Adult and Public Services

Winter Reading Challenge: All Ages
December 1 to February 14
Spend this winter expanding your reading horizons! Pick up a book bingo sheet at the library, or print one from our website (Book Bingo Sheet). When you get a Book Bingo, return it to the library for a great prize!

APL’s Biggest Loser 2018 Kickoff and Information Meeting
Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
It’s back for another year! Registration for our annual Biggest Loser contest begins Saturday, January 20 and runs through February 3. Registration is simple: We will chart your beginning weight, discuss all of the upcoming events, and explain the weekly weigh-in process. The program lasts a total of 6 weeks, with weigh-ins happening every week. You must weigh-in on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday during library hours or at the Mapleton Recreation Center. There will be a grand prize of $50 to the male and female winners who lose the highest percentage of body weight over the total 6 weeks. In addition, there will be prizes given each week for the weekly winner. This is free and open to males and females 18 years and older. Please register for the Information Meeting by calling the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13.
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Tablet Basics
Monday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
In this free class, we will discuss the basics of using your tablet. We will talk about the different kinds of tablets, how to add and remove apps, and go over the basic terminology and settings. This class is perfect for the beginner or someone who received a new tablet over the holidays. Call the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

eBook Basics
Tuesday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.
In this free class you will learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks for free from your library. Bring the device you will use for your eBooks and audiobooks and we will discuss all the steps you need to take to get free access to digital books. Call the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Computer Basics
Thursday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.
In one hour, you will learn some of the basic skills you will need to operate a computer. Ideal for those who need to learn the very basics, the class will cover how to use a mouse and keyboard, how to navigate a computer, and how to open and use programs. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk for more details, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

iPad Basics
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.
In this introductory class, you will get to know your iPad a little better. We will explore the basics including how to change settings, discovering useful apps, and how to interact with the device. This hands-on class is a great way to learn some of the numerous features that the iPad has to offer. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk for more details, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Ladies’ Night Out: Pinterest Night
PLEASE NOTE - This program is now full.
Friday, January 26, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a ladies’ night out experience like no other. We will start the night by creating the ugliest project you could imagine—just to get the creative juices flowing. Then, we will have crafts available to try all night. You can create your very own project, or follow specific instructions to create a masterpiece. A buffet dinner will be served at the beginning of the night and snacks will be available all evening. Seating is limited to 35, and the cost will be $10 per person. Contact the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

AARP Tax Sign Up
Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Stop by the library to schedule an appointment with AARP to do your taxes. On sign-up day they will only be scheduling appointments. AARP with be scheduling appointments for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays running from February 1 to April 13. Add to my

Cookbook Club
February 5: Brownies 1st Monday of Every Month, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Come join the Cookbook Club and share delicious recipes made by other library members. Bring a copy of your favorite recipe, and a sample if you wish, to the Cookbook Club and share it with the group. All adults are welcome to attend. Register for this program by calling the library at 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

iPad Basics
Tuesday, February 6, 9:30 a.m.
In this introductory class, you will get to know your iPad a little better. We will explore the basics including how to change settings, discovering useful apps, and how to interact with the device. This hands-on class is a great way to learn some of the numerous features that the iPad has to offer. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk for more details, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Hula Hoop Class
Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your sense of adventure AND your sense of humor and join us as we learn about the physical, emotional, and social benefits of hula hooping. Free and open to adults 18 and up, but registration is required. Hula hoops will be provided. Call the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Book Discussion
2nd Thursday of Every Month, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
February 8: Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Copies of the books are available for check out one month before the discussion. Please let us know if you prefer a sound recording or large print edition of the book and we’ll try our best to get it. Add to my

Learn to Waltz
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
Jon Young from Next Step Dance Studio will teach participants the basics of the waltz. All skill levels are welcome. Singles, pairs, and groups can all participate. This one-hour session is the perfect opportunity to learn a traditional dance. Practice for that wedding, get some exercise, or have a nice date night with your significant other. This is a free program and is open to anyone 15 years of age or older. Please register at the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

eBook Basics
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
In this free class you will learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks for free from your library. Bring the device you will use for your eBooks and audiobooks and we will discuss all the steps you need to take to get free access to digital books. Call the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Tablet Basics
Thursday, February 15, 10:00 a.m.
In this free class, we will discuss the basics of using your tablet. We will talk about the different kinds of tablets, how to add and remove apps, and go over the basic terminology and settings. This class is perfect for the beginner or someone who received a new tablet over the holidays. Call the Information Desk to register, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

WERQ Cardio Class
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for the wildly addictive cardio dance class WERQ!. Pronounced “work,” WERQ is a fiercely fun dance fitness workout that incorporates hip hop music and fresh routines. Wear workout clothes and gym shoes and expect to SWEAT. All dance and fitness levels welcome. This is a free class that will be offered by certified WERQ instructor, Tricia Brewer Tripp. Please register at the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13, or at the Hollis Park Fitness Center. Add to my

Library closings
Monday, February 19

Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm
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Facebook Basics
Thursday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.
In this introductory class, we will discuss the steps needed to create and use a Facebook profile, send messages, and add photos and content to your profile. We will also talk about steps you can take to protect your privacy while using Facebook. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk for more details, 697-3822, ext. 13.
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Yoga
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a free yoga class. Led by instructor, Marysue Baker, this one-hour yoga session will be perfect for all experience levels. Registration is limited; please contact the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

Swing Dance
Friday, March 2, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Join us at the Holllis Park Butler Haynes Pavilion in Mapleton for a free instructional class on swing dance. Singles or duos are welcome. After the free instruction session there will be a two hour social dance from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. that will cost $5 per couple. Register at the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

World Book Online
Your Alpha Park Library now offers World Book Online, a free online resource that offers children and adults a variety of materials including a comprehensive dictionary, atlas, homework aides, and curriculum guides. The best feature: World Book Online has learning portals for a variety of age groups, ensuring the content is appropriate for all learners. You can access World Book anywhere through alphapark.org.

45 Books for 45 Years
Your Alpha Park Library is turning 45 years old this year! To celebrate, the library is hosting a challenge. If you read 45 books, one for each year, you win a prize. Stop by the Information Desk to grab your official tracking sheet.

APL Yarners and Needlers
Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Come and smile awhile! The Yarners and Needlers meet every Tuesday to work on projects of all kinds including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, quilting , mending and much more. This program is free and open to the public. Want more information? Give Marla a call at 309-697-3822 x.24

One-On-One Help
Call the Information Desk at 697-3822, ext. 13, to set up a time to get help with your device or learn how to download free eBooks or audiobooks from the library.  It’s free and we’re way more patient than your kids!  

eBOOKS from eRead Illinois
The library is expanding our e-book collection. We  now offer two possibilities for checking out e-books: Axis 360 and ADML/Overdrive.  Two different eBook sources means more eBook titles for you! Access the Axis 360 Catalog or the ADML Catalog from our website, www.alphapark.org

Wireless Printing 
Print at home…pick up at the Library!
Send print jobs directly to the APL printer from your home computer, or any mobile device such as a tablet, laptop, or smartphone!
Click the “Wireless Printing Portal” button on our home page www.alphapark.org and email or upload your documents from home  or a mobile device to: 
apl-bw@printsports.com or aplcolor@printspots.com.  Then stop by the library to pay and release the prints!  This is great for when you run out of ink, want to save on your print costs, or are out running errands and need to print something.  Contact the Information Desk for more details.   ( Printing Instructions)

  Wireless Printing button with a link attached to access wireless printing http://www.printeron.net/appld/alpha-park-library