Library events, computer classes, programs & book sales
Library Events and Programs
Make your own gingerbread house
Saturday, December 14 | 10:30am - noon
Children in grades K-5 are invited to put their imagination to work building a holiday gingerbread house. Free admission and all materials are supplied.
Hastings Public Library Pub Quizes
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 8:30 pm | Wednesday, December 11
- Join us a Murphy's , 1st and Lincoln Avenue | Last Thursday of every month at 8:30 pm | Thursday, December 26
- Like us on Facebook for clues and bonus points.)
Wednesdays 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
December 28 This new event is 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 beginning October 10, 2013
Everyone is welcome to join us for a family story read and discussion. October: Kindergarten Collection | November: Thanksgiving | December: My First Little House series
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. *No Evening Book Club scheduled for December. Happy Holidays!)
Teen Book Club
(6th -8th Grades, meets the third Sunday of the month, 2-3 pm.)
- Sunday, December 15 You decide, bring any book that you've read and would like to recommend to your friends.
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, December 19 | Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
A charming and moving novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together-even when we least expect it. Walker and Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat-and occasionally clash-over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.
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.
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