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Facts About American Libraries

  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.—a total of 16,766 including branches.
  • Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.
  • Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies.
  • Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
  • Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 million questions weekly.
  • Americans check out more than eight books a year, on average.
  • Almost 89% of public library outlets now offer wireless Internet access.

Over 50 Ways to Love Your Library

There are so many benefits to having a library card; and remember, a library card is a key resource in achieving academic success. The library also is the perfect place to spend quality family time together. Check out these great ways to use your library card at The Hayner Public Library District:

1. Your library is where you can get e-books and other digital content. Download now.

2. Not sure how to download an e-book to your new device? A librarian can show you how, or you can take a workshop offered by The Hayner Public Library District on downloading to your e-reader device.

3. Save money and get the latest best seller, DVD, or music CD.

4. Use a computer to finish a school project.

5. Use free Wi-Fi.

6. Send your teens to Teen Movie Night.

7. Take classes in Tai Chi.

8. Sign up for a study room for group study sessions.

9. Have a test proctored.

10. Don’t have your own laptop? Use one of ours while you’re in the library (laptops do not check out).

11. Sign up for a computer to check your e-mail.

12. Send the kids to free programs featuring various entertainers from magicians to singer/storytellers and much more.

13. Save money while spending quality time: plan a family afternoon at the library—it’s all free!

14. Research the latest products with Consumer Resources database.

15. Attend preschool story time during the day or in the evening.

16. Bring your 5–10-year-olds to After-School Fun—always fun crafting going on.

17. Librarians are early literacy experts—they can help you find just the right book to read to your kids at night for enjoyment and learning.

18. Launch your future. Use free computers for job searches, résumé writing, and interviewing tips.

19. Become an entrepreneur—learn how to write a business plan.

20. Get help with homework. Logon to tutor.com for a real live tutor to help solve those nasty math problems.

21. Research your term paper.

22. Explore new opportunities and research technical schools, community colleges, and universities.

23. Learn about the Affordable Care Act or Social Security at a library seminar.

24. Join the Hayner Library Friends group—be an active volunteer or just a supporting member.

25. Join the Teen Advisory Council.

26. Join the Teen Book Club.

27. Check out your favorite graphic novel.

28. Trek to another planet in a sci-fi novel.

29. Talk mysteries with other people who like mysteries—join Hayner’s Mystery Book Club.

30. Use free online tools to research your family tree.

31. Don’t know how to get started in genealogy? Make an appointment with a Hayner librarian for one-on-one help.

32. Check out a fishing pole.

33. Play Legos.

34. Register to vote, or get your important documents notarized.

35. Check out the latest fashion magazine; or perhaps your interest is cooking, architecture, or sports—whatever your interest, we subscribe to over 300 magazines and newspapers for you to enjoy.

36. Check out an audiobook for your next long drive or to listen to while you are working out.

37. Check out the latest CD, or explore new genres in music.

38. Check out your favorite movies for your at-home date night.

39. Attend an evening program of music and entertainment at one of our many free cultural programs featuring a wide variety of musical performers (truly something for everyone), actor/ scholars, comedy, and more. All free, all the time!

40. Learn how to replace your car’s engine or just change a tire from one of our 29 free databases.

41. Never too early to develop a second language. Bring your preschooler to Spanish Story Time for stories and songs in Spanish and English.

42. Learn more about our local history—view the great museum- quality displays in the Genealogy & Local History Library.

43. Access the Bob Graul database and view thousands of digital images of our local history recorded by this renowned Telegraph photographer.

44. Use your Hayner library card at libraries throughout the state—– you have reciprocal privileges.

45. Stuck at home with a broken leg? Call our Homebound Service to have door-to-door delivery of your favorite library materials.

46. Looking for an obscure title? Can’t find it on Hayner’s shelves? Our card catalogue links to over 500 Illinois libraries for a total of over 10 million items available to you. Still can’t find it? Ask a librarian, and we will search nationwide for your item.

47. Become a library volunteer—lots of fun opportunities and a great group of people to work with.

48. Meet local authors at book signings.

49. Go back in time and access digital issues of the Telegraph back to 1836.

50. Find a quiet spot to plug in your laptop and begin your own novel.

51. Use a library computer or check out materials to help study for SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, or certification exams.

52. Build your young reader’s self-esteem by letting him or her read to a certified therapy dog at the library.

53. Enroll in the Summer Reading Program (either youth or teen programs).

54. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book, and enjoy.

Excerpted in part from http://atyourlibrary.org/sixty-ways-use-your-library-card-2013

New eBook Program Available For Hayner Library Patrons

The Secretary of State and Illinois State Library awarded a $985,219 grant to the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for the E-books for Illinois Project, named eRead Illinois. The two-year grant project will increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. It includes an e-book collection and the 3M Cloud Library software platform for IHLS SHARE members (of which Hayner is one).

What does this mean to you? Now when you use the online card catalog, you will see titles that are marked with the 3M icon. This indicates that this title is an e-book that can be downloaded from the 3M Cloud Library. These titles will augment the e-book selections that you already have access to through OverDrive. Downloading is extremely quick and easy, and step-by-step directions are available at the circulation desks. 3M Cloud Library e-books are compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS devices, NOOK Tablets, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire. Users can download the app on up to six devices and can easily move from reading on a phone, to a tablet, to a laptop.

The 3M Cloud Library application is an innovative way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and nonfiction e-books from your library. You will need a valid Hayner library card to use 3M Cloud Library e-books. With your Hayner library card, you will then have access to thousands of e-book titles.
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Installing the 3M Cloud Library app on your device (devices are listed on the left side of the website)

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