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Library News 01/06/17

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings
at 10:00 a.m. Our eight week session runs from January 25 through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on February 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Afterschool Workshop
Our next after school workshop will be held on Friday, February 17 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. All children in grades K – 6th are invited to attend a program presented by Sarah Davelaar from the Sioux County Conservation Board. Watch for more details to come!

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. Program continues through March 31.

New Adult Books:

  • The Rising by Heather Graham
  • Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble
  • The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney
  • Summer of Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren
  • Preacher’s Hellstorm by William W. Johnstone
  • Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

Library News 01/30/17 – After-school Workshop and More!

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings
at 10:00 am. Our eight week session runs from January 25 through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

After-school Workshop
An afterschool workshop will be held on Friday, February 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. All children in grades K – 6th are invited to join this educational program “Too Good for Drugs” led by Cheryl Bunstma of Compass Pointe. It will include activities from the 4H Spy Kit which reinforce the skills necessary to help keep students safe, make good decisions, and learn about resources in their community to support positive choices.

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. Program continues through March 31.

New Large Print Books:

  • The Cottage by Michael Phillips
  • A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • No Man’s Land by David Baldacci
  • Cross the Line by James Patterson
  • An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
  • Filthy Rich by James Patterson
  • The Mistress by Danielle Steel
  • The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee
  • Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • A Colorado Christmas by William W. Johnstone.

Library News 01/24/17

Babygarten
The Babygarten program will begin this week Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 am. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs have begun at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. Program continues through March 31.

New Large Print Books:

  • The Wish by Beverly Lewis
  • The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Close to Home by Deborah Raney
  • Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
  • Outlaw Town by David Robbins, Frontier: Powder River by S. K. Salzer
  • The Big Showdown by Mickey Spillane
  • Preacher’s Bloodbath by William W. Johnstone
  • This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick
  • The Occupied by Craig Parshall
  • From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling
  • Escape Clause by John Sandford
  • The Award by Danielle Steel
  • The Whistler by John Grisham.

Library News 01/17/17 – Adult Book Club and More!

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings at
10:00 am beginning January 25. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. Program continues through March 31.

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs have begun at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will also be held on January 18, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Playing Cards at Alton Public Library
The Alton Public Library would like to invite all adults interested in playing cards to come on Tuesday afternoonsat 1:30 pm. Cards and hot beverages are provided. Games played will be decided by those attending. All ages welcome to attend this weekly program!

New Large Print Books:

  • Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin
  • Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
  • A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson
  • Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
  • Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
  • I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
  • First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
  • Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love
  • The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling
  • The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert
  • Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel
  • Downfall by J. A. Jance
  • A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson
  • The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels

Library News 01/10/17 – New Large Print Books and More!

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program will kick off Tuesday, January 10! Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log.

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will meet on Tuesday, January 31 @ 6:30 pm. This month we are reading the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs have begun at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will also be held on January 11, 18, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings @ 10:00 am beginning January 25. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Twelve Top Movies For 2016
Zootopia, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2, Inside Out, The 5th Wave, Ant-Man, Jurassic World, Minions, Allegiant, Kung Fu Panda 3, Insurgent, Norm of the North

New Large Print Books:

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

The Apartment by Danielle Steel

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Atonement by Beverly Lewis

The Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

The Revenant by Michael Punke

Payback at Big Silver by Ralph Cotton

Preacher’s Slaughter by William Johnstone

Cape Hell by Loren D. Estleman

Magic by Danielle Steel.

Library News 1/4/17 – Young Adult Fiction and More!

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs will begin Wednesday, January 4 @ 10:30 am at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will also be held on January 11, 18, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10.

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings @ 10:00 am beginning January 25. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Most In Demand For 2016
The young adult fiction books that were popular during the past year were: The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey, Every Last Word by Tamara Stone, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne.

Popular Junior Fiction
The following books made the list for 2016: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Russell, Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Old School by Jeff Kinney, Home-Field Football by Jake Maddox, Mr. Klutz is Nuts! by Dan Gutman, Mrs. Meyer is on Fire! by Dan Gutman, The Amazing Voyage by Geronimo Stilton, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney, The Kingdom of Fantasy by Geronimo Stilton, The Quest for Paradise by Geronimo Stilton, Thea Stilton and the Legend of the Fire Flowers by Thea Stilton, Thea Stilton and the Lost Letters by Thea Stilton, and Volleyball Dreams by Jake Maddox.

New Adult Books:

  • The Mistress by Danielle Steel
  • The Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins
  • Texas Tall by Janet Dailey
  • An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Death Rides Alone by William W. Johnstone

Library News 12/28/16

Christmas Drawings
Thank You to all those who checked out books and signed up for the Christmas drawings! Congratulations to the winners: Malaika Evans, Sammy Morales, Carter Peterson, and Patti Steffes.

Holiday Closing
The Alton Public Library will be closing at noon on Saturday, December 31 and will not be open on New Year’s Day and Monday, January 2.

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs will begin Wednesday, January 4 at 10:30 am at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will also be held on January 11, 18, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10.

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am beginning January 25. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Popular Adult Fiction
As we look back at 2016, the following titles are some of the adult books checked out most at the Alton Public Library:

  • When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • What We Find by Robyn Carr
  • Mending Places by Denise Hunter
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Montana Legacy by R. C. Ryan
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • 15th Affair by James Patterson
  • After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson
  • Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster
  • Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  • Extreme Prey by John Sandford.

Adult Non-Fiction
The adult non-fiction books that were popular in 2016:

  • Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
  • Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof
  • National Parks of America by Amy C. Balfour
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
  • Guide to National Parks of the U.S. by George Fuller
  • Rise of ISIS by Jay Sekulow
  • Six Sisters’ Stuff
  • Ultimate Star Wars by Patricia Barr

Library News 12/20/16 – New DVD’s and More!

Holiday Closings
The Alton Public Library will be open from 10:00 – 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 24 and closed on Christmas Day and Monday, December 26. We will also be closing at noon on Saturday, December 31 and will not be open on New Year’s Day and Monday, January 2.

Playing Cards at the Alton Public Library
The Alton Public Library would like to invite all adults interested in playing cards to come on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm. Cards and hot beverages are provided. Games played will be decided by those attending. All ages Welcome!

Preschool Story Time
Preschool story time programs will begin Wednesday, January 4 at 10:30 am at the Alton Public Library. Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will also be held on January 11, 18, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3, 10.

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am beginning January 25. Our eight week session will continue through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

New DVD’s
Some of the new DVD added to our collection: Independence Day Resurgence, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Nine Lives, Paw Patrol Pups Save Christmas, Star Trek Beyond, The Secret Life of Pets, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Jason Bourne, Ben-Hur, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

New Adult Books:

  • Filthy Rich by James Patterson
  • Seventh Plague by James Rollins
  • Texas Tough by Janet Dailey
  • Patchy Fog by Hadley Hoover
  • A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller
  • Brutal Night of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone