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KidsSpace

Spanish Story Time

Posted July 10th, 2014 in Events, Library News, kids

Sep2910:00 AM

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.

Spotlight on: Biographies for Children

Posted July 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized, kids

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

After School Craft @ The Downtown Library

Posted June 5th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep233:30 PM

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.

Bow-wow Pow-wow

Posted March 5th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep1310:00 AM

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!

Mary Kay’s Story Times

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep1110:00 AM
Sep1810:00 AM
Sep2510:00 AM

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.

Evening Story Time

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep86:30 PM
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Sep296:30 PM

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.

Legos @ Your Library

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep113:30 PM

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.

Mommy and Me Story Time

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep1710:00 AM
Sep2410:00 AM

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.

Movers and Shakers Story Time

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized, kids

Sep810:00 AM
Sep1510:00 AM
Sep2210:00 AM

Come join us for this fun and interactive story time for 3–5-year-olds.  Movers and Shakers Story Time takes place at the Hayner Alton Square Library. Limited space is available. Please register at 433-2881.

Exciting News: Project Next Generation

Posted October 30th, 2013 in Uncategorized, kids

Project Next Generation, a program sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State, is now in its eighth year of implementation at Hayner Library. We are excited to announce that Hayner Library was awarded, in addition to our regular grant of $12,500, a $3,500 bonus to upgrade our existing laptops with new hard drives and RAM.

Scheduled in the Multipurpose Room at our Alton Square Mall location, the program offers emerging fifth graders through existing eight graders the opportunity to learn new skills while having fun. Topics for the coming year will include Snap Circuitry, Photo Booth on Your iPad, Robotics, and How to Use a 3D Printer.

In addition, we are hoping to develop a group of Project Next Generation graduates to be mentors to the younger patrons who want to learn how to use our computers and other technological equipment.

This year, in addition to our many fun classes, students of the program were invited to a Project Next Generation Picnic at the State Library in Springfield, Illinois. The students enjoyed lunch catered by KFC, a photo opportunity with Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, entertainment by the Jesse White Tumbling Team, and Peoria TSO, Teens Speaking Out/Teens Stepping Out.

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