Computer classes, Library events, programs & book sales
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Library Events and Programs
Adult Summer Reading participants, submit titles electronically through August 2. All entries will be entered in the grand prize drawing for an eBook reader to be awarded August 4.
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.
Summer 2014, HPL Pub Quiz hits the road:
- Join us at Bullseye's Sports Bar & Grille 2017 W 2nd St at 8 pm | Wednesday, August 13Quiz topic is rock music.
- Join us at Murphy's Wagon Wheel 107 N Lincoln Ave. at 8 pm | Thursday, August 28Quiz questions will be from previous HPL summer quizzes.
Back to school bash
Saturday, August 23 | 1:30-3:30 pm
Celebrate the start of a new school year with HPL. Kids' card clean-up and story time with the Godfather followed by Lego Club.
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 Saturday, August 23
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.)
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.
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.
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.
*PLEASE NOTE: August 2014 Tails for Tales is cancelled.
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!
(No advance registration is required to attend story times.)
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, July 30 | To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.
Wednesday, September 24 | Last Man Down by Richard Piccittio
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, August 21| Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
Thursday, September 18 | Unce Upon a Town by Bob Greene
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': 2014 Library Used Book Sale was held at the Hastings City Auditorium July 11-13.
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.
The library newsletter is available on the library’s web site. Read the current issue of the Hastings Public Library Link [PDF] for more information and the latest HPL news. Sign up to receive the newsletter via email.
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...