Library News

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).



Check Out a Pedometer at Hayner Library

PedometersMall walkers and outdoor walkers! Stop by Hayner Library and check out a pedometer with your library card. Pedometers can be borrowed for two weeks and possibly renewed (if there are no outstanding holds). Keep track of your steps and enjoy the physical activity of walking.

Pedometers track the number of steps taken in a day and are a popular tool for motivating physical activity. Both our physical and mental health benefit from walking. Try using a pedometer this winter and add more steps to your day!

And while you’re at the library, be sure to pick up a hiking guide with trail maps for great local areas to walk.

Check Out a Laptop or Hotspot with Your Hayner Library Card

Hayner Library is pleased to announce that we now have laptops and hotspots available for check out at the Downtown Library and Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall. Patrons age eighteen and older can now check out a laptop or hotspot with a Hayner Library card. The funding for this program was made possible through the Illinois State Library's Expanding Digital Inclusion: Transforming Library Services grant. 

  • Patrons must be a Hayner Library cardholder in good standing (unexpired card and no outstanding fines over $5.00).
  • Patrons must fill out a Library Electronic Device Agreement form when checking out a laptop or hotspot.
  • Laptops and hotspots can be checked out for two weeks and can be renewed once if no other patrons are waiting for a device. 
  • Overdue fees are $5.00 per day, per device. Wi-Fi service will be turned off to any overdue hotspot devices. 
  • For security and privacy reasons, the laptops are programmed to delete any information saved to the computer each time the device is rebooted. Therefore, patrons must use their own flash drive to save all work. 
  • Laptops and hotspots cannot be returned in the book drop; patrons must return the devices to the Hayner Library location from which they were checked out.
  • Patrons are responsible for returning the devices in working order and with all components intact. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs for any lost or damaged devices and components. 

Laptop and Hotspot Poster

Community Resource Information Available at Hayner Library

Hayner Library has created several service-oriented guides to help you navigate resources and information on a variety of topics. The guides are available at the library and online (below). For more information about these resources, please contact the Reference department at 618-462-0677, ext. 2849 or

Community Support Services Booklet

Public libraries promote democracy in many ways; one way is to connect people to information and services. To reach out to all in the community, Hayner Library has developed a Community Support Services resource guide. The booklet is meant to help the homeless or anyone in need of social services. It offers a list of local shelters, food sources, free legal services, aging assistance, crisis help, disabilities support, homeless assistance, veterans support, warming/cooling centers, and more. Booklets are distributed throughout the community at hospitals, clinics, crisis centers, and other local organizations. You can pick up a free copy at any Hayner Library location. If you would like some booklets for your organization, please contact the Reference department at 618-433-2864 and we will be happy to supply you with copies. Click here to view the Community Support Services Booklet


Directory of Community Mental Health Resources

Libraries provide an important link to promoting general well-being through our collections and knowledge of information resources. Hayner Library has many mental health and well-being resources in our collection, including our Directory of Community Mental Health Resources. The directory was developed to help patrons locate reliable mental health organizations within the local community. Click here to view the Directory of Community Mental Health Resources


Homeschooling Resource Booklet

Hayner Library supports homeschoolers through our many resources (print and online) and programming. The guides contain information on homeschooling websites, Hayner Library resources, special materials, educational enrichment, parent/teacher books, and more. Click here to view the Homeschooling Resource booklet


Job Help To-Go 

Are you looking for employment? To help with your job search, Hayner Library has put together a Job Help To-Go kit. This kit is a one-stop job fair all in one packet! Job Help To-Go packets contain information focused on job-searching, skill-building, resume writing, and career-building. Contents include instructional information pertinent to job searching, lists of local work resources, brochures from the nearby Madison County Employment & Training Center, a list of job-seeking sites and job hunting books, study guides, and test prep books available in the Hayner Library collection. If you are looking for employment and need help getting started, stop by Hayner Library for a quick jump-start! Pick up a folder at Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall or the Downtown Library (not available online).

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