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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.
The Hayner Public Library District has Children’s Libraries at both locations. Each has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction materials. Reading biographies can encourage young readers to reach for more in their lives as they read about people who have made a difference. Here are two new biographies from our collection:
For younger readers:
I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
This interesting book is told from Amelia’s point-of-view. She tells of her “unladylike” adventures when she was young. Amelia tells the story of her first flight when she was twenty-three and how she fell in love with flying. To save for her flying lessons, she worked different jobs. Amelia admits she wasn’t the best pilot; she just worked harder than anyone else. “Never let anyone stop you. Whatever your dream is, chase it.” Engaging illustrations and real photos of Amelia Earhart make this a “put on your list” book.
For older children:
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Josephine Baker was a performer and civil rights advocate. She worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to some of the grandest stages in the world. She spoke with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Her story is one of struggle and triumph. The book offers page after page of captivating, animated illustrations and rhythmic text. The book is well researched and features innumerable points of discussion for readers about struggle for civil rights and race relations
Book reviews courtesy of Brenda V., Library Assistant
Kids, come join us for After-School Craft at Hayner Public Library downtown KidsSpace. The craft will be for children ages 5–10 years of age.
Join us for our Summer Reading Program Paws for Reading! The Paws for Reading theme will give participants the opportunity to read some fantastic books about our fuzzy, hairy, and feathered friends. We have lots of great programs scheduled to keep kids busy this summer. The Summer Reading Program kicks off Saturday, June 7. Be sure to check out all the FREE fun!
Click here for a schedule of all of the children’s summer reading programs and performers.
Please note: The Summer Reading Program events are very popular! We ask that you register for the events by calling the Alton Square KidsSpace department at 433-2881 or the Downtown KidsSpace department at 462-0677, ext. 2836.
Join us for a Bow-wow Pow-wow. Certified therapy dogs will be in the Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall, and your child can read stories to them or just visit to receive furry hugs and wet kisses. It’s a great way to increase your child’s reading skills and absolute fun for everyone. Bring your camera!
Come join Panda Bear and Ms. Mary Kay for an hour of fun and play! This story time encourages children to participate in songs, stories, finger plays, and crafts. Mary Kay’s Story Time takes place in KidsSpace at the Downtown Library. Ages 3–5 years. Register at 462-0677, ext. 2836.
Kids can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal to The Hayner Downtown Library KidsSpace for stories, puppets, and finger plays before bedtime. For ages 2–5. Register at 462-0677, ext. 2836.
Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of building and creating Lego masterpieces. The library will supply the Legos, or feel free to bring your own. Legos stay at the library and will be displayed between sessions. Legos @ Your Library will meet in the KidsSpace at Hayner Alton Square Library on the second Thursday of each month. Please register at 433-2881.
This story time is exclusively for the little ones ages birth–2 years old accompanied by an adult. This 30-minute story time includes themed stories, songs, finger plays, and manipulative. Mommy and Me Story Time will be held at the Hayner Alton Square Library. Please register at 433-2881.