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Mayor Carlat Announces Fourth Annual Peoria Reads

Post Date:05/20/2019

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat is excited to announce the fourth annual summer literacy program for Peoria residents: Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

The free program was created to encourage Peoria’s future workforce to read 20 minutes a day over the summer. Peoria residents can sign up at Peoria libraries, Peoria Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe St. or Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Ave., to receive a bookmark to track their reading. The bookmark can be turned in at the end of summer for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Barnes and Noble gift cards, digital reading tablets, and one of three complete book sets.

“Helping our children acquire a love of reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime and I’m excited to kick off the summer with this valuable reading program,” said Mayor Carlat. “With amazing events and opportunities to win great prizes over the next couple months, I hope families join us on this reading adventure.”

The fun does not stop in the reading adventures; however, to encourage participation along the way, Mayor Carlat is inviting Peoria readers to fun events throughout the summer. Attendance is tracked on the participant’s bookmark and can be counted as additional entries for prizes. Children who complete their reading and attend all five free events will earn six entries to be submitted for the final program drawing.

The summer events begin with Dive into Reading on May 25 at the Sunrise pool, 21321 N. 86th Dr., and continues with fun events all summer long. For more information, visit your local Peoria library or 


Saturday, May 25, noon - 4 p.m.
Dive into Reading
Opening Day at Sunrise Pool
21321 N. 86th Dr.
Water safety fun with FREE admission and popsicles!

Thursday, June 13, 9-10 a.m.
Reading is Hot
Sunrise Mountain Library
21109 N. 98th Ave.
Be a junior firefighter and spray a real fire hose.

Thursday, June 27, 9-10 a.m.
You Have the Right to Read
Peoria Main Library
8463 W. Monroe St.
Check out the SWAT Mobile Command Unit and learn about police equipment.

Thursday, July 11, 3-7 p.m.
Reach for Reading
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866 W. Thunderbird Ave.
Kids climb the rock wall for free, reach the book and win a prize.

Thursday, July 25, 10-11 a.m.
Act on Reading
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
10580 N. 83rd Dr.
Live onstage performance of selected scenes from the musical, "Madagascar Jr." 

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