Outreach Services

  • Alpha Park Public Library is committed to providing library services throughout the district, not just at our building.

    Outreach Services are brought directly to patrons in order to reduce gaps in access and increase community connections. To Request a visit or for more information, Contact Heidi Rhea, Outreach Librarian at 309-697-3822 x25 or email Heidi@alphapark.org.
  • Library Pop-Ups

    We Bring the Library to You!

    Check it Out:
    Choose from an assortment of books, movies, games, technology and more available for checkout in your hometown. Check out materials with your library card or take a free book home and add it to your own library.

    Get Carded:
    Receive a library card on the spot and learn about how to use it to check-out books, e-books, e-audiobooks.

    Get Smart:
    Discover something new through interactive programming and hands-on demonstrations for all ages. We can also help connect towns with services like legal support, Banking assistant/education, Health care, the Wellmobile, Food banks or other needs.
  • Programs to You!

    Library programs can be taken directly to patrons at schools, daycares, businesses, Senior Centers, and other community gathering places. It’s also available for Book Clubs, homeschool groups, local festivals, fairs and more. For example-

    • > Library Tours
    • > Story Programs/Book Talks
    • > Library Use Instruction
    • > Research Instruction
    • > Library at your school or group event
    • > Technology Petting Zoon - Try out new gadgets
    • > Homework Help
    • > Book Clubs

    Senior Living Communities:
    • > Book Delivery
    • > Book Talks
    • > Programs
    • > Technology classes/assistance
    • > Armchair Travel
    • > Memory Kits/Programs
    • > Reminisce Progam

    For Kids and Families:
    • > Special and Seasonal Events
    • > Park Storytime
    • > Parenting 101 Clubs
    • > Technology classes/assistance
    • > Homework Help
  • Homebound Services

    The Library at Your Door!

    Long-Term Homebound Service:
    Available to anyone unable to get to the library on a regular basis, this service brings you monthly deliveries of regular or large print books, audiobooks, movies, and more. Service is available to your home or to a senior residence and care facilities within the Alpha Park Library District.

    Short-term Delivery Service:
    Short-term Delivery Service is available to residents of the library district of any age who will need delivery service for less than 4 months. This is the service to use while recovering from surgery or a prolonged illness, etc.

    Make it Happen:
    To request homebound delivery services, contact the Outreach Librarian at 309-697-3822 x25, or by email
  • Talking Book Program

    Free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment are available by mail or app to eligible Illinois residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or reading disabled. Contact Heidi Rhea, Outreach LIbrarian at 309-697-3822 x25 or email heidi@alphapark.org to assist with enrollment or get the application from the State of Illinois Talking Book program 800−426−0709
  • Curbside Delivery

    Available now by calling 309-697-3822

    This service gives library users the option to place holds on materials and pick them up from the comfort of your vehicle.
  • Little Free Libraries

    Current Locations- Alpha Park Library and Union Hall

    We keep our Little FRee Libraries stocked with books for all ages and all types of books: fiction and nonfiction, picture books, early readers, chapter books, young adult books, mysteries, romances and more! Little Free Libraries encourage people of all ages to take a book home, read it, share it and return it.
    Both Little Free Libraries were created by Nico Contreras for an Eagle Scout project in 2021.

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