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Santa will be at the Alton Public Library on Saturday, December 12 from 10:00am – noon.

All children are welcome to share their wish list and get a bag of treats!

Christmas goodies will be served along with Christmas crafts for the children.


We are sponsoring a Christmas drawing for children, young adults and adults!

Each time you check out books from the library, you may enter your name into the drawing to win a prize.

The program will begin on Monday, November 30 and continue through Saturday, December 19.

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Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 9 @ 10:30 am for a Preschool Story time program at the Alton Public Library!  We will celebrate Christmas with stories, games and crafts! 

Winter sessions are scheduled for January, February, and March in 2016!    

Kids Reading


All children in grades K – 5thare invited to attend the afterschool workshops on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.  

Sunday Ford will be presenting an afterschool workshop on Wednesday, December 2.  All ages welcome to this fun filled program.  

Workshops are also scheduled for December 9 and 16.  



The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings @ 10:00 am beginning January 6.  Our first six week session will continue through February 10.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age birth to 3 years old.

WILBOR is now called Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary

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 What is Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary? This is the new eBook and audiobook

consortium for Iowa public libraries. Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary replaces

the two eBook and audiobook consortiums WILBOR and NEIBORS.


click here for device-specific "How to" instructions

click here for Overdrive help videos

download eBooks and audiobooks to your iPod, mp3 player or eReader 


Audiobooks @ OneClickdigital from Recorded Books!

click this button to sign up for your new account: OCD_RB_1

 * Note: make sure you have a personal Alton Public Library online catalog account first before setting up a new OneClickdigital account * -- click here for OneClickdigital "Getting Started" guide or click here for OneClickdigital tutorial videos

Tumble Books


user name: altonlibrary

password: libra

Our library now subscribes to TumblePremium including the TumbleBook LibraryTumbleBook Cloud Jr., and TumbleMath

Students can enjoy animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels and math stories

Parents and Teachers can view educational resources like lesson plans, quizzes, educational games and puzzles related to both math and language skills.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this resource


Search our library catalog online!

  catalogSign up for your own online account:

Enter your last name & barcode # and set a user name / password   

An online account allows you to view all checked out items, place holds on books, and build reading lists

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New Book Display  New Items Lists

Open Book  Similar authors & books listed by Series

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Newspaper Database Icon  Sioux County Newspapers Online

 Free Public Record Database

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Courtesy of the State Library of Iowa, Alton Public Library members are able to access:

An interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks.

Resources included:

  • Job search and workplace skills improvement
  • Career certification and licensing exam preparation
  • College entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation
  • GED exam preparation
  • Basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and computers.

Features: Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results

You need to set up your own personal LearningExpress account

with a unique username and password so that you can save

your work and return again to practice tests, tutorials, and more.



The book chosen for the 2016 All Iowa Reads is Lila by Marilynne Robinson.  From the book: “Marilynne Robinson, one of greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in the unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.  Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life.  Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize –winning Gilead and Home, a National Book Award finalist, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence that is destined to become an American classic.  This book is available to check out at the Alton Public Library!


Now in its 10th year, One Book, One Siouxland brings public libraries together around one great book!  This year, readers voted for the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. 

“Unbroken is certainly one great book, based on the true story of Olympic runner and WWII airman Louis Zamperini.  He and a crewmate survived over 40 days in the open ocean when their plane was shot down, only to endure the brutality of life as POWs in Japan.” 

The original version of Unbroken or the copy adapted for young adults are available at the Alton Public Library.  The WILBOR collection also has copies for you to download to your device.  

Free Wireless Internet is available at Alton Public Library for your personal computer

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