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Explore The Library

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It is time to "Explore the Library" at the Peoria Main Library! Join us for a morning of exciting free events and activities including: James the Juggler, Deb’s Dragons, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, craft projects, food trucks and a scavenger hunt. Get to know all about the services and collections offered by your Peoria Public Library, including the Seed Library and our new Explore-To-Go activity and learning kits! Bring your family and friends as there is something for everyone!

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Girl Powered: Redefining the face of STEM

Library: Peoria Main Library

In celebration of International Day of Girl, students with an interest in STEM are invited to join us for some fun hands-on activities! There will be series of demonstrations and activities highlighting technology scaled for students ranging from grades 4 - 12. Giveaways and prizes are included! Click here for more information about the initiative.


  • Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Please call (623) 773-7556 to register.

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Storytimes @ Your Peoria Libraries

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!

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Purposeful Play Group

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
Dates: Mondays; Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9
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 in the Youth Services Area
    Dates: Saturdays; Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria Library System
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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
Days: The second Saturday of the month
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.


  • Nov. 9 - Mosaics.
  • Dec. 14 - Free Build.
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Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Monday, Oct. 28
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Get ready for “The Day of the Dead” with an afternoon filled with themed crafts, snacks and face painting!

Sunrise Mountain Library
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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.

  • Nov. 1 - Operation Gratitude
    Letters and cards of gratitude for our soldiers.
  • Dec. 6 - Local Children's Hospital
    Decorate and fill busy bags for children in our local children's hospital. Donations welcome: crayons, coloring books, playdough, puzzles, children's books, children's card games, silly socks, stickers, etc.
Peoria Library System
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Winter Reading Program

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Dec. 1 – 30

Read and Win in the winter. Pick up a Keychain Animal and a Reading Board to start, and read just 20 minutes a day. When the Reading Board is finished, bring it back to the Youth Services Desk to claim your prize!

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Help the Elves Workshop

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come to the Library for a festive time of decorating cookies and making a gift for someone you love.

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Family Holiday Event

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled night filled with music, food, and crafts. Come in to make a family holiday craft while you listen to holiday music, drink some hot chocolate, and decorate cookies. Registration will begin in November and is required.

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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.