Library News

New! Walking Book Club

Walking1Hayner Library is happy to introduce a new program, the Walking Book Club!

A walking book club is like a regular book club, except you meet at a walking trail and get some exercise while chatting about books. Studies have shown that walking stimulates our brain and helps us to focus and be more creative. Our Walking Book Club integrates mental, physical, and social activities, improving brain health while enjoying the company of others!  Come enjoy the fresh air and beautiful trails!

Our Wednesday, June 15, 2022 program has been canceled due to the excessive heat warning issued for our area. We will post the rescheuled date, time, and location on our website and Facebook as soon as the plans have been finalized. We will discuss the book Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Registration is required for the Walking Book Club. Click here to download a registration form. You can also pick up a registration form at the library. For more information, please email the library at or call 618-462-0677.

Adult Winter Reading Program

Be sure to visit Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and sign up for our Adult Winter Reading Program. It's FREE and FUN! The more you read, the more chances you have to win our weekly prize drawing and the grand prize. And be sure to visit the library every week to look for the hidden "Word of the Week" poster. Find the poster, write down the word of the week, and earn an extra chance to win the weekly prize and the grand prize! The grand prize is a slow cooker, a Hayner Library cookbook, and a cookbook from My Just Desserts! The Adult Winter Reading Program runs through February. 

Note: The Downtown Library is currently open for curbside service only. We will hold the Downtown Library's Adult Winter Reading Program when this facility reopens for in-person visits.

Modified Service Information

February 1 – February 28, 2022: 

The Downtown Library will offer curbside services only. Please call the library, use our SHARE Mobile Library app, or go online to order materials. Materials may be picked up and returned at the Downtown Library. Fine payment, notary, and voter registration services are available in our vestibule only—masks are required for these services. Browsing and computer use is not available.

The Genealogy & Local History Library will answer telephone and email inquires only; the facility will be closed to visitors. Please email or call 618-462-0677, option 3.

Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall will remain open to the public for full services, including circulation, Reference, computers, faxing, copying, browsing, notary, voter registration, etc. Masks are required upon entering the library.

  • The Downtown Library will operate curbside Monday–Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Genealogy & Local History Library will answer telephone and email inquiries Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall will operate Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (normal business hours).



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