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Book Sale: August 2017

The Friends of Hayner Library will hold a book sale on: 

  • Friday, August 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The book sale will be held in the Friends of Hayner Library building, located at 327 State Street, Alton, IL.  A bag sale will be held during the sale; take home a whole bag of books for one low price! For more information about the book sale, please call Friends of Hayner Library at 618-462-4396.  Admission is free both days. 

Friends August 2017 Book Sale

Library Closed for Independence Day

All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day. Please note: The Genealogy & Local History Library, located at 401 State Street, Alton, will be also be closed Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Our High School Yearbook Collection Now Available Online

Book Stack 2Want to see a picture of your grandmother at the prom? Check out your dad’s 1960s Beatles-inspired mop-top or mom’s beehive? Look at old photos of the Marching 100 at Alton High, the Mission Club at Marquette, or the Philatelic Society at Western Military Academy? Now’s your chance to see it all from home, from the library, from anywhere you have an internet connection!

Several years ago, we participated in a yearbook digitizing project, and we are thrilled to announce that those yearbooks are now available to view online. With the help of volunteers and staff members, we uploaded all
of the years for the Western Military Academy Recall (1923–1971; there was never a 1950 yearbook produced), as well as the Alton High Tatler (1905–1988), and Marquette Catholic High School Explorer (1959–1988, except 1963). We also have more recent years for Alton High and Marquette available to view in the library.

A huge thank you to Bridget Heck, Yearbook Adviser at Alton High School, for letting us borrow copies of the Tatler, and to Bo Jackson for letting us borrow copies of the Recall that we didn’t already own.


Go to and search for a yearbook by title or by title and year. For example, “Alton Tatler” as a search term brings up all issues of the Tatler, but you can search “Alton Tatler 1945” and go straight to that year. Same
for the Western Military Recall and Marquette High Explorer.

Anything uploaded by the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library is available here: The page can be organized by title, number of views, and school.

If you’d like to jump to a specific year of a specific school, this is the format (just change the year in the web address):

If you have any questions, please call (618) 462-0677, ext. 2865, or email us at

Thank you, Ervin Cable Construction, LLC!

Thank you


The Hayner Public Library District would like to extend our warmest and sincerest gratitude to Ervin Cable Construction, LLC, for their hard work and generosity. Relocating a private communications cable was an obstacle we faced while reroofing Hayner’s Belle Street location. Being a good community neighbor, Ervin Cable Construction, LLC, as supervised by Mr. Darrel Perkinson, provided this service, which can cost up to $400, absolutely free of charge!

2017 Solar Eclipse Party

Solar SolarFor the first time since 1918, there will be a full solar eclipse August 21, 2017, from approximately 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., in the St. Louis metropolitan area. People from all over the world are descending on our area just to be a part of this unusual event. There are even rumors of people renting out 10 feet square portions of their yards for people to set up to view this event in the Carbondale, Illinois area. As we are not in the direct path, the Alton area will just have a 90% partial eclipse, but it will still be a wondrous site to behold. To that end, Hayner Library is partnering with Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) to bring you some activities and ways to view the eclipse safely. One of those ways is a galileoscope (see photo), which uses the library’s Orion StarBlast telescopes as the image generator. The galileoscope projects a 2 1/2” image of the sun safely. This was generously donated to the library from the Members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri with the help of Eddie Agha, staff astronomer at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, IL. The event will take place at the Alton Amphitheater on August 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Some of the events currently scheduled include: live-streaming from NASA’s website, food vendors, and the infamous Bubble Bus from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Please check Hayner Library’s website, the CVB’s website, or call either Hayner Library, (618) 462-0677, or the CVB, (800) 258-6645, to find out the full details as arrangements are still being made. In the meantime, here are a couple of websites that contain useful information about the eclipse: and We hope to see you there!

Library Savings

Savings 2It’s no secret that using your library can mean big savings, but it’s still an eye opener to be shown how much money you banked with each visit. A recent update to our library system now gives patrons insight into this information.

Much like the bottom of the receipt you get from the grocery store, the bottom of your due-date printout will inform you of the total amount of money you saved by checking out materials provided by your library since the update went into effect. What’s in your wallet? If the answer is your library card, then you will also have money in your pocket!

Tell us how much you have saved on our Facebook page!


And Abracadabra, It's Gone!

Building Demo 2After two years of considerations, it only took two days to demolish the old Hudson Jewelry Building located next door to the Hayner downtown Belle Street location! Next up will be resurfacing the exterior wall, cleaning-up from the construction, and making minor renovations as needed. We will be working on these projects to bring back the non-print room, and we thank you for your continued patience.

With a Little Help from our Friends

Friends of Hayner Library Building

For ultimate book lovers who would like to have a laugh while helping the library, become a Friends of Hayner Library member! This wonderful group of volunteers works selflessly to set up our book sales which are held four times a year. The Friends meet most Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon at 327 State Street, behind our downtown location, to sort through donated books, and they always welcome new faces. For more information, please contact Carole Conley at (618) 466-8514 or (618) 462-4396.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program Flyer

Join us this summer for our Adult Summer Reading Program. From July 15 to August 15, Hayner Library patrons ages 18 and older are invited to join in the summer reading fun—and a chance to win a Kindle Fire! Registration and participation are easy. Simply visit either Hayner library location and fill out a short registration form. For each book, eBook, audiobook, or eAudiobook you read, you get a chance to enter a drawing for the grand prize. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! A winner will be selected at both the Downtown and Alton Square locations. Happy summer reading!

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