Fall Story Hour

Story time at your local library this fall!  Join in the fun, starting the week of September 5th, children aged three to five years old may attend any of the sessions of the eight – week program at any of the six branches of Illinois Prairie District Public Library.

Parents may sign their child up each week at any of the six locations: Benson, Germantown Hills, Metamora, Roanoke, Spring Bay, and Washburn.  They do not have to be present for the whole series or attend the same location each week.  The library service is free, but there are a maximum number of children allowed.  Any questions please call 309-367-4594.

The following schedule will be in effect from Sept 5th through Oct 26th.

    Tuesday:  Metamora 11:00 a.m. and Roanoke 1:00 p.m.

    Wednesday:  Benson 11:00 a.m. and Washburn 1:00 p.m.

    Thursday:  Germantown 11:00 a.m. and Spring Bay 1:00 p.m.

LEGO® Club @ Metamora

The Illinois Prairie District Public Library is pleased to provide a new monthly program opportunity for children of all ages. The next LEGO® Club at our Metamora location will be on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 AM until noon. During that time, patrons will be issued challenge cards and given a chance to complete the challenge and display their creations! There will also be plenty of time for free building. All creations will be labeled and prominently placed in our display case for public viewing until the following month.

Maker Mondays

Over the coming months the Illinois Prairie District Public Library is pleased to offer Maker Mondays for tweens and teens. This after-school program will cover various science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) topics and be available at each of our branch locations. Beginning at the Benson branch on August 21 at 4:00 PM, we will be adding simple motors to toothbrushes, turning them into racing bristle bots!

Click here to see the complete Bristle Bot schedule.

Total Solar Eclipse Program


Special guest Ryan Deters, a solar system ambassador, will visit the Germantown Hills Branch to help prepare us for the upcoming total solar eclipse that takes place on August 21st. Attendees will receive free event eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse. Additionally, children and teens will be invited to stay after the guest speaker to make a sun cookie to take home with them.

When: August 10, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Germantown Hills Branch


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.