Kids News

September 21 @ 10:00 a.m.: Grandparents' Day Celebration

GrandparentsDayHayner Library KidsSpace will hold our annual Grandparents’ Day Celebration for children ages 2-5. The fun kicks off on Wednesday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m., in our Hayner Library Performance Room, located on the upper level of Alton Square Mall. Please join us for a photo booth, cookies, punch, coffee, and the hilarious antics of Mr. Richard Landry and his fuzzy sidekick Snowball. We will have limited registration for this program. Register early! To register for this program, please call (618) 433-2881. The registration deadline is Friday, September 16.

Library Card Sign-Up Month


Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall KidsSpace will hand out a surprise goodie bag to children who sign-up for a library card in September (while supplies last). You must show your new library card to a KidsSpace staff member to receive your goodie bag.

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.: Stories with Sam

storiestimeJoin us for this fun and interactive story time for 2-5-year-olds. Children will hear stories, sing songs, and make crafts that reflect the weekly theme. Meeting dates are Thursdays, August 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. Limited space is available. Please register at (618) 433-2881.

Thursdays: Take-Home Crafts

Crafting2Stop by Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall every Thursday from July 21 through September 29, and pick up your Take-Home Craft kit while supplies last. No registration is required.

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.: Family Story Time with Ms. Mary Kay at the Downtown Library

readingtimeJoin Ms. Mary Kay and Panda Bear in an interactive story time for children of all ages. Enjoy stories, songs, an occasional puppet show, and a snack. This story time takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library on the following dates: Tuesdays, August 23 and 30; September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Limited space is available. Please register at (618) 462-0677, ext. 2836.

For Building Kits for Children

fort kitThe Hayner Public Library District now offers fort-building kits for our young patrons! The 120-piece kits contain plastic tubes and connectors, as well as instructions to create a variety of different shapes and structures.

These building kits are an exciting way for children to utilize hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills while designing and building their ultimate fort. The kits provide an opportunity for children to share new and creative structures with friends and family. The kits are available for check out at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. 


Our Kits Make Learning Fun!

Stop by KidsSpace at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and check out a children's learning kit. These kits are designed to educate and entertain children of all ages. They're great for homeschooling, rainy days, fun family time, and lots of other occasions. They're FREE to check out with your library card. 

Our kits range from finger puppets, a reptile bingo game, phonics flashcards, story blocks, counting cubes, microscopes, hieroglyph stamps, 3D planet models, solar system interactive games, STEAM, rock collections, magnet sets, fossil collections, jumbo floor puzzles, a stethoscope, human anatomy models, and LOTS more. 

Click here to view a PDF list of all of our children's learning kits. Or stop by the KidsSpace desk and pick up a paper copy. 

Dial-A-Story is Back!

For over twenty years, Hayner Library patrons adored Dial-A-Story. It was a safe, free, educational, and entertaining activity for children—available from the comfort of home! We are very excited to be able to offer this service once again. 

The Dial-A-Story service was available to Hayner Library patrons from the early 1980s until the early 2000s when it was disconnected for technical reasons. Parents and grandparents who have fond memories of the service have repeatedly asked us to bring it back. 

Dial-A-Story is once again available twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year! Children may call (618) 462-TALE to listen to a short story recorded by the staff of our children’s department. Each story lasts approximately five minutes and is geared toward young children. A different story will be available each week. Dial-A-Story is an outreach service offered to the public by The Hayner Public Library District.

Dial a Story

Hayner Library Offers TumbleBook Library for Kids

Hayner Library subscribes to TumbleBook Library as a part of our digital collection! This free service is available for use from your home computer, smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices. TumbleBook Library is an online collection of e-books for children. It is a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. Tumblebook Library contains thousands of animated, talking picture books. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, nonfiction books, and exciting games and puzzles! We hope that you will check out the collections with your child.

There are three ways to access TumbleBook Library for Kids:

  • Go directly to TumbleBook Library by clicking on this link: Take me to TumbleBook Library!  You may need to use your Hayner Library card to access TumbleBook Library from home. 
  • Visit and click on the Online Resources link at the top of the library's website, scroll to the Education Resources category, and click on the TumbleBook Library for Kids link. You may need to use your Hayner Library card to access TumbleBook Library from home. 
  • Download the TumbleBooks app onto your device. Once the app is installed: 
    • Open the app and tap on the blue Library icon
    • Enter your country 
    • Enter your state
    • Tap Next
    • Enter your library name (Hayner Youth and Branch Libraries) 
    • Enter your Hayner Library card number (found on the back of your Hayner Library card)
    • Tap Login 


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