YOUTH SERVICES

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. Youth Book Club - Monday, November 18, 2 or 4 p.m.

    Nov: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Flight of the Phoenix by R.A. Lafevers
    Come join our monthly youth book club. Each month we examine a favorite book, have a snack, and do a fun activity to go with the book. Best for kids in 2—6 grade.
  • 2. Family Reading Night - Thursday, November 21, 6:30—7:30 p.m.

    Join us for a special family storytime as we join in with other readers across the state of Illinois to celebrate the magic of reading on Family Reading Night. Add to my
  • 3. Make It/Take It - Saturday, November 23, 10—2 p.m.

    Craft time for ages 4 through 4th grade with adult assistance. In November, we will make harvest wreath decorations.   Add to my
  • 4. Construction Club - Tuesday, November 26, 3:30—5 p.m.

    Attention architects! Build your own creation or try one of our challenges. Registration is not required, come by and join the fun.  Add to my
  • 5. Youth Book Club - Monday, December 16, 2 or 4 p.m.

    Dec: The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
    Come join our monthly youth book club. Each month we examine a favorite book, have a snack, and do a fun activity to go with the book. Best for kids in 2—6 grade.
  • 6. Wee Ones Christmas Party - Wednesday, December 18, 10—11 a.m.

    This special Christmas storytime includes stories, songs, snacks, and a holiday craft. Best for children 6 and under.   Add to my
  • 7. Elf: An Interactive Experience - Friday, December 20, 2 p.m.

    School is out for winter break! Start your holiday by joining us to watch Will Ferrell’s Elf. We will have a script and props to make the movie an interactive experience.  Add to my
  • 8. 1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN @ APL

    We are happy to introduce our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! Stop by the library to register your young child. You will get a tracking sheet and app tips for recording your reading together. Your reader will receive prizes along their journey and we will celebrate our graduates at a special event each year. You’ll be amazed at how quickly 1,000 books flies by—stop in and get started today!

Holiday Storytimes

Librarian reading to a group of children

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

    Book Babies: Parents and caregivers with babies aged 12—24 months are invited to the library for songs, books, and group play.
    Wednesdays, 10—10:30 a.m.
    November 6, 13, 20, 27
    December 4, 11

    Toddlertime: Storytime for 2-year-olds with an adult.
    Tuesdays, 10—10:30 a.m.
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
    December 3, 10

    Bookworms: Storytime for ages 3 to 6 moving towards independence.
    Tuesdays, 10:30—11 a.m.
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
    December 3, 10

    Wednesdays, 1—1:30 p.m.
    November 6, 13, 20, 27
    December 4, 11

    Twilight Tales: Evening storytime for ages 3 to 8.
    Thursday evenings, 6:30—7 p.m.
    November 7, 14, 21
    December 5, 12