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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!

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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!

Library Savings

Savings 2It’s no secret that using your library can mean big savings, but it’s still an eye opener to be shown how much money you banked with each visit. A recent update to our library system now gives patrons insight into this information.

Much like the bottom of the receipt you get from the grocery store, the bottom of your due-date printout will inform you of the total amount of money you saved by checking out materials provided by your library since the update went into effect. What’s in your wallet? If the answer is your library card, then you will also have money in your pocket!

Tell us how much you have saved on our Facebook page!


And Abracadabra, It's Gone!

Building Demo 2After two years of considerations, it only took two days to demolish the old Hudson Jewelry Building located next door to the Hayner downtown Belle Street location! Next up will be resurfacing the exterior wall, cleaning-up from the construction, and making minor renovations as needed. We will be working on these projects to bring back the non-print room, and we thank you for your continued patience.

With a Little Help from our Friends

Friends of Hayner Library Building

For ultimate book lovers who would like to have a laugh while helping the library, become a Friends of Hayner Library member! This wonderful group of volunteers works selflessly to set up our book sales which are held four times a year. The Friends meet most Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon at 327 State Street, behind our downtown location, to sort through donated books, and they always welcome new faces. For more information, please contact Carole Conley at (618) 466-8514 or (618) 462-4396.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program Flyer

Join us this summer for our Adult Summer Reading Program. From July 15 to August 15, Hayner Library patrons ages 18 and older are invited to join in the summer reading fun—and a chance to win a Kindle Fire! Registration and participation are easy. Simply visit either Hayner library location and fill out a short registration form. For each book, eBook, audiobook, or eAudiobook you read, you get a chance to enter a drawing for the grand prize. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! A winner will be selected at both the Downtown and Alton Square locations. Happy summer reading!

The Jennie D. Hayner Pocket Park

The Jennie D. Hayner Pocket Park, located at the corner of 4th and State Streets, has been maintained through a private endowment for the enjoyment our patrons and the community.  The park was refreshed in summer 2016 with new plantings and a refurbishment of the mural. We invite you to come down to the Downtown library and visit this charming spot. It's the perfect place to sit outside and read!


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Passport to Your National Parks Stamp Site

Looking for Lincoln 2The Genealogy & Local History Library is proud to announce that we are one of the newest Passport to Your National Parks stamp sites! Alton is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and was named an official Looking for Lincoln community in September. That designation allowed local organizations to become part of the ALNHA’s National Park Service passport program.

There are a total of 21 Looking for Lincoln passport sites in Illinois. In addition to Alton, ALNHA communities include Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Quincy, Charleston, and Danville. Each community can only have one or two passport stamp locations, so we’re very lucky to be a designated site. Passport stamps are free to collect and if you don’t already have a National Park Service Passport, they are available for sale at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The passport program provides opportunities for visitors to explore the communities where Lincoln lived, worked, and traveled in Illinois. The CVB has always promoted the Alton area’s connection to Lincoln and was on board immediately. “Being a passport stamp site is really an added benefit for the region,” Alton Regional CVB President and CEO Brett Stawar said. “We have a rich Lincoln heritage in Alton, and bringing in the passport will give visitors a great reason to come walk with us in Mr. Lincoln’s footsteps. The popularity of the National Park Service’s passport program will be another reason to love our destination.”

When the staff at CVB contacted Hayner about being the second Alton site, we were very thrilled. The Genealogy & Local History Library made perfect sense as a passport stamp site. The library has many historic books about Abraham Lincoln and generally has Lincoln photographs and artifacts on display. In the mid-1850’s Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon was a speaker in the Alton Library Association’s lecture series. We even have some items reportedly owned by Mary Todd Lincoln at the library. We also have an original letter from Mr. Lincoln to Simeon Ryder dated from 1844.

In Alton, you can get your National Parks passport stamped at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), 200 Piasa Street, or the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library, 401 State Street. Being a passport site is very exciting for us and we are looking forward to being part of the Lincoln experience. For more information about the program, check out the Looking for Lincoln website We hope to see you and your passport at the library soon!

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