoria” – perfect for the whole family!

Summer Reading Challenges

Whether you’re tracking your reading old school (paper logs) or digitally, everyone can take part in these challenges. Winners won’t be drawn until the end of Summer Reading.

** If you are using paper logs, be sure to tell our librarians you completed a challenge so they can log it for you.

  • Read a graphic novel or comic book (Prize: Zeek’s Comics)
  • Read a book about your favorite animal or animal expert (Prize: Peoria Zoo)
  • Read a book about another country (Prize: AncestryDNA kit)
  • Read a book about space (Prize: Peoria Riverfront Museum)
  • Read a book with a color in the title (Prize: J Draper Glass)
  • Read a mystery (Prize: Gone in 60 Escape Games)
  • Read a cookbook and try a recipe (Prize: Sous Chef)

Summer Reading Winners 2021

Congratulations to all our 2021 Summer Reading prize winners! (But, of course, we’re all winners for having stretched our imaginations and vocabulary through reading!)
NOTE: To protect our winners’ privacy, we are only listing first names.
Our Grand Prize winner (pictured here, upper right, with permission) will share her “Day Out in Peoria” prize with her family. They’ll be able to go rock climbing at First Ascent Peoria, then maybe grab lunch at Thyme Kitchen & Craft Beer (or another Spice-owned restaurant), make something pretty at Fired Up: Paint Your Own Pottery before browsing at Lit on Fire Books and grabbing ice cream at local fav Theo’s ice cream. It doesn’t look like she’ll share that art box though. 😁
Congrats to our other reading challenge winners as well:
* Aaradhya won $100 worth of graphic novels from Zeek’s Comics and Games
* Joshua won tickets to the Peoria Zoo
* Vanessa won an Ancestry DNA kit
* Will won 5 tickets to the Peoria Riverfront Museum
* Sara won 2 tickets to Gone in 60 Escape Games
* Tarun won a $25 gift card to Sous Chef
* And 52 Lincoln Branch Summer Readers won brand-new bikes thanks to ADM.
We also always calculate which Peoria schools “win” at Summer Reading. This year’s winners are:

Private/parochial – Daarul Uloom

Grade school – Charter Oak

Middle School – Washington Gifted

High school – Richwoods

Special note: Summer Readers at Lincoln Branch who complete Summer Reading — 3 hours a week for 7 weeks — are eligible to be part of our annual bike drawing. Open to pre-K through high schoolers. Must be registered at Lincoln Branch.

Huge thanks to Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM) for sponsoring this bike giveaway. 

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

september, 2021