Library events, programs
Library Calendar February 2016
Library Renovation Update : Hastings Public Library and the Hastings Library Foundation are excited to announce the Renew HPL fundraising goal has officially been reached! The Hastings Library Foundation has received a $1.3 million bequest from the Cavilla M. Stroup Trust. Thanks to Cavilla and the entire community of Renew donors. It's a very exciting time for Hastings Public Library and the entire community! For more about the $1.3 million bequest, get the full story from the Hastings Tribune.
The library has not moved to the temporary location at the museum. The latest projection is that the library will remain at 517 West 4th St. through February 2016. Thank you for your continued patience. Read the renovation update article from the December 11, 2015 Hastings Tribune.
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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 Winestyles located at 537 West 2nd St. 8 pm | Thursday, February 25 .
Teen Events and Programs
February Teen Events: Miss Peregrine's book giveaway February 1-26 and the Cookie Cook-off Saturday, February 27 | 2-4pm | See the Teen Events page for more about these events and 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
Kid's Events and Programs
Wednesdays 3:30 - 5 pm
Children 5th grade and under can get creative and play with equipment designed to stimulate creativity, imagination and FUN!
That Saturday Thing
Saturdays at HPL | 2 -3:30 pm
- Gaming1st Saturday
- Rubber Band Looms2nd Saturday *Please Note Cupcake Wars: Kids competition will be held Saturday, February 13 in lieu of Rubber Band Looms for February. Teams of up to 4 contestants (Grades K-5) and an adult (19+) captain will square off in a sugary battle for cupcake decorating supremacy. All supplies provided. Register your team at the HPL Front Desk, by phone at (402)461-2346, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your team members and contact information.
- Minecraft 3rd Saturday
- Lego Club & Little Bits4th Saturday (The library will accept donations of Legos.)
Story Time in Spanish | Tiempo de Cuentos en Español
Mondays 4 pm | Lunes a Las 4 pm
Join us for stories, games, exercise, dancing and songs. | Cuentos, Juegos, Ejercicio, Canciones
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, 6:30 pm.)
- Wednesday, February 24 |In Cold Storage by James W. Hewitt
- In 1973 the small southwest Nebraska railroad town of McCook became the unlikely scene of a grisly murder. More than forty years later, author James W. Hewitt returns to the scene and unearths new details about what happened. After pieces of Edwin and Wilma Hoyt's dismembered bodies were found floating on the surface of a nearby lake, authorities charged McCook resident Harold Nokes and his wife, Ena, with murder. Most significant, Harold granted Hewitt his first and only interview, in which the convicted murderer changed several parts of his 1974 confession. In Cold Storage takes readers through the evidence, including salacious details of sex and intrigue between the Hoyts and the Nokeses, and draws new conclusions about what really happened between the two families on that fateful September night.
Morning Book Club
(Once a month, third Thursday, 10 am.)
Thursday, February 18 | Blue Moon 635 West 2nd St
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.
Teen Book Clubs
Join us for a monthly online Golden Sower Book Club. See the Teen Events page for more information.
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.
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...