Computer classes, Library events, programs & book sales
Call the library at (402) 461-2346 or e-mail us for more information about any of these events. View/Print the February 2014 eNewsletter. View/Print the March 2014 Calendar. View/ Print the quarterly Library Newsletter.
Library Events and Programs
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
Free Community Conversations on Civil Rights and Diversity. All Created Equal programming will take place in the library auditorium. Watch for more screenings and presentations coming in March and April. For a complete listing view/print Created Equal [PDF].
Slavery by Another Name (90 minutes)
- Saturday, March 1 | 2 pm
- Film discussion led by Dr. Bob Amyot | Sunday, March 2 | 2 pm
- Humanities program "Malik El Shabazz" Sharif Liwaru Malcom X Memorial Foundation | Thursday March 13 | 6:30 pm
The Loving Story (77 minutes)
- Monday, March 24 | 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, March 25 | 10 am
- Saturday, March 29 | 2pm
The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Digital Help Sessions: bring your laptop, tablet or eReader and work with library staff. Please reserve a space so we know how many staff to provide. Call the library at (402) 461-2346 to reserve a space.
- Tuesday, March 11 | 10am-noon
- Monday, March 31| 6:30-8:30 pm
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.
- Join us at Hastings Keno 1216 West J | 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm | Wednesday, March 12
- Join us a Murphy's 1st and Lincoln Avenue | Last Thursday of every month at 8 pm | Thursday, March 27
- (February subject: Battle of the Sexes) Like us on Facebook for clues and bonus points.)
Spring Crafts for Kids
Saturday, March 1| 10:30 - noon
Make some fun crafts using recycled materials and also help us color an 8 foot Earth Day mural to hang in the library.
For children in Grades K-5
Fancy Nancy Party
Saturday, March 15 | 2-3:30 pm
Enjoy games, stories and other activities about everyone's favorite character, Fancy Nancy. Children are encouraged to dress "fancy".
For children ages 4-8.
Día de los niños/Día de los libros | Children's Day/Book Day
Sunday, March 30, 3 –5 pm | Children's Festival | Hastings City Auditorium
Children’s activity booths with crafts, games & prizes ~ Library card sign-up ~ Book give-away ~ Admission is free!
A multicultural event celebrating children and literacy sponsored by Hastings Public Library, Hastings Library Foundation, Hastings Literacy Program, Hastings Police Department and YWCA of Adams County.
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
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. Reservations appreciated but not required.)
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. (No advance registration is required.)
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. (No advance registration is required.)
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.
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!
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, March 26| The monuments men : allied heroes, Nazi thieves and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert Edsel
The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command
Teen Book Club
(6th-8th Grades, meets the third Sunday of the month, 2-3 pm.)
- Sunday, March 16 | Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
- After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, March 20 | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, a man embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
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 annual book sale
2nd weekend in July at the Hastings City Auditorium 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.
Library Link Going Green: Save a Tree and Read Online Editions! The Library Link newsletter is now available on the library’s web site. An online version with an easy link from an e-mail prompt is also will be available. Read the current issue of the Hastings Public Library Link [PDF] for more information and the latest HPL news.
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...