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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.

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Grandparents Day Celebration

Grandparents 2Hayner KidsSpace will host their first annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, for kids ages 3-5. The fun kicks-off at 10 a.m. at our Alton Square location in the Performance Room located on the upper level with cookies, punch, and coffee and the hilarious antics of Oh My Gosh Josh. We will have limited registration for this program of two grandparents per child. To register for this program or for more information, please call (618) 433-2881. You must submit your reservation by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Seymour Bluffs and Benjamin Godfrey

Seymour BluffsOn Saturday, May 20, the Genealogy & Local History Library hosted a book signing of Seymour Bluffs and Benjamin Godfrey. After a year of hard work, the book was fresh off the presses and everyone was excited to take a look. Phyllis Bechtold, author of a series of books featuring Seymour Bluffs the eagle, worked with Hayner’s Genealogy & Local History Manager, Lacy McDonald, to write the story. Alton High School Graphic Communications students, under the direction of teacher Lexa Browning-Needham, created the illustrations, Blippar app content, and page layout. Phyllis, Lacy, and Lexa all made it to Hayner for the book signing, along with students Austin Curvey, Jake Edelen, Julianna Fair, Tristan Wuellner, Anna Summers, and Chance Stice. Only Shaw Smeltzer-Baer was unable to come for the signing.

Entrepreneur Benjamin Godfrey came to Alton in the 1830s after making and losing several fortunes at sea. He was a man with a questionable past who wanted to change his ways and make a contribution to society. This book, created and published by the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail, highlights Godfrey’s many accomplishments and lasting contributions to the Alton-Godfrey area. It also touches on Godfrey’s connections to Elijah P. Lovejoy and Abraham Lincoln. The book is available to purchase for $10 from Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail committee members Phyllis Bechtold (618) 466-1442 or Zeke Jabush (618) 466-8353. You can also get a copy at many area locations, including the Alton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Elsah General Store, Godfrey Meat Market, Knotty by Nature in Grafton, and Mississippi Mud Pottery.

Seymour Bluffs and Benjamin Godfrey can be checked out in the Alton Square and Downtown branches (call number: EB GODFREY) and read anytime in the Genealogy & Local History Library (IR B GODFREY). And if you have a 3rd grader in the Alton School District, he or she will be reading the book as part of their local history curriculum. We hope you enjoy it!

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! 

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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.

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