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Hayner Raffles iPad Air!

Posted April 1st, 2014 in Library News

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, from April 15 through June 2, The Hayner Public Library District will be raffling off two Apple iPad Air tablets, models iPad Air Wi Fi + Cellular for AT&T 128 GB.

The iPad Air device, the latest tablet offered by Apple, offers incredible power, is 7.5 millimeters thin, and weighs just one pound. The device CPU and graphics performance is up to two times faster than its predecessor device. It uses two antennas instead of one, offering twice the Wi-Fi performance.

iPad Air comes with great built-in apps for the everyday things you like to do, like checking e-mail and surfing the Web. Also, apps such as iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are now available free, and there are more than 475,000 iPad apps available through the App Store.

Camera and video recording are also features of the iPad Air. Lightweight and incredibly powerful, the iPad Air is the Cadillac of tablet devices. Retail value for these iPad Air models is $928 apiece.

Raffle tickets are only $10 apiece, 3 for $20, and will be sold at each Hayner Library location. The winner will be drawn on June 3, 2014, during a remote broadcast by WBGZ in the library in Alton Square Mall.

Support the library district – buy tickets for yourself and as gifts for family and friends.

*You must be 18 years or older to purchase raffle tickets.

Food For Fido

Posted April 1st, 2014 in Library News

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, and in commemoration of this, Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and Hayner Downtown Library will collect pet food and supplies that will be given to the Alton Area 5A’s Animal Shelter. This no-kill shelter is completely dependent on donations and is run by a dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide care for an overwhelming number of unwanted animals. From April 1 through April 30, if you have an overdue item, you may pay your fine with an item of pet food. This amnesty applies to Hayner materials only. Library materials must be returned with the donation and at least one donation made for each fine. This does not apply to fines already on your account for items that have already been returned (old fines).

Attention Teachers! New Resource at Hayner Library to Help Students Understand the Mississippi River

Posted March 27th, 2014 in Library News

Our Mississippi, an educational activities workbook about the Upper Mississippi River, was donated to Hayner Library by the local U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is geared towards students in grades 5 – 6. The book covers topics about the watershed, ecology, history, and commerce of the Mississippi River.

Copies of this book are located in the children’s department at the Downtown library, and the Alton Square library. Come check out this excellent resource, and discover the mighty wonders of the Upper Mississippi River!

Paws to Read: The Summer Reading Program

Posted March 20th, 2014 in Library News

This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” will get your kids excited about reading. The theme will give participants the opportunity to read some fantastic books about our fuzzy, hairy, and feathered friends.

The program kickoff will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014. On this day participants will enjoy a visit from the Bow-wow Pow-wow dogs, and some surprise guests will also drop by throughout the day. During the five weeks of the program, participants can expect performers and presenters such as World Bird Sanctuary, Animal Tales, Steve & T.V., White Rabbit Productions, and WildHeart Music. They will also enjoy story times, puppet shows, crafts, movies, and prizes that reflect the theme. Continue Reading

Performance Room Has a New Location

Posted March 19th, 2014 in Library News

Many of you enjoy the ongoing programs presented by the Hayner Library Performance Series. These programs range from a wide spectrum of musical genres to actor/scholar presentations and Community Services informational events. All the programs are offered free to the general public. Funding for our programs is provided through private endowment or grants. As of January 1, 2014, the location of these programs has been moved. The new programming space is in the Alton Square Mall on the second floor on the east side of the mall. The space is located midway between J.C. Penney and the mall escalators. Please check our Calendar of Events in this newsletter and online (www.haynerlibrary.org) for the current programming schedule, and join us in our new space for this great series of entertaining and informative programs.

Select Science Grant: Increasing Hayner’s Science Resources

Posted March 19th, 2014 in Library News

Hayner Library Executive Director Bernadette Duvernoy is pleased to announce the reception of 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 Hayner’s commitment to providing informational resources for students and lifelong learners.

This grant will allow the purchase of approximately 150 nonfiction print books for the library’s collection. Recommendations are being sought from science-oriented community organizations, school librarians, science teachers, the general public, and library staff for books to be purchased this spring.

In the future, community organizations that hold seminars and presentations will be encouraged to contact Hayner Library for a display and list of books that relate to their particular activity.

“We hope to engage the community in selecting science as a preferred reading choice and complement the science-related activities of our many community organizations,” said Duvernoy.

In addition, as Common Core standards go into effect, it is hoped that the collection will supplement and complement the needs of area students. Particularly helpful will be new or updated books that will provide background information for hundreds of students who participate in science fairs each year. A list of the new books will be distributed to teachers in August. 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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