Library News

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)

Hayner Library Property Files Collection

Property File Collection ImageThe Alton Area Landmarks Association is best known for its considerable efforts at saving buildings from a wrecking ball and restoring old structures to serve a purpose. Their mission helps to keep the heart of history beating inside the architectural walls of Alton.

Many years ago, Hayner Library received a unique donation from the Alton Area Landmarks Association. The association donated information on 300 Alton properties, to be archived in specially selected file cabinets at our library. This gift became the foundation for what is now known as the Property Files Collection. After receiving this donation, the staff of the Genealogy & Local History Library began adding additional property information to the files, including information on historic homes, buildings, businesses, and landmarks. The collection has grown to thousands of addresses on hundreds of streets in the Alton and Godfrey area. File information about a particular address may include a short history, photographs, newspaper clippings about events or people associated with the property, and lists of owners.

We also have title abstracts for a few of the addresses in our collection. A title abstract is a history of ownership for a piece of property. Information in an abstract can include references to deeds, mortgages, wills, marriages, probate records, and other legal proceedings that can affect property ownership. One of the abstracts in our collection even includes information about an adoption! As you can see, these documents can hold a gold mine of information for the genealogist in your family, or local historians.

The Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library would like to supplement the Property Files Collection with more title abstracts. We are asking anyone in the Alton, Godfrey, and Fosterburg area who is fortunate enough to have a title for their property to donate a copy to the library.

If you are willing to donate a copy of your abstract, the staff at the Genealogy & Local History Library will be happy to make copies of your paperwork and process it into the Property Files Collection, which is housed at our 401 State Street location.

Placing a copy of your abstract in the library’s collection assures that your paperwork is archived and preserved in a central location. We also encourage you to include photos of your property in addition to the abstract. And of course, all abstracts and photos will be copied by our staff at absolutely no cost to you!

If you would like to archive a copy of your property abstract at the library, please call the Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library at (618) 462-0677, ext. 2865, or just bring it down during normal business hours.

Don’t have an abstract, but are still curious about the Property Files Collection? Then come visit us and let us show you how to look for information about your home or business.

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