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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!

Click here to view the Cloud Library catalog

Click here to view Cloud Library user guides.

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


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 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

Native Plant Garden at Downtown Library

Native Plant GardenAn Alton Community Service League Beautification Grant was awarded to Hayner Library to plant the flower boxes in front of the Downtown Library. With this generous gift, Hayner Library has planted native wildflowers in the two beds by the Downtown Library entrance.

Native wildflowers that grow well in our area and do well in part sun were selected for the location. You will see various wildflowers that offer different bloom times from April to September. If you are looking for flowers that do well in part sun, you might want to try these native perennials in your garden. Look for the Wild Ones® plant list posted in the garden to learn more about these plants. Also, a plant list is available inside the library along with related books on the subject of native plants.

Why plant native plants? Native plants are adapted to our climate and soils, and once established, they require very little maintenance. They provide caterpillars and other beneficial insects for nesting birds, as well as vital food for butterflies and pollinators. Natives live longer than non-native species and are naturally resistant to drought, pests, and disease.

Hayner Library is doing its part to promote biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban landscapes. So try a few natives in your garden.

The birds will love it, and so will you!

Click here to view photos of our native plant garden on Facebook.

Food for Fido

Food for FidoApril is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, and in commemoration of this, Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and Hayner Downtown Library will collect pet food and supplies that will be given to the Alton Area 5 A’s Animal Shelter. This no-kill shelter is completely dependent on donations and is run by a dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide care for an overwhelming number of unwanted animals. From April 1 through April 30, if you have an overdue item, you may pay your fine with an item of pet food. This amnesty applies to Hayner materials only. Library materials must be returned with the donation and at least one donation made for each fine.
Please help our friends at the 5 A’s—they work so hard to care for the sadly constant stream of unwanted, neglected, or abused animals brought to the shelter. The shelter is located at 4530 N. Alby Road, Godfrey, and can be reached at 466-3702. Stop by and visit this wonderful facility, perhaps find a new BFF (Best Friend Forever). And, of course, volunteers are ALWAYS welcome.

Tax Form Information

Here are some useful links and contact information for the IRS, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Missouri Department of Revenue: 

The Internal Revenue Service (federal tax information and forms)

Illinois Department of Revenue

Missouri Department of Revenue

Illinois Benefits Access Program (formerly known as the Circuit Breaker)

Taxes 2015Due to budget cuts and the increasing number of people filing their taxes online, the IRS and state revenue agencies have indicated that they will no longer be delivering as many forms and reproducible booklets to libraries across the country. The Hayner Public Library District will receive a copy of the federal reproducible tax forms and instructions. Copies of these reproducible forms and instructions may be made on our copy machines; state and federal tax forms may be printed from the above websites at any Hayner Library location at a cost of 15¢ per page for black/white printouts or 30¢ per page for color printouts.

Please note: The library has no control as to when we will receive the federal reproducible forms. We order the reproducible forms several months in advance and we receive them from the IRS printing office per their delivery schedule, which is unannounced.


Hayner Library Databases Provide Help to All Ages

DatabasesHayner Library has a wide array of online resources to help teachers, students, and anyone interested in topics for research or for self-improvement. Library databases, sometimes called online resources or online databases, are organized collections of electronic information that allow you to search for a particular topic, article, or book in a variety of ways (e.g., keyword, subject, author, title). When you search one of these databases, you are not searching the Web; you’re searching pre-selected material that is the equivalent of what you might find on a library shelf in print format.
Subscription databases consist of published journals, magazines, documents, newspapers, books, image collections, and more. Hayner Library has purchased subscription access to a variety of online databases. These resources are accessed online through the Hayner Library website at
Why do libraries subscribe to databases?
• To help students doing research papers by providing accurate, authoritative articles on a wide variety of topics. Each article found is cited and can be converted to a selected citation style (MLA, APA, etc.), making it easy for students to copy and paste the citation into their papers.
• To offer access to thousands of articles from hundreds of journals and magazines, many more than a library could physically have on hand.
• To offer patrons a quick, easy way to obtain reliable information on topics of interest.
Hayner Library subscribes to more than 20 subscription databases. Some of these databases are as follows:
  • Biography Reference Center is a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies.
  • Literary Reference Center offers book summaries, author information, and more.
  • Academic Search Premier offers peer-reviewed, full-text journal articles from many academic areas, including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and religion.
  • History Reference Center offers articles, images, videos, and primary source documents on American and world history.
  • Science Reference Center includes biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, environmental science, health, medicine, life science, physics, scientists, and technology.
  • Points of View Reference Center provides students with a series of essays presenting multiple sides of current controversial issues.
  • Auto Repair Reference Center has repair information for model years 1954 to 2010.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus is a reader’s advisory for fiction and nonfiction. K-8 is designed for teachers and kids. Features Grab and Go book lists, Picture Book Extenders.
  • provides the most current reviews of consumer products.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center has articles, videos, and images to help homeowners tackle home repairs safely.
  • Legal Information Reference Center provides full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and contains thousands of legal forms.
These reliable, accurate information sources are free with your Hayner Library card number. You can access them from home or within the library at by clicking Online Resources on the home screen.
Students, Teachers, Learners of All Ages! Attend the Database Class/Library Tour for help with exploring and navigating these databases.

Join the Friends of the Library

Friends of the LibraryExciting news from the Friends of Hayner Library: We are letting our Friends and our community know that we are now meeting on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 to sort books. This is a great chance for those of you who can’t meet in the daytime to come and help get our donated books sorted and shelved and generally get ready for our book sales.
As you know, the money collected from book sales helps the library purchase things to help make it the best library around!
Please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings or on Monday mornings from 9:30 until noon. It’s lots of fun, and you’ll find friendly people who share a love of books. The Friends of Hayner Library building is located at 327 State Street, Alton.
A change of officers includes Carole Conley as President, Susan Wilkinson as Secretary, and David Zimmerman as Treasurer.
Also, we are busy getting ready for our spring book sale on May 8 and 9.
We look forward to meeting all of you at the sale and hopefully joining in to help sort books on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings. For more information about sorting, volunteering, or donating books, please call 618-462-4396.

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