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Superhero Story Time


Bring your little superheroes ages 2–7 years old to this special one-hour story time with Thor and Captain America. The characters will read a story, play games, teach the superhero oath, and take pictures with the kids. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on February 24, 2018, in the Hayner Library Performance Room on the upper level of Alton Square Mall. Space is limited for this program so register now! Please register at 433-2881.

KidsSpace Easter Egg Hunt


Come join the fun at this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in the KidsSpace at Hayner Public Library at Alton Square. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on March 10, 2018. All children will hunt candy-filled eggs, have a chance to win an Easter bag or book, and sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap. Parents don’t forget your cameras! Register at 433-2881.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards



Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.



2017 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Illustrator Award:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

Illustrator Honors:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan
Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford
In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and written by Richard Jackson

Author Award:

March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with illustrations by Nate Powell

Author Honors:
As Brave as You, written by Jason Reynolds
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan

All 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honorees can be found in the Hayner Library collection. A list of previous Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honorees can be found at

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Fido FidoFor over 15 years, The Hayner Public Library District has been sponsoring the Bow-wow Pow-wow in the Alton Square Mall Library the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Hayner was one of the first libraries in the state to start such a program. Certified therapy dogs are brought by their handlers to the library and afford children an opportunity to read to the dogs a story or book of their choice. This activity has shown remarkable results in improving children’s reading skills and confidence as they are reading to a non-judgmental and happy tail wagging audience. Children are also welcome to just visit with the dogs and develop socializing skills with these wonderful animals. All the dogs have been certified by Therapy Dogs International and are bonded and insured. Their handlers make such generous use of their own time to voluntarily bring the dogs to the library. The dogs also visit schools, hospitals, extended care facilities, and other events. There is no registration required but the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please join us for this fun and heartwarming event and don’t forget your camera!

Legos @ Your Library

Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of building and creating Lego masterpieces. The library will supply the Legos! Legos stay at the library and will be displayed between sessions. Legos @ Your Library will meet in the KidsSpace the second Thursday of each month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please register at (618) 433-2881.

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A Message from Panda

Message from Panda 4Hello, my name is Panda Bear! I assist Miss Mary Kay twice a week during her story times! Every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., I emerge from my blue cave and find that all my little friends have arrived. And, of course, Miss Mary Kay is right by my side; she is the greatest! She reads the best stories, and on Tuesdays, she has fun craft projects for our little friends. We also sing songs; my favorite is the one where we learn everybody’s name. Miss Mary Kay and I are always looking for new friends to join the fun, but space is limited so be sure to register for the ones you want to attend!

Activities and Story Times at the Library

Mommy and Me UpdatedBe sure to check out the Events Calendar for a listing of all of our fun and educational story times sure to entertain children of all ages. Story times include Mommy and Me, Mary Kay's Story Time, Evening Story Time, Movers and Shakers Story Time, and Spanish Story Time! 

Library Subscription:


The Hayner Public Library District offers access to the online subscription-based education program on the KidsSpace computers at the Alton Square Library.

Please note: Children under the age of eight may use the computers only with adult supervision. The library district assumes no responsibility for computer activity conducted by children not accompanied by an adult. is subscription-based, with no advertising, pop-up ads, or links to other sites. Children can learn and explore with their parents, or on their own (depending on age and ability), in a safe and secure online educational environment. is a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc. Their goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

26 Feb 2018 10:00 – 11:00

26 Feb 2018 18:30 – 19:30

27 Feb 2018 10:00 – 11:00

28 Feb 2018 10:00 – 12:00


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