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. 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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  • 2. Construction Club - Tuesday, May 30, 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!  
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  • 3. Reading By Design: Summer Reading Club KICKOFF PARTY - Thursday, June 1, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Kick off a great summer adventure by signing the WHOLE FAMILY up for the summer reading club at Alpha Park Library! Registration begins on Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 pm. The program will run until July 29. The kickoff party is a great time to drop in and get signed up, get all the club information and enjoy snacks, a craft and get your face painted! (The party marks the beginning of registration, but you may sign up anytime the library is open after June 1.)   Add to my
  • 4. Summer Book Club: "James and the Giant Peach"

    We will discover the adventures of orphaned James Henry Trotter from misery to life inside a giant peach. This beloved tale will also be celebrated on stage this summer, presented by Glasford’s ArcLight productions.
    Check the Summer Reading Calendar in the Youth Services Department for a full list of dates. Copies of the book can be checked out directly from the circulation desk. There will also be extra copies available on the dates the book club meets. Have any questions? Call 309-697-3822 x.14
  • 5. APL Summer Park Program - Summer Park Days will run June 5 – Aug. 4

    The Alpha Park Library and the Village of Bartonville have teamed up to bring special events to the Alpha Park weekdays this summer!  Park visitors will be able to check out equipment like puzzles, games, balls, books and much more Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  (Equipment must be turned in to attendant by 1:30 pm.)  This family-friendly program is free and open to all ages, kids and adults, but children should be supervised by caregivers. We will offer different games daily led by staff for kids and senior citizens.  Check the library’s summer reading calendar for further details or contact the Information Desk at (309) 697-3822 x.13.
  • 6. Build by Design - Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

    Each week, for 6 weeks, will have a new material to use in design challenges. Some will be expected (Legos), some will be unexpected (spaghetti?!).
  • 7. Chris McBrien - Thursday, June 8, 10:30 am

    Entertainer Chris McBrien returns for his second visit to APL. Comedy and ventriloquism are some of what you will get in this hilarious, family-friendly show. This event is most appropriate for kids 12 and under.  
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  • 8. STEAMPLAY Saturday - Saturday, June 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am and Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Saturdays are for play! 3-6 graders can join as we play and test out different science principles. Registration required. Call 309-697-3822 x.14 or email Sara, sara@alphapark.org.
  • 9. Make-It, Take-It - Thursday, June 15, 2:00 to 6:00 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 2:00 and 6:00 pm.   Add to my
  • 10. Super Stolie - Friday, June 23, 10:00 am

    Super Stolie show is a music-centered exhibition of creativity to explore and inspire the uniqueness and silliness in all of us! Her highly interactive shows get everyone involved, introducing dance moves to get bodies moving and catchy tunes to get mouths singing. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a fun looping pedal, Super Stolie serves up a batch of her fun, original children’s songs from three albums with sprinkles of traditional nursery rhymes for the little ones and popular cover tunes for the big kids.   Add to my
  • 11. Clothespin Puppets - Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm

    Come see your favorite books – live on stage! Clothespin Puppets from Bloomington, IL will bring their picture book show here, for one night only.   Add to my

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