For more details on programs, visit hackleylibrary.org or HPL’s Facebook page. You can also give us a call or visit Hackley Library during open hours!
All programs are FREE.
For the latest HPL updates and services available, visit hackleylibrary.org and click on the “NEWS” page, or give us a call (231-722-8000)!
Main Building Hours:
Mon & Tues: 10-7pm | Wed & Thurs: 10-5pm | Fri & Sat: 10-2pm
Local History & Genealogy Department (Torrent House) Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10-2pm
Stop by Hackley Library to browse materials, use computers, discover new information, and find details on upcoming programs. Tables and chairs are available to use in both the main reading area and the Youth Services department, where you can read, use free Wi-Fi, and more. Newspapers are now available to enjoy inside the library, and the latest-issue magazines are on display in the main reading room for easy access!
Annual Summer Reading Program
June 14 – August 14
Hackley Library’s Summer Reading Program is here! This ongoing program is fun and free for ALL AGES to enjoy. In addition to reading, there are exciting activities to complete. Just for signing up, adults will receive a free tote bag, and youths will receive a free kite! Even more prizes are available to earn and win through this program, including an Instax Camera, a tablet, a Kindle, an iPad, and more! To sign up for Summer Reading, visit hackleylibrary.org, or directly visit HPL’s Summer Reading Program website: https://hackleylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365
You can also download the Beanstack app from your phone’s app store! Free.
Summer Photo Challenge
June 14 – August 14
Participate in Hackley Library’s Summer Photo Challenge! Each week, Hackley Library will post a picture prompt to the HPL Facebook page. Using the prompt as inspiration, everyone is invited to post their own picture in the comments section of the prompt’s post, with the tag #HPLSummerPhotoChallenge1 (for week 1), #HPLSummerPhotoChallenge2 (for week 2), etc.
At the end of each week, participant pictures will be put into an album for that particular week, and people will be able to vote for their favorites by “Liking” the pictures (*to have your vote count, you will need to “Like” the pictures once they are added to an album).
At the end of the summer, pictures with the most votes for each week will be displayed in Hackley Library! Free.
Reading Between the Lines: A Book Discussion Series
Second Monday of each month (June – November)
6:00 pm, Monday, August 9 – My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Join Hackley Library every second Monday of the month through November for our book discussion series, Reading Between the Lines. Each month we’ll gather to talk about a book from different genres including (but not limited to) history, memoir, and mystery. On Monday, August 9, we’ll discuss “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris. This intriguing graphic novel depicts a fictional diary of a young girl in 1960s Chicago, investigating the death of her neighbor.
More details on additional books in this discussion series can be found at hackleylibrary.org or HPL’s Facebook page. Copies of the books can be found at Hackley Library, as well as other area libraries (available copies are limited).
Left to Write Prompts – Creative Writing Group (Virtual Facebook)
2:00 pm, Wednesdays
Hackley Public Library has a creative writing group called Left to Write! For the time being, we’re bringing “Left to Write” to you virtually! We’ll be posting online writing prompts to HPL’s Facebook page every Wednesday at 2 pm. Anyone can participate by using the prompt to inspire your writing! Once the library is hosting programs inside the library, we will have a special meeting to read over what you’ve written at home. Free.
Outdoor Story Time
10:30 am, Friday August 6 & 13
Hey story time friends! Join us outside on the patio between the art museum and Hackley Library at 10:30 am on certain Friday mornings! Masks are not required, but social distancing will be encouraged.
Don’t forget something soft to sit on! In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel our in-person outdoor story time and instead have an indoor, virtual Facebook Live story time that can be enjoyed from home. Any cancellations will be announced ahead of time.
Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light
3:00 pm, Mondays August 2, 9, & 16
Join Hackley Library staff and the crew at Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse for cool stories and fun in the sun! Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light will be held at 3:00 pm on Mondays (August 2, 9, and 16), weather permitting. Free.
Youth Take and Make Jellyfish Suncatcher Craft
Brighten up any room with a pretty jellyfish suncatcher! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.
Tween Take and Make Pony Bead Alligator Craft
If you thought making a gecko was fun, look at this fella! Give your backpack a ‘gator pal that’s super fun and easy! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.
Teen Take and Make Perler Bead Sloth Craft
Add this adorable sloth to your Perler bead “zoo.” Tree is not included! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.
Museum of Magic Tour
6:00 pm, Monday, August 16
For more than 40 years the American Museum of Magic located in Marshall, Michigan has delighted the public with all the wonders of magic, celebrating the contributions and life stories of magicians from around the globe. Immerse yourself in the largest collection of magic artifacts on display anywhere in the United States and discover what has been described as “the Smithsonian of American Magic.” Join us through Zoom for a virtual tour of the prestigious Museum of Magic with Sarah Schultz, Director of the American Museum of Magic. To register, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL’s Facebook page, call 231-722-8011, or stop by the library. Free.
Youth Services Programs:
Drawing Dinosaurs with Corinne Roberts
3:00 pm, Tuesday, August 10
What do you call a dinosaur with a huge vocabulary? A thesaurus! Learn how to design your favorite dinos. Bad jokes are not guaranteed but may be included. Watch Hackley Library’s Facebook page for more information on how to register for this Zoom program. Free.
Animal Adaptations: John Ball Zoo Virtual Animal Program
3:00 pm, Thursday, August 12
John Ball Zoo is back for another animal encounter. They will be giving us a live, virtual, up-close look at the amazing physical and behavioral adaptations animals use to survive. Watch Hackley Library’s Facebook page for more information on how to register for this Zoom program. Free.