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.

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

Dieting and Nutrition Seminar by Curves
Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
If you’ve ever “dieted” in the past, you’ve probably heard the word metabolism. Do we really know what our metabolism is, what it determines, and if we can change it?
In this presentation, Kim Martin, the owner of Curves in Peoria, will discuss metabolism and give us the knowledge that will make us feel empowered in our health choices.. Kim has over 20 years of experience and is certified in nutrition, exercise kinesiology, and behavior management.
This is a free program, but registration is required. Call the Information Desk at 697-3822, ext. 13, to sign-up.  Add to my

DIY: Bath Bombs!
Please note: This class is now full.
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

Come to the Alpha Park Library for a free class on how to make your very own bath bomb. We will go through all the steps and have the supplies available to make your own. Registration is required for this program as spots are limited. Call the Information Desk to sign-up, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

History of the Peoria State Hospital
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Join Gary Lisman, author of Bittersweet Memories , as he discusses the history of the Peoria State Hospital.  Gary will separate fact from fiction by providing an in-depth look into the building of the hospital grounds, Dr. Zeller’s career, and general hospital life.  If you’ve heard stories about the Peoria State Hospital, then you’ll want to hear how it all began and learn the fascinating details behind this once cutting-edge institution.  Please register at the Information Desk, 697-3822, ext. 13.
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Library closings
Saturday, March 31
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Cookbook Club
April 2, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. : Easter Recipes
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
Thursday, April 5, 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, discover 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

Book Discussion
April 12: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
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

National Library Week
Thursday, April 12, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
We’re celebrating National Library Week with a book giveaway!  The Library will be in front of Kroger handing out free books for Adults (while supplies last!). Stop by and say hello and find out what's happening at your library!  Add to my  

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
During this class, we will cover the basic functions of Microsoft Excel including columns, cells, and formatting. Ideal for beginners or those who just want to brush up on their knowledge. This class is free, but registration is required. Call the Information Desk at 697-3822, ext.13, to sign-up. Add to my

Gmail Basics
Thursday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.
In this introductory class, you will learn how to create and operate a Google email account. We will discuss the basic elements of Gmail, how to send and reply to emails, and how to organize your inbox. This class is perfect for the beginner or those who are interested in switching to Google email. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk for more details, 697-3822, ext. 13. Add to my

AARP Senior Safe Driving Class
Wednesday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Add to my
and Thursday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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The AARP Smart Driver Course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Attending this class may entitle you to an insurance discount.  Contact your insurance company for details. This is a two day class and you must attend both days. Registration required. Contact the Information Desk at 697-3822, ext. 13 to register or for more details. Payment is taken on first day of class. $15 for AARP Members; $20 for Non AARP Members

All About Drones
Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.
Guest speaker Dean Poignant of Sky Ag will discuss everything about drones including selecting and purchasing, regulations, safety, and photography. To cap it all off, he will also have an exciting demonstration. If you have been interested in learning more about this fun hobby, this is your chance!   Add to my

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
In this class you will learn how to create flyers and other exciting documents in Microsoft Publisher. We will talk about the important tools and elements, how to create and access your Publisher documents, and how to edit and add content to your projects. Call the Information Desk at 697-3822, ext. 13, to sign-up. 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

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