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Hayner Raffles iPad Air!

Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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 Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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 Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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 Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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 Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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 Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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

Facts About American Libraries

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.—a total of 16,766 including branches.
  • Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.
  • Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies.
  • Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
  • Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 million questions weekly.
  • Americans check out more than eight books a year, on average.
  • Almost 89% of public library outlets now offer wireless Internet access.

—American Library Association, ALA Office for Research & Statistics

Facebook Contest Winner

Posted Monday, March 17th, 2014

Our Facebook Contest Winner is Michelle Murray. Michelle has lived in the Godfrey area since 2007 and is an avid library patron. She frequents the Mommy & Me Story Times at Alton Square with her two young sons. Says Michelle,  “I really like the library, I’m here all the time. Reading is so important to me.”  Congratulations, Michelle!

Cookbook Display at the Genealogy & Local History Library

Posted Monday, March 17th, 2014

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him . . . the people who give you their food give you their heart.”— César Chávez

If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s food. In March, we welcomed Donna Pierce, a Road Scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council, for her program “Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North.” This event was produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities. Ms. Pierce’s program description is provided below:

Before the Great Migration, 90 percent of all African Americans in the U.S. lived in the southern states. Between 1915 and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1970s, six million black people changed their addresses from the segregated South to the urban North. Several Illinois cities have come to be known as destinations of the Great Migration, including Alton, Peoria, and Chicago. Using cookbooks and oral histories, Donna Pierce explores migrated recipes such as smothered chicken, chitterlings, black-eyed peas, barbecue, biscuits, caramel cake, and more. She discusses how these recipes transport many people back to a South (with ties to Africa) they have never known. Continue Reading

New e-book Program Available For Hayner Library Patrons

Posted Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The Secretary of State and Illinois State Library awarded a $985,219 grant to the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for the E-books for Illinois Project, named eRead Illinois. The two-year grant project will increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. It includes an e-book collection and the 3M Cloud Library software platform for IHLS SHARE members (of which Hayner is one).

What does this mean to you? Now when you use the online card catalog, you will see titles that are marked with the 3M icon. This indicates that this title is an e-book that can be downloaded from the 3M Cloud Library. These titles will augment the e-book selections that you already have access to through OverDrive. Downloading is extremely quick and easy, and step-by-step directions are available at the circulation desks. 3M Cloud Library e-books are compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS devices, NOOK Tablets, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire. Users can download the app on up to six devices and can easily move from reading on a phone, to a tablet, to a laptop.

The 3M Cloud Library application is an innovative way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and nonfiction e-books from your library. You will need a valid Hayner library card to use 3M Cloud Library e-books. With your Hayner library card, you will then have access to thousands of e-book titles.

Using the 3M Cloud Library

Checking Out 3M Cloud Library e-books

Installing the 3M Cloud Library app on your device (devices are listed on the left side of the website)