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Playaway Launchpads Now Available for Checkout!

LaunchpadIs your brain foggy after a summer at home with the kids? Send them back to school and get your mind in gear! Both Downtown and Alton Square locations of Hayner are now circulating Playaway Launchpads. These hand-held tablets are preloaded with brain games to clear the cobwebs and get you back in top form. Playaway Launchpads are user-friendly and customizable—yet secure, as no personal information is needed for use. Ask for “The Ultimate Challenger: Brain Games” and “Hidden Objects: Brain Games” at our Customer Service desks.

Staff Picks: Halloween Books and Movies to Scare You Silly!

Vintage Halloween 23Halloween Staff Picks

Check out the library staffs' favorite scary books and movies. Take one home tonight—if you dare!


It by Stephen King: Nobody writes about growing up better than Stephen King, especially if you are a bit of an outcast. That’s what makes It so scary! The book flows from situations that all kids face as they are growing up—scary enough—then puts those same kids in unimaginably menacing situations. Pennywise is one of the scariest clowns ever! —Brenda

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Not Rated): Two bungling baggage handlers find themselves face-to-face with Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Wolf Man—with hilarious results. This film is recognized by the American Film Institute and the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. —Mary

Shadow of the Vampire (Rated R): A real vampire is secretly hired to play Dracula in a 1920s film—with terrifying results. A dark and genuinely creepy award-winning film that earned Willem Dafoe an Academy Award nomination. —Mary

Hocus Pocus (Rated PG): Family-friendly Halloween movie about three sister witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. —Mary & Shannon

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not Rated): Classic animated film that follows Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the gang on their Halloween night adventures. The music alone (provided by the Vince Guaraldi Sextet) is reason enough to watch! —Mary

One of the scariest movies I have ever seen was Misery, based on the book by Stephen King. I couldn’t watch the part with Kathy Bates using the sledgehammer; yet I still was compelled to finish it. It really grabbed hold of me. Even the ending was hard to shake off! —Jean

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: I’m not easily scared by movies, but for months after watching this one I had to fall asleep listening to music because I was convinced I heard a chainsaw revving up outside! —Theresa

Wait Until Dark: A cat-and-mouse thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. —Theresa

Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Not exactly a movie, but this music video scared me when I was a little kid. I loved the dance sequence (of course) but I could barely watch the werewolf transformation scene at the beginning, and the zombies rising from their graves was terrifying! —Theresa

Practical Magic: Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelo, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. Rated: PG-13 —Shannon

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, has become bored with his routine of frightening people in the “real world.” He accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits; he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. Rated: PG —Shannon

Psycho!!! I couldn’t take a shower for years. —Jan


Intensity by Dean Koontz: A novel that lives up to its name. It’s the only time I can remember holding my breath while reading, because there were parts of this book that were so intense. —Theresa

I have read some of Ruth Rendell books that are pretty scary, psychological thrillers, such as The Water’s Lovely—Jean

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: A tale of haunting set in the 1790s countryside of a Dutch settlement (what is now New York). An American classic. —Mary

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain: Delightfully “scary” children’s book that tells the tale of three adventurous little bears who happen upon a “spooky old tree.” —Mary

It’s been a while since I’ve read any, but I always loved R. L. Stine teen horror books. One that sticks out in my memory in particular is Beach House. Basically, a group of teens are all hanging out at a beach house together and suddenly they all start getting killed one-by-one, and no one knows who the killer is. It’s a good level of mild suspense for younger readers, but I feel like I would enjoy reading it now, too, even just for nostalgic reasons. —Morgan

Free eBooks and eAudiobooks at Hayner Library

CL PicThe Hayner Public Library District is proud to be a member of the Cloud Library digital consortia.  Hayner Library cardholders have access to over 38,000 FREE eBooks and eAudiobooks—available 24/7! Cloud Library can be downloaded to any device that uses apps. Cloud Library is completely integrated with our online card catalog and is searchable via the app or the card catalog. Check it out today!

Click here to view the Cloud Library catalog

Click here to view Cloud Library user guides.

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall: All You Have to Do Is Call

Esther and HectorWe would all like to lead mobile, independent lives, but every so often we have to stay still; and when this happens, time has a funny way of slowing down. Say “bye-bye” to boredom with Hayner’s FREE delivery service!

For nearly thirty years, Hayner’s Homebound Delivery Service has brought library materials to the doorsteps of senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illnesses or surgeries. Getting started is simple: Call (618) 433-2863, and a member of our friendly staff will discuss the program in more detail and gather general information from you, such as whether you will need long- or short-term service. Once you are signed up, materials will be checked out and delivered directly to your house or residential facility.

While Hayner Library offers books in large-print formats as well as regular print, you are not limited to those alone. We offer a wide variety of movies, music, audiobooks, and magazines! Basically, anything that you can check out in person can be delivered. Along with each delivery we will provide you with a convenient list of all the materials checked out for you to keep as a reference.

Furthermore, if you find yourself in need of an extended enrollment, we will supply you with a handy calendar of your delivery dates. And there is no need to worry about falling behind with new releases; we will also bring you a copy of the most recent forthcoming book list containing books being released in the coming months by best-selling authors.

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Use Your Library Card for Big Savings at Local Businesses

Library Card Drive 23The following businesses are offering discounts for showing your Hayner library card during the week of Saturday, November 26–Saturday, December 3 as part of our fourth annual library card drive.

Are you an Alton, Godfrey, or Foster Township resident without a library card? Make sure to come get one at the Downtown or Alton Square library before the end of November! You will need to fill out a short library card application and provide a photo ID—a valid driver’s license or state ID with your current address. If your photo ID does not have your current address, you will need to provide a piece of business mail dated within the last 30 days as proof of residency.

A huge thank-you to all of these businesses for supporting The Hayner Public Library District!





Restaurants/Specialty Food Stores

Chocolate Air – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Cookie Factory – Buy any salad and get a free 20 oz. soda or iced tea
Duke Bakery – 10% off
Godfrey Meat Market – 10% off (excluding alcohol)
Grassroots Grocery – 10% off bulk items
Hanson Meat – 10% off
Johnson’s Corner – 20% off
La Mia Cucina – 10% off
Lovett’s Snoots, Fish, Chicken and More – 10% off
LuciAnna’s Pastries – $.50 off any pastry
Mister Donut – 10% off
My Just Desserts – 10% off
Nana’s Kitchen (located at The Gift Box) – 10% off
Old Bakery Beer Company – 10% off
Olga’s Kitchen – 10% off
Olive Oil Marketplace – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Rib City Alton – Free appetizer with purchase of two entrees
Sammi’s Sandwiches – 10% off


1904 General Store – 10% off
Black’s Sporting Goods – 10% off
The Cyclery and Fitness Center: Alton – 15% off most regularly priced parts and accessories (excluding Garmin, GoPro, and Oakley)
Cleta’s Nutrition – 15% off
Crown Vision Center – Free eye exam w/purchase of glasses
Dick’s Flowers – Free rose
Dora’s Spinning Wheel – 10% off
The Grapevine of Alton Children’s Boutique – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Halpin Music – 10% off
hazel2blue – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Infinity Spa (located at The Gift Box) – 10% off
Jacoby Arts Center – 10% off in the Artist Shop
JMC Design Gallery – 10% off fair trade, essential oils, & art
Kinzels Flower Shop – 10% off
Market Basket – 10% off
Mississippi Mud Pottery – 10% off (excluding other promotions)
Mosaic’s – Buy one item on sale, second item is 50% off
Picture This & More – 15% off
It’s Raining Zen – 10% off
River Bend Yoga – 50% off regular and hot yoga classes
Rumours Salon, Stylist Mary Beth Siampos – 10% off all hair services with Mary Beth
Second Reading Book Shop – 10% off all used books
St. Peters Hardware & Rental, Inc. – 10% off regularly priced merchandise
Wild Hare Emporium – 10% off

Cookbooks On Sale

In September of 2014 Hayner’s first Cookbook, Read ’Em and Eat, was published as a fund-raiser for the library. There are over 900 delicious recipes from our patrons, staff, Facebook fans, and various authors. We are presently offering this book for $15 or 2 for $25. It makes a great gift. With the holidays fast approaching, Read ’Em and Eat may be just what you need.

Updated Cookbook

Voter Registration

Vote buttonThe Hayner Public Library District offers many services to our patrons—including voter registration. Many members of the library staff are Deputy Registrars, who are able to register patrons to vote. Voter registration is usually available during normal library hours; however, you may wish to call the library at 462-0677 to ensure a Deputy Registrar is on duty before you visit.

The last day to register to vote in the November 2016 election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The Hayner Public Library District will offer voter registration all day on Tuesday, October 11, until 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library and 9 p.m. at the Alton Square Library.

According to the Madison County Clerk’s office, you may register to vote if you are a United States citizen and a resident of your Madison County precinct address for at least 30 days immediately prior to an election.

Patrons who wish to register to vote must furnish two forms of identification, one of which must include your current name and residence address.

Madison County offers Grace Period Registration to voters who miss the registration deadline. Grace Period Registration is offered from the close of registration through Election Day and must be performed at the Madison County Clerk’s office in Edwardsville. Voters who participate in Grace Period Registration must also vote at the time of registration.

For more information on voter registration, early voting, Grace Period Registration, polling locations, absentee voting, sample ballots, and more, please visit the Madison County Clerk’s website at and click on the Elections link.

Fourth Annual Library Card Drive

Business CardsThis year’s library card drive will be held from Small Business Saturday through the next Saturday (Nov. 26–Dec. 3, 2016) to encourage residents to shop locally for the holidays. During this week, select businesses in Alton, Godfrey, and Fosterburg will offer a discount or other incentive to customers showing their Hayner library cards, so make sure to check the next Hayner newsletter or our website for the list of local businesses who are offering discounts! Own or manage
a local business? We would love to include you in this event!

If you would like to participate, please contact Lacy McDonald at 618-433-2859 or

Native Plant Garden at Downtown Library

Native Plant GardenAn Alton Community Service League Beautification Grant was awarded to Hayner Library to plant the flower boxes in front of the Downtown Library. With this generous gift, Hayner Library has planted native wildflowers in the two beds by the Downtown Library entrance.

Native wildflowers that grow well in our area and do well in part sun were selected for the location. You will see various wildflowers that offer different bloom times from April to September. If you are looking for flowers that do well in part sun, you might want to try these native perennials in your garden. Look for the Wild Ones® plant list posted in the garden to learn more about these plants. Also, a plant list is available inside the library along with related books on the subject of native plants.

Why plant native plants? Native plants are adapted to our climate and soils, and once established, they require very little maintenance. They provide caterpillars and other beneficial insects for nesting birds, as well as vital food for butterflies and pollinators. Natives live longer than non-native species and are naturally resistant to drought, pests, and disease.

Hayner Library is doing its part to promote biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban landscapes. So try a few natives in your garden.

The birds will love it, and so will you!

Click here to view photos of our native plant garden on Facebook.

Food for Fido

Food for FidoApril is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, and in commemoration of this, Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall and Hayner Downtown Library will collect pet food and supplies that will be given to the Alton Area 5 A’s Animal Shelter. This no-kill shelter is completely dependent on donations and is run by a dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide care for an overwhelming number of unwanted animals. From April 1 through April 30, if you have an overdue item, you may pay your fine with an item of pet food. This amnesty applies to Hayner materials only. Library materials must be returned with the donation and at least one donation made for each fine.
Please help our friends at the 5 A’s—they work so hard to care for the sadly constant stream of unwanted, neglected, or abused animals brought to the shelter. The shelter is located at 4530 N. Alby Road, Godfrey, and can be reached at 466-3702. Stop by and visit this wonderful facility, perhaps find a new BFF (Best Friend Forever). And, of course, volunteers are ALWAYS welcome.