Metamora Library Branch
(309) 367-4594
208 E Partridge
Metamora IL 61548


Monday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 12 noon

How To Access Your RSAcat IPDPL Library Account
IPDPL Obituary-Birth-Marriage-Anniversary Newspaper Index

Metamora Herald Newspaper Image Collection
Photograph Collection provided by
Illinois Prairie District Public Library
Local Historical Reference Collection @ your Metamora Branch Library


Kathie Young of Deer Creek has generously brought sewing patterns to display at the Metamora Branch Library.

Kathie’s mother, MaryLee Rider, collection contains sewing patterns to be used for women and children dresses, skirts, shorts, and coats,  also men’s pajamas, night robes, and undergarments. Kathie also included sewing items such as old buttons, fabric, rick rack, and thread. Check out the cost of the package of rick rack, .75 cents.   A treasured photograph of MaryLee and her 2 daughters wearing matching dresses, that MaryLee had sewed from a pattern which is also on display.  

Kathie started sewing with her mother and grandmother at a very early age and continues the tradition with her granddaughter, Tricia.  Now that Kathie has retired, she has more time to enjoy her love of sewing, piecing quilts and making items for her family.

Come to the Metamora Branch Library during the month of September to get a closer look at the display containing patterns from the 1920’s

2014 Summer Reading Program District-Wide Prize Winners

2014 Summer Reading Party Photo's

Julie Zoss

Assistant branch librarian for the Illinois Prairie District Public Library at the Metamora Branch Library, Julie’s last day was  August 21st, 2014. Her career with the library began September 5, 1986.

A 45 year resident of Metamora, Julie and her husband Steve are moving to Morton to be closer to their family, the grandchildren and their church. 

 Julie stated that retirement means more time to spend with her family, going to their grandkids school activities and sporting events.  She plans to continue volunteering plus expanding her church activities.  

 During the past 28 years, Julie has seen many technical changes in her job.  The library now offers public computers, ebooks, inter library loan, and computerized check outs.  Julie remembers and enjoyed helping individuals and groups of young people who came to the library for research on school projects.

Julie’s favorite part of her librarian job was greeting the library patrons of all ages. Researching and finding books for the patrons has been very gratifying.

Best wishes to Julie Zoss in her retirement.



    If you have recently bought a new camera or if you would like to take your photography skills to the next level this is the class for you.  Our instructor will teach you about camera basics, shooting in manual, focusing modes, white balance, and composition basics.  You will leave the 2-hour class feeling more confident about using your digital camera.  There will be one hour of classroom learning at the Metamora Library and another hour of outside shooting experience in the Metamora Village Park.  The instructor is Laura MacNeil who is the owner of MapleSeeds Photography which specializes in natural light photography.

    The Illinois Prairie District Public Library located at 208 E Partridge in Metamora is offering this photography class on Wednesday, August 27th 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm.  There is a $20.00 charge per person for this class and payment is due the night of the class. The participants (16 and older) must bring their own digital (DSLR) camera to the class.  MapleSeeds Photography is requiring a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 10.


Junior Woman’s Club Donate a Book to Library

The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club has always donated a book to a local library in honor of the birth of club members’ newborn babies.
This year, the Metamora Public Library received, “Close Your Eyes” by Kate Banks, pictures by Georg Hallensleben" in honor of Hailey Nackers.


Obituary-Birth-Marriage Newspaper Index Research

 Virginia Bade, Myrle and Stella Coffman, and Jeanette Lindberg, volunteers at Illinois Prairie District Public Library, celebrated the completion of the obituary index from the Woodford Sentinel and Metamora Herald newspapers.

In 2001, Volunteers at the Metamora Branch of Illinois Prairie District Public Library began scanning microfilm from the Woodford Sentinel for obituary notices.  With each death notice, they completed a card with the name of the person, name and date of the paper, and page and column number where the obituary appeared.  These facts were then entered into a data base and made available for genealogists to use to find information about their relatives.  The volunteers soon covered the Sentinel from Jan 20, 1887 until Dec. 6, 1889, and started searching for obituaries found in the microfilm of the Metamora Herald beginning with the Dec. 20, 1889 issue.  After a few years, births and marriages were added to this data base.  The research from these two newspapers is now completed up to the July 7, 2010 closing of the Metamora Herald.

                A person can come into the library, use the microfilm machines to look up a specific birth, marriage, or death notice, and make a copy for 10 cents a sheet.  Contact IPDPL Metamora Branch (309-367-4594) for more information and cost.

The Peoria Journal Star

The Peoria Journal Star is now available online at two branches of Illinois Prairie District Public Library.   Metamora and Spring Bay branches each have one computer apiece that allows patrons to read the current day’s complete edition as well as to access up to a month’s copies in the archives.  A patron may read the paper page by page or bring up a section or specific page number.  You may choose to enlarge the print or to even change the language, print an article or e-mail it to a friend.  If you do not have a subscription to the paper but want to read about the latest area store opening, your teacher’s wedding, or an article on a health issue of interest to you that was recently printed in the Peoria Journal Star, you need only to come to either the Metamora or Spring Bay branch and access this information from the computer


Genealogy Research  
at the
Metamora, Roanoke and Spring Bay branches of Illinois Prairie District Public Library.
                                                Email – or
Metamora Branch - Phone: 367-4594
                                                                     Roanoke Branch - Phone: 923-7686
                                                            Spring Bay - Phone: 822-0444

Metamora Branch of IPDPL offers Playaways

Illinois Prairie District Public Library offers Playaway digital audio books in several popular titles are available for checkout at the Benson Branch.

                This pocket-sized device comes permanently pre-loaded with an entire book in audio format.  Its easy to use controls allow users to shuttle through the book, stop at specific points, and automatically bookmark their stopping points when the unit is turned off.  The self-contained package includes earphones and has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone.  There are no cassettes, CD’s, or need for any special equipment or downloading.  The new style of self-playing digital audio books is perfect for today’s multi-tasking public, giving them both simplicity and flexibility in usage. 

                Titles are available for all ages from Classic Nursery Rhymes or How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas for the children to The Da Vinci Code or The Purpose-driven Life for adults.  You can listen to classics, best sellers, spiritual themes, westerns, mysteries, humor, or language courses in German, French, or Spanish. 

                The purchase of these Playaways was made possible through a grant that Illinois Prairie District Public Library received through the Alliance Library System that was funded through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services from the Illinois State Library, a division of the office of the Secretary of State.

                Come to the Metamora Branch of IPDPL and check out the Playaways.  Your librarian will be happy to help you get started.

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