Library News

Hayner Library TeenSpace

Hayner Library offers fun and FREE programming, activities, and crafting for teens. Visit Facebook, the TeenSpace page on the Hayner Library website, or our quarterly newsletter for dates, times, and locations of our latest teen programs.


In-Person Visits and Curbside Service

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our library services, procedures, and facilities look slightly different. Here's what you can expect when you visit the library: 

• Click here for hours of operation

Patrons are encouraged to wear a mask while in the library to protect unvaccinated children and other vulnerable library patrons.

• Curbside service remains available to patrons. 

• Patrons should abide by our Board-approved Behavior Policy

• Computer use is limited to two hours per day. We strictly enforce this time limit to ensure that all patrons have computer access.WiFi service is also available. 

• Homebound services resumed April 1, 2021.

• Overdue fines resumed April 1, 2021.

• Notary, voter registration, printing/copying, and faxing services have also resumed. 

• We have hand sanitizer, masks, disinfecting wipes, etc. throughout the facilities for patron use.


Creativebug: Access to 1,000+ Art and Crafting Videos


Hayner Library is happy to announce the newest addition to our digital collection: Creativebug! Creativebug is a high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional video platform that allows users on-demand access to over 1,000 art and craft classes for artists and makers of all levels. Users can enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking, and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. The platform also offers downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes. Creativebug offers classes for adults and children.

Creativebug is optimized for mobile and tablet access, so it's easy to use and enjoy from all of your favorite devices. The Creativebug app is available via iTunes and Google Play. Please note that you must first create a Creativebug account online before downloading the app.

Creativebug is available to Hayner Library cardholders 24/7. To create a free Creativebug account using your Hayner Library card:

  • Visit
  • Click/tap on the Online Resources link at the top of the page
  • Scroll to the Arts and Crafts category
  • Click/tap on the Creativebug link
  • Enter your Hayner Library card number into the appropriate text box and click/tap on the Log In button
  • Enter your first name, last name, email address, and a password (of your choice) into the appropriate text boxes and click/tap on the Submit button

Once you create a Creativebug account online, you can continue to access it through the Hayner Library website or you may download the Creativebug app to your phone or tablet.

Creativebug is a great way to spend time this winter. Be inspired to learn a new hobby—or hone your existing skills. Enjoy!

Click here to view Creativebug's introductory video!

Alton ABC: Copies for Sale at the Genealogy & Local History Library

Alton ABC 2In 2019, a small group of Alton High School students and their teacher, Mrs. Lexa Browning-Needham, collaborated with our own Reneé B. Johnson of the Genealogy & Local History Library to publish Alton ABC. The rhyming alphabet picture book is designed to delight and inform, acknowledging the present and the history of our area.

The hardbound books cost $20 each and the proceeds will be split between Hayner Library and the Alton School District.

The second printing of Alton ABC is available for purchase at the Genealogy & Local History Library, located at 401 State Street, Alton, IL. Please note: We accept cash or check payments only, no debit/credit cards. 

Book Bundles: A New Readers' Advisory Service from Hayner Library

JPBBLooking for your next great read? Let us help you find your next favorite author or genre! Hayner Library has an adult book recommendation service to help you find books you like: Book Bundles!

Here’s how Book Bundles works:

Fill out the Book Bundles registration form on the Hayner Library website (located on the homepage, about halfway down the page). You can also email the Reference Department at or call the library at 618-462-0677.

The Book Bundles registration form allows you to specify your favorite reading genres, authors, titles, and other reading preference information. Once you submit the registration form, our staff will select books for you based on your criteria. After we gather the books, we will give you a call and have them waiting for you at your preferred Hayner Library location. It’s simple!

For more information about the Book Bundles program, please email or call 618-462-0677. 

Illinois WorkNET

Are you looking for a job? Perhaps a career change? Or maybe you've been laid off and don't know what to do next. Try Illinois WorkNET. It's a free online resource available 24/7 at

The Illinois WorkNET website offers:

  • Career Exploration: Career guides, skills & interests surveys, wage & trend searches, labor market information, career exploration videos, and more. 
  • Training & Credentials: Public & private training program search, WIOA-approved training program search, apprenticeship opportunities search, adult education opportunities, employer-based training programs, planning & financing training videos, and training & financial aid videos and resources. 
  • Qualify for Jobs: Prepare to find a job guide, virtual job fairs, job skills guides, digital literacy guides, resume writing guides, and job qualification videos and resources. 
  • Job Openings & Recruiting: Hiring for employers, Biz Hub, Illinois WorkNET JobFinder, Illinois JobLink, starting-a-business guides, and more. 
  • Network & Connect: Event calendar, student & trade connections, volunteer guide, social media guide, networking videos & resources.
  • Layoff Assistance: Company layoff search, layoff assistance guide, rapid response layoff reporting & services, WARN reporting services, trade layoff reporting & services, layoff videos & resources. 
  • Updates & Help: News & updates, quick start guide, download & print, workforce & education partners, disabilityWORKS, veteran assistance guide, business hub, youth resources, money management guide, success stories, FAQ, glossary, work success & support videos, and resources.  


Wowbrary: A Free Weekly Email Listing New Hayner Items Added During the Week

Be sure to sign up for Wowbrary! Wowbrary is a FREE weekly email highlighting all of the new items in our collection, including new books, movies, and music. Wowbrary also features new titles in our RBdigital, Tumblebook Library, and Cloud Library digital collections.

Registration is quick and easy:  

  • Visit 
  • Click on the Sign Up tab
  • Enter your 5 digit zip code and click on the Go button
  • Select The Hayner Library Public Library District 
  • Enter your email address (you will do this twice to verify accuracy) 
  • Type in the security code shown on the screen and click on the Submit button
  • Wowbrary will send an authentication email to your email address
  • Login to your email account and open the Wowbrary email
  • Click on the link contained in the Wowbrary email to complete your registration

Congratulations! You've signed up for Wowbrary!

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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 


Tax Form Information

Due to budget cuts and the increasing number of people filing their taxes online, the IRS and state revenue agencies have indicated that they will no longer deliver as many forms and reproducible books to libraries across the country as they have in previous years.

Federal reproducible tax forms and instructions are available at our Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall location. Copies of the reproducible federal tax forms and instructions may be made using the library's copy machine. State and federal tax forms may be printed from the websites listed below at any Hayner Library location.

Copies and printouts are 15¢ per page (black & white) and 30¢ per page (color).

Internal Revenue Service (Federal tax information and forms)

1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) 

Illinois Department of Revenue

Missouri Department of Revenue

Illinois Benefits Access Program (Formerly known as the Circuit Breaker)

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