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Peoria Public Library Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Thursday, Mar. 19, until further notice.

After careful consideration, the City of Peoria will close the Peoria Public Libraries starting Thursday, March 19, until further notice. This is to be in compliance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Library's top priority is the safety of our patrons and, as this situation progresses, we will continue to evaluate our facilities' availability and share the information with the public.

Please click here for more information.

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All Ages Celebration
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The Centennial of the Peoria Public Library

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: 2020

The Peoria Public Library is proudly celebrating 100 years of service to our community! We have many wonderful events and programs scheduled throughout the year, including reflecting on those decades the Library has traveled. Visit your local Peoria Public Library - the place where your story begins!

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In-N-Out Burger Presents: The Cover to Cover Club

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Mar. 7 - Apr. 18

The Cover-to-Cover reading program will continue while the Library is closed. Please keep reading and filling out your reading log. Once the library is reopened, a new 'due' date for the logs to be turned into the Library will be provided. Please check back for updated information.

Kids, take part in the In-N-Out Burger Cover-to-Cover Club reading program and receive an achievement certificate for a free hamburger or cheeseburger for every 5 books read. Participants can receive up to three certificates! Children must between the ages of 4 - 12 and sign up at either the Peoria Main Library or Sunrise Mountain Library.

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Storytimes @ Your Peoria Libraries - SUSPENDED

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Both libraries offer a number of different story time opportunities for a variety of audiences including Storytime, Toddler Time, and much more!

Peoria Main Library
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Purposeful Play Group

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
Date: Monday, Apr. 27
Time: 10 a.m.

Interested in socialization, creative play and stimulating brain development for your little one? Come to the free play group with Miss Gabi who has classroom teaching experience as well as Early Education & Early Intervention experience. It is guaranteed FUN!

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Discovery Learning
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PAWS 2 Read @ Your Peoria Libraries

PAWS 2 Read is an on-going program which allows children to read aloud to therapy dogs in order to improve reading skills. When children practice reading individually to trained therapy dogs (and their handlers) they become more confident readers, while having fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble.

  • Library: Peoria Main Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Apr. 18 and May 16
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; May 9
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria Main Library
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Buzz About Bees - CANCELLED

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Monday, Apr. 20
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate bees and learn the role they play in our environment.

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Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library! From Age of Learning, Inc.

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Family Fun
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Lego Club @ Sunrise Mountain Library

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 2 p.m.

Do you LOVE Lego’s? Come every second Saturday of the month and build with us. Build a new creation each class! Ages 6-12 welcome.

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Painting with a Purpose

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Days: 1st Friday of the Month
Time: 4 p.m.

Children of all ages are welcome to join us for a fun-filled, service oriented painting experience once a month. Each month's painting project benefits a different organization, bringing hope and encouragement to others. Sponsored by Poiema Culture.


  • CANCELLED: Apr. 3 - Local Fire Department
    Paint a card with words of encouragement to our very own firefighters and staff at the local Fire Department!
  • May 1 - Teacher Appreciation
    Stop by and paint a card for your teacher that shows how much you care.

Attention: The Culture Pass program has been temporarily suspended due to public health concerns. Please check back for further updates.

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Culture Passes @ Your Peoria Libraries

Check out a Culture Pass and get free admission for 2 people at one of fourteen popular venues around the valley. Enjoy the arts, museums, performances and more for free! Culture Passes are available at both The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library.

Available at your library's Circulation Desk

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For more events and programs, please see the City of Peoria's full Calendar of Events here.

Peoria Public Library hours, closures and events/programs are subject to change.
Please contact your local Peoria Library with any questions.