Hackley Public Library July Programs 2024

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

Hackley Public Library Hours
Main Hackley Library Building
Mon-Tues: 9-7 pm
Wed-Sat: 9-5 pm

Torrent House (HPL’s Local History/Genealogy Department)
Tues-Sat: 10-5 pm

All Ages Programs:

Summer Reading Program
June 3 through August 3
ALL AGES are encouraged to sign up and participate in HPL’s FREE Summer Reading Program!
How does it work?
HPL’s Summer Reading Program uses an online platform called Beanstack.
By tracking your reading and activities through the HPL Beanstack platform, you’ll earn badges, prizes, and tickets to enter for grand prizes.
For every 200 points you earn by tracking, you’ll be eligible for a prize!
Once you reach 600 points, you’ll receive a completion prize for finishing SRP.
HOWEVER, you can continue to track your reading and activities to earn additional tickets, which can be used to enter for more chances to win a grand prize!
What reading counts toward SRP?
All reading counts! For example: print books, eBooks, audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, magazines, and more, are included.
Find more details at hackleylibrary.org, and to access HPL’s Beanstack platform – or download the Beanstack app.
https://www.hackleylibrary.org/events-programs/annual-events/summer-reading/ Free.
*A library card is not needed to participate but library card registration is free.

Knot on My Watch – Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group
In-Person at Hackley Library
3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Get ‘knotty’ with other crafters who like to knit, crochet, macramé, sew, felt, embroider… bring your projects (or learn something new) and let’s hang out together. A small supply of yarn, macramé cord, and embroidery floss will be provided with limited instruction. This drop-in, no strings attached fiber arts group is open to anyone ages 5 – 105+. FREE.

Youth & Teen Programs:
Early Childhood Play Group
In-person at Hackley Library
Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30am
This weekly drop-in play group at Hackley Library connects young families in a space where children and their caregivers are invited to play, talk, learn, and grow together!
Ages 0-4. Free.

July Youth Take and Make Kits
Summer Reading 2024 – Adventure begins at your library!
These Take and Makes will be available from Hackley Library beginning Monday, July 1, and through the month while supplies last. Free.
Slither into summer with our super cool popsicle stick snakes. These wooden reptilians are as much fun to play with as they are to make!
Our other take and make has a practical application. What happens when you put together some copper tape, a popsicle stick, a battery, a binder clip, and an LED light? Find out by picking up a flashlight kit today!
Youth/Teen. Available while supplies last. Free.

Paws and Read with Breezy and Dolly
In-Person at Hackley Library
Mondays, July 8 & 22 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
We have four-legged reading helpers in Hackley Library’s Youth Services! Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly therapy dogs who are calm, non-judgmental listeners. Call 231-722-8014 to register your child for a 20-minute time slot. Ages 3-12. Free.

Story Time at the Light
In-person at Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Mondays in July at 3:00pm
Join Hackley staff for a special Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light on Mondays (weather permitting)! Together we’ll read stories, lead songs and games appropriate for children. Sit-upons will be provided (you may bring folding chairs if you’d like). Muskegon South Pierhead Light will offer FREE climbing tours to child participants with the purchase of a paid Adult admission ($5).
Make this a weekly family outing throughout the summer! We look forward to seeing you!

Food Explorers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 10:30-11:30am
Embark on a delightful culinary adventure at Hackley Library with your little ones in this class designed for kiddos ages 0-4 and their grown-ups. Hosted by Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian Jessi Holden, explore vibrant fruits and vegetables, engage in sensory taste tests, and enjoy hands-on cooking activities that foster a lifelong love for diverse flavors and healthy eating habits.
Ages 0-4. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Food Adventures
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Let’s go on a flavorful expedition with your 5–8-year-old children in this upcoming class at Hackley Library! Jessi Holden, local Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian, will lead hands-on exploration of exotic fruits and veggies and following a recipe for crafting imaginative snacks. Your adventurers will discover the exciting world of taste, flavor, and culinary creativity. Ages 5-8. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Bugs and Bark Drawing Class – Youth/Teen
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
What is Bugs and Bark? Exactly like it sounds! Corinne Roberts will be back to show us how to draw insects and some tree species that are native to Michigan!
This class is paced for kids and teens of all ages to learn how to draw or sharpen developing skills. This program is open to the first 60 people and will start promptly at 3:00. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Ages 6-17. Free.

Reptile Readers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Ever swapped stories with snakes? Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly REPTILES at Hackley Library. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. July 18 – Suki the Ball Python. She is well over 10 years old (possibly over 15) and she’s a mother. She’s a big girl but has such a calm heart.

VR Headsets – Teen Program
In-Person at Hackley Library
Monday, July 22 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Ms. Lydia will be hosting a fun introduction to gaming on our new VR Headsets! This program is for teens. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. Free.

Flowers, Flowers, FLOWERS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Kaleidoscope Farms will be joining us again at Hackley Library and bringing different flowers for you to create your very own bouquet! Bryan and Lindsay will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The flowers are all locally grown in the Nims neighborhood. This program is for kids and teens ages 6-18. Free.

Shenanigans Petty Zoo
In-Person at Hackley Park
Wednesday, July 31 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Come to Hackley Park and hook up with two pens of fun farm friends for you to pet and feed! Sheep and goats and bunnies, OH MY! Come for the chickens, stay for the goats. Animals subject to change. All ages. Free.

Adult Programs:
Financial Lit: SCAMS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 – 6:30pm
Learn how to protect yourself and your finances against scams! What are some of the red flags to look out for, and what questions should you ask yourself before sending money, opening attachments, giving banking information, or even cashing a check you received in the mail. This program is in collaboration with Route 31 Credit Union. Registration preferred.

Books on Tap at Pigeon Hill
In-Person at Pigeon Hill (895 4th Street, Muskegon, MI)
Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Join Hackley Library staff and Muskegon Area District Library staff for an evening book discussion each month over a beverage at Pigeon Hill Brewery. Check out the MADL Facebook page to vote on the next book we read. You do not need to be 21+ to participate in book club, but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. July’s book is “We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker. This book discussion is free to participate in! Find more details at madl.org or hackleylibrary.org.

Open Mic Poetry Night
With hosts Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 6:00-8:00pm
Join Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir for an evening of lyrical expression and creative exploration at our Open Mic Poetry Night at Hackley Library!
Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just dipping your toes into the world of verse, all are welcome to share their original poems or favorite works from other poets. Registration preferred. Free.

Fantasy Drawing Class – Adults
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 23 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
During this drawing workshop for adults, you can learn how to draw your own fantasy character or creature! Attendees will see their creations come to life as they learn about sketching, poses and line art. This art class will be taught by Natalie Budnick. Registration required. Free.

Senior Social Hour
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 25 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Join us at Hackley Library for fun, activities, light refreshments, and conversation with fellow seniors. Registration is preferred. To find more details, or to register, go to hackleylibrary.org. Free.