Peoria students could win a tablet, other prizes for reading this summer

PEORIA – Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announced the third annual summer literacy program for Peoria residents called Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

The free program was created to promote and enhance literacy among our youth population by encouraging Peoria’s future workforce to read 20 minutes a day over the summer.

“Helping our children acquire a love of reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime and I’m so excited to kick off the summer with this valuable reading program. There will be amazing events and opportunities to win great prizes over the next few months; I hope families join us on this reading adventure,” said Carlat.

Peoria residents can sign up at Peoria libraries, Peoria Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe St. or Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Avenue to receive a bookmark to track their reading.

The bookmark can be turned in at the end of summer for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Barnes and Noble gift cards, digital reading tablets and one of two complete book sets. Children can also increase their chances of winning by attending free, activity-filled events throughout the summer.

The following are some upcoming Peoria Reads summer activities for children:

  • Thursday, June 7, “Reading is Hot” at the Council Parking Lot, 8401 W. Monroe Street from 9-10 a.m. Be a junior firefighter and spray a real fire hose.
  • Thursday, June 21, “World’s Largest Swim Lesson” at the Centennial Pool, 14388 N. 79th Avenue and Peoria Pool, 11200 N. 83rd Avenue. Pool opens at noon. Group swim lesson at 12:30 p.m. Open swim from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Free with reading program sign-up.
  • Thursday, July 12, “You Have the Right to Read” at the Sunrise Mountain Library on 21109 N. 98th Avenue from 9-10 a.m. Check out the SWAT Mobile Command Unit and learn about police equipment.
  • Thursday, July 26, “Reach for Reading,” at the Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Avenue from 3-7 p.m. Kids climb the rock wall for free, reach the book and win a prize.

For more information, visit your local Peoria library or