New Director Information

Joel Shoemaker is the new Director at Illinois Prairie District Public Library

On Monday, July 17, 2017 Joel Shoemaker will take the reins of the Illinois Prairie District Public Library. He is a graduate of Dominican University with a master’s degree in library and information science.
Joel has had school library experience as a library manager at Von Steuben Middle School in Peoria. He also worked as an assistant at Methodist College. His public library experience includes work in the circulation department at the Bloomington Public Library. He has a strong background in juvenile and young adult literature.
Joel comes to Illinois Prairie from the Oakwood Public Library District in Oakwood, Illinois where he has served as director for two years. During that time he has been responsible for all phases of library operations, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.
His position as director at Illinois Prairie will include supervision of most phases of daily library operations. He will have direct control over administration which includes budget, personnel hiring and evaluation, maintenance of the facilities, and areas of acquisitions.
He has a background in theater arts and drama. He enjoys participating in local performing arts in a variety of ways. His upbeat attitude and enthusiasm will inject a new spark into the library district.
Illinois Prairie District Public Library serves a population of 21,644 in an area of 256 square miles. Comprised of six facilities located in Metamora, Germantown Hills, Spring Bay, Benson, Roanoke and Washburn, the library offers a variety of print and nonprint resources. Public internet access is available at all locations.