Adult and Public Services

Tuesdays in September and October from 9:15—10:15 a.m.
NO Session October 29

Start your Tuesday mornings fresh with yoga!  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.  All levels welcome.  Free and open to adults!   Registration Required. Register online or call 697-3822 x13.

Meet the Birth Doula
Monday, September 16, 6:30—7:30 p.m.
Come interact with Lisa Pearl of His Image Births to learn about birth doulas. She will teach the support doulas provide pregnant women and birth partners during every phase of the birth process. Bring your curiosity and questions! Snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Please register online or call 697-3822 x13.   Add to my

Board Meeting
Monday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.
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Crafternoon Delight
Thursday, September 19, 2—3:30 p.m.
September: Framed Pumpkin
Sign up for this new crafting program for adults! Each month we will explore making a new craft. All supplies provided. Free! Register online or contact 697-3822 x13.
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Garden Diversity Walk
Saturday, September 21st 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are on Sale Now!
The Friends of Alpha Park Library in Bartonville are hosting a garden walk featuring beautiful and diverse local gardens. There will be a Monarch tagging and release, a pollinator plant sale, watercolors and pottery demonstrations. Experience the beauty and take home some inspiration and ideas for your own garden. All proceeds of the walk will be used by FOAPL to enhance Alpha Park Library resources and services. Tickets are $10.00 per person in advance, $12.00 per person at the gardens on the day of the walk. A single garden ticket will also be sold at any garden on the day of the walk for $3.00. Children under 2 are free and the walk will be held rain or shine.

Tickets may be purchased at:
Hoerr Nursery, Buskirk Garden Center and Gift Shoppe, Alpha Park Library, and Kelly Seed. Call or text Kay Dye (309-369-4491) if you have questions.

  • Becker Garden - 6328 S. Navajo Dr. , Bartonville

  • Weers Garden - 1121 Royal Avenue, Pekin

  • Schwebel Garden - 438 W. High St., Peoria

  • Cox Garden - 5030 N. Prospect, Peoria

  • Baylor Garden - 9028 West Farmington Rd., Hanna City

  • Layman Garden - 1009 N. McCallister, Hanna City

  • Whitmore Garden - 508 N. Main St., Hanna City

  • Daughters of the Steppes: The Night Witches of World War II presented by Brooks Carver
    Wednesday, September 25, 7—8:30 p.m. 
    Brooks Carver will discuss his book Daughters of the Steppes: The Night Witches of World War II. Come out for the discussion to learn about this fascinating part of history! Registration Required. Register online or call 697-3822 x13.   Add to my

    Book Bingo for Adults
    Monday, October 7, 2—3 p.m.
    Join us at the library for Book Bingo! Bring some friends, play bingo, enjoy snacks, and win books! FREE. Registration required. Register online at or call 697-3822 x13.  Add to my

    Cookbook Club
    October 7: Squash
    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.
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    How to Prevent a Kitchen Nightmare!
    Wednesday, October 9, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
    What is the difference between ‘best by’ and ‘use by’ on food packaging? How ‘overripe’ is ‘too ripe’ for this fruit? Is it safe to buy those dented cans of food on the grocery store shelf? Our own kitchens can be a high-risk environment for foodborne illness! Microscopic germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites can thrive in food that is improperly stored or handled. If ingested, these germs can make you, your family, and your dinner guests sick. Join Peoria City/County Health Department Environmental Health Coordinators as they explain how to keep your food and kitchen safe – not spooky! Registration required.  Go to or contact 697-3822 x13 to register.  Add to my

    Book Discussion
    October 10: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
    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 State Hospital Cemetery Walk
    Saturday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.
    Gary Lisman, author of Bittersweet Memories, will begin at the library with a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries. He will then lead a guided tour on hospital grounds. Good footwear & a mode of transportation from the library to the state hospital are essential. Registration Required. Register online at or call the Information Desk at 697-3822 x13.   Add to my

    Crafternoon Delight
    Thursday, October 17, 2—3:30 p.m.
    October: Stenciled Leaf Mug
    Sign up for this new crafting program for adults! Each month we will explore making a new craft. All supplies provided. Free! Register online or contact 697-3822 x13.
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    Cyber Safety: Staying Safe on the Internet
    Monday, October 21, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
    As technology continues to play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay vigilant against threats in the digital world. Join Detective Scott Gamboe of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic exploration into the dangers of the Internet and how you can protect yourself against Internet scams, phishing, identity theft, and more. Registration required. Go online to register or call 697-3822 x13.Add to my

    -The Christian Center
    -Circle K
    -Friends of the Alpha Park Library
    -Peoria Rivermen
    -Peoria Chiefs
    -Sam’s Club
    -Texas Roadhouse

    2019 Reading Challenge
    Ends December 31, 2019
    In 2019, we challenge you to complete our Alphabet Soup reading challenge! Work your way through the alphabet by selecting books that begin with a specific letter. Complete all 26 letters and return the form to the Information Desk before 12/31/2019 to win a prize. All participants will also be entered for the Grand Prize drawing to win one of two $25 gift cards! Contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x13 for more details.

    Additional Services

    Explore More Illinois

    Explore More Illinois is a new program which allows library users to visit other museums/attractions around the state, either without charge or at a discounted price. Folks will no longer need to pick up a pre-printed pass at the library, though some attractions still require a pass. Here’s how it will work:
         • Using a computer, go to the website
         • Log into the site using your library card number—on your card; it begins with “D080…”—and the password that you use to access your library account online
         • On the “Available Attractions” page, all participating institutions are listed, with instructions about requiring or not requiring a printed pass, etc.
         • Click the green “Reserve” button to get a pass for the day
         • For a different day, click on “Reserve Different Date”
         • Once a date has been chosen, click on “Continue” to confirm your reservation
    Please note that the Peoria Riverfront Museum DOES require a printed pass, so you will need to print one to have in hand when you go to the museum.
    Alpha Park will receive one pass per day, and each library card is limited to two passes per calendar year. One pass will admit two adults and their children (must be under the age of 18).

    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,