Adult and Public 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.

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.

Library closings
Monday, May 28
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Summer Reading Kickoff
Wednesday, May 30th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sign up the WHOLE FAMILY for the Summer Reading Club at Alpha Park Public Library! Registration begins at the kickoff event. The program will run until July 28. The kickoff party is a great time to get signed up, pick up all the information, and enjoy snacks and face painting. If you cannot make it to the party, don’t fret! Sign up at the library anytime after May 30.   Add to my

The Friends of the Library will put in their patio of pavers, post the sign naming the path to the patio, and promote and present a cutest pet contest in June. The contest will be a fundraiser, as will a special event on July 24, when people may have their photograph taken while holding their perfect pet(s). All are welcome. The Friends do GREAT things for the library with the money that they raise. Come to the Friends meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, to learn more about these events! Questions about the friends? Call Amber at 697-3097.

I Survived Book Club
I Survived: Mt. St. Helens: Monday, June 4, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.    Add to my
I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg: Monday, June 18, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.  Add to my
Each meeting will focus on a different book in Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived series. We will read a few excerpts together and then do activities that relate to the catastrophic event in that book. Copies of the book can be checked out directly from the circulation desk.

Cookbook Club
June 4: Cookie Bar 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

Book Discussion
June 14: Mississippi Solo by Eddy L. Harris
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

Concerts in the Park
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Alpha Park Pavilions
Saturday, June 16: RipChordz — Classic Rock from 70’s & 80’s  -  Add to my
Saturday, July 21: Brian Dennison — Country Rock  -  Add to my
Saturday, August 25: Sgt. Eggman’s Lonely Nowhere Man Band — Beatles Tribute Band  - Add to my
The library and the Village of Bartonville have once again teamed up to provide concerts in Alpha Park this summer. Food from Boss Food Truck (BBQ) and the LGSA concession stand will be available starting at 5:30pm.

Board Meeting
Monday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.
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Intro to 3D Printing for Adults
Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.
Adults 18 and older are invited to the library to take a class on our new 3D printer. We will give you a crash course on 3D printing including setting up your very own design account, a walkthrough of the basic steps on setting the printer up, and we will end it all with a demonstration. After you have taken this class, you can use our 3D printer anytime it is available. Registration is required. Call the Information Desk to sign-up, 697-3822, ext. 13.  Add to my

Garden Stones
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.
Alpha Park Pavilion
The library and the Bartonville Garden Club have teamed up to help you create a one-of-a-kind garden stone. We’ll use large leaves such as a hosta leaf to cast our stone. This is free and open the public, but registration is limited. Please call the Information Desk to sign-up, 697-3822, ext. 13.  Add to my

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

Peoria Riverfront Museum Passes for Checkout
The library is excited to announce our new partnership with the Peoria Riverfront Museum. As a part of this partnership we are now able to check out a free day pass that grants two adults and their children admission into the museum for one visit. The passes are good for two days once you have checked them out. This is a first come, first served item and no holds on passes are allowed. Questions? Call the Circulation Desk at 697-3822, ext. 10.

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

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,

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