- Category: Kids News
- Created: Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:21
The Genealogy & Local History Library is proud to announce that we are one of the newest Passport to Your National Parks stamp sites! Alton is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and was named an official Looking for Lincoln community in September. That designation allowed local organizations to become part of the ALNHA’s National Park Service passport program.
There are a total of 21 Looking for Lincoln passport sites in Illinois. In addition to Alton, ALNHA communities include Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Quincy, Charleston, and Danville. Each community can only have one or two passport stamp locations, so we’re very lucky to be a designated site. Passport stamps are free to collect and if you don’t already have a National Park Service Passport, they are available for sale at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The passport program provides opportunities for visitors to explore the communities where Lincoln lived, worked, and traveled in Illinois. The CVB has always promoted the Alton area’s connection to Lincoln and was on board immediately. “Being a passport stamp site is really an added benefit for the region,” Alton Regional CVB President and CEO Brett Stawar said. “We have a rich Lincoln heritage in Alton, and bringing in the passport will give visitors a great reason to come walk with us in Mr. Lincoln’s footsteps. The popularity of the National Park Service’s passport program will be another reason to love our destination.”
When the staff at CVB contacted Hayner about being the second Alton site, we were very thrilled. The Genealogy & Local History Library made perfect sense as a passport stamp site. The library has many historic books about Abraham Lincoln and generally has Lincoln photographs and artifacts on display. In the mid-1850’s Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon was a speaker in the Alton Library Association’s lecture series. We even have some items reportedly owned by Mary Todd Lincoln at the library. We also have an original letter from Mr. Lincoln to Simeon Ryder dated from 1844.
In Alton, you can get your National Parks passport stamped at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), 200 Piasa Street, or the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library, 401 State Street. Being a passport site is very exciting for us and we are looking forward to being part of the Lincoln experience. For more information about the program, check out the Looking for Lincoln website http://www.lookingforlincoln.com/Explore/NPSPassportProgram.aspx. We hope to see you and your passport at the library soon!
The Friends of the Library made a wonderful monetary contribution to the Hayner Public Library District. They donate the proceeds from their book sales which are generally held four times throughout the year. They also keep carts in the downtown and mall libraries, selling high-quality and popular books ($2.00 for hardcover and $1.00 for other materials). The donations from the friends are used to fund special projects for the Library District. In 2016, the Friends afforded us the opportunity to upgrade our security cameras in all three libraries as well as installing on-street cameras at our downtown location. You, too, can support the Friend organization by becoming a volunteer for the Friends of the Library.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Library, please call Carole Conley at (618) 466-8514. They are always looking for new volunteers to help sort book donations and/or work at the book sales. It’s a great group to work with and the perfect volunteer opportunity for anyone who loves books!
There are two safe, easy ways to support The Hayner Public Library District without even writing a check. The first is by obtaining a Schnucks eScrip card and designating The Hayner Public Library District as your charity of choice. Every time you present the card at check-out, the library receives up to 3% of your purchase total. The cards are available at the service desk of any Schnucks store. Instructions for signing up are simple and easy-to-follow. If you already have a card please consider adding The Hayner Public Library District. This can be done online or by calling 800-931-6258.
The second way to support the library is through the AmazonSmile foundation. Once you designate Hayner Public Library as your chosen charity, the library will receive a small percentage of your eligible purchases through Amazon.com. You may sign up for AmazonSmile online at smile.amazon.com. Instructions for using the site are available when you register. Once you’ve made your designation, the process is automatic.
If you have any questions about participating in either program, please call the library’s business office at 462-0677 for additional information.
The Hayner Public Library District would like to thank the Simmons Employee Foundation for their generous support in funding the purchase of three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the library facilities.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are medical devices that analyze the heart’s rhythm and can, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock which helps the heart reestablish an effective rhythm. According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy-to-operate tool for someone with no medical background.
Thank you, Simmons Employee Foundation, for your generous contribution to our library and your continued support of the community.
The Hayner Public Library District is now offering text message and e-mail notifications for your requests and overdue notices.
Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you would like to receive a text message or e-mail message when your requested items are ready for pickup. The staff will be happy to assist you in making this change to your library account.
PLEASE NOTE: Text message and e-mail notifications are automated. These messages are NOT sent out in “real time.” The Illinois Heartland Library System software generates text messages and e-mails at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. daily. You will receive a separate text message for each item that is ready to be picked up or is overdue. If you sign up for text message or e-mail notifications, you will receive BOTH overdue notices AND pickup notifications this way. You will no longer receive a phone call from a staff member regarding your items ready to be picked up or overdue materials.
Note: E-mails and texts will be sent from SHARE Notifications and NOT from Hayner Library. SHARE is the automated network of libraries within the Illinois Heartland Library System.
As always, you can view your library account online at www.haynerlibrary.org.
Here are some useful links and contact information for the IRS, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Missouri Department of Revenue:
The Internal Revenue Service (federal tax information and forms)
Illinois Department of Revenue
Missouri Department of Revenue
Illinois Benefits Access Program (formerly known as the Circuit Breaker)
Due to budget cuts and the increasing number of people filing their taxes online, the IRS and state revenue agencies have indicated that they will no longer be delivering as many forms and reproducible booklets to libraries across the country. The Hayner Public Library District will receive a copy of the federal reproducible tax forms and instructions. Copies of these reproducible forms and instructions may be made on our copy machines; state and federal tax forms may be printed from the above websites at any Hayner Library location at a cost of 15¢ per page for black/white printouts or 30¢ per page for color printouts.
Please note: The library has no control as to when we will receive the federal reproducible forms. We order the reproducible forms several months in advance and we receive them from the IRS printing office per their delivery schedule, which is unannounced.
Long gone are the days when you used a paper card catalog to locate an item in the library. Everything is now digital! Click on the link below to view step-by-step instructions for managing your library account online as well as navigating the online card catalog. If you have any questions about using the card catalog or your managing your online account, please contact Mary Cordes, Assistant Director for Circulation Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the Card Catalog and Online Account Instructions (Note: This is a large document. Please be patient as it may take a moment to load/view).
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