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.

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program at Illinois Prairie District Library


School will soon be out for the summer, which means there will be plenty of free time for reading for pleasure.  Join us for some fun at the Illinois Prairie District Public Library!  Our theme this summer is “Reading by Design”

The Summer Reading Program is simple:  You read books and earn prizes!  Program registration begins on June 5th and you have until July 15th to finish the program, collect your prizes, qualify for the ending pool party, and gift card drawing.  Just stop by any of the six branches at Benson, Germantown Hills, Metamora, Roanoke, Spring Bay, or Washburn to sign up for the free program.

This year there will be three separate programs for different age groups:  3 years old to first grade, second to fifth grade and young adults.  For more details, call 367-4594 the Metamora District Library headquarters.

Pre-reader and Reader Program

Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Summer Story Hour

The Summer Story Hour session for children 3 – 5 years of age that begins June 6th and runs through July 13th is as follows:

Tuesday: Metamora 11:00 & Roanoke 1:00

Wednesday: Benson 11:00 & Washburn 1:00

Thursday: Germantown Hills 11:00 & Spring Bay 1:00

New Germantown Hills Library: NEW HOURS

The new Germantown Hills branch is open at its new location, 509 Woodland Knolls Road. Along with the new building there are new hours, they are:

Monday & Wednesday   9 am – 5 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 3 pm – 7 pm

Saturday 10 am – 12 pm

The hours starting Monday, April 3rd will be:

Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm

Friday 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday 9 am – 4 pm