Adult and Public Services

upcoming events - all remaining events in March SUSPENDED

Check Out What's Happening at Alpha Park Library!

MARCH / APRIL

Cookbook Club
1st Monday of Every Month, 7 - 8 p.m. (April 6, and May 4)
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.
April: Easter Brunch
May: Mexican Dishes

Photography FUNdamentals: Capturing Emotion
(SUSPENDED - Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Lisa Pallardy returns to review manual mode, then talk about how to take more captivating pictures by caturing the emotion in various situations.
Registration Required. Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.

Crafternoon Delight
Thursday April 16. 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Registration required, online: alphapark.org). Each month we will explore making a new craft. All supplies provided.
(SUSPENDED - March 26: Bunny decor)
April 16: Washi Tape wall art
May 21: Mason jar decor>

APRIL / MAY

Meditation for Spirtual Awareness
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instructors will cover the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation.
Registration Required. Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.

Chair Yoga
Fridays in April and May. 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (NO Yoga May 8)
A gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and /or with the aid of a chair. This style of yoga is perfect for those who find a typical yoga class too difficult
and great for beginners.
Registration Required.
Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.

Book Bingo
Mondays, April 6 and May 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring Friends
Play Bingo, enjoy snacks and win books!.This style of yoga is perfect for those who find a typical yoa class too difficult and great for beginners.
Registration Required. Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.

Book Discussion
Thursdays , April 9, and May 14. from 2:30 p.m. 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.

April: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage.
May: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi


Get in the Garden
Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring Friends
Kay Dye will discuss everything you need to know about strting a garden or getting back into gardening.
Registration Required.
Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.

Wellmobile Screening
Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The UnityPoint Wellmobile will provide screenings for bloodpressure, blood glocose and cholesterol, pulse oximetry and spirometry.
Illinois Eye Ceter will provide free glaucoma screening and visual acuity test.
Heart of Illinois hearing will provide free hearing screenings.


Gardening: Pump Up Your Pollinator Population
Wednesday, May 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Welcome more polinators to your garden by planting their favorite things. Instructor Kay Dye will lead this informational class.
Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.


Health Care and Your Retirement
Monday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Financial Advisor Joe Dicce of Edward Jones will seak on the potential impact of rising health care costs om retirement savings.
Includes an introduction of Medicare coverage and costs, long-term care costs, available options for supplemental health care and
long-term care insurance. Registration Required.
Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.


5 Money Questions for Women
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Joe Dicce of Edard Jones returns to share his perspective on a process that women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. Registration Required.
Register online at alphapark.org or call 697-3822 ext 13.


  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION

    • National Library Week

      In celebration of National Library Week, April 19-25, Alpha Park staff will deliver books to 3-year-olds at area preschools during special storytimes.
      Alpha Park Library provides a small gift to encourage children as they build a lifelong love of reading.

    • Library Card Round-Up

      Alpha Park Library staff will also visit each 1st grade class in the library district this spring as part of a Library Card Round-Up tour.
      Public school first grade students will bring home information about registering for a library card and receive their new cards at a special classroom storytime soon after.

    • Attention Artist

      Would you like to show off your talent to the entire Alpha Park Library District? Submit your best interpretation of the summer reading club theme; "Dig Deeper: Read! Investigate! Discover!", on a bookmark by May 20!
      A winner will be chosen, and their work will be reproduced as the official summer reading club bookmark.


    2020 Reading Challenge

    Ends December 31, 2020.
    In 2020, we challenge you to complete our latest reading challenge.
    Complete 40 out of the 50 prompts and return the form to the Informatin Desk before 12/31/2020, to win a prize. If you complete all 50, you will receive an extra special prize.
    All participants will be entered for the Grand Prize drawing to win on of two $25 gift cards. Contact the Information Desk at 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 https://exploremore.quipugroup.net/?AlphaPark
         • 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.

    Yoga
    Every Tuesday 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    NO Yoga on March 17 (Registration required.) Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.
    All levels welcome.
    Open to adults. Register online or call 697-3822 x13.

    Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Free 30-minute one-on-one sessions. Appointments Required. Call 697-3822 Ext. 13
    Email, Device troubleshooting, eBook assistance, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel.


    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, www.alphapark.org