Boy Reading

As part of our mission to support and encourage a lifelong love of literature, we strive to provide easy access to a variety of materials, in a variety of formats, to meet every reader’s needs. The youth services department of Alpha Park Library is a fun, playful and engaging space for young readers to comfortably connect with books and more.

Please visit us and explore the youth areas, meet your librarians and join in the fun programs we offer. Fun and learning at Alpha Park Library is for all ages!

upcoming events

  • 1. 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Event - Monday, August 21, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    While the eclipse will not be a total eclipse in our area (it will be in southern IL!), we will still have quite a viewing experience here in Bartonville. APL will provide safe viewing glasses and will project the NASA LiveStream from Carbondale. Drop in to try different activities and learn more about eclipses with your friends and family during this special event!   Add to my

  • 2. Construction Club - Tuesday, August 29, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

    Attention architects! Builders can now join us MONTHLY for a building challenge and some free design time. Materials will be provided. No registration required. Come by and join the fun!   Add to my

  • 3. Library Closings

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Add to my
    Monday, September 4 - Add to my

  • 4. Make-It/Take-it - Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Children ages 4 through grade 4, along with their parent or caregiver, are invited to make a craft in the Youth Services Department anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. In September, we will decorate sun visors.   Add to my

  • 5. Kids’ Halloween Party - Tuesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m.

    Children six and under and their caregivers are invited to join their friends at the library for a special Halloween-themed storyhour. We will provide stories, snacks, and a craft. Kids, wear your costume for the costume parade!   Add to my

Summer Storytimes

Little boy reading a book (June & July)

    Storytimes are held in six-week sessions throughout the year. Sessions may include books, fingerplays, crafts, songs, games, and/or videos. Children must be the appropriate ages at the first class of each session.

    Book Babies: Parents/caregivers with babies ages 12-24 months are invited to the library for activities. Songs, creative time, group play, and resource ideas will be shared.
    Wednesdays, 10:00 to 10:30 am
    September 13, 20, 27
    October 4, 11, 18

    Toddlertime: Storytime for 2-year-olds with an adult.
    Tuesdays, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    September 12, 19, 26
    October 3, 10, 17

    Bookworms: Storytime for ages 3 to 6.
    Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
    September 12, 19, 26
    October 3, 10, 17

    Wednesdays, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
    September 13, 20, 27
    October 4, 11, 18

    Thursday Tales: Storytime for 2- and 3-year-olds with an adult.
    Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    September 14, 21, 28
    October 5, 12, 19

    Stories on the Steps: Evening storytime for ages 3 to 8.
    Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
    September 14, 21, 28
    October 5, 12, 19