Library events, programs & book sales
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Library Events and Programs
Hastings Public Library Pub Quiz
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 Murphy's Wagon Wheel, 107 N Lincoln Ave. at 8 pm | Thursday, January 29.Topic is Super Bowl.
Saturday, February 14 | 1 - 2:30 pm
Kindergarten - 5th Grade welcome.
Teams will decorate cupcakes, inspired by a Valentine book, randomly selected by staff.
Eight teams of four children; must have one adult per team, 20 years or older. Please call Beth or Dana at (402) 461-2346 to register. No charge to attend, all supplies will be provided.
Teen Events and Programs
See the new Teen Events page for book clubs, events, and updates. Sign up for the newsletter. Join TAB (Teen Advisory Board) to meet new people, help plan and participate in events, earn community service hours, and more.
Homework Help for Kindergarten thru 8th Grades
Mondays and Thursdays | 4 - 6 pm
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, February 28
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 accept 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 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!
(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, *new time 6:30 pm.)
- Wednesday, January 28 | Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice
- Recounting his first two hundred years of life, a vampire tells of his erotic alliance with Claudia, whose passions are forever locked up in the body of a child.
Teen Book Clubs
Join us for a monthly online Golden Sower Book Club. See the Teen Events page for more information.
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, January 15 | The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
The author recounts his mother's life, recalling how they discussed books during the final stages of her last illness and describing how this activity furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.
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' Library Used Book Sale
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 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...