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

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To see a list of the DVDs click here and Videos click here currently held by Metamora Branch Library

Our DVD and Video collection is divided into seven parts.  Six of these rotate among the 6 branch libraries every two months.  At the end of a year each branch library has seen each part of the six parts.  Collection seven is a group of videos that have been "retired" from the rotating collection.  These are videos that don't circulate often enough to justify keeping them in the rotating collections, but we want to make them available to our patrons for a while longer.  Collection seven is kept at Metamora Branch Library .  Videos from collection can be requested and will be sent to your branch library
To see a list of the videos in collection seven, click here

Local Historical Reference Collection @ your Metamora Branch Library


Prevent Child Abuse Display  


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month sponsored by Metamora – Germantown Hills Junior Women’s Club.  The blue and silver pinwheels are a national symbol for child abuse and neglect.  The pinwheel symbolizes hope and the promise that every child deserves to be raised in a safe and healthy environment.  Featured in the display are brochures, handouts and bookmarks on the subject of preventing child abuse for the public to view and take. 

Visit the Metamora Branch Library during the month of April 2014 to get a closer look. 


Baby Talk
provided by
Woodford County Special Education Department



Sandy Madsen Retires

            Sandy Madsen, Assistant District Librarian for Branch Operations at Illinois Prairie District Public Library, was honored at a retirement dinner at Michaels in Germantown Hills on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.  The library board, district staff members, and Metamora library volunteers were on hand to wish her a happy retirement.  Sandy’s last day will be Friday, June 28.  

On behalf of the board of Illinois Prairie District Public Library, President Stan Rush presented Sandy with a beautiful Lenox serving tray as a thank you gift in appreciation of her 19 years of service at Illinois Prairie District Public Library.  Other gifts, cards, and well wishes were received. 

            Sandy began working for the library as a volunteer, helping what came to be called the “Great Conversion” at the Metamora and Roanoke libraries.  Hired as a paid staff member 19 years ago, she began work at Metamora. She said she considered retirement when it became more difficult for her to do all her outside activities in the evenings and on the weekends.  She needed more time to do what she wanted to do.  She is retiring this spring so she can do many of her warm weather activities.  

            Sandy said she will miss the people who come into the library.  She will miss some of the fun things and events at the library.  She enjoyed the routine, but not all of the “surprises” that occasionally cropped up.  She won’t miss some of the problems that she had trouble solving.   

            She has a list of things to do that’s a foot and a half long.   They include fun things like genealogical research, scrapbooking and travel.  Less fun but necessary is the paperwork she plans to organize.  Then for a break she’ll tackle her reading list of both fiction and nonfiction books.   

            Sandy plans to go back to the library as a volunteer later.  But not until she has whittled down her list of things to do, people to see and places to go.  

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.

Kids Corner

 Children's Story Hour Schedule

Fall Story Hours


"What do you hear when cows sing?"

What Do You Hear When Cows Sing? And Other Silly Riddles

   Marco Maestro

Answer can be found at the Metamora Branch
of the Illinois Prairie District Public Library

and on the Children Services Page

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