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Holiday Closing



All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Sunday, December 24, 2017 through Tuesday, December 26, 2017.  All library locations will reopen on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.  

Free: Computer and Social Media Classes

Computer Computer ComputerComputer skills are essential for success in our technology-filled lives. The Hayner Public Library District offers free technology classes to help everyone— from the novice computer-user to those interested in fine-tuning their social media skills. Here is a list of the current computer and social media classes being offered at the library: 

PC Basics: Introduction to Computers 

Internet Basics

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Flash Drives and Saving Files

Computer Maintenance and Security

Cloud Library classes (eBooks)

Social Media Basics

Facebook Revealed

Exploring Pinterest and Twitter

Please note:  All classes are free of charge but do require registration; classes are held in the Multipurpose Room of the Alton Square Library. Be sure to check the library's newsletter or the Events Calendar on our website for a complete list of dates and times for each class. 

On Sale: Library Cookbook Just in Time for the Holidays!

Cookbook Christmas SaleLooking for a new recipe for Thanksgiving? Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Look no further than Hayner Library!

Hayner’s original cookbook, Read’em and Eat, is being sold for only $15 or two for $25! Cookbooks can be purchased at any Hayner Library location.

Scam Phone Calls

Phone Scam

A library patron in our region recently experienced a situation in which a scammer, claiming to be a library staff member, called their home and began demanding credit card payment for overdue library fees. The patron correctly guessed it was a scam and wisely called the library and the police.

It is important to note that this did not happen to a patron of The Hayner Public Library District. But as a precaution, we would like to take this opportunity to remind patrons that The Hayner Public Library District will never call you in an attempt to solicit credit card payments over the phone. We only accept payments at the library or via our secure online ePay system, which must be accessed through your online library account.

The Hayner Public Library District does call, text, and email patrons for notification of overdue materials and on-hold items.

We would strongly encourage you to contact the police and the library should you experience a scam phone call of this nature.

Cloud Library App: More Than Just eBooks!


The Cloud Library app is a free and convenient way to download e-books and e-audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, and other mobile devices (over 40,750 items and growing!). But the Cloud Library app also provides other convenient uses as well, including a Virtual Library Card, quick access to your online library account, and the online card catalog.

The Virtual Library Card is a digital copy of your library card that is stored in the Cloud Library app; the Virtual Library Card can be scanned just like your Hayner Library card when checking out at the circulation desks. It’s a convenient back-up for the times you visit the library and forget your library card but have your phone with you.

You can also access both your online library account and the library’s online card catalog via the Cloud Library app—with one convenient click.

You can visit the library’s website and click on the Help With Your eReader or Download Audio and eBooks icons for more information on Cloud Library. And be sure to check out the library’s Events Calendar online for the date and time of our next free Cloud Library e-Book class.

Cloud Library: Free eBooks and eAudiobooks


Be sure to check out our Cloud Library instruction page for help downloading e-books and e-audios to your e-reader. Located under the Help With Your eReader tab, you'll find device-specific instructions guaranteed to help you navigate Cloud Library. If you're still having problems with Cloud Library, please feel free to ask library staff for assistance. We are happy to help!

Food for Fines

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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, 2017, anyone who has an overdue Hayner 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.


Library Closed for Independence Day

All locations of The Hayner Public Library District will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day. Please note: The Genealogy & Local History Library, located at 401 State Street, Alton, will be also be closed Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Our High School Yearbook Collection Now Available Online

Book Stack 2Want to see a picture of your grandmother at the prom? Check out your dad’s 1960s Beatles-inspired mop-top or mom’s beehive? Look at old photos of the Marching 100 at Alton High, the Mission Club at Marquette, or the Philatelic Society at Western Military Academy? Now’s your chance to see it all from home, from the library, from anywhere you have an internet connection!

Several years ago, we participated in a yearbook digitizing project, and we are thrilled to announce that those yearbooks are now available to view online. With the help of volunteers and staff members, we uploaded all
of the years for the Western Military Academy Recall (1923–1971; there was never a 1950 yearbook produced), as well as the Alton High Tatler (1905–1988), and Marquette Catholic High School Explorer (1959–1988, except 1963). We also have more recent years for Alton High and Marquette available to view in the library.

A huge thank you to Bridget Heck, Yearbook Adviser at Alton High School, for letting us borrow copies of the Tatler, and to Bo Jackson for letting us borrow copies of the Recall that we didn’t already own.


Go to and search for a yearbook by title or by title and year. For example, “Alton Tatler” as a search term brings up all issues of the Tatler, but you can search “Alton Tatler 1945” and go straight to that year. Same
for the Western Military Recall and Marquette High Explorer.

Anything uploaded by the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library is available here: The page can be organized by title, number of views, and school.

If you’d like to jump to a specific year of a specific school, this is the format (just change the year in the web address):

If you have any questions, please call (618) 462-0677, ext. 2865, or email us at

Thank you, Ervin Cable Construction, LLC!

Thank you


The Hayner Public Library District would like to extend our warmest and sincerest gratitude to Ervin Cable Construction, LLC, for their hard work and generosity. Relocating a private communications cable was an obstacle we faced while reroofing Hayner’s Belle Street location. Being a good community neighbor, Ervin Cable Construction, LLC, as supervised by Mr. Darrel Perkinson, provided this service, which can cost up to $400, absolutely free of charge!

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