Kids News

September 2: Science with Sam's STEAM Fun!

SWSScience with Sam is a fun monthly STEAM-themed program that happens on the first Friday of each month, beginning in September. Sam will prepare take-home interactive kits for children ages 7-10 demonstrating different STEAM concepts, such as surface tension, Earth science, anatomy, and robotics! Each kit will include an item list and the ingredients needed to perform the activity. We will also post an instructional video on our Hayner Library Facebook page and KidsSpace YouTube channel for families to watch! Adult assistance is required for some of the activities. Patrons may pick up their kit from Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall KidsSpace on Friday, September 2.

September 20: After-School Fun Make-or-Take Craft

CraftingKids, join us for our After-School Fun Make-or-Take Craft at the Downtown Library KidsSpace! The craft is designed for children ages 6-10. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. Please register at (618) 462-0677, ext. 2836.

September 21 @ 10:00 a.m.: Grandparents' Day Celebration

GrandparentsDayHayner Library KidsSpace will hold our annual Grandparents’ Day Celebration for children ages 2-5. The fun kicks off on Wednesday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m., in our Hayner Library Performance Room, located on the upper level of Alton Square Mall. Please join us for a photo booth, cookies, punch, coffee, and the hilarious antics of Mr. Richard Landry and his fuzzy sidekick Snowball. We will have limited registration for this program. Register early! To register for this program, please call (618) 433-2881. The registration deadline is Friday, September 16.

Library Card Sign-Up Month


Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall KidsSpace will hand out a surprise goodie bag to children who sign-up for a library card in September (while supplies last). You must show your new library card to a KidsSpace staff member to receive your goodie bag.

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.: Stories with Sam

storiestimeJoin us for this fun and interactive story time for 2-5-year-olds. Children will hear stories, sing songs, and make crafts that reflect the weekly theme. Meeting dates are Thursdays, August 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. Limited space is available. Please register at (618) 433-2881.

Thursdays: Take-Home Crafts

Crafting2Stop by Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall every Thursday from July 21 through September 29, and pick up your Take-Home Craft kit while supplies last. No registration is required.

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.: Family Story Time with Ms. Mary Kay at the Downtown Library

readingtimeJoin Ms. Mary Kay and Panda Bear in an interactive story time for children of all ages. Enjoy stories, songs, an occasional puppet show, and a snack. This story time takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library on the following dates: Tuesdays, August 23 and 30; September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Limited space is available. Please register at (618) 462-0677, ext. 2836.

KidsSpace and TeenSpace Events Newsletter and Calendar

We have lots of great FREE programming and events in our KidsSpace and TeenSpace departments. In order to make it easier to keep track of these events, we've created a handy Hayner KidsSpace and TeenSpace newsletter! Click on the links below to view the calendars and newsletters or pick up a paper copy at the KidsSpace and TeenSpace desks. 

August 2022 KidsSpace and TeenSpace Events Calendar

September 2022 KidsSpace and TeenSpace Events Calendar

Late Summer 2022 KidsSpace Newsletter

Late Summer 2022 TeenSpace Newsletter



For Building Kits for Children

fort kitThe Hayner Public Library District now offers fort-building kits for our young patrons! The 120-piece kits contain plastic tubes and connectors, as well as instructions to create a variety of different shapes and structures.

These building kits are an exciting way for children to utilize hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills while designing and building their ultimate fort. The kits provide an opportunity for children to share new and creative structures with friends and family. The kits are available for check out at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. 


Our Kits Make Learning Fun!

Stop by KidsSpace at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and check out a children's learning kit. These kits are designed to educate and entertain children of all ages. They're great for homeschooling, rainy days, fun family time, and lots of other occasions. They're FREE to check out with your library card. 

Our kits range from finger puppets, a reptile bingo game, phonics flashcards, story blocks, counting cubes, microscopes, hieroglyph stamps, 3D planet models, solar system interactive games, STEAM, rock collections, magnet sets, fossil collections, jumbo floor puzzles, a stethoscope, human anatomy models, and LOTS more. 

Click here to view a PDF list of all of our children's learning kits. Or stop by the KidsSpace desk and pick up a paper copy. 

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