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Library News

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Smile for Hayner!

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

Photo/Logo: Amazon.com

Amazon has introduced a new program called AmazonSmile, which will automatically donate 0.5% of the value of your purchases to the charity you select. The Hayner Public Library District is one of the available organizations you can select to receive these donations. It costs you nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally. Just log on to smile.amazon.com and start shopping—make sure you identify Hayner as your charity of choice!

Go to www.smile.amazon.com

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October is Food for Fines Month at the Library

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

Yearly, we have held a fine amnesty program, Food for Fines, in October. We will waive current fines on Hayner material if you contribute a nonperishable food item for each fine during the amnesty period.

During the holiday season, many community organizations hold drives to support centers such as the Crisis Food Center, but we often forget about helping those in need at other times of the year. We are holding this amnesty program in October to help people without waiting for the support of “holiday generosity.” It may also help make Thanksgiving a happier time for families in need.

From October 1 through October 31, 2014, anyone who has an overdue Hayner Library item can pay his or her fine with a canned food item. Library materials must be returned with food donations, at least one food item per fine, and only Hayner materials are eligible. All food items collected throughout the month will be given to the Crisis Food Center in Alton. Of course, even if you don’t have fines, feel free to donate items to help others in our community.

Perhaps you have some Hayner materials that got lost under the couch or behind the DVD player. Now is a great opportunity to return those items to the library and avoid the fines that have accrued. Fine amnesty is a great way to support critically important community organizations such as the Crisis Food Center—and it is also a great opportunity to return “lost” materials to the library so they can be reshelved for circulation. Thank you for your support.

Hayner Has a Busy Year

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Library News

The Hayner Public Library District runs on a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30 the following year. In Fiscal Year 2013-2014 we were certainly busy, as the following statistics demonstrate:

…We held 310 free programs of entertainment and education for adults/children and teens. More than 10,000 of you attended these programs.

…Over 27,000 Hayner library cards are in effect.

…We circulated over 692,000 items.

…We brought in over 68,000 items from other libraries to satisfy patron requests.

…We circulated over 25,000 eBooks.

…We subscribed to 319 newspapers and magazines for you.

…We subscribed to 47 databases for you, which you can access from your home.

…Over 360,000 people passed through our doors—an average of 30,000 people per month.

…We provided 95 free public access computers for your use.

…We provided over 245,000 items for you to check out, including books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, games, and even fishing rods!

…We answered over 5,000 reference questions for you.

…We participated in a network of over 500 libraries in Southern Illinois, with access to all their collections, for a materials inventory of over 10,000,000 items.

…Annual views of our home page were over 4,879,000.

Library Closed for New Year’s

Posted September 9th, 2014 in Events

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All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Wednesday, December 31, 2014, and January 1, 2015, in observance of New Year’s.

Library Closed for Christmas

Posted September 9th, 2014 in Events

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All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Wednesday, December 24, 2014,  through Friday, Deccember 26, 2014, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted September 9th, 2014 in Events

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All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Thursday, November 27, 2014, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Library Closed for Veterans Day

Posted September 9th, 2014 in Events

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All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in observance of Veterans Day.

eReader User Guides

Posted July 20th, 2014 in Library News

Click on the links below to view instruction sheets for dowloading e-books to your mobile device:

3M Cloud Library

Checking Out eBooks Using 3M Cloud Library

Using the 3M Cloud Library

Installing the 3M Cloud App for Kindle Using SlideMe

Kindle Fire HD Instructions for 3M Cloud Library


How to Use Overdrive Downloadable eBooks

How to Download eBooks onto a Kindle Fire

How to Download eBooks onto a Kindle

How to Download eBooks onto a Nook

How to Download eBooks onto an iPad/iPhone

How to Install the Kindle App for iPad/iPhone

How to Download eBooks onto a Sony eReader

How to Install the Kindle Reading App for Android Compatible Devices

How to Install the Kindle App for iOS

How to Download Adobe Digital Editions

Spanish Story Time

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

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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