Local libraries open as cooling centers

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Cooling centers are opening all around central Illinois to help beat the heat, and Peoria Public Libraries are allowing the public to come to one of their branches to cool off.

“Libraries are open 7 days a week. We have varying hours, but most of our locations are open until 8 p.m.,” said public relations manager Jennifer Davis.

Davis said they encourage people to come and enjoy their spaces regardless of the weather.

“You can read a book, you can use our Wi-Fi and digital platforms to stream movies. You can also visit one of our great programs,” Davis said.

The library hosts several annual summer programs, such as their summer movie series. “Summer Movies at the Main” is an annual event at the library, with moving family screenings every Friday at 2:30 p.m.

“On Fridays here at the Main Library, we invite families to bring a blanket, snacks, and get cozy in a large auditorium to watch Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Davis said.

For more information, visit the library’s website.

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