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Outreach Services

Alpha Park Public Library is committed to providing library services throughout the district, not just at our building.

Outreach Services are brought directly to patrons in order to reduce gaps in access and increase community connections. To request a visit or for more information, contact Heidi Rhea, Outreach Librarian, at 309-697-3822 x25 or email

Safety of Seniors 2024 

March 23, 2024 was the annual Safety of Senior TOTALLY FREE event sponsored by the Bartonville Police Dept and the Alpha Park Library.  Over 30 vendors were on hand to talk to seniors about safe living, common scams, staying active, health and retirement,  finding a hobby, and more!  Speakers were Illinois State's Attorney Jodi Hoos and Peoria County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall.  Attendees could sign up for drawings, enjoy refreshments, and talk with local organizations including the Police, Fire Dept, Sheriff's and local US Represtative Sharon Chung.  And, the mobile DMV was set up to renew licenses. 

This annual event will return in 2025!  

Jodi Hoos, Illinois State's Attorney
Jodi Hoos, Peoria County State's Attorney speaks to seniors at Safety of Seniors 2024.
Amiee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sherrif's Office Victim Servcies Coordinator speaks to seniors at the 2024 Safety of Seniors
Bartonville Police Chief, Tony Segree,  talks about new scams and how to stay safe.
Bartonville Police Chief Tony Segree speaks to seniors at the 2024 Safety of Seniors. 
Safety of Seniors 2024 Vendor Tables
Seniors visit vendor tables at the Safety of Seniors 2024.  
Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Coordinator
Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sherrif's Office Victim Servcies Coordinator
Seniors were greeted with a Welcome Table where they could sign up for prizes and pick up a free bag.
Seniors are welcomed by volunteers where they sign up for prize drawing and recieve bags for the vendor tables.
A group of people sitting, some with coffee cups, in a community or public indoor space.
Safety of Seniors 2024
Group of adults seated indoors, some looking in the same direction, possibly at an event or presentation.
Safety of Seniors 2024
Pets for Seniors
Pets for Seniors (PFS) bring kittens to promote their services to seniors.  



Senior Coffee at the Alpha Park Clubhouse 

Join the Alpha Park Library, the Limestone Township, & the Bartonville Park Committee each month at the for coffee, donuts, socializing, and a guest speaker.  This program runs April through November each year. 
Held at the Clubhouse in Alpha Park (across from pavilions).  Social time from 8am to 8:25am with a speaker from 8:30 - 9:00am.  



April 2024 - BINGO 

May 2024 - Local Opal  

June 2024 -  Ed Stermer, Local Geology & the GeoHeritage Trail for Kickapoo Creek

July 2024 - Airport    

August 2024 - Birdwatching       

September 2024 - TBD 

October 2024 - Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS)

November 2024 - Christmas Volunteer Day 

December - March -- Closed 


Highlights from April's Senior Coffee:

Joke of the day (by Deanne)

Three brothers aged 92, 94, and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96year old draws a bath, puts his foot in and pauses. He yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?”

The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know, I’ll come up and see.” He starts up the stairs and pauses, then he yells down, “Was I going up or down the stairs?”

The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having a coffee listening to his brothers. He shakes his head and says ”I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” He knocks on wood for luck. He then yells,”I’ll come up and help you both as soon as I see who is at the door.”

Senior Coffee BINGO April 2024
BINGO at Senior Coffee April 2024 
Two people at a table with a microphone and bingo equipment, one calling numbers and the other marking a card.
BINGO caller MISS CONNIE and assistant Kindred calls the BINGO game at Senior Coffee April 2024 
A room full of people sitting at tables, some playing cards, with a person speaking in the background—casual gathering or event.
More than 65 people attended Senior Coffee for a BINGO game in April 2024 .
Library Pop-Ups 
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Pop-Up Libraries

We currently offer a Pop-Up Library in Glasford every Tuesday from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Glasford Village Hall (301 S Oak Street).

Check Out:

Choose from an assortment of books, movies, games, technology, and more available for checkout in your hometown. Check out materials with your library card or take a free book home and add it to your own library.  You can also get help with your homework!  And, there are treats! 

Get Carded:

Receive a library card on the spot and learn how to use it to check out books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks.

Get Smart:

Discover something new through interactive programming and hands-on demonstrations for all ages. We can also help connect towns with services like legal support, financial assistance/education, health care, the Wellmobile, food banks, or other needs.

Programs to You! 
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Library programs can be brought directly to patrons at schools, daycares, businesses, Senior Centers, and other community gathering places. They are also available for book clubs, homeschool groups, local festivals, fairs, and more.
Examples include:


  • Library Tours
  • Story Times & Book Talks
  • Library Use Instruction
  • Research Instruction
  • Library Staff at Your Event
  • Technology Petting Zoo - Try out new gadgets!
  • Homework Help
  • Book Club
  • Pop-Up Library
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Senior Living Communities:

  • Book Delivery
  • Book Talks
  • Programs
  • Technology Classes/Assistance
  • Armchair Travel
  • Memory Kits/Programs
  • Reminisce Progams

For Kids & Families:

  • Special and Seasonal Events
  • Park Story Time
  • Parenting 101 Clubs
  • Technology Classes/Assistance
  • Homework Help
Homebound Services 

The Library at Your Door!

Long-Term Homebound Service:

Available to anyone unable to get to the library on a regular basis, this service brings you monthly deliveries of regular or large print books, audiobooks, movies, and more. Service is available to your home or to a senior residence and care facility within the Alpha Park Public Library District.

Short-Term Delivery Service:

Short-Term Delivery Service is available to library district residents of any age who will need delivery service for less than 4 months. This service is used while recovering from surgery or a prolonged illness, etc.

Make It Happen:

To request homebound delivery services, contact the Outreach Specialist at 309-697-3822 x91, or email


Please either fill out the application below, or download the form and email it to

Homebound Delivery Application

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Talking Book Program 

Free recorded books, magazines, and playback equipment are available by mail or app to eligible Illinois residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or reading disabled. Contact Kindred, Outreach Specialist at 309-697-3822 x91 or email to assist with enrollment or get the application from the State of Illinois Talking Book program at 800−426−0709.

Little Free Libraries 

Current Locations – Alpha Park, Union Hall, Hollis Park Recreation Center, and inside Big Mike's Donuts

We keep our Little Free Libraries stocked with all types of books for all ages: fiction and nonfiction, picture books, early readers, chapter books, YA, mysteries, romance, and more! Little Free Libraries encourage readers of all ages to take a book home, read it, share it, and return it!

The Alpha Park and Union Hall Little Free Libraries were created by Nico Contreras for an Eagle Scout project in 2021.