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Peoria Public Library North Branch celebrates 10th anniversary

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PEORIA (WEEK) --- The Peoria Public Library North Branch is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend.

The library was opened in 2011 to give better access to visitors in the area.

This week, it is celebrating the special occasion with fun activities for kids and their parents.

There is a scavenger hunt throughout the building, prize drawings for all ages, a commemorative bookmark and even gardening supply giveaways for families to plant their own marigolds.

Executive director Randall Yelverton says the location had more than 200,000 visitors in 2019, and while the pandemic made things tough for operation, the library adjusted by offering many of its services online.

"We have new story-times available through our YouTube channel (and) new offerings through our website - we are always adding digital materials," Yelverton said. "So even though this year presented difficulties, we found ways to expand and grow our library."

Another fun feature of the library is the recently installed outdoor story walk, which allows families to read a book together while enjoying the library's back garden.

Harry Croton

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