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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 http://www.lookingforlincoln.com/Explore/NPSPassportProgram.aspx. We hope to see you and your passport at the library soon!

Thank you, Friends of the Library!

Thank you Friends

The Friends of the Library made a wonderful monetary contribution to the Hayner Public Library District. They donate the proceeds from their book sales which are generally held four times throughout the year. They also keep carts in the downtown and mall libraries, selling high-quality and popular books ($2.00 for hardcover and $1.00 for other materials). The donations from the friends are used to fund special projects for the Library District. In 2016, the Friends afforded us the opportunity to upgrade our security cameras in all three libraries as well as installing on-street cameras at our downtown location. You, too, can support the Friend organization by becoming a volunteer for the Friends of the Library.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Library, please call Carole Conley at (618) 466-8514. They are always looking for new volunteers to help sort book donations and/or work at the book sales. It’s a great group to work with and the perfect volunteer opportunity for anyone who loves books!

Support Your Library

Support Your LibraryThere are two safe, easy ways to support The Hayner Public Library District without even writing a check. The first is by obtaining a Schnucks eScrip card and designating The Hayner Public Library District as your charity of choice. Every time you present the card at check-out, the library receives up to 3% of your purchase total. The cards are available at the service desk of any Schnucks store. Instructions for signing up are simple and easy-to-follow. If you already have a card please consider adding The Hayner Public Library District. This can be done online or by calling 800-931-6258.

The second way to support the library is through the AmazonSmile foundation. Once you designate Hayner Public Library as your chosen charity, the library will receive a small percentage of your eligible purchases through Amazon.com. You may sign up for AmazonSmile online at smile.amazon.com. Instructions for using the site are available when you register. Once you’ve made your designation, the process is automatic.
If you have any questions about participating in either program, please call the library’s business office at 462-0677 for additional information.

Thank You: Simmons Employee Foundation

Thank You Simmons

 

The Hayner Public Library District would like to thank the Simmons Employee Foundation for their generous support in funding the purchase of three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the library facilities.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are medical devices that analyze the heart’s rhythm and can, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock which helps the heart reestablish an effective rhythm. According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy-to-operate tool for someone with no medical background.

Thank you, Simmons Employee Foundation, for your generous contribution to our library and your continued support of the community.

Playaway Launchpads Now Available for Checkout!

LaunchpadIs your brain foggy after a summer at home with the kids? Send them back to school and get your mind in gear! Both Downtown and Alton Square locations of Hayner are now circulating Playaway Launchpads. These hand-held tablets are preloaded with brain games to clear the cobwebs and get you back in top form. Playaway Launchpads are user-friendly and customizable—yet secure, as no personal information is needed for use. Ask for “The Ultimate Challenger: Brain Games” and “Hidden Objects: Brain Games” at our Customer Service desks.

Staff Picks: Halloween Books and Movies to Scare You Silly!

Vintage Halloween 23Halloween Staff Picks

Check out the library staffs' favorite scary books and movies. Take one home tonight—if you dare!

MOVIES

It by Stephen King: Nobody writes about growing up better than Stephen King, especially if you are a bit of an outcast. That’s what makes It so scary! The book flows from situations that all kids face as they are growing up—scary enough—then puts those same kids in unimaginably menacing situations. Pennywise is one of the scariest clowns ever! —Brenda

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Not Rated): Two bungling baggage handlers find themselves face-to-face with Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Wolf Man—with hilarious results. This film is recognized by the American Film Institute and the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. —Mary

Shadow of the Vampire (Rated R): A real vampire is secretly hired to play Dracula in a 1920s film—with terrifying results. A dark and genuinely creepy award-winning film that earned Willem Dafoe an Academy Award nomination. —Mary

Hocus Pocus (Rated PG): Family-friendly Halloween movie about three sister witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. —Mary & Shannon

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not Rated): Classic animated film that follows Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the gang on their Halloween night adventures. The music alone (provided by the Vince Guaraldi Sextet) is reason enough to watch! —Mary

One of the scariest movies I have ever seen was Misery, based on the book by Stephen King. I couldn’t watch the part with Kathy Bates using the sledgehammer; yet I still was compelled to finish it. It really grabbed hold of me. Even the ending was hard to shake off! —Jean

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: I’m not easily scared by movies, but for months after watching this one I had to fall asleep listening to music because I was convinced I heard a chainsaw revving up outside! —Theresa

Wait Until Dark: A cat-and-mouse thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. —Theresa

Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Not exactly a movie, but this music video scared me when I was a little kid. I loved the dance sequence (of course) but I could barely watch the werewolf transformation scene at the beginning, and the zombies rising from their graves was terrifying! —Theresa

Practical Magic: Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelo, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. Rated: PG-13 —Shannon

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, has become bored with his routine of frightening people in the “real world.” He accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits; he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. Rated: PG —Shannon

Psycho!!! I couldn’t take a shower for years. —Jan

BOOKS

Intensity by Dean Koontz: A novel that lives up to its name. It’s the only time I can remember holding my breath while reading, because there were parts of this book that were so intense. —Theresa

I have read some of Ruth Rendell books that are pretty scary, psychological thrillers, such as The Water’s Lovely—Jean

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: A tale of haunting set in the 1790s countryside of a Dutch settlement (what is now New York). An American classic. —Mary

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain: Delightfully “scary” children’s book that tells the tale of three adventurous little bears who happen upon a “spooky old tree.” —Mary

It’s been a while since I’ve read any, but I always loved R. L. Stine teen horror books. One that sticks out in my memory in particular is Beach House. Basically, a group of teens are all hanging out at a beach house together and suddenly they all start getting killed one-by-one, and no one knows who the killer is. It’s a good level of mild suspense for younger readers, but I feel like I would enjoy reading it now, too, even just for nostalgic reasons. —Morgan

Free eBooks and eAudiobooks at Hayner Library

CL PicThe Hayner Public Library District is proud to be a member of the Cloud Library digital consortia.  Hayner Library cardholders have access to over 38,000 FREE eBooks and eAudiobooks—available 24/7! Cloud Library can be downloaded to any device that uses apps. Cloud Library is completely integrated with our online card catalog and is searchable via the app or the card catalog. Check it out today!

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Use Your Library Card for Big Savings at Local Businesses

Library Card Drive 23The following businesses are offering discounts for showing your Hayner library card during the week of Saturday, November 26–Saturday, December 3 as part of our fourth annual library card drive.

Are you an Alton, Godfrey, or Foster Township resident without a library card? Make sure to come get one at the Downtown or Alton Square library before the end of November! You will need to fill out a short library card application and provide a photo ID—a valid driver’s license or state ID with your current address. If your photo ID does not have your current address, you will need to provide a piece of business mail dated within the last 30 days as proof of residency.

A huge thank-you to all of these businesses for supporting The Hayner Public Library District!

 

 

 

 

Restaurants/Specialty Food Stores

Chocolate Air – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Cookie Factory – Buy any salad and get a free 20 oz. soda or iced tea
Duke Bakery – 10% off
Godfrey Meat Market – 10% off (excluding alcohol)
Grassroots Grocery – 10% off bulk items
Hanson Meat – 10% off
Johnson’s Corner – 20% off
La Mia Cucina – 10% off
Lovett’s Snoots, Fish, Chicken and More – 10% off
LuciAnna’s Pastries – $.50 off any pastry
Mister Donut – 10% off
My Just Desserts – 10% off
Nana’s Kitchen (located at The Gift Box) – 10% off
Old Bakery Beer Company – 10% off
Olga’s Kitchen – 10% off
Olive Oil Marketplace – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Rib City Alton – Free appetizer with purchase of two entrees
Sammi’s Sandwiches – 10% off

Retail

1904 General Store – 10% off
Black’s Sporting Goods – 10% off
The Cyclery and Fitness Center: Alton – 15% off most regularly priced parts and accessories (excluding Garmin, GoPro, and Oakley)
Cleta’s Nutrition – 15% off
Crown Vision Center – Free eye exam w/purchase of glasses
Dick’s Flowers – Free rose
Dora’s Spinning Wheel – 10% off
The Grapevine of Alton Children’s Boutique – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Halpin Music – 10% off
hazel2blue – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Infinity Spa (located at The Gift Box) – 10% off
Jacoby Arts Center – 10% off in the Artist Shop
JMC Design Gallery – 10% off fair trade, essential oils, & art
Kinzels Flower Shop – 10% off
Market Basket – 10% off
Mississippi Mud Pottery – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Mosaic’s – Buy one item on sale, second item is 50% off
Picture This & More – 15% off
It’s Raining Zen – 10% off
River Bend Yoga – 50% off regular and hot yoga classes
Rumours Salon, Stylist Mary Beth Siampos – 10% off all hair services with Mary Beth
Second Reading Book Shop – 10% off all used books
St. Peters Hardware & Rental, Inc. – 10% off regularly priced merchandise
Wild Hare Emporium – 10% off

Voter Registration

Vote buttonThe Hayner Public Library District offers many services to our patrons—including voter registration. Many members of the library staff are Deputy Registrars, who are able to register patrons to vote. Voter registration is usually available during normal library hours; however, you may wish to call the library at 462-0677 to ensure a Deputy Registrar is on duty before you visit.

The last day to register to vote in the November 2016 election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The Hayner Public Library District will offer voter registration all day on Tuesday, October 11, until 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library and 9 p.m. at the Alton Square Library.

According to the Madison County Clerk’s office, you may register to vote if you are a United States citizen and a resident of your Madison County precinct address for at least 30 days immediately prior to an election.

Patrons who wish to register to vote must furnish two forms of identification, one of which must include your current name and residence address.

Madison County offers Grace Period Registration to voters who miss the registration deadline. Grace Period Registration is offered from the close of registration through Election Day and must be performed at the Madison County Clerk’s office in Edwardsville. Voters who participate in Grace Period Registration must also vote at the time of registration.

For more information on voter registration, early voting, Grace Period Registration, polling locations, absentee voting, sample ballots, and more, please visit the Madison County Clerk’s website at www.madisonvotes.com and click on the Elections link.

Fourth Annual Library Card Drive

Business CardsThis year’s library card drive will be held from Small Business Saturday through the next Saturday (Nov. 26–Dec. 3, 2016) to encourage residents to shop locally for the holidays. During this week, select businesses in Alton, Godfrey, and Fosterburg will offer a discount or other incentive to customers showing their Hayner library cards, so make sure to check the next Hayner newsletter or our website for the list of local businesses who are offering discounts! Own or manage
a local business? We would love to include you in this event!

If you would like to participate, please contact Lacy McDonald at 618-433-2859 or lacy.mcdonald@haynerlibrary.org.