Adult and Public Services

Nov 16—Dec 22
Please bring in new mittens, gloves, scarves, or hats for all ages to hang on our Angel Tree. All donations will be taken to Bartonville Grade School and the South Side Mission.

Board Meeting
Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
Public is welcome!
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Introduction to Genealogy
Monday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Are you fascinated by family stories? Have you ever been hooked on history? Wanna get gripped by genealogy?
Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country. Join us for an exciting program presented by Genealogy Librarian Amber Lowery on getting started in discovering YOUR family history. Learn how to use online and traditional records to trace your family branches. Get tips and techniques for keeping your research organized and safe. Find out about avoiding rabbit holes and busting brick walls.
Reveal the mysteries of your family’s history on November 19 at 7 p.m. FREE. Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 for further details.
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Kindle Fire Basics
Tuesday, November 20, 6—7 p.m.
Learn the basics of using your Kindle Fire tablet including how to connect to the internet, find and install apps, and check your email. Bring your Kindle Fire and let us know what tricks you’ve found! This FREE class is open to the public and limited to 10 people. Register by calling the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13. 
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Library closings
Wednesday, November 21 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 22
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Holiday Gift Wrapping Station
November 26—December 31
The Alpha Park Library wants to decrease your holiday stress and increase your cheer! Bring your gifts into the library and use our wrapping station for free. We will have an array of wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, and scissors (as supplies last).

Giving Tuesday — Give Back this November 27, 2018
We have two days for getting deals — Black Friday & Cyber Monday... On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for GIVING BACK! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a charitable event in support of non-profits and local community. Help your library raise funds for items like new carpet in Youth Services, more comfortable arm chairs, and a 3D scanner. Add to my

Basic iPad Class
Thursday, November 29, 7—8:30 p.m.
This class is designed to help you get to know your iPad better. The class will explore the basics, including how to change your settings, interact with the device, and discover the world of apps. Bring your iPad and let us know what tricks you’ve found! FREE class. Registration required. Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 to register.  Add to my

Cookbook Club
December 3: Soup Recipes
1st Monday of Every Month, 7—8 p.m.
Bring a copy of your favorite recipe, and a sample if you wish, to the Cookbook Club to share with other members. All adults are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (309) 697-3822 x13.  Add to my

Intro to 3D Printing
Tuesday, December 4, 6—7 p.m.
Learn how to use our new 3D printer! Take this class and you’ll be ready to set an appointment to print your own object. We will demonstrate how to print an object and provide instruction on the various functions of the printer. This free class is limited to 10 and registration is required. Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 for more details.  Add to my

Downloading eBooks from APL
Thursday, December 6, 2—3 p.m.
This one-hour, hands-on class will teach you how to download FREE eBooks from the library. Bring your own device or laptop and your library card. This is a free class and is limited to 8 people. Please contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 to register.  Add to my

Microsoft Excel Basics
Wednesday, December 12, 6—7 p.m.
This one-hour, hands-on class will teach you the various skills necessary to make lists, add totals quickly, start a budget and more! This is FREE and limited to 8 people. Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 for more details and to register. Add to my

Library closings
Thursday, December 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Book Discussion
December 13: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal
2nd Thursday of Every Month, 2:30—3:30 p.m.
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

Peoria County Adult Community Programs
Sustainability for the Entire Community
Thursday, December 13, 6 p.m.
Instructor: Rebecca Cottrell, Sustainability and Resource Conservation
We’ve partnered with Peoria County Administration to bring informational adult programs to our patrons. A variety of educational programs will be available to the public beginning in September. All programs are free! Registration is required. Please register by calling (309) 672-6918.  Add to my

Monday, December 17, 6—7:30 p.m. 
Bring your friends and plan to meet new ones! Enjoy a night full of BUNCO and snacks. FREE and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (309) 697-3822 x13 to register and receive more information. Add to my

Library closings
Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25
Wednesday, December 26
Monday, December 31

2018 Reading Challenge
Ends December 31, 2018
There’s still time to snag the 2018 Reading Challenge worksheet at the library and complete it before December 31! Participants only need to complete 30 of the 40 challenges and then return the form to the Information Desk to receive a prize. All participants who complete the challenge will also be entered for a Grand Prize drawing of a $50 Kroger gift card! Contact the Information Desk at(309) 697-3822 x13 for more details.

Additional Services

Seed Library
The library is excited to announce the start of our very own seed library. In our seed library we have flowers, vegetables, fruits and more. Patrons can stop by and take 5 packs of seeds a week. We have organic and non-organic seeds available for use. We will also be collecting seeds. If you have any from previous harvests, bring them in so that the seed library is always stocked.

Disc "Frisbee" Golf Available for Check Out 
Get outside this summer and play a round of Frisbee Golf! Alpha Park has a new course, there's a small course at Limestone High School, and there are many more around the area.  Try before you buy -- The library has two sets of discs available for check out for 3 weeks. 

APL Yarners and Needlers
Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
The Yarners and Needlers meet every Tuesday to work on projects of all kinds including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, quilting, mending, and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Marla at (309) 697-3822 x24.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Pass
Alpha Park Library patrons may check out a pass to the Peoria Riverfront Museum with a valid library card! We have one pass available on a first come basis. Call the library at (309) 697-3822 x10 for more details.

World Book Online
World Book Online is a free resource to our patrons. It offers an encylopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 for password details.

Book a Librarian
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,