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Do you shop on Amazon.com? Smile for Hayner!

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

Photo/Logo: Amazon.com

Amazon has introduced a new program called AmazonSmile, which will automatically donate 0.5% of the value of your purchases to the charity you select. The Hayner Public Library District is one of the available organizations you can select to receive these donations. It costs you nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally. Just log on to smile.amazon.com and start shopping—make sure you identify Hayner as your charity of choice!

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October is Food for Fines Month at the Library

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

Yearly, we have held a fine amnesty program, Food for Fines, in October. We will waive current fines on Hayner material if you contribute a nonperishable food item for each fine during the amnesty period.

During the holiday season, many community organizations hold drives to support centers such as the Crisis Food Center, but we often forget about helping those in need at other times of the year. We are holding this amnesty program in October to help people without waiting for the support of “holiday generosity.” It may also help make Thanksgiving a happier time for families in need.

From October 1 through October 31, 2014, anyone who has an overdue Hayner Library item can pay his or her fine with a canned food item. Library materials must be returned with food donations, at least one food item per fine, and only Hayner materials are eligible. All food items collected throughout the month will be given to the Crisis Food Center in Alton. Of course, even if you don’t have fines, feel free to donate items to help others in our community.

Perhaps you have some Hayner materials that got lost under the couch or behind the DVD player. Now is a great opportunity to return those items to the library and avoid the fines that have accrued. Fine amnesty is a great way to support critically important community organizations such as the Crisis Food Center—and it is also a great opportunity to return “lost” materials to the library so they can be reshelved for circulation. Thank you for your support.

Hayner Has a Busy Year

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

The Hayner Public Library District runs on a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30 the following year. In Fiscal Year 2013-2014 we were certainly busy, as the following statistics demonstrate:

…We held 310 free programs of entertainment and education for adults/children and teens. More than 10,000 of you attended these programs.

…Over 27,000 Hayner library cards are in effect.

…We circulated over 692,000 items.

…We brought in over 68,000 items from other libraries to satisfy patron requests.

…We circulated over 25,000 eBooks.

…We subscribed to 319 newspapers and magazines for you.

…We subscribed to 47 databases for you, which you can access from your home.

…Over 360,000 people passed through our doors—an average of 30,000 people per month.

…We provided 95 free public access computers for your use.

…We provided over 245,000 items for you to check out, including books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, games, and even fishing rods!

…We answered over 5,000 reference questions for you.

…We participated in a network of over 500 libraries in Southern Illinois, with access to all their collections, for a materials inventory of over 10,000,000 items.

…Annual views of our home page were over 4,879,000.

eReader User Guides

Posted July 20th, 2014 in Library News

Click on the links below to view instruction sheets for dowloading e-books to your mobile device:

3M Cloud Library

Checking Out eBooks Using 3M Cloud Library

Using the 3M Cloud Library

Installing the 3M Cloud App for Kindle Using SlideMe

Kindle Fire HD Instructions for 3M Cloud Library


How to Use Overdrive Downloadable eBooks

How to Download eBooks onto a Kindle Fire

How to Download eBooks onto a Kindle

How to Download eBooks onto a Nook

How to Download eBooks onto an iPad/iPhone

How to Install the Kindle App for iPad/iPhone

How to Download eBooks onto a Sony eReader

How to Install the Kindle Reading App for Android Compatible Devices

How to Install the Kindle App for iOS

How to Download Adobe Digital Editions

Select Science Books Now Available for Checkout at Hayner Library

Posted June 5th, 2014 in Library News, Teens

The Hayner Public Library District was recently awarded a $5000 grant from the Illinois Secretary of State to purchase new books related to science. The Hayner project is called Select Science and reflects the library’s commitment to providing informational resources for students and lifelong learners.

Some of the books purchased for the Select Science project have arrived at the library. Click here for the current list of books.

Reported by the Illinois Library Association, March 2014

Posted June 4th, 2014 in Library News

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. In first quarter 2014 the IMLS released a preview of the 24th Annual (FY 2011) Public Library Survey.

Some of what was reported:

• In fiscal year 2011 (FY 2011), there were 8,956 public libraries in the United States, which served 299.9 million people (95.3% of the US population).

[The Hayner Public Library District serves a population of over 49,000 people. This includes Alton, Godfrey, and Foster townships. Of this 49,000 over 26,000 have a library card.]

• There were 1.53 billion in-person visits to public libraries, the equivalent of more than 4.2 million visits each day (not including virtual visits).

[The Hayner Public Library District averages over 35,000 in-person visits to its library locations per month.]

• Attendance at public library programs increased for the eighth year with 89 million people attending 3.81 million programs.

[The Hayner Public Library District had an attendance of over 10,000 people to library programs in fiscal year 2013.]

• There were 341.5 million usage sessions on public access Internet computers at public libraries, a decrease of 7.2% since FY 2006. Continue Reading

Recommended Reading

Our staff suggests that you check out these new hits and well-worn classics. Come back here often…you might find your new favorite book! And, for all our past recommendations, check out the archive.

About the Library

Since becoming a tax-supported district, we have been able to expand our facilities and services and increase our collection and programming. Our Adult and Youth services at our centralized downtown location are augmented by the convenience of our Alton Square Mall location. We also reach out to the community through our Delivery Service, making the Hayner Public Library facilities and services accessible to all District residents.

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