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 Adult Classes

The Alton Public Library is planning to hold adult classes beginning the second week in February. 

Topics may include computers, downloading ebooks and audio books, crocheting and knitting classes. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact the library

**Learn how to download eBooks and audio books on Thursday February 26 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the library meeting room**

**Learn how to crochet class - Thursday, March 5  2:00 - 4:00 pm**

Kids ReadingAll children in grades K – 5th grade are welcome to come to our After School Workshops on

March 25 (Bunnies & Plants)

Programs will be held from 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Listed below is a copy of our closing policy related to weather:

Weather Policy

Library Closings:  The safety of our patrons and staff is always a top priority.  When making a decision to close the library due to inclement weather, road conditions, area closings, weather reports, weather and travel advisories, and staff availability will be considered.  The Library Director will make the decision on closings.  In the event that the Library Director cannot be reached, senior staff on duty at the time will make the decision, and notify the director as soon as possible.  When possible a sign will be posted on the library building.  Other public notification may include alerting local media, City Hall, etc.  No fines will be charged when the library is closed due to weather.  It is best to call the library to check on closings.

Program Closings:  On a day school is canceled or there is an early dismissal due to the weather, all programs scheduled for that day are likely to be canceled.  It is best to call the library if you have a question.


BooksWinter Reading Program


The adult winter reading program will kick off on Monday, January 5!  Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing.  You will earn a prize after reading ten books.   Stop by today and pick up your reading log!



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.  


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

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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.


Tumble Books

*NEW* Introducing TumblePremium!

user name: altonlibrary

password: libra

Our library now subscribes to TumblePremium including the TumbleBook Library, TumbleBook 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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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

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

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