Computer classes, Library events, programs & book sales
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Hastings Public Library has $1 million left to raise to build a new children's area and we have less than a year to do it. We need your help. Please give our children a place to grow. Donate to the Hastings Public Library RENEW campaign today. For a donation of $100 or more, you can dedicate a piece of our puzzle to a child (of any age) in your life. Call the library at (402) 461-2346 or visit our Library RENEW and Foundation pages for pictures and more information about the library renovation project.
Library Events and Programs
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
Free Community Conversations on Civil Rights and Diversity. All Created Equal programming will take place in the library auditorium. Watch for more screenings and presentations coming in March and April. For a complete listing view/print Created Equal [PDF].
Film Screenings: Freedom Riders (120 minutes)
- Monday, April 21 | 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, April 22 | 10 am
- Saturday, April 26 | 2 pm
Film Discussion by Dr. Michella Marino | Sunday, April 27 | 2pm
The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Hastings Public Library Pub Quizzes
Test your knowledge and compete for prizes. (For ages 21 and over.) Rules: Teams of 1-4 people. No smart phones. We want this to be fun, but we reserve the right to deduct points for breaking either of these rules. That's it, pretty simple.
- Join us at Hastings Keno 1216 West J | 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm | Wednesday, May 14
- Join us a Murphy's 1st and Lincoln Avenue | Last Thursday of every month at 8 pm | Thursday, April 24
- Like us on Facebook for clues and bonus points.)
Return of May the Fourth
Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 2-4 pm
Hastings City Auditorium | 4th & Hastings
Come for Star Wars themed games, crafts, food, raffles and fun. All ages are welcome.
Kid's ProgramsWednesdays 3:30 - 5 pm
Children 5th grade and under can get creative and play with equipment designed to stimulate creativity, imagination and FUN!
4th Saturday of the month, 2-3:30 pm | Saturday, April 26
For ages 6-12. Join other lego lovers and use your imagination to build skyscrapers or create castles or whatever you desire. (The library will also be accepting donations of Legos.)
Itty Bitty Story Time
Mondays 9:15 am
For ages 0-24 months
Join us for stories, rhymes, literacy, and lots of smiles and giggles. (Parents or caregivers should plan on participating with their children. Reservations appreciated but not required.)
Preschool Story Hour
Wednesdays, choice of 10 am or 1 pm
For children ages 3–6. Children are encouraged to select books to check out and then are read or told stories for approximately 30 minutes. (No advance registration is required.)
Thursdays, 10:30 am
A special story time for children younger than 3. Each child must be accompanied by a lap! Join us for stories, songs and finger-plays followed by play time. (No advance registration is required.)
Family Book Club
Thursdays 6:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to join us for a family story read and discussion.
Family Story Time
Saturdays, 10 am except 2nd Saturday of the month, see Tales for Tails below.
All ages welcome. Stories will be from picture books, and everyone is welcome to participate with their family.
Tails for Tales: 10 am, 2nd Saturday of the month.
Family story time goes to the dogs! Dogs from the local AKC-certified K-9s & Friends therapy group will be panting for a child to read a tail-wagging story to them. Children will select a book and be able to read it to a dog. This story time is designed to help build confidence and reading skills. Volunteering with their handlers, the dogs are calm, well-mannered and love children!
Hastings Public Library Book Clubs
Anyone interested in books and reading is welcome! Please come even if you haven't read the book. All meetings are on the 2nd floor of the library. Invite a friend—new participants are always welcome.
(Book Summaries are from Library Catalog.)
Evening Book Club
(Meets the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 30| Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Teen Book Club
(6th-8th Grades, meets the third Sunday of the month, 2-3 pm.)
- Sunday, April 27 (4th Sunday due to the Easter holiday) Flush by Carl Hiaasen
- With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, May 15 | Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Friends' book sales and events
Friendshop hours: Monday–Friday 10–6
Friends have an exciting new way to support the library year-round. . . an in-house used bookstore.
In addition to some new merchandise, the shop will have for sale a variety of used books in dozens of categories.
Friends sells books which may have collectible value on Amazon.com's Marketplace, making them available to buyers throughout the country. View the current inventory available for purchase: www.amazon.com/shops/hastingsfriends.
Friends annual book sale
2nd weekend in July at the Hastings City Auditorium 50,000 used books, magazines, audio/video, puzzles and games. Most hardbacks are $1, paperbacks and children's books are 50¢. (All proceeds benefit Hastings Public Library.)
Events and meetings held in the library's meeting rooms For information about a meeting, including contact information, call the library at (402) 461-2346. To schedule a meeting or event see the Meeting Rooms page.
Library Link Going Green: Save a Tree and Read Online Editions! The Library Link newsletter is now available on the library’s web site. An online version with an easy link from an e-mail prompt is also will be available. Read the current issue of the Hastings Public Library Link [PDF] for more information and the latest HPL news.
The Bookmobile has scheduled stops at schools, parks, neighborhoods, retirement facilities and daycares throughout Hastings and Adams County; all ages are welcome! For more information see the Bookmobile page or check the Schedule of stops.
Hours and holiday closings More details...