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Alpha Park Library Youth Services
Carpet Fundraiser
$5 Donation Per Square
Donate in person by July 27 at the Circulation Desk,
Online at

or on Facebook. If you would like a receipt please stop in and make your donation.

Every Tuesday, 9:15—10:15 a.m.
Start your Tuesday mornings fresh with yoga!   Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. All levels welcome. Free and open to adults! Register online or call 697-3822 x13.

APL Board Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.
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Laughter: The Healthy Medicine
Wednesday, May 22, 1—2 p.m.
Come and enjoy hilarious and interactive activities with Evergreen Senior Living! Games, jokes, and riddles will be sure to have you on the floor laughing. Find out why laughter is truly the best kind of medicine and what it can do for your well-being. Registration required. Register on our website or call 697-3822 x13.
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Library closings
Monday, May 27
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Summer Reading Kickoff
Wednesday, May 29, 1—4 p.m.
Sign up the WHOLE FAMILY for the summer reading club at Alpha Park Library! Registration begins at the Kickoff Event. The program will run until July 27. The kickoff party is a great time to drop in and get signed up, pick up all the club information as well as enjoy snacks, a craft, and face-painting! (The party marks the beginning of registration, but you may sign up at the library any time after May 29.)  Add to my

Book Bingo for Adults
June 3
1st Monday of the month, 2—3 p.m.
Join us at the library for Book Bingo! Bring some friends, play Bingo, enjoy snacks, and win books! FREE. Registration is required. Register online at or call 697-3822 x13.  Add to my

Cookbook Club
June 3: Recipe by your favorite chef
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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Concerts in the Park
6—8 p.m. at the Alpha Park Pavilions
Located at the pavilions inside Alpha Park in Bartonville, IL.
Food trucks & concession stands open at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8: Brian Dennison—Country Rock Music  Add to my
Saturday, July 20: RipChordz—Classic Rock Music  Add to my
Saturday, August 17: The 42—Country & Rock Music  Add to my
Saturday, September 14: Peoria Pops  Add to my

Basic Photography
Wednesday, June 12, 2—3 p.m.
Learn the basics of photography in this introductory course! Jim Burnham of Burnham Graphic Arts will cover topics such as camera functions, camera recommendations, tips & tricks, and much more! You may bring your camera or camera phone with you. A camera is not required, but strongly recommended. No previous experience required. Register online or by calling 697-3822 x13.   Add to my

Intro to Watercolor
Wednesday, June 12, 7—8:30 p.m.
Dip your toes into watercolor painting. Instructor Kristen Woodley will teach basic techniques and you will end the night with your own masterpiece to take home. Register online or by calling 697-3822 x13.  Add to my

Book Discussion
June 13: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
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

Harry Potter Book Night
Thursday, June 13, 6—8 p.m.  *Rescheduled from January*
Harry Potter Book Night is a worldwide celebration created by Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter. This year’s theme is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We will attend classes, make a wand, get sorted, and enjoy delicious treats. For all ages.   Add to my

Simplify Your Spending & Saving Strategies
Monday, June 17, 6—8 p.m.
Financial advisor Jenni Case will provide tips and tricks to simplify your spending and saving! Topics will include budgeting, identifying your goals, and prioritization. Please register online or call 697-3822 x13.   Add to my

APL Board Meeting
Monday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
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Crafternoon Delight
Thursday, June 20, 2—3:30 p.m.
June: Paint stick American Flag.
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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Digital Eye Strain
Monday, June 24, 6—8 p.m.
Dr. Tim Cundiff joins us once again! This presentation is geared to address the challenges that our digital age of technology is having on our eyes. Register online or contact 697-3822 x13.  Add to my

Popcorn Challenge
Entries due Thursday, June 27 by 6 p.m.
Public Sampling & Winner Reveal 7:30 p.m.

Are you a master chef in the making? Use your talents to create a popcorn themed snack that will wow the crowd. Our judges will select a winner in each of 4 age groups. Winners will receive a $15 gift card, golden spatula, and bragging rights.
Age Groups: 0—7, 8—13, 14—18, 18+

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,