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. Make-It, Take-It - Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Children ages 4 through 4th grade along with their parent or caregiver are invited to make a special craft in the Youth Services Department anytime between 10:00 and 2:00 p.m. Parental assistance required. No drop-offs, please!   Add to my
  • 2. Construction Club - Tuesday, March 28, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

    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. National Library Week - April 10-16

    Alpha Park Library staff will visit each 1st grade class in the library district during March as part of a Library Card Round Up tour.  First grade students will bring home information about registering for their first library card in February and receive their new cards at a special classroom storytime in March.
    In celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16, Alpha Park staff will deliver books to 3 year olds at area preschools during a special storytime.  Alpha Park Library hopes to provide a small gift to encourage children as they begin to build a lifelong love of reading.  
  • 4. Money Smart Storytime - Saturday, April 22, 10:00 to 11:00 am

    In conjunction with Money Smart Week, join us for a very special storytime.  Songs, stories, crafts and giveaways will fill our hour together with fun lessons about responsible money skills.  This program is most appropriate for children ages K-3rd grade and will feature a special guest.   Add to my
  • 5. STEAMPLAY Saturday - Saturday, April 29, 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Saturdays are for play! 3-6 graders can join as we play and test out different science principles. This month: Polymers. Registration required. Call 309-697-3822 x.14 or email Sara, sara@alphapark.org  
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Spring Storytimes

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  • 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, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    March 22, 29
    April 5, 12, 19, 26

  • Toddlertime: Storytime for 2-year-olds with an adult.
    Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    March 21, 28
    April 4, 11, 18, 25

    Bookworms: Storytime for ages 3 to 6.
    Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
    March 21, 28
    April 4, 11, 18, 25

  • Wednesdays, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
    March 22, 29
    April 5, 12, 19, 26

    Thursday Tales: Storytime for 2 or 3-year-olds with an adult.
    Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    March 23, 30
    April 6, 13, 20, 27

    Stories on the Steps: Evening storytime for ages 3 to 8.
    Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:00 p.m.
    March 23, 30
    April 6, 13, 20, 27