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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

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!


Passport to Your National Parks Stamp Site

Looking for Lincoln 2The Genealogy & Local History Library is proud to announce that we are one of the newest Passport to Your National Parks stamp sites! Alton is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and was named an official Looking for Lincoln community in September. That designation allowed local organizations to become part of the ALNHA’s National Park Service passport program.

There are a total of 21 Looking for Lincoln passport sites in Illinois. In addition to Alton, ALNHA communities include Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Quincy, Charleston, and Danville. Each community can only have one or two passport stamp locations, so we’re very lucky to be a designated site. Passport stamps are free to collect and if you don’t already have a National Park Service Passport, they are available for sale at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The passport program provides opportunities for visitors to explore the communities where Lincoln lived, worked, and traveled in Illinois. The CVB has always promoted the Alton area’s connection to Lincoln and was on board immediately. “Being a passport stamp site is really an added benefit for the region,” Alton Regional CVB President and CEO Brett Stawar said. “We have a rich Lincoln heritage in Alton, and bringing in the passport will give visitors a great reason to come walk with us in Mr. Lincoln’s footsteps. The popularity of the National Park Service’s passport program will be another reason to love our destination.”

When the staff at CVB contacted Hayner about being the second Alton site, we were very thrilled. The Genealogy & Local History Library made perfect sense as a passport stamp site. The library has many historic books about Abraham Lincoln and generally has Lincoln photographs and artifacts on display. In the mid-1850’s Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon was a speaker in the Alton Library Association’s lecture series. We even have some items reportedly owned by Mary Todd Lincoln at the library. We also have an original letter from Mr. Lincoln to Simeon Ryder dated from 1844.

In Alton, you can get your National Parks passport stamped at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), 200 Piasa Street, or the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library, 401 State Street. Being a passport site is very exciting for us and we are looking forward to being part of the Lincoln experience. For more information about the program, check out the Looking for Lincoln website We hope to see you and your passport at the library soon!

Support Your Library

Support Your LibraryThere are two safe, easy ways to support The Hayner Public Library District without even writing a check. The first is by obtaining a Schnucks eScrip card and designating The Hayner Public Library District as your charity of choice. Every time you present the card at check-out, the library receives up to 3% of your purchase total. The cards are available at the service desk of any Schnucks store. Instructions for signing up are simple and easy-to-follow. If you already have a card please consider adding The Hayner Public Library District. This can be done online or by calling 800-931-6258.

The second way to support the library is through the AmazonSmile foundation. Once you designate Hayner Public Library as your chosen charity, the library will receive a small percentage of your eligible purchases through You may sign up for AmazonSmile online at Instructions for using the site are available when you register. Once you’ve made your designation, the process is automatic.
If you have any questions about participating in either program, please call the library’s business office at 462-0677 for additional information.

Playaway Launchpads Now Available for Checkout!

LaunchpadIs your brain foggy after a summer at home with the kids? Send them back to school and get your mind in gear! Both Downtown and Alton Square locations of Hayner are now circulating Playaway Launchpads. These hand-held tablets are preloaded with brain games to clear the cobwebs and get you back in top form. Playaway Launchpads are user-friendly and customizable—yet secure, as no personal information is needed for use. Ask for “The Ultimate Challenger: Brain Games” and “Hidden Objects: Brain Games” at our Customer Service desks.

Check Out a Telescope at the Library!

ScopeBeginning June 1, 2015, you can check out an Orion StarBlast 4.5" Reflector telescope from either the Hayner Downtown Library or the Hayner Library in Alton Square Mall. The library, through an agreement with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, acquired two of the telescopes in May.

Supplementing the library's purchase, two Alton astronomers and St. Louis Astronomical Society members, Mr. Eddie Agha, staff astronomer at The Nature Institute, and Mr. Steve Sands, staff astronomer for the Watershed Nature Center, have each purchased a telescope to donate to the library collection, as has Ms. Patti Brown, Education Director at The Nature Institute, bringing the total number of available telescopes to five.

Each telescope captures the equivalent amount of light of 250 human eyes. Each has a zoom eyepiece, which gives a range of magnifications from 20 power to 60 power and provides a large field of view spanning from one degree to over two degrees. You will be able to obtain clear observations of the craters on our Moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, and the brighter star clusters and nebulae.

The telescopes may be checked out for up to seven days by adult Hayner Library card holders. A picture ID must also be presented. A refundable $50 deposit is required for checkout. The telescopes come with a learning kit and everything you need to start your stargazing adventure. Enjoy the great outdoors and night skies with your family and friends.

Also, to further your astronomical adventures, you can attend a free stargazing program offered by The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Ill., on the third Thursday of every month at 8:00 p.m. More information can be found at

Click here to view a list of stargazing books available in the Hayner Library collection. 

Telescope Workshops Available

Executive Director Bernadette Duvernoy is proud to announce a partnership between The Hayner Public Library District and The Nature Institute Astronomy Association. The Association will host astronomy workshops and activities every third Thursday in the Talahi Lodge at The Nature Institute at 2213 South Levis Lane, Godfrey, Ill.

Starting July 16 at 8:30 p.m., the public will now have a chance to learn more about constellations, stars, the moon, and many other aspects of astronomy. Be sure to come to the library and check out some books to brush up on your knowledge.

Please note that the workshops are subject to time changes because of sunset. Call 1-800-613-3163 today to reserve your spot.
Ms. Duvernoy would also like to thank Eddie Agha, Steve Sands, Patti Brown, the St. Louis Astronomical Society, and all their volunteers for all their hard work and for donation of the library's telescopes.

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