• Little Free Libraries are located at all Peoria Public School buildings with grades kindergarten through fourth grade, Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center (VHECEC) and St. Paul Baptist Church in Peoria.

    Franklin Primary Little Free Library ribbon-cutting  Kellar Little Free Library ribbon cutting


    Little Free Libraries are stocked with all types of children's books: fiction and nonfiction, picture books, early readers, chapter books and young adult books. Little Free Libraries encourage students to take a book home, read it, share it and return it.  

    Peoria Public Schools Little Free Libraries were installed in May 2019 by the Align Peoria Literacy Committee, the Junior League of Peoria and the Peoria Public Schools Foundation. 

    Peoria Public School Little Free Libraries were constructed by the Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) Construction Trades students. Thank you!


    Educators know:

    • Children with access to books at home spend more time reading.
    • Children who read at least 20 minutes each day are more likely to read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade.
    • Children who read at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
    • Higher reading and math ability at age 7 results in higher income, better housing and better jobs in adulthood!
    • Readers report being less stressed, have higher levels of self-esteem and are better prepared to cope with challenges.

    Little Free Libraries are located at:

    • Charter Oak Primary School, 5221 W. Timberedge Drive, Peoria IL 61615
    • Franklin Primary School, 807 W. Columbia Terrace, Peoria IL 61606
    • Glen Oak Community Learning Center, 2100 N. Wisconsin Ave., Peoria IL 61603
    • Harrison Community Learning Center, 2727 W. Krause Ave., Peoria IL 61605
    • Hine Primary School, 4603 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria IL 61614
    • Kellar Primary School, 6413 N. Mt. Hawley Rd., Peoria IL 61604
    • Lincoln K-8, 700 Mary St., Peoria IL 61603
    • Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School, 1907 W. Forrest Hill Ave., Peoria IL 61604
    • Northmoor Primary School, 1819 W. Northmoor Ave., Peoria IL 61614
    • Roosevelt Magnet School, 1704 W. Aiken Ave., Peoria IL 61605
    • Thomas Jefferson Primary Schools, 918 W. Florence Ave., Peoria IL 61604
    • Trewyn School, 1419 W. Folkers St., Peoria IL 61605
    • Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, 800 W. R.B. Garrett Ave., Peoria IL 61605
    • Whittier Primary School, 1619 W. Fredonia, Peoria IL 61606
    • St. Paul Baptist Church, 114 W. Forrest Hill Ave., Peoria IL 61604


    The Book Rack, in Oak Cliff Center at Lake and Knoxville in Peoria accepts donations of new and gently-used childrens books for Peoria Public School Little Free Libraries.  Financial donations to purchase books may be sent to:

    Peoria Public Schools Foundation
    5901 N. Prospect Rd. Suite 14E
    Peoria, Illinois 61614