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Find recordings from many of our past virtual programs on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Due to the “High” COVID community level in our area, masks are strongly recommended in indoor public settings, including when attending in-person library programs.

Two ways to attend virtual programs

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Attend virtual programs from the comfort of your home on your own computer or device: register using the link provided in the program description.

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View live streamed programs in person at the library: reserve your seat by visiting or calling 309-274-2719. (In most cases, you will still have the opportunity to submit questions and comments through the library facilitator.)

Standalone Events

Slide into Reading!
June 6 – July 31

We’re rooting for you to make a home run with reading this summer! Our Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, birth through adult. Read a little bit each day to earn a book, a pool party at Shore Acres, a Town Theatre movie ticket, a Peoria Chiefs ticket (K-8), a Peoria Rivermen ticket (K-12), and the chance to win the grand prize: a family membership at Peoria Riverfront Museum. Details & registration coming soon.

True Crime with Dr. Amanda Vicary
Wed., June 29 @ 6:30 pm

Dr. Amanda Vicary (Illinois Wesleyan University) will discuss her research on true crime and why people (especially women) like it. She’ll also explore two cases of potential wrongful convictions in Illinois that she teaches about in her classes (Barton McNeil and Jamie Snow), and Chester Weger, the convicted person in the Starved Rock murders case. Register for the Zoom link at or come to the library for a watch party (RSVP at

Exhibit: Backyard Wildlife–Photography by Julie Dodge
June 3 – 30

Julie Dodge, local photographer, naturalist, and wildlife enthusiast, attracts many species of birds and wildlife to her backyard sanctuary. Julie recently restored her Mossville Bluffs property into a native woodland savanna to attract even more wildlife and pollinators. This series of images showcases the diversity of wildlife native to our region, including some birds that take up residence for a brief stay during the seasonal migration.

Illinois Libraries Present: An Evening with Michelle Zauner
Thur., June 30 @ 7 pm
(rescheduled from original date of 5/30)
Join musician and author Michelle Zauner as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir, “Crying in H Mart.” Jessica Hopper joins her in conversation. More info and registration online or call 309-274-2719.

Adult Game Night
2nd Wednesdays: 7/13, 8/17 @ 5-7:30 pm

Hang out with friends, meet new ones, and play board games! Bring your own game or borrow one from the library’s extensive collection. Ages 18 & up. More info

Cooking around the World: Colombia
Thur., July 14 @ 6 pm

Expand your horizons—and your palate! Register by July 7: click here or call 309-274-2719. Visit for recipes and photos from past programs.

Songwriting Workshop with Henry Alanna
Sat., July 16 @ 1 pm

Whether you’re new to songwriting or looking for some fresh tools, you can up your game in this workshop with musician/songwriter Henry Alanna. You’ll get the chance to play around with some basic rhythmic concepts and rhyme schemes, as well as explore some common chord structures and how to write a melody. Ages 14-adult. Click here to register or call 309-274-2719.

Concert: Henry Alanna
Sat., July 16 @ 2:30 pm

Henry Alanna describes themself as somewhere between an eclectic folk-punk goblin and a heartbroken, soft-spoken beetle, and has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, and the Indigo Girls. They enjoy creating music to find joy in the tragic and hurt in the beautiful. If you enjoy music that speaks to internal truths and quiet revelations, you’ve come to the right place. Click here to RSVP or call 309-274-2719.

Recurring Events

Book Clubs

Click on a club name or thumbnail to learn more.

Books+Tea @ the Library

An eclectic book club for adults that meets on third Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Curiosity & Cheesecake

Fascinating true stories about our world, its people, creatures, history, science, and more. Meets last Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Panel Discussions

Explore stories told through the combination of words and visual art. Ages 16-adult. Meets first Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

Guilt-Free Book Club

Chat about whatever you’re currently reading, and share recommendations. Meets at Shore Acres on second Tuesdays at 12:00 pm.

Let’s Taco ’bout It

Life is complex and many-layered, kind of like a taco. Chew on some of the issues facing our world on second Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Other Recurring Programs

Movies @ the Library

Check out our upcoming movie showings here!

Cooking Around the World

Cooking around the World features the cuisine and culture of a different country or region every month. Join us as we expand our palates and our horizons!

eResources 101

Get one-on-one help learning to download eBooks and use the library’s online resources for your tablet or smartphone. Call Seth at 309-247-2719 or email to make an appointment.

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Blood Drives

Chillicothe Public Library hosts blood drives with both the Red Cross and ImpactLife. See the drive schedule here.