Summer Reading 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere!

This summer, join Chilli Bear on an epic adventure through books and beyond! All ages, birth through adult, are welcome to hit the trail with us, starting with our kick-off event on June 4.
Registration opens on June 1 — sign up soon to have the best shot at earning prizes and reaching the finish line!

All finishers receive a free book, pool party ticket, and entry for the grand prize drawing. Grand prizes: Peoria Riverfront Museum Family Membership, Wildlife Prairie Park Family membership, Peoria Zoo Family Membership.


Around the World in Eight Books

We challenge you to read around the world in eight books! When you’ve “visited” at least eight different places, bring your World Adventurer Log to the library to be inducted into the prestigious “Well-Traveled Reader Society.” Click here for details.

Flat Chilli Bear

Going on an adventure this summer? Take Flat Chilli Bear with you! Photograph him seeing the sights or sharing in your summer fun. Share photos on social media (#chilli_lib) or email them to, and we’ll display them at the library along with a map of all the places Chilli Bear has been! Stop by the library for details and to pick up your own Flat Chilli Bear.

Click here for photos of Flat Chilli Bear’s adventures so far!

Special Family Programs

We have a lot of fantastic programs on the books for this summer. The events below are excellent family-friendly options. For more summer happenings, check our calendar!

Summer Reading Kick-off | Mon., June 4 @ 1 – 3 pm
Start off your summer reading adventure with a selfie station, games, an emergency vehicle “petting zoo,” and the return of Captain Chilli Bear’s Cardboard Box Regatta!
For the Regatta, please bring a cardboard box, at least 11” long x 15” wide x 8” deep — we’ll provide paints to decorate it (you might want to wear something that can get dirty)! You can participate in the regatta at 1:15 or 2:15, with a decorating session followed by a race.

Wild Time Exotics | Wed., June 13 @ 1 pm
Hosted at Pearce Community Center
Meet some of nature’s most intriguing creatures close up and in person. You’ll have the chance to hold or pet them, too.

Absolute Science | Wed., June 20 @ 1 pm
A live, interactive educational program with the focus on FUN. Audience members become lab assistants for dramatic and fascinating experiments.

The Great Bug Show! | Mon., June 25 @ 1 pm
Learn about the wonderful world of insects when students from the University of Illinois Entomology Department bring the school’s Insect Zoo and specimens to Chillicothe. Our program will conclude with the opportunity for the brave and willing to eat a bug!

*Hot Air Balloons | Tue., June 26 @ 6:30 pm (rain date June 27)
Get the inside scoop about hot air balloons! Jim House of Midwest Balloon Rides will share the history of ballooning, balloon manufacturing, fascinating facts, and stunning photos. Weather and wind permitting, we’ll get to see the basket and flames, and maybe even observe the inflation of the enormous balloon itself! Please register by June 25.

Juggling Funny Stories | Thur., July 5 @ 1:30 pm
Chris Fascione’s fabulous interactive performance combines comedy, mime, juggling and storytelling. You will be amazed and inspired!

Babaloo! | Tue., July 10 @ 10 am
A high-energy, over-the-top, rousing musical experience – you’ve never seen anything quite like Babaloo!

*Celebration Pool Party | Sat., July 21 @ 10:30 am – noon
Celebrate your completion of the Summer Reading Program with a dip in the pool at Shore Acres and snacks! All ages. Ticket required.


*Please register for these events by calling the library: 309-274-2719.

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