Adult and Public Services

2018 Reading Challenge
February 15 to December 31, 2018
In 2018, let’s get out of our comfort zone with the 2018 reading challenge. Stop by the Information Desk to pick up your challenge form. Return your completed form to the Reference Desk by 12/31/2018 to win a prize. All participants who complete the challenge will also be entered for the Grand Prize drawing of a $50 Kroger gift card.

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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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

Cookbook Club
March 5: Irish Food
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

Computer Basics
Thursday, March 8, 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

Book Discussion
March 8: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
2nd Thursday of Every Month, 2:30 to 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

APL Board Meeting
Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Tablet Basics
Thursday, March 22, 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

Library closings
Saturday, March 31
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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

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,

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 and email or upload your documents from home  or a mobile device to: or  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