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Summer Reading Program 2017

Young patrons of Hayner Public Library had a wonderful time at this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Read by Design.” The KidsSpace staff kept them busy with craft times, performers, movies, puppet shows, and stories.

The program drew in more than 300 kids over six weeks. Each participant was rewarded each week with a prize and a raffle ticket for one of our three grand prizes. At the end of the program, participants were treated to a party held at the Alton High School Commons where they were entertained by ‘Mazing Matthias from Circus Kaput. Each participant also received a free book, snacks, and a certificate
for all their hard work. 

At the End-of-the-Summer-Reading Party, a ticket was drawn for each of the three grand prizes. The winner of the painting party with Jennifer Grassle from Cheerful Canvas was Addie Turner. The winner of the Wow Wee Robosapiens Robot was Parker Lewis. The winner of the Laser Peg Legos was Louis Franklin. Tickets were also drawn for art work created by Jennifer Grassle from Cheerful Canvas. Winners for the artwork include Josiah B., Claire C., Oliver P., and Abbie W. We hope to see everyone again next year at our 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” Congratulations to all our winners!

We would also like to thank our sponsors: Alton High School, Dollar General, Community Center, St. Louis Cardinals, Cheerful Canvas, and Gateway Grizzles.

JVSRP Winners 2017


Stories with Santa


Come join us for a fun-filled day including Santa, refreshments, and a performance by Celia and Little Celia. All the fun begins at 10 a.m. in the Performance Room on the upper level at Alton Square Mall on Saturday, December 9, 2017. This program will be followed by cookies and a visit from Santa in the KidsSpace Multipurpose Room. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! To register for this program, please call (618) 433-2881.

Legos @ Your Library

Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of building and creating Lego masterpieces. The library will supply the Legos! Legos stay at the library and will be displayed between sessions. Legos @ Your Library will meet in the KidsSpace the second Thursday of each month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please register at (618) 433-2881.

Legos Your Library Updated


A Message from Panda

Message from Panda 4Hello, my name is Panda Bear! I assist Miss Mary Kay twice a week during her story times! Every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., I emerge from my blue cave and find that all my little friends have arrived. And, of course, Miss Mary Kay is right by my side; she is the greatest! She reads the best stories, and on Tuesdays, she has fun craft projects for our little friends. We also sing songs; my favorite is the one where we learn everybody’s name. Miss Mary Kay and I are always looking for new friends to join the fun, but space is limited so be sure to register for the ones you want to attend!

Activities and Story Times at the Library

Mommy and Me UpdatedBe sure to check out the Events Calendar for a listing of all of our fun and educational story times sure to entertain children of all ages. Story times include Mommy and Me, Mary Kay's Story Time, Evening Story Time, Movers and Shakers Story Time, and Spanish Story Time! 

Library Subscription:


The Hayner Public Library District offers access to the online subscription-based education program on the KidsSpace computers at the Alton Square Library.

Please note: Children under the age of eight may use the computers only with adult supervision. The library district assumes no responsibility for computer activity conducted by children not accompanied by an adult. is subscription-based, with no advertising, pop-up ads, or links to other sites. Children can learn and explore with their parents, or on their own (depending on age and ability), in a safe and secure online educational environment. is a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc. Their goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

18 Nov 2017 10:00 – 12:00

18 Nov 2017 11:00 – 13:00

18 Nov 2017 14:00 – 16:00

23 Nov 2017 00:00 – 00:00

26 Nov 2017 15:00 – 16:30


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