Independence Day – Library Closed

In honor of Independence Day, the library is closed July 4th. Our regular hours resume on Saturday July 5th at 9 am.

While our building is closed, may of our services are available electronically, download a book, some music, or a magazine at your convenience. Or check out magazine and newspaper articles.

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Kids Read, Kids Explore – Field Trip to Hegeler-Carus Mansion

Kids READKids EXPLOREJoin the first Kids Read, Kids Explore field trip to the Hegeler-Carus Mansion. Bring your family, friends and a picnic to hear Steve Seaborn, as Edward Hegeler, telling funny, fascinating stories about his life.

The mansion grounds open at 6 pm, Steve begins at 6:30.


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Memories Become History

The Peru Public Library has 109 oral history interviews available for use by local patrons, researchers and students. The interviews range in topic from the Cherry Mine Disaster to the Illinois-Mississippi Canal to teaching in northern Illinois. Taped and transcribed during 1975 and 1976 as part of a local history project supported by the Starved Rock Library System (Ottawa, Illinois), the interviews were given to Peru Public Library by the Starved Rock Library in the early 1990′s.

In 2013-14 we began digitizing the tapes and transcriptions under a grant given to the Peru Library from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Circulating copies of the interviews are available for loan from the Peru Public Library. A set is also housed in our Local History & Genealogy Collection. And the transcripts are available on-line.

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Kids Read, Kids Explore – Kick off June 11th

Kids READKids EXPLORECome join the fun with Kids Read, Kids Explore our new hands-on program for kids in grades 4-6. Kids will do lots of different activities and even take some field trips throughout the summer. This summer, it’s all about creative writing, storytelling, theater games, and history. Kids Read, Kids Explore begins June 11th, at 1 pm

Kids Read, Kids Explore participants come to three get-togethers (one in June, July, and August) where we’ll play some theater games and talk about what events are coming up. You’ll also go to storytelling events, write a story yourself and tell it for your family and friends, and do a creative writing workshop with author James Kennedy.

There are no reading requirements. We just suggest that you read James Kennedy’s The Order of Odd-Fish. (We also have a TON of new books especially for those who sign up for Kids Read, Kids Explore!)

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