Hackley Public Library – October 2021 Programs

Hackley Library 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

hackleylibrary.org  |  facebook.com/HackleyPL/  |  231-722-8000  | 
askus@hackleylibrary.org  |  316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

Youth Programs:

Preschool Story Time
Friday mornings at 10:30 am
Join Hackley Library for stories, songs, and movement activities as we teach early literacy skills!  When the weather permits, we will meet outside on the lawn of the Torrent House. Otherwise, we will meet inside, with masks preferred. Free.

Intro to Cue
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 at 5:30 pm
In-Person (Three-week session)
This in-person, three week program is a gentle introduction to our new robots: Cue!  These robots are designed for older elementary school students and up, or students with some robot/coding experience.  This program is open to three families–each family will share a robot. 
Registration is required – call 231-722-8014.  You must be able to attend all three classes per session.

Viking Rune Stone – Youth Take and Make
Monday, October 4
Celebrate Leif Erikson day with this clay craft. You can even etch something in “Norse” code! Viking runic alphabet included. Kits will be available from Hackley Library beginning October 4, and while supplies last.  Free.

Dino Dig Fossil Kit – Youth Take and Make
Monday, October 11
Can you dig it?  Unearth a blast from the past and discover a dinosaur!  Kits will be available from Hackley Library beginning October 11, and while supplies last.  Free.

Candy Corn, Ghost and Bat Halloween Decorations – Youth Take and Make
October 18 – October 30
Boo-tify your house with this three-in-one take and make craft kit. Craft kits will be available from Hackley Library October 18 through October 30, while supplies last.  Free.

Pony Bead Pumpkins – Teen Take and Make
October 18 – October 30
Pick a perfect pumpkin with this fun, seasonal craft.  Craft kits will be available from Hackley Library October 18 through October 30, and while supplies last.  Free.

Lego Building Day
Saturday, October 23 at 12:00 pm
Decorate the tops of Hackley Library bookshelves by building some awesome LEGO creations!  We’ll bring the bricks – all you need to bring is your imagination.  Library staff reserves the right to limit attendees if necessary.  Free.

LEGO WeDo 101
Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30 pm
This in-person program is a good opportunity to get hands on with robots, coding, and LEGOs. It works best for 2nd grade students and up. Younger children will need adult assistance. This program is open to six families–each family will share a kit. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. 

Adult Programs:

Reading Between the Lines: Book Discussion Series
Monday, October 11 at 6:00 pm
Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Virtual Zoom
Interested in finding new books to enjoy? Try out a new graphic novel medium and join us every second Monday of the month (through November) for HPL’s book discussion series, Reading Between the Lines!
Books will include different genres, such as history, memoir, and mystery. Discussion will be casual, so relax, kick-back, and let’s talk about books!
On October 11, we’ll discuss “Saga of the Swamp Thing”. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, Saga of the Swamp Thing became a commentary on environmental, political, and social issues, unflinching in its relevance. Please register for this discussion at hackleylibrary.org, by calling 231-722-8000, or by visiting the library.
This title will become available at HPL soon – watch for details to come on Facebook!  Free.

Left to Write – Creative Writing Group
Wednesday, October 13 at 3:30 pm
If you enjoy creative writing, join us for Left to Write, HPL’s own creative writing group. Here you can participate in writing exercises, share your own stories, and meet other creative writers.  This group provides a low-key atmosphere for writers of all experiences, everyone is welcome!
We will meet once a month, on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm.  At the beginning of each meeting, we will provide a prompt to jumpstart our creative writing.  Remember to bring a pen and paper! Free.

Fall Colors Walking Tour
Thursday, October 14 at 2:30 pm
Enjoy a walk in the woods at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park with Hackley Public Library! On October 14th from 2:30 – 4pm, we will walk .37ths of a mile from the Visitor Center out to the beach for a tour of the beautiful fall colors.
The first half of the trail is wheelchair accessible, however, the trail does have few stairs near the end. A recreational passport is required for vehicles entering the state park.
*We will have a limited number of recreational passports available if needed.  Please inquire before registering (call 231-722-8005). To register for the program, visit hackleylibrary.org, call 231-722-8000, or stop by Hackley Library. Free.

Write For Fright
Story submission Deadline: October 25

Participate in HPL’s Write for Fright and let us hear your spookiest short story!
Story submissions can be sent to askus@hackleylibrary.org, with ‘Write for Fright’ and your name in the subject line.
The winning story will be announced and read on the HPL Facebook page on October 30th. Stories should be 2500 words or fewer. Only one story per applicant. Call 231-722-8000 with questions! Ages 16+. Free.

Friends of Hackley Library News!

Friends of Hackley Library Book Sale
Public Sale: Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 from 10-5pm
Public Bag Sale: Sunday, October 17 from 12-3pm (fill a bag for $3, we’ll provide the bags)

The annual Friends of HPL Used Book Sale is around the corner!
Mark your calendar and visit Hackley Library for this fantastic sale, where you’ll find a huge selection of titles for all ages to enjoy.
Books, movies, music and more will be available to purchase at great prices.
This book sale will take place in HPL’s Lower Level Meeting Rooms.

New Online Catalog and Mobile App!

Hackley Public Library has a brand new online catalog for searching items, as well as a fun and easy mobile app!  With this user-friendly online catalog, you can customize your own personalized account with reading lists and book reviews, plus you can renew items, place holds, view your material due dates, and more!  For more details, give us a call (231-722-8000), stop by Hackley Library, or visit hackleylibrary.org.