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The Peoria Public Library Bookmobile will soon be back in service after more than five months off the road because of library budget problems, the library announced Friday.

The library said the Bookmobile will resume running Monday, June 10 and will run a summer schedule through Aug. 30. The fall and winter schedules are not yet set, said Trisha Noack, manager of public relations for Peoria Public Library.

"We are excited we can get the Bookmobile on the street again," Noack said. "The Bookmobile may not be the most cost-effective way to deliver library services but for some people, it is the only way to get library services."

The Bookmobile was parked in a garage at the North Branch at the start of the year because of budget constraints. Noack said the library took a $600,000 hit on its budget this year because of cuts by the city and lower property tax revenues. "Recently we were able to reconfigure parts of our budget and find a way to get the Bookmobile running again. The board of directors approved it, so here we go," she said.

The summer schedule, launched just in time for Summer Reading programs, includes 23 separate stops in neighborhoods and at daycare centers around town.

The Bookmobile is a fully stocked library on wheels and has a good selection of books, magazines and even DVDs.

The Peoria Public Library has continued to purchase materials for the Bookmobile that were circulated out of North Branch during the service hiatus, so the materials will be up to date. Patrons can put materials on hold using the online catalog and request that they be delivered by the Bookmobile, offering access to the complete and extensive library holdings.

While the Bookmobile was out of service, the Peoria Public Library Outreach Department was delivering collections of books to locations that requested the service as a stopgap measure. But Noack said that was a problem for some agencies that made the request because it would require that they have one of their staff act as librarian for the agency.

"Not many of them were equipped to do that. A lot of people were unhappy with the decision to park the Bookmobile. We're very glad to again be able to serve people who need the Bookmobile or don't live near a library branch," she said.

Below is the summer schedule for the Bookmobile.

Peoria Public Library Bookmobile for June 10th through Aug. 30th, 2013


9-9:45 a.m.: Proctor Child Care, 5409 N. Knoxville

10:15-10:45 a.m.: Scottwood Drive/Antler Place

11-11:45 a.m.: Bermuda Court/Nassau Drive

1-2:30 p.m.: Rogy's Educational Center, 1523 W. Candletree

3-4 p.m.:  Melissa Cole Home Day Care, 3227 W. Birkshire Drive



9-10 a.m.: Methodist Family Child Care Center, 415 St. Marks Court

10:15-11 a.m.: Christ Lutheran Pre-School, 2020 W. Malone

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: RiverWest, Phoenix Drive/Kersee Street



9-9:45 a.m.: Salvation Army Child Care, 210 Spalding Ave.

10:15-11 a.m.: Johnson Street/Saratoga

11:15 a.m. - noon: Parkview Estates, 2401 N. Gale

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.: Reservoir Estates, 3336 W. Kiva Court

3 - 4 p.m.: Greenwich Place/Ivy Leaf Court



9 - 9:45 a.m.: Everyday Discoveries Day Care Center, 8823 N. Industrial Road

10:15 - 11 a.m.: Rogy's Educational Center, 6101 N. Big Hollow Road

11:15 a.m. - noon: Ancient Oak Drive/Heather Oak Drive

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.: Hollow Trace Drive/Idlewhile Drive

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.: Chartwell Park



9 - 10 a.m.: Fun & Fit, The Clubs at River City, 8615 N. University

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.: 1,2,3 You & Me, 809 W. Detweiler Drive

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Kingsway Drive, Miramar Drive

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.: Imperial Drive/Riviera Drive

3:15 - 4 p.m.: N. Billtmore Ave./W. Albany Ave.

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Paul Gordon is the editor of The Peorian after spending 29 years of indentured servitude at the Peoria Journal Star. He’s an award-winning writer, raconteur and song-and-dance man. He also went to a high school whose team name is the Alices (that’s Vincennes Lincoln High School in Indiana; you can look it up).