Oct 16

Peoria Commemorates National Friends of the Library Week

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 2:57 PM by Adam Rosen

Peoria libraries will celebrate some of their closest friends this week.

National Friends of the Libraries Week is Oct. 15-21, and Peoria will be celebrating the hard work and dedication of the Friends of the Peoria Public Library organization.

Friends of the Peoria Public Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to inspiring a passion for literacy and learning by supporting Peoria’s libraries through financial assistance, program activities and community outreach. In 2016, the group provided $70,000 to Peoria libraries and its members volunteered 4,425 hours.

According to Nathaniel Washburn, Peoria library and cultural services manager, their contributions go beyond financial support.

“Our Friends program is second to none,” he said. “Not only do they donate money to help us provide essential services, they secure sponsorships that allow us to offer fun, educational programming. We would not be the top-notch library system that we are without Friends.”

Last year, Friends established a sponsorship with Kohl’s to provide fun, interactive programming at both libraries including pop-up crafting, Screen Free Week, the summer reading program launch party and more.

More than 90 community members contribute annually to the Friends, and/or volunteer their time with fundraising efforts, staffing kids programming and running book sales.

Friends of the Peoria Public Library key initiatives:
• Donate $1,000 each month to each library for circulating materials, purchasing laptops and other technology, funding children’s programming and summer reading efforts, and purchasing items and supplies not covered by the city budget.
• Support Recycled Reading areas in the both libraries year round.
• Promote and host book sales each year at both libraries.
• Assist library staff with author visits and other special events.
• Participate in community outreach events to promote our libraries.
• Host and/or volunteer at children’s programs at both branches.

Councilmember Vicki Hunt will join city staff in recognizing Friends of the Peoria Public Library at their membership meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. 

For more information about Friends of the Peoria Public Library, including how to get involved, visit their website.
Oct 13

Theater Makeup Artist Demonstrates Halloween Makeup on Oct. 19

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM by Adam Rosen

Theater makeup artist DeAndrea Vaughn will demonstrate Halloween makeup ideas in a special demonstration program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the West Valley Art Museum. The demonstration is in conjunction with WVAM’s current exhibit “Creatures of the Night: Dracula, Vampires and Bats” through Nov. 2.

For more information, call 623-972-0635 or visit the WVAM website.

Oct 13

Soul of Broadway Performs at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 11:43 AM by Adam Rosen

The Soul of Broadway will be performing the heart and soul of Motown as part of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts monthly Music Series. Performances are held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. El Jefe Tacos will be providing pre-show food starting at 5 p.m. until curtain, and the theater bar will be open to enjoy pre-show and at intermission.

For tickets, call the box office at 623-815-7930 or visit their website.