Free events for families at Peoria Public Library


Monday & Tuesday, June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 & 30 – Lakeview Branch

Lakeview Lambs – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Ages 2 to 3.


Monday, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – North Branch

Tiny Tots Storytime – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Ages 12 to 23 months.


Tuesday, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Main Library

Toddler Time – 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Ages 18 months to 2 years.


Thursday, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 – North Branch

Tadpoles Storytime – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Ages 2 to 3.




Tuesday, June 3, 10 & 17 – Lincoln Branch

Terrific Tattletale Tuesday Storytime – 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 to 6.


Wednesday, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 – McClure Branch

Fun Time Storytime – 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 to 6.


Thursday, June 12, 19 & 26 – North Branch

What’s the Buzz? – 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Non-fiction is fun and approachable for preschool and kindergarten children when fact-based picture books include singing and moving in the storytime format your kids know and love!


Grade School


June – Main Library

Crafts-to-Go – 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

In a hurry? Can’t stay and craft? Get your crafts to go.  Kids ages 5 through 12 can pick up a craft packet at the 1st Information Desk any time we’re open. Ask for a Craft-to-Go, take it home and the fun begins. While supplies last.


Monday & Wednesday, June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 – North Branch

Grade School Read-Aloud – 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Even kids who can read independently can still enjoy being read to!  Join us for a story time designed especially for grade schoolers who are ready to listen to a longer chapter book, and don’t need many pictures.    We’ll be reading the same book on two different days, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.  This month, we’re finishing The Westing Game and starting From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the 1968 Newbery Medal winner by E.L. Konigsburg.


Monday, June 2 – Lakeview Branch

STEAM – 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Each month at the Lakeview Branch there will be a program centered around STEAM! If you like Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, then this is the program for you! Grades 3 to 5.


Saturday, June 7 – North Branch

Make It! Take It! – 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

While looking for some fun books, stop by the Children’s Activity Room and make a cool craft! Ages 4 to 10. While supplies last.


Monday & Thursday, June 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30 – Lincoln Branch

Summer Math Bonanza Tutoring – 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Does your child struggle with the basics of math? Lincoln Branch Front & Center is offering math tutoring to students in grades 2 through 6. This program will provide resources to enhance basic concepts of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Fractions.


Wednesday, June 11– Lakeview Branch

Book Tasting for 1st – 4th Grade– 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Are you looking for some new books to read for Summer Reading? Attend our Book Tasting to discover new books to keep you reading this summer. At our June session we’ll focus on animal books to get you in the spirit of our PAWS to Read Summer Reading theme! Upon arrival you’ll receive a book menu with titles of the books we’ll be sampling. You’ll spend two minutes with each book and rate your book on the menu. At the end you’ll review your menu and pick out a book from your higher ratings. Each child should leave with at least one book they find particularly interesting.


Thursday, June 12 – Lincoln Branch

Front & Center: Sand Art Designs – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for this colorful fun activity as we create sand art designs in a bottle. Ages 6 to 12. While supplies last.


Saturday, June 21 – Lakeview Branch

Let’s Make Butter Storytime – 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Have you ever wondered where butter comes from? Did you know that cows not only produce milk but a heavy cream as well? Come to this special storytime where we’ll read books about our favorite farm animal –  cows –  and make some of our own homemade butter. Ages 4-9.


Tuesday, June 24 – Lakeview Branch

Mother and Daughter Slumber Party – 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mothers and daughters are invited to a slumber party at the library! We’ll paint nails, decorate flip flops, and make our own spa goodies. Bring your own pair of flip flops to decorate (any type will work) and we’ll supply the decorating supplies. Pajamas welcome. Call 497-2200 to register. Ages 8-13.


Middle School/High School


June – All locations

Top Teen Book

Get ready for the Top Teen Book Vote of 2014. Get a nomination list from any library location to help you pick some great reads this summer. Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite in September. Open to all YA readers.


Wednesday, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 – North Branch

Teen Zone: What do YOU want to do? – 6:30-7:30 p.m.

What do you want to do in the library? Watch movies? Talk to new people about your favorite book, movie, and TV fandoms? Play games? Join us for some planning sessions and let us know what you want your library to do for you. Be part of brainstorming our Teen Zone program, and see what happens!


Monday, June 9, 16 & 23 – Lakeview Branch

Graphic Novel Workshop – 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Have you ever thought you could write and draw a graphic novel yourself, but aren’t sure where to get started? Bring your ideas to our third annual Graphic Novel Workshop! During the first week we’ll guide you through storylines and characters; during the second week we’ll discuss dialog, thoughts, action, and splash pages; and during the third week we’ll help you put all the elements that make a great graphic novel together for a final product. Ages 10 to 16.


Saturday, June 14 – Lakeview Branch

Read-a-Thon – 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Drop in between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. to participate in our Summer Reading Read-A-Thon. For three hours you’ll have the chance to read your favorite book or pick up a new one from our shelves. Games and activities will be sprinkled throughout the program. Come when you can, stay as long as you’re able, count it for Summer Reading hours. Ages 9-17
Wednesday, June 18 – Lakeview Branch

Book Tasting for 5th to 8th grade– 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Are you looking for some new books to read for Summer Reading? Attend our Book Tasting to discover new books to keep you reading this summer. At our June session we’ll focus on animal books to get you in the spirit of our PAWS to Read Summer Reading theme! Upon arrival you’ll receive a book menu with titles of the books we’ll be sampling. You’ll spend two minutes with each book and rate your book on the menu. At the end you’ll review your menu and pick out a book from your higher ratings. Each child should leave with at least one book they find particularly interesting.


Saturday, June 21 – Main Library

Minecraft – 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Create amazing structures, battle terrible things, and claim your territory in Minecraft! Ages 8 to 14 are invited to join us for 3 hours of uninterrupted play. Space is limited, so please call 497-2150 to register.


Children of All Ages


June- All locations

Sign up and sign in for Paws to Read Summer Reading

At the Information Desk


June – Lincoln Branch

1 to 1 Tech Help

Have you ever wished you had your own personal technology guru to help you? Schedule a “1 to 1 Tech Help” session at the library! You pick a half hour time slot that works with your schedule and provide some information about computer or device question you would like help with. At the meeting, a librarian will be ready to help and focus on you. Drop in or call the Lincoln Branch to schedule your session in advance.


June – Main Library

Pets and Paws Fun Booklet – 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

It’s Summertime and the activity booklets are back. Stop at the 2nd Floor Information Desk and pick up a Pets and Paws Fun Booklet. Each month there will be a booklet designed especially for 4 – 7 year olds and also one for those 8 – 12 years old. If you finish all the activities in the booklet, you will be eligible for a prize. Just bring in your finished booklet to the 2nd Floor Information Desk, show it to the librarian and receive your prize. While supplies last.


Tuesday, June 3 – Lakeview Branch

Family Fun Night – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Come to the library for dessert! This month we’re making our very own ice cream. While supplies last.


Wednesday, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Lakeview Branch

Owlet Storytime – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Bring your little owls to a storytime for all ages including fingerplays, songs and easy crafts. All Ages.


Friday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 – North Branch

Busy Bees Storytime – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Join us for an all-ages storytime. Stories, songs, and fun for the whole hive!


Friday, June 6 & 20 – Lakeview Branch

LEGO Builders Club – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Calling all LEGO fans! Join us for our new Lego Builders Club. Each session will have a building theme as well as time to create your own design. Please call 497-2200 to reserve your spot in advance. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


Saturday, June 7 – Main Library Gallery

Chris Vallillo: Abraham Lincoln in Song – 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Kick off the “Lincoln The Constitution and The Civil War” exhibit with award-winning folksinger Chris Vallillo who uses contemporary folk music, and period folk songs to shed light on one of history’s most beloved figures — not only as a remarkable leader, but as a man — who knew and loved many of these very songs himself. Abraham Lincoln in Song has been endorsed by the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Commissions of Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Chris will have CDs available for purchase with 20% going to our Friends of the Library. This program is appropriate for all ages.  Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.


Saturday, June 7 – North Branch

ROBOMANIA – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us for our second annual Robomania event. This exciting hands-on event, organized by area high school FIRST Robotics teams, is sure to spark your child’s scientific imagination. Come build robots, compete in mini LEGO® robot competition, operate a Frisbee and basketball-shooting robots, see and try your hand at science exhibits and much, much more!


June 9-July 26 – McClure Branch

Animal Trivia & Games

Each new week we will have a new survey, trivia question, or game to play for our “Paws to Read” summer reading program. All who participate will get a cool bookmark. Open to children and adults.


June 9-July 27 – Lakeview Branch

Blind Date with a Book – All Day

Are you looking to find the right book for you, but always seem to pick the wrong one? Our Blind Date books are wrapped so you’ll be surprised by what type of book you take home with you. Your book may let you down, but there’s a chance you’ll really enjoy your selection and it may even be a book you never would have thought to try otherwise. If you feel really strongly about your book feel free to fill out the included Rate Your Date card and return it to us. Books will be on display and color coded for reading level. Books will be available for reading levels 1st grade through adult.


June 9-30 – McClure Branch

Pet of the Day

Bring in a picture of your pet, tell us all about them, and your pet might be Pet of the Day one day during our “Paws to Read” summer reading program!


Monday, June 9, 16, 23 & 30 – North Branch

Monday Night Movies Celebrating PAWs to Read! – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join in on the Paws to Read Summer Reading Celebration with these family-friendly Monday night animal movies! June 9:  The Adventures of Milo and Otis (G); June 16:  March of the Penguins (G); June 23:  My Dog Skip (PG); June 30:  Racing Stripes (PG)


Monday, June 9 – North Branch

Pajama Storytime – 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Join us for a picture book party! We’ll enjoy stories, songs, and activities! Wear your PJs and bring a blanket to bundle up — you’ll be ready for bed when you head home!


Thursday, June 12 & 19 – Lincoln Branch

Puppet Show: “Lion and Mouse” – 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Come see how Lion and Mouse became friends. All ages welcome.


Friday, June 13 – Lincoln Branch

Paper Puppies – 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Playful Paper Puppies are lost in the library. Come help us find them and take one home. Pick-up a clue at the Information Desk to find a lost puppy.


Friday, June 13 – Lakeview Branch

Father’s Day Craft – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so come to the library to make your very own personalized Father’s Day card for that special dad in your life. While supplies last.


Saturday, June 14 – Lincoln Branch

Father’s Day Make It! Take It! – 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Come make a fun Father’s Day craft for Dear Old Dad! While supplies last.


Saturday, June 14 – North Branch

The Anthropology of Dogs – 2:00-3:00 p.m.

From wolves on the edges of human settlements to furry friends at the center of our homes, dogs have come a long way. Learn about the ancient history of the domestic dog, with archaeologist Kelsey Noack Myers, M.A., RPA, and hear about her current research on Native American dogs in the Midwest.


June 16-August 2 – All locations

Genre Ticket Challenge

Do you find yourself reading the same types of books every single time?  Take our Genre Ticket Challenge!  Stop by any location to pick up a book of genre tickets and a reading log.  For each book you read that fits a specific genre ticket, turn in your ticket in raffle jars at any location to be entered into a Branch Drawing to win a prize pack.  Get your reading log stamped when you turn in your ticket plus you can count this for Summer Reading hours, too! If you read a book from every genre and turn in your completed log, you will be entered into a Grand Drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card.  Ages 7 to 18.


Tuesday, June 17 – Lincoln Branch

Lunch and a Movie – 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Bring your sack lunch for this fun filled event. Our feature for the afternoon will be The Little Rascals Save the Day. Drinks and a snack will be provided.


June 17 & 18 – Lakeview Branch

Stuffed Animal Slumber Party

Calling all stuffed animals! Is your favorite stuffed animal or doll ready to go to a slumber party on their own? Bring your stuffed toys to Lakeview anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday for a slumber party with other stuffed animals. On Wednesday stop in anytime before 5:30 p.m. to pick up your animal, make and take a  craft in the Storytime Room, and take home a couple of pictures of the fun your animal had at the slumber party. All pictures of our overnight will be displayed on Wednesday evening.


Friday, June 20 & 27 – McClure Branch

Animal Adventure Movies – 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Every Friday we will show a fun animal movie to go along with out “Paws to Read” summer reading theme.  June 20- Curious George; June 27- Alpha and Omega


Saturday, June 21 – North Branch

Graphic Novel Saturday – 3:00-5:45 p.m.

Calling all graphic novel fans! Graphic Novel Saturdays. We will feature the newest graphic novels on display for you to browse and show some of the best kid-friendly superhero films. Movies start at 3:00, but you can stop in anytime between 2:00 and 5:45 to browse our display. Popcorn will be provided. This week’s movie: The Incredibles (PG)


Saturday, June 22 -North Branch

The Barking Ballroom – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever seen a dog dance?  Here is your chance!  The Barking Ballroom will be performing the creative sport known as Canine Musical Freestyle or “dancing with dogs!”  These dogs are obedience trained, vaccinated, and have the “Canine Good Citizen” certificate.  This is sure to be a fun and entertaining afternoon! All ages.



Friday, June 27 – Lakeview Branch

Make It! Take It! – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Stop by to make a special seasonal craft. While supplies last.


Friday, June 27 – Lakeview Branch

Discovering Paws: Dissecting Owl Pellets – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The owls from the library have left us their pellets to dissect. Learn what barn owls eat and how their digestive tract works during this hands-on discovery session. There are a limited number of pellets, so please register to ensure your spot. 497-2200


Friday, June 27 – North Branch

Stuffed Animal Sleepover – 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Your stuffed animal has a chance to come to a Storytime with you in the Beehive at 5:00 p.m. Friday and then stay overnight  in the library for a slumber party! Your fuzzy friends will get to stay up late to tour the bookmobile, watch a movie, read books and have all sorts of fun. Saturday morning your little buddy will be waiting for you – just ask someone at the Self Check Out desk – anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 28 – North Branch

Board Game Saturday – 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Do you like board games? Monopoly, Battleship, or Apples to Apples? Then grab some friends and join us for Board Game Saturdays. This series is from 1-4 p.m. in the Beehive at North Branch! The library will supply the games, but if you have a favorite please bring it along. Drop in for a round or an entire game!


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