Kids News

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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