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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!

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 You may sign up for AmazonSmile online at 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.

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!


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


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

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