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New Databases at Hayner

Ebsco DatabasesHayner Library subscribes to many online databases where patrons can find authoritative sources of research materials, full-text articles, and more. Recently, the library has added four new EBSCO databases to help students of all ages. The new databases are Testing & Education Reference Center, and Explora Primary Schools, Public Libraries, and Secondary Schools.

Testing & Education Reference Center: Prepare for tests, plan for college, explore career choices, build a resume, and find job help with this database. You can take practice tests for AP exams, the ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, ASVAB, career tests, and much more. Once you log in, create a username and password to track your progress on tests. Research colleges using the College Search tool, and search for scholarships under Scholarship Search, featuring $8 billion in available scholarships or grants. You can create a professional resume using the Resume Builder module. The career module covers career change, job search tools, resume basics, and more in Virtual Career Library.

Explora Primary Schools; Explora Public Libraries; and Explora Secondary Schools: Find full-text articles on topics for research and classroom assignments with the Explora databases. You have an option to browse topics by categories right from the home page. Categories include: Arts and Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Cultures, History and Social Science, Science and Math, and more. You have easy access to primary source documents, images, and other sources. Other features include Text-To-Speech to read articles aloud to you, and the citation tool, which converts the article citation to the style you choose.

Hayner databases can be accessed by going to, then the link Online Resources. For home access, enter your last name and your Hayner library card barcode to log on.

For help using these databases and others, contact the Reference Department at Hayner Library. We also offer quarterly database classes which are free and open to anyone. Please check the Events Calendar section of our website for the dates and times of our database classes.


CluesThe Hayner Public Library District is excited to announce a new mystery book club– "Whodunit?"!

The mystery book club is led by Downtown Library Customer Service Manager, Penny Noble, who has been an avid reader of mysteries for many years and wants to share that murderous passion with the library's patrons. 

This book club will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Hayner Alton Square Library. 

Discussions are going to be interesting and lively as participants discuss the good and bad plot-points, writing style of the author, characters who were liked and disliked, and anything else everyone can come up with.

Even if mysteries have never been your favorite genre, this book club is sure to entertain. Be sure to check the library website's Events Calendar for the dates and times of this book club. Limit for the book club is set to the first 15 people who respond, so don't miss out on this opportunity. Call 618-462-0677, ext. 2848, to reserve your spot now!

Share the Joy of Literacy

Did you know that the American Community Survey found that more than 14% of Illinois residents do not have high school diplomas? Did you know that 45% of our residents who speak a language other than English in their homes report that they speak English less than well, or that 19% of Illinois residents could benefit from adult literacy instruction?

Project READ, a volunteer adult literacy program, is looking for volunteer tutors in our area. If you enjoy reading or math or would like to help someone improve their English language skills, it can be incredibly rewarding to serve a community member requesting support in one of those areas.

Our tutoring requirement is that you have at least a high school diploma or GED certificate, be a minimum of 17 years of age, attend a stimulating and informative group training, and have a willingness to share the joy of learning with someone in need for an hour a week.

This project is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds designated for literacy.

Please call 468-4153 for information about our Project READ tutor training schedule, and share the joy of literacy.

—Sheila Vaughn, Project READ Coordinator

New Function Added to Card Catalog

There is now a new feature available to you on the online card catalog. When you go to the catalog, either from a Hayner computer or from your home, you will now see a tab labeled “Hayner Online Resource Links.” Click on the “+” sign and you can link to all of our databases, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, History at Hayner blog, eReader instructions, and Overdrive (to order eBooks). Remember, when you are accessing these links from your home computer, you will need your Hayner library card.

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