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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.

Check Out a Telescope at the Library!

ScopeBeginning June 1, 2015, you can check out an Orion StarBlast 4.5" Reflector telescope from either the Hayner Downtown Library or the Hayner Library in Alton Square Mall. The library, through an agreement with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, acquired two of the telescopes in May.

Supplementing the library's purchase, two Alton astronomers and St. Louis Astronomical Society members, Mr. Eddie Agha, staff astronomer at The Nature Institute, and Mr. Steve Sands, staff astronomer for the Watershed Nature Center, have each purchased a telescope to donate to the library collection, as has Ms. Patti Brown, Education Director at The Nature Institute, bringing the total number of available telescopes to five.

Each telescope captures the equivalent amount of light of 250 human eyes. Each has a zoom eyepiece, which gives a range of magnifications from 20 power to 60 power and provides a large field of view spanning from one degree to over two degrees. You will be able to obtain clear observations of the craters on our Moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, and the brighter star clusters and nebulae.

The telescopes may be checked out for up to seven days by adult Hayner Library card holders. A picture ID must also be presented. A refundable $50 deposit is required for checkout. The telescopes come with a learning kit and everything you need to start your stargazing adventure. Enjoy the great outdoors and night skies with your family and friends.

Also, to further your astronomical adventures, you can attend a free stargazing program offered by The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Ill., on the third Thursday of every month at 8:00 p.m. More information can be found at

Click here to view a list of stargazing books available in the Hayner Library collection. 

Telescope Workshops Available

Executive Director Bernadette Duvernoy is proud to announce a partnership between The Hayner Public Library District and The Nature Institute Astronomy Association. The Association will host astronomy workshops and activities every third Thursday in the Talahi Lodge at The Nature Institute at 2213 South Levis Lane, Godfrey, Ill.

Starting July 16 at 8:30 p.m., the public will now have a chance to learn more about constellations, stars, the moon, and many other aspects of astronomy. Be sure to come to the library and check out some books to brush up on your knowledge.

Please note that the workshops are subject to time changes because of sunset. Call 1-800-613-3163 today to reserve your spot.
Ms. Duvernoy would also like to thank Eddie Agha, Steve Sands, Patti Brown, the St. Louis Astronomical Society, and all their volunteers for all their hard work and for donation of the library's telescopes.

eBook Collections

eBook CollectionsAccess eBooks and eAudiobooks on your mobile device for free using your Hayner Library card! Simply visit the library's homepage and click on the Download Audio & eBooks tab to access the Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library. User guides are available on the library's homepage by clicking on the Help With Your eReader tab. Be sure to check the quarterly newsletter for free upcoming eBook classes. For more information regarding the eBook collection, you can call Hayner Library Reference at 462-0677, ext. 2849.

Get Covered Illinois: The Official Health Marketplace Information

Get Covered Illinois

Open enrollment lasts until February 15, 2015, for coverage in 2015.

For help with enrolling contact:

• Alton Health Center
618 Landmarks Blvd.
Alton, IL 62002

Good Samaritan Health Center
815 East 5th St.
Alton, IL 62002

Bethalto Health Center
2 Terminal Dr., Suite 8
Bethalto, IL 62002

If you haven't enrolled in 2015 coverage by February 15, you generally can't buy Marketplace health coverage for 2015 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. 

During 2015 Open Enrollment, if you enroll or change plans:

• Between the 1st and 15th days of the month, your coverage starts the first day of the next month.
• Between the 16th and the last day of the month, your coverage starts the first day of the second following month. So if you enroll on January 16, your coverage starts on March 1.
• Between February 1, 2015, and the deadline of February 15, 2015, your 2015 coverage begins March 1, 2015.

You can enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year. If you own or operate a small business, you can start offering coverage to your employees at any time.

Wowbrary! The Newest Stuff at Your Library

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Wowbrary is a nonprofit service that provides you free weekly emails and RSS feeds about your local library's most recent acquisitions. We've found that users of Wowbrary emails are both awed and excited when they discover their local public library's abundance of new books, DVDs, and CDs.

Our service reaches both avid library patrons and those who haven't used libraries in years. Wowbrary serves as an attractive online version of the new-book shelf, but one that spans all library branches, includes items that are checked out, and comes by convenient email or RSS for those who don't visit the library website or facilities regularly. By showcasing the latest arrivals and allowing patrons to click through directly to the library website, Wowbrary makes it easy to scan quickly what's new and encourages greater library use.

Click here to sign up for the free Wowbrary newsletter and view patrons' most frequently asked questions about the service.

Attention Teachers! New Resource at Hayner Library to Help Students Understand the Mississippi River

Our Mississippi, an educational activities workbook about the Upper Mississippi River, was donated to Hayner Library by the local U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is geared towards students in grades 5–6. The book covers topics about the watershed, ecology, history, and commerce of the Mississippi River.

Copies of this book are located in the children’s department at the Downtown library, and the Alton Square library. Come check out this excellent resource, and discover the mighty wonders of the Upper Mississippi River!

Facts About American Libraries

  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.—a total of 16,766 including branches.
  • Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.
  • Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies.
  • Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
  • Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 million questions weekly.
  • Americans check out more than eight books a year, on average.
  • Almost 89% of public library outlets now offer wireless Internet access.

Over 50 Ways to Love Your Library

There are so many benefits to having a library card; and remember, a library card is a key resource in achieving academic success. The library also is the perfect place to spend quality family time together. Check out these great ways to use your library card at The Hayner Public Library District:

1. Your library is where you can get e-books and other digital content. Download now.

2. Not sure how to download an e-book to your new device? A librarian can show you how, or you can take a workshop offered by The Hayner Public Library District on downloading to your e-reader device.

3. Save money and get the latest best seller, DVD, or music CD.

4. Use a computer to finish a school project.

5. Use free Wi-Fi.

6. Send your teens to Teen Movie Night.

7. Take classes in Tai Chi.

8. Sign up for a study room for group study sessions.

9. Have a test proctored.

10. Don’t have your own laptop? Use one of ours while you’re in the library (laptops do not check out).

11. Sign up for a computer to check your e-mail.

12. Send the kids to free programs featuring various entertainers from magicians to singer/storytellers and much more.

13. Save money while spending quality time: plan a family afternoon at the library—it’s all free!

14. Research the latest products with Consumer Resources database.

15. Attend preschool story time during the day or in the evening.

16. Bring your 5–10-year-olds to After-School Fun—always fun crafting going on.

17. Librarians are early literacy experts—they can help you find just the right book to read to your kids at night for enjoyment and learning.

18. Launch your future. Use free computers for job searches, résumé writing, and interviewing tips.

19. Become an entrepreneur—learn how to write a business plan.

20. Get help with homework. Logon to for a real live tutor to help solve those nasty math problems.

21. Research your term paper.

22. Explore new opportunities and research technical schools, community colleges, and universities.

23. Learn about the Affordable Care Act or Social Security at a library seminar.

24. Join the Hayner Library Friends group—be an active volunteer or just a supporting member.

25. Join the Teen Advisory Council.

26. Join the Teen Book Club.

27. Check out your favorite graphic novel.

28. Trek to another planet in a sci-fi novel.

29. Talk mysteries with other people who like mysteries—join Hayner’s Mystery Book Club.

30. Use free online tools to research your family tree.

31. Don’t know how to get started in genealogy? Make an appointment with a Hayner librarian for one-on-one help.

32. Check out a fishing pole.

33. Play Legos.

34. Register to vote, or get your important documents notarized.

35. Check out the latest fashion magazine; or perhaps your interest is cooking, architecture, or sports—whatever your interest, we subscribe to over 300 magazines and newspapers for you to enjoy.

36. Check out an audiobook for your next long drive or to listen to while you are working out.

37. Check out the latest CD, or explore new genres in music.

38. Check out your favorite movies for your at-home date night.

39. Attend an evening program of music and entertainment at one of our many free cultural programs featuring a wide variety of musical performers (truly something for everyone), actor/ scholars, comedy, and more. All free, all the time!

40. Learn how to replace your car’s engine or just change a tire from one of our 29 free databases.

41. Never too early to develop a second language. Bring your preschooler to Spanish Story Time for stories and songs in Spanish and English.

42. Learn more about our local history—view the great museum- quality displays in the Genealogy & Local History Library.

43. Access the Bob Graul database and view thousands of digital images of our local history recorded by this renowned Telegraph photographer.

44. Use your Hayner library card at libraries throughout the state—– you have reciprocal privileges.

45. Stuck at home with a broken leg? Call our Homebound Service to have door-to-door delivery of your favorite library materials.

46. Looking for an obscure title? Can’t find it on Hayner’s shelves? Our card catalogue links to over 500 Illinois libraries for a total of over 10 million items available to you. Still can’t find it? Ask a librarian, and we will search nationwide for your item.

47. Become a library volunteer—lots of fun opportunities and a great group of people to work with.

48. Meet local authors at book signings.

49. Go back in time and access digital issues of the Telegraph back to 1836.

50. Find a quiet spot to plug in your laptop and begin your own novel.

51. Use a library computer or check out materials to help study for SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, or certification exams.

52. Build your young reader’s self-esteem by letting him or her read to a certified therapy dog at the library.

53. Enroll in the Summer Reading Program (either youth or teen programs).

54. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book, and enjoy.

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New eBook Program Available For Hayner Library Patrons

The Secretary of State and Illinois State Library awarded a $985,219 grant to the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for the E-books for Illinois Project, named eRead Illinois. The two-year grant project will increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. It includes an e-book collection and the 3M Cloud Library software platform for IHLS SHARE members (of which Hayner is one).

What does this mean to you? Now when you use the online card catalog, you will see titles that are marked with the 3M icon. This indicates that this title is an e-book that can be downloaded from the 3M Cloud Library. These titles will augment the e-book selections that you already have access to through OverDrive. Downloading is extremely quick and easy, and step-by-step directions are available at the circulation desks. 3M Cloud Library e-books are compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS devices, NOOK Tablets, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire. Users can download the app on up to six devices and can easily move from reading on a phone, to a tablet, to a laptop.

The 3M Cloud Library application is an innovative way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and nonfiction e-books from your library. You will need a valid Hayner library card to use 3M Cloud Library e-books. With your Hayner library card, you will then have access to thousands of e-book titles.
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Installing the 3M Cloud Library app on your device (devices are listed on the left side of the website)

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