Friends of Alpha Park Public Library logo

Hundreds of libraries across the U.S. benefit from the presence of a Friends group. In my last position, in Texas, I depended on the Friends to underwrite the costs of the Summer Reading Club, pay for computers which the City could not afford to purchase…and the list could go on and on.

Friends provide support for libraries in many ways. Here are some of them:

  • In some cases, come together to establish a library where there was none before.
  • Serve to educate the greater community about the library, and its services.
  • Especially in municipal (city) libraries, advocate for library support from elected officials.
  • Assist library staff in volunteer positions, as needed.
  • Provide hospitality for library events.
  • Raise funds to pay for programs or materials that aren’t workable in the library’s regular budget.
  • “Grow” library foundations for ongoing fiscal security of the library.


Not all Friends groups take on all of the causes shown above, but they may choose to work on more than one goal.

A planning group began working in the fall of 2010 to establish a Friends group.

John Richmond
Library Director

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 - Bartonville
Weers Garden - Pekin
Schwebel Garden - Peoria
Cox Garden - Peoria
Baylor Garden - Hanna City
Layman Garden - Hanna City
Whitmore Garden - Hanna City

Friends of the Alpha Park Library

Questions about the friends? Call Amber Hopwood, Friends president, @ 697-3097.

Meanwhile, visit the Friends’ ongoing book sale at the library, far north wall. All sales benefit APL.

Friends of Alpha Park Library brochure with application form