Friday, November 16, 2012

Upcoming Events at HPL




Thanksgiving Craft
2:00 pm, Saturday, November 17
We're celebrating the holiday with some fun Thanksgiving Day crafts. Join us as we make a turkey, color in some coloring sheets, and make a tasty Thanksgiving Day treat.


Grand Reopening
2:00 pm, Saturday, November 17
Children’s Department Re-Opening Celebration

A public open house to show off the renovated and repaired Youth Services department at the Hackley Public Library will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3:00. Thanksgiving craft activities for children will be held continuously during the open house.

The department has been repainted and re-carpeted, lead abatement work completed, new lighting installed, electrical systems updated and preschool sized furniture added to the area for young children. Much-needed storage cabinets have been installed and the circulation desk was rebuilt to accommodate computers instead of 3” x 5” cards. The work done so far has not included the renovation of the rest room, which will make it accessible to all children, nor the addition of an emergency exit. That work will begin late this winter.

Funds for this work were raised by the Friends of Hackley Public Library. Support has been received from numerous individuals, families, companies and foundations. The renovation of the cheerful story time room was underwritten by the Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation and the new area for young children will be named in honor of Lloyd D. Krause. The Gerber Foundation, the Christa-Jessi-Jael Fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Maureen and Norman Campbell, Josephine and George Anacker, and Kathleen and I. John Snider have also provided major support for the renovation of the children‘s area. Children’s programs are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation. Family programs are underwritten by the PNC Foundation.

The upgrading of the Youth Services Department is part of the first phase of the Hackley Library’s “Building of Character” project. Additional work will include replacement of all restrooms, an additional emergency exit, replacement of inefficient and ineffective lighting, and electrical upgrades, as well as painting, plaster repair, and flooring. The additional work will begin in late winter. The goal of the project is a community library that is functional, accessible, welcoming, safe and comfortable. The “Building of Character” campaign was chaired by the Muskegon Chronicle’s Steve Westphal.

Architectural and design services were provided by Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber. Port City Construction served as construction managers. Contractors included Patron Construction Inc., Dimension Four Painting Inc., West Coast Interiors, Erickson Electrical Service, and Sobie Company. Library Design Associates, Interphase and WorkSquared provided furnishings.


Friends of the Library Board Meeting
4:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday, November 19

Meets at the Torrent House


Crafts for Grownups at the Library
6:00 PM, Monday, November 19: Crafts for Grownups at the Library
Every third Monday, from September through May, Nancy Hartman will hold a craft class. Each month will be a different craft. Call the Library for a supply list (231-722-7276).
This month's craft is no sew pillows/draft dodgers.


Hackley Public Library Board Meeting
5:30 - 6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 20

Julia Hackley Room, Hackley Public Library. Open to the public.


Vintage Views along the West Michigan Pike
6:00 PM, Tuesday, November 27
Join Christine and Tom for a road trip on the old West Michigan Pike, now US-31. This historic road was the first continuous, improved route between Michigan City and Mackinaw City. The road along the Lake Michigan coast opened West Michigan to automobile travel and tourism. The authors depict the adventure and romance of motoring showing vintage postcards, photographs, maps, and ephemera to illustrate this journey. Time-travel with them through the beautiful West Michigan landscape and quaint towns to hotels and cabins, tourist camps and state parks, and other stops along the road.
Christine and Tom share a love of Michigan and a fascination with its history. They are especially interested in the history of Michigan’s tourism industry. Their collection of antique postcards and tourist and travel ephemera was the inspiration for all of their books: Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike (2011), Vintage Views of the Mackinac Straits Region (2007), Vintage Views of the Charlevoix – Petoskey Region (2005) and Vintage Views of Leelanau County (2002). Three of their books have won Michigan Notable Book awards from the Library of Michigan, with the most recent for Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike.
Christine Byron retired in July from her position as the Local Historical Collections librarian for the Grand Rapids Public Library. She is an avid reader of Michigan history and has collected old Michigan tourist memorabilia for over twenty years.
Tom Wilson retired from Sears Roebuck and Company, where he held various positions in his thirty-seven year career. He is a dedicated postcard collector and has collected Michigan real photo postcards for over sixteen years. Tom operates a business creating prints from old Michigan and Great Lakes tourist and travel ephemera.
Christine and Tom are married and live with their dogs, Max and Willy, in a 1912 Arts and Crafts bungalow in Grand Rapids.
Held in the Julia Hackley Room.
Brought to you through the generosity of the PNC Foundation.


Tech Wednesday-Twitter
2:30 pm, Wednesday, November 28
Tech Wednesdays are 30-60 minute long mini watch-and-learn classes on technical topics. They are held in the Julia Hackley Room twice a month at 2:30 pm and are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your own laptop and follow along.


Good Yarn Knitters
5:30 – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 28

Meets in the Julia Hackley Room
All levels of knitters are welcome, including beginners. Come to learn how to knit, have a problem solved, or just for camaraderie. If you are just starting out, bring a pair of size 7 or 8 needles and a light colored ball of worsted weight yarn, otherwise bring your latest project or your problem project.
For more information call 231-722-7276 and ask for Jocelyn


Computer Class
11:00 am, Thursday, November 29
Computer classes return! De Ondra Pentecost will teach computer skills in the Julia Hackley Room every Thursday during October and November. Registration is required, and opens 2 weeks before the classes start.
Oct 4 and 11: Basic Computers
Oct 18 and 25: Word Processing
Nov 1 and 8: Internet/Email
Nov 15 and 29: Facebook/Twitter


Computer Class
2:00 pm, Thursday, November 29
Computer classes return! De Ondra Pentecost will teach computer skills in the Julia Hackley Room every Thursday during October and November. Registration is required, and opens 2 weeks before the classes start.
Oct 4 and 11: Basic Computers
Oct 18 and 25: Word Processing
Nov 1 and 8: Internet/Email
Nov 15 and 29: Facebook/Twitter