StoryWalk®

PPL’s StoryWalk at Columbia Park around the McClure Branch.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” ~ Joseph Addison, late poet, playwright and politician

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, a pocket park surrounded by neighborhoods in the city’s core and just steps from the historic 1930s-era McClure Branch of Peoria Public Library. McClure was given local landmark status by the city of Peoria in 2014. Columbia Park also features a children’s playground, open grassy area and picnic tables.

Current Featured Title: If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff is featured.

Mayor Jim Ardis
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Barbara Van Auken
Gwen Ayler of Peoria Public Library
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee (former) Ed Barry
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee (then) Patricia Barton
Comprehensive Emergency Solutions
Past President of Peoria Public Library Board Linda E. Daley
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Tiffanie Duncan and Daniel Duncan
Sharon Van Auken Earp
Farnsworth Group
Friends of Peoria Public Library
Karen and Brian Jensen
Dan O’Day
Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler
Roberta Parks
Peoria County Chairman Andrew Rand
Kathleen A. Reising  and Sheila J. Bussone
Debbie and Tom Ritschel
Peoria City Councilman Sid Ruckriegel
State Rep. Ryan Spain
Past President of Peoria Public Library Board Jeanne Williamson and Nile Williamson

Lincoln BranchSponsored by the Rotary Club of Peoria, this StoryWalk® lines the edges of the vast grounds at Peoria’s only Carnegie Library. Lincoln Branch was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2014, adding this honor to the local landmark designation the branch received before its expansion began in 2012.

Current Featured Title: Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is featured.

North Branch – Our most recent StoryWalk® starts in our back patio garden and winds along the edge of our prairie grass paths.

Current Featured Title: Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon is featured. 

Mayor Jim Ardis
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Barbara Van Auken
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee (former) Ed Barry
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee (then) Patricia Barton
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Margaret Cousin and Paul Cousin
Past President of Peoria Public Library Board Linda E. Daley
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Tiffanie Duncan and Daniel Duncan
Sharon Van Auken Earp
Mary Griffith
President of Peoria Public Library Board Lucy Gulley and Clyde Gulley Jr.
Karen and Brian Jensen
Past Executive Director of Peoria Public Library Leann Johnson
Michael and Trudy Landwirth
Past President of Peoria Public Library Board Michael McKenzie and Catherine McKenzie
Donna O’Day
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Mandar Pattekar and family
Peoria Public Library Board Trustee Dr. Arun Pinto and Mary Jo Pinto
Sid Ruckriegel and Andrew Rand
Past President of Peoria Public Library Board Jeanne Williamson and Nile Williamson
Peoria Public Library Staff
Friends of Peoria Public Library

The StoryWalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Monpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.  For more information please contact or call (309) 497-2000.

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