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. Back to Square One

    Alpha Park Library Youth Services
    Carpet Fundraiser
    $5 Donation Per Square
    Donate in person by July 27 at the Circulation Desk,
    Online at
    or on Facebook. If you would like a receipt please stop in and make your donation.

  • 2. Attention Artists!

    Would you like to show off your talent to the entire Alpha Park Library District? Submit your best interpretation of the summer reading club theme, It’s Showtime at your Library!, on a bookmark by May 20! A winner will be chosen, and their work will be reproduced as the official summer reading club bookmark.

  • 3. Library closings

    Monday, May 27
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  • 4. Construction Club - Tuesday, May 28, 3:30—5 p.m.

    Attention architects! Builders can now join us each month for a building challenge and free design time. Materials will be provided. No registration required. Come by and join the fun!  Add to my

  • 5. Summer Reading Kickoff - Wednesday, May 29, 1—4 p.m.

    Sign up the WHOLE FAMILY for the summer reading club at Alpha Park Library! Registration begins at the Kickoff Event. The program will run until July 27. The kickoff party is a great time to drop in and get signed up, pick up all the club information as well as enjoy snacks, a craft, and face-painting! (The party marks the beginning of registration, but you may sign up at the library any time after May 29.)   Add to my

  • 6. Harry Potter Book Night - Thursday, June 13, 6—8 p.m.

    *Rescheduled from January* Harry Potter Book Night is a worldwide celebration created by Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter. This year’s theme is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We will attend classes, make a wand, get sorted, and enjoy delicious treats. For all ages.   Add to my

  • 7. Martika the Magnificent! - Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.

    Martika is a performer extraordinaire. Her many talents include hula hoops, silk fans and spinning plates. She is a one woman circus act that you can join in on. Martika comes all the way from Kansas City, MO. Don’t miss her APL debut!  Add to my

  • 8. Three Ring Rascals Book Club - Monday, June 17, 2—3:30 p.m.

    We will meet to share the book Three Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On by Peoria natives Kate and M. Sarah Klise. You’ll enjoy this illustrated tale of circus adventures. We will read excerpts together and then do activities that relate to the book. Next month-Three Ring Rascals, Book 2! Copies of the book can be checked out directly from the circulation desk.  Add to my

  • 9. Super Stolie - Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.

    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 fun the family won’t want to miss.   Add to my

  • 10. Popcorn Challenge - Entries due Thursday, June 27 by 6 p.m.

    Public Sampling & Winner Reveal 7:30 p.m.
    Are you a master chef in the making? Use your talents to create a popcorn themed snack that will wow the crowd. Our judges will select a winner in each of 4 age groups. Winners will receive a $15 gift card, golden spatula, and bragging rights.
    Age Groups: 0—7, 8—13, 14—18, 18+

  • 11. Cold Blooded Creatures - Friday, June 28, 2 p.m. OR 4 p.m.

    Have you ever been so close to an alligator that you could touch it? Well, here is your chance! Jim Nesci brings his reptile friends to Alpha Park Library for one day only. Come learn about the importance of reptiles in nature, as well as many interesting and humorous facts.   Add to my

Summer Storytimes

Little boy reading, June and July

    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 ages 9-24 months are invited to the library for songs, books, and group play.
    Wednesdays, 10:00 to 10:30 am
    June 5, 12, 19, 26
    July 3, 10

    Toddlertime: Storytime for 2-year olds with an adult.
    Tuesdays, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    June 4, 11, 18, 25
    July 2, 9

    Bookworms: Storytime for ages 3 to 6
    Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
    June 4, 11, 18, 25
    July 2, 9

    Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
    June 5, 12, 19, 26
    July 3, 10

    Thursday Tales: Storytime for 2 or 3-year olds with an adult.
    Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    June 6, 13, 20, 27
    July 11

    Big Top Fun: Special summer evening storytime for 4—10 year olds.
    Monday evenings, 7—7:30 p.m.
    June 3, 10, 17, 24
    July 1, 8