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Free Gardening Program: Seed Swap & Share


Celebrate the end of winter with a sociable meeting of fellow farmers & gardeners while swapping or sharing your quality seeds, seedlings, cuttings, and bulbs! Everyone is welcome to attend this free program. No registration is required! Also, having your own home-grown seed is not required.

This program will take place in the Multipurpose Room at the Hayner Alton Square Library on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 11 a.m. to noon.  

Please label all home-grown seeds with the common or species name, year, and your name. If you are sharing commercial packets, there is no need to do anything. Please contact Jean at 618-462-0677, ext. 2849, with any questions. We hope to see you there!



Support the Library with the Schnucks eScrip Community Card

Making a contribution to Hayner Library is easier than ever!  Up to 3% of each purchase you make at Schnucks grocery stores will be donated to Hayner Library simply by scanning your Schnucks eScrip card each time you shop.







Earning is Easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Stop in at Schnucks and pick up a My Schnucks Card.
  2. Register your card online at or by calling 1-800-931-6258.
  3. Show your card each time you check out.

New Selection of Instructional American Sign Language DVDs Available

ASLHayner Library recently added a set of 15 American Sign Language DVDs to its collection. This set offers instruction for all levels of learning, from public facilities professionals to babies and toddlers. The DVDs are designed to help users learn vocabulary skills and basic ASL grammar and sentence structures. They are open-captioned and most also have audio for hearing users. Several practice DVDs are also included. New ASL students, teachers, instructors, businesses and anyone who wishes to learn sign language to communicate with family and friends will find these DVDs helpful. The newly added titles include:

• American Sign Language for Babies & Toddlers
• American Sign Language For Kids & Adults, Vol. 1: Everyday Lessons
• American Sign Language For Kids & Adults, Vol. 2: Visiting the Zoo
• Sign Language 101: A Beginner’s Guide to American Sign Language
• Common Expressions in American Sign Language, Vol. 1 and 2
• American Sign Language Everyday Words: Activities & Events
• Religious Expressions in American Sign Language, Vol. 1 and 2
• Emergency Medical Words & Sentences in American Sign Language, Vol. 1 and 2
• What Did She Say? Finally! American Sign Language Receptive & Translation Practice, Vol. 1
• What Did She Say? Oh I See! American Sign Language Receptive & Translation Practice, Vol. 2
• What Did She Say? Please Repeat. Religious American Sign Language Receptive & Translation Practice, Vol. 3
• What Did She Say? Yay! American Sign Language Receptive & Translation Practice, Vol. 4

These DVDs are located at Hayner’s Alton Square branch and may be checked out for one week with a one week renewal available.

Hayner Library Offers Reference Service Downtown

LIB SIGNThe Hayner Public Library District is happy to announce that we now offer reference services at our downtown location. Reference librarian Sharon Schaefer will work at the Hayner Downtown Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reference services will continue to be offered at the Alton Square Mall library Monday through Saturday.

With reference services offered at both library locations, patrons will now have more assistance with computers, finding information, learning how to use Hayner subscription databases, and test proctoring.
The reference department provides many valuable services, including:

• Reference staff can acquire books for patrons from all over the country via our interlibrary loan service.
• Reference assistance is available in finding books for research papers.
• Assistance is available for navigating Hayner’s online resources located on the Hayner website.
• You can get computer help with your research needs, filling out an application, setting up a Microsoft Word document, and general searching
of the Internet.
• Subscription database instruction is available through the reference department. Hayner Library subscribes to research databases enabling you to find up-to-date, full-text articles on many topics for your research papers. There are also general use databases available such as Auto Repair Reference Center and Consumer Reports.
• Help is available with searching the online newspaper archives.
• Test proctoring is available by appointment.

Whether we are researching answers or assisting you in locating books to read for pleasure, the reference staff is ready to help. Reference librarians can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via email (; a reference librarian will respond to your query as soon as possible. Or you may contact our reference department by phone (618-433-2864) or in person at the Hayner libraries.

Social Security Express

Social Security ExpressThe Hayner Public Library District now has the Social Security Express desktop icon installed on all public computers in the District. Social Security Express allows users to access specific portions of the Social Security Administration’s website to conduct business and obtain forms. Social Security Express allows users to more easily navigate the Social Security website by using icons for the Social Security Administration’s most frequently requested information.

Patrons can access the Social Security Express desktop icon by logging on to any public computer at Hayner Library. Patrons must log on to the library’s public computers using a valid library card; a guest account may be issued to patrons who have a current valid driver’s license or state ID card. You may also access Social Security Express from home at

Tax Form Information

Here are some useful links and contact information for the IRS, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Missouri Department of Revenue: 

The Internal Revenue Service (federal tax information and forms)

Illinois Department of Revenue

Missouri Department of Revenue

Illinois Benefits Access Program (formerly known as the Circuit Breaker)

Taxes 2015Due to budget cuts and the increasing number of people filing their taxes online, the IRS and state revenue agencies have indicated that they will no longer be delivering as many forms and reproducible books to libraries across the country as they have in previous years.

We will receive a copy of the federal reproducible tax forms and instructions at the Alton Square and Downtown libraries. Copies of the reproducible federal tax forms and instructions may be made using the library's copy machines. 

State and federal tax forms may be printed from the websites listed above at any Hayner Library location. 

Copies and printouts are 15¢ per page (black & white) and 30¢ per page (color).

Please note: The library has no control over the arrival of the federal reproducible tax form book. We order copies of the reproducible tax form book several months in advance and we receive them from the IRS per their (unannounced) delivery schedule. You may wish to call your preferred library location (Downtown or Alton Square) before visting to ensure that the federal reproducible tax form book has been received; we do not always receive the federal reproducible tax form books at both locations at the same time. 


New Service: "Almost Overdue" Notices

Due Date ReminderThe Hayner Public Library District is happy to announce that we are now providing “almost overdue” notices to patrons who are signed up to receive text and/or email notifications from the library. The “almost overdue” notice is automatically generated three days before library items are due and is sent via text and/or email (patrons can choose their preferred method of contact).

We are also providing text and/or email notifications 30 days before your library card expires.

Please note: The “almost overdue” notices are generated by the SHARE network, an automated consortia of the Illinois Heartland Library System. “SHARE Notifications” will appear as the sender of the “almost overdue” text and/or email notification.

Patrons who wish to receive notices from the library via text and/or email may ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk of any library location. We currently offer text and email notifications for:

• Almost overdue items
• Overdue notices
• Hold notices (to alert you when items you have ordered are ready for pick-up)
• Library card expiration

Patrons may also choose to opt-out of the “almost overdue” notifications; please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk if you would like to stop receiving these notifications.

You can manage your library account, including the online renewal of library materials, at

We hope that you find these notifications helpful—and an easy way to help eliminate overdue fines!

Free: Computer and Social Media Classes

Computer Computer ComputerComputer skills are essential for success in our technology-filled lives. The Hayner Public Library District offers free technology classes to help everyone— from the novice computer-user to those interested in fine-tuning their social media skills. Here is a list of the current computer and social media classes being offered at the library: 

PC Basics: Introduction to Computers 

Internet Basics

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Flash Drives and Saving Files

Computer Maintenance and Security

Cloud Library classes (eBooks)

Social Media Basics

Facebook Revealed

Exploring Pinterest and Twitter

Please note:  All classes are free of charge but do require registration; classes are held in the Multipurpose Room of the Alton Square Library. Be sure to check the library's newsletter or the Events Calendar on our website for a complete list of dates and times for each class. 

Cloud Library App: More Than Just eBooks!


The Cloud Library app is a free and convenient way to download e-books and e-audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, and other mobile devices (over 40,750 items and growing!). But the Cloud Library app also provides other convenient uses as well, including a Virtual Library Card, quick access to your online library account, and the online card catalog.

The Virtual Library Card is a digital copy of your library card that is stored in the Cloud Library app; the Virtual Library Card can be scanned just like your Hayner Library card when checking out at the circulation desks. It’s a convenient back-up for the times you visit the library and forget your library card but have your phone with you.

You can also access both your online library account and the library’s online card catalog via the Cloud Library app—with one convenient click.

You can visit the library’s website and click on the Help With Your eReader or Download Audio and eBooks icons for more information on Cloud Library. And be sure to check out the library’s Events Calendar online for the date and time of our next free Cloud Library e-Book class.

Cloud Library: Free eBooks and eAudiobooks


Be sure to check out our Cloud Library instruction page for help downloading e-books and e-audios to your e-reader. Located under the Help With Your eReader tab, you'll find device-specific instructions guaranteed to help you navigate Cloud Library. If you're still having problems with Cloud Library, please feel free to ask library staff for assistance. We are happy to help!

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