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

Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014

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 Friday, September 12th, 2014

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 Friday, September 12th, 2014

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 Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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

Overdrive

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

Spanish Story Time

Posted Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Come join us in the KidsSpace at Hayner Public Library at Alton Square for Stories with Hector. Hector Lozano, from Hayner Public Library’s downtown location, will be assisting us for this special story time. This 45-minute activity is a lively combination of books, finger plays, and songs in both English and Spanish for preschool children ages 3–5.

Select Science Books Now Available for Checkout at Hayner Library

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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.

Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Mark H. X. Glenshaw is an award-winning, amateur naturalist who has closely observed and documented the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, since December 2005. During this time, he has observed and documented a vast range of behaviors including hunting, mating, nest-site selection, and rearing of young. He shares his work on his blog, Forest Park Owls, http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com/. His work has been featured in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis on the Air on KWMU 90.7, KTVI Fox 2, The West End Word, and Show-Me Missouri. He frequently leads tours, called owl prowls, of the owls’ territory for interested individuals and small groups as well as for formal events and groups such as the St. Louis BioBlitz, Wonders of the Outdoor World–St. Louis, Missouri Department of Conservation, Fontbonne University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark also regularly gives talks on the owls and his work with them and has done so for several Audubon Society chapters in Missouri and Illinois, the Webster Groves Nature Study Society, and Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers, as well as schools and public libraries in the St. Louis area, among others. He was awarded the Citizen Scientist Award for the 2006 St. Louis BioBlitz by the Academy of Science–St. Louis. Mark is a certified Missouri Master Naturalist and a volunteer for Forest Park Forever.

Mark’s talk, Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight, will cover how he found these owls, basic facts about the species, and the various behaviors he has been able to see and document with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Register at 1-800-613-3163.

Join us for our summer 2014 semester of special events. These events are great for all ages, and they’re all free of charge. All programs do require registration. To register, call 1-800-613-3163. Unless otherwise stated, all programs will be held in 225 Alton Square Mall, upper level.

NOTE: We are in a new location for our performance events. 225 Alton Square Mall is located on the east side of the mall, on the second floor between the escalators and J.C. Penney.

REMINDER: Often program registration fills up and rolls over to a waiting list. If you are not going to attend a program that you are signed up for, PLEASE call 1-800-613-3163 and let us know so we can fill your reservation from the waiting list.

Reported by the Illinois Library Association, March 2014

Posted Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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

Hayner Library Supports Summer Jazz Series

Posted Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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The Hayner Public Library District, in partnership with the North Alton–Godfrey Business Council, Greater Gateway Association of Realtors, Andy’s Auto Body, Senior Services Plus, Liberty Bank, Strategic Consulting, Inc., and Tony’s North of Jerseyville, will provide sponsorship for the “Expressions—a Musical Experience” (formerly Jazz in the Park) Concert Series to be held May through September 2014.

All the concerts are free of charge and will be held at Alton Senior High Performing Arts Auditorium except the August 13 concert, which will be held at Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis & Clark Community College. These programs of various jazz performances are a great way to spend a summer evening.

All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. The remainder of the summer schedule includes: 

  • July 9 “A Tribute to the Rat Pack” featuring the Little Big Band and vocalist Steve Shininger
  • August 13 “Sentimental Journey Dance Band”
  • September 10 “St. Louis Symphony Ensemble”
  • September 24 “Shades of Blue Jazz Big Band” featuring the world-renowned jazz ensemble from Scott Air Force Base.

 For more information, call (618) 779-9735.

Access the Card Catalog on Your Mobile Device

Posted Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Did you know that you can access our card catalog on your mobile device by visiting The Hayner Public Library District’s website? Key “Hayner Public Library” into your favorite mobile search engine and browse our collection by clicking on “search the catalog.” You can also find our catalog by visiting www.illshareit.com on your smartphone or tablet and entering your ZIP code. Because of the accessibility and ease of use of these websites on mobile devices, Hayner will no longer be supporting the BOOPSIE app after June 28, 2014. Patrons will still be able to check availability and place requests on any item while using these catalogs.