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 Updated 8-19-14

Alpha Park Public Library


3527 S. Airport Road Bartonville, IL 61607



Mon-Thurs. 9 - 9
Friday 9 - 6
Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday (Closed) 

Closed for staff in-service August 21 from 9:00-5:00.  We will open at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us:

Phone: (309)697-3822 V/TDD: (309)697-9470 Fax: (309)697-9681
E-mail: alpha@alphapark.org


Friends of Alpha Park Library

From the Director:

John D. Richmond

Director John RichmondCOM..PEN..DI..UM

“Compendium: A concise compilation of a body of knowledge.” Don’t like that? It does violate rules of simple language in public writing. I am guilty as charged.

Richmond’s definition: “A bunch of stuff gathered together at the last minute when newsletter deadlines are really CLOSE, and the Library Director cannot crank out anything truly spiffy.”

So, here’s a compendium, with bullets, of things happening at the library, or that have happened, or that will happen.

After all those bullets, three observations: 1) Ever since we attacked our last strategic plan, in 2008-9, the pace of life, programming, activities—everything has ramped-up in speed; 2) technology remains our greatest source of change which is lightning-fast and sometimes unpredictable, providing intense pressure for staff to keep up with reality; and 3) the library is bursting at its seams. In an age in which some people predict the premature death of libraries, there is life at the corner of Airport Road and Garfield Avenue, radiating (?bursting?) out into the far corners of our district.