News and Updates
APL is Seeking Your Help This Summer!
Would you be interested to give back to your community this summer? Alpha Park Library needs you! We currently have many opportunities for new volunteers, including for our Summer Reading Program!
All Volunteers will need to fill out an application:
>Volunteers aged 14 - 17 should complete this application
>Volunteers Over 18 years of age should complete this application
Applications are also available in-person at the library, and there will be a Summer Reading Volunteer Orientation on May 12 at 3:30PM. If you have any questions, please contact the Outreach Dept by calling 309-697-3822 x25.
The Peoria State Hospital Podcast is Here:Alpha Park Library’s long-awaited podcast on the history of the Peoria State Hospital is here!
It is listed on our website, Spotify, and soon will be listed on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music.
We will be updating the webpage weekly as new episodes drop with pictures and more information.
Episode 1 features interviews with Christina Morris, the Director of the Peoria State Hospital Museum and Linda Hernandez, the Historian of the Peoria Women's Club. Check back next week for interviews with staff members of the Peoria State Hospital.
This podcast is sponsored and funded by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, which is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Book Matching ServiceLooking for your next read, but don’t know where to start? Try filling out our new Book Match Form!
Like dating site for books: you tell us what you’re looking for and what you like to read, and we’ll match you with the perfect books! Paper forms are available at the circulation and reference desks, or you can print off a copy from our website. Once you submit your form, we’ll select 2-3 books and place them on hold for you. All you have to do is pick them up from the circulation desk, it’s that easy!
APL's 2023 Reading Challenge is here!Are you up to the challenge this year? Complete our reading challenge by reading 40 of the 50 book prompts and return the form to the Reference Desk by 12/30/2022 to win a prize! All participants will also be entered into a Grand Prize drawing. Struggling to decide what to read for each prompt? Stop into APL and check out our reading challenge display, which will be updated on a biweekly basis with books that fit two of the prompts on the 2023 Reading Challenge.
New Gaming Items!
See our new gaming section! With all of the classic family favorites. Be sure to check out our new items! featuring Risk, Clue, Scene it?, Battleship, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, and many more!
We at the Alpha Park Public Library are proud to announce that we are now offering board games in the library to check out and play. Located in the magazine section near the Large Print and Graphic Novels, come in, grab a game and play! You can also check the games out to take home and play with friends and family. Pickle Ball kits and Frisbee Golf Frisbee Discs are also available for check out.
Meeting RoomsAlpha Park Library meeting rooms are now open for reservation as of August 1st.
Please see the Meeting Room Calendar
Reservations can be made via email, phone, or in person.
if requesting a reservation, please review the meeting room policies and application.
Tax HelpAARP Tax Assistance The annual tax assistance is solely conducted by AARP volunteers, not the library. These volunteers have informed us that they are booked for this tax season and are no longer accepting phone calls. Unfortunately, we have no other information to provide and cannot give out a contact number. If you’d like additional resources, here are some options:
Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers on the IRS.GOV website:
• https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/ (Small fees may apply)
FreeTaxUSA: https://www.freetaxusa.com/ (State fees apply)
AARP YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtVYBYELwJI