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January is Packed with Things to Do at Hackley Public Library

BY MARTHA FERRIBY, DIRECTOR, HACKLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Winter Reading Program begins! The yearly Black History Calendar Contest for youth is here! Plus, a new Girls Who Code club, gospel, Ruth and Max Bloomquist and much more this month at Hackley Public Library.

January 2 through February 28, participate in our Winter Reading Program for Adults. Register at the Circulation Desk and pick up a Bingo card. Readers who complete a Bingo (finish a row, column, or diagonal) by the end of February will get a mug; readers who finish the entire card will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

January 16 through February 7, Black History Calendar Contest (Youth). HPLs annual calendar uses student artwork to celebrate African American achievements. Artists in grades three through 12 are invited to submit drawings. To enter, draw a picture from African American history and ask a trivia question about it. The best pictures and questions will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.

Each page in the calendar will feature a question (maybe yours!) about a famous person or event. Answers will be printed on the back. Don’t forget to pick up an entry form! All submissions are due by Wednesday, February 7. We’ll announce the winners at our Awards Ceremony on February 24.

January 16 through February 7, Black History Coloring Contest (Youth). Show off your best coloring skills! Young artists in grades Pre-K through second can take home an entry form or color one at the library. Fill out your name and age, then turn in your coloring page by Wednesday, February 7. We’ll select the best ones for our Awards Ceremony on February 24.

Tuesday, January 2, 5:30 p.m., Movies @ the Library: Concussion. Concussion is a dramatic thriller based on the true David vs. Goliath story of African immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu. a forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player. Omalu fought for the truth to be known, even though his emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world. The movie runs 123 minutes. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


Wednesday, January 3, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets. Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk-ins welcome.

Thursday, January 4, 10:30 a.m., Story Time! Preschoolers and parents join in for stories, songs, movement activities and a craft just for little ones.

Saturday, January 6, 10:30 to noon, Computer Class for Adults: Twitter. De'ondra Pentecost teaches computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call HPL at (231) 722-8000 or visit our online calendar and look for the class you are interested in. Registration opens one month before the class.

Saturday, January 6, 2:00 p.m., Minecraft (Youth) Start the year off right! Minecraft creates healthy brains by encouraging creative thinking, but more importantly, it’s fun too! Minecraft is open to the first 20 participants. Register online at hackleylibrary.org or by calling Youth Services at (231) 722-8014.

Monday, January 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Girls Who Code. Hackley Public Library is excited to launch a coding club just for girls! We are an official host site for the international Girls Who Code organization. The club is open to students grade 6 and up. In the club, girls will master the basics of coding like loops, variables, functions, and conditionals to name a few. We will meet every Monday evening starting in January through the end of May. Registration is required. Please register online at hackleylibrary.org or by calling (231) 722-8014.

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Monday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m., Ruth and Max Bloomquist in Concert. Join Ruth and Max, Muskegon’s own folk singers, for an evening of wonderful music. Learn more at http://ruthbloomquist.com/

This concert will be held at The Corner, on the corner of Muskegon Avenue and Third Street and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library and Central United Methodist Church.


Ruth and Max Bloomquist from the Living Room concert series in Lake Orion, Michigan.


Tuesday, January 9, 6:00 p.m., The Yarnspinners. Four members of the local storytelling group the Yarnspinners will delight you with an interesting array of stories. Come and enjoy the stories and learn more about becoming a storyteller. The stories are generally appropriate for teens and adults.

Thursday, January 11, 10:30 a.m., Story Time! Preschoolers and parents join in for stories, songs, movement activities and a craft just for little ones.

Saturday, January 13, 2:00 p.m., Legos! (Youth). Stay cozy and warm. Drop in anytime after 2:00 p.m. and build your own winter wonderland with Legos. We’ll have plenty of blocks to go around. Once you’re done we’ll put your creation on display!

Monday, January 15, library closed. in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, January 16, noon to 7:00 p.m., Tech Tuesday. Reserve your 30 minute appointment to have your computer/tech questions answered by our in-house IT people. We will answer questions on using computers and apps — anything from how to navigate Windows to how to upload pictures to Facebook. Call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, January 17, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets. Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk-ins welcome.

Thursday, January 18, 10:30 p.m., Story Time! Preschoolers and parents join in for stories, songs, movement activities and a craft just for little ones.

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 to noon, Computer Class for Adults: Basic Computers. De'ondra Pentecost teaches computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call HPL at (231) 722-8000 or visit our online calendar and look for the class you are interested in. Registration opens one month before the class.

Saturday, January 20, 2:00 p.m., Monthly Makers: Ice Paint! (Youth). The cold doesn’t bother us! Throw on your lab coat and experiment with creating new colors out of frozen paint. Each color will start off as a frozen ice cube. As you paint the cube will melt and will change your artwork.

Monday, January 22, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Girls Who Code. Join the coding club just for girls! HPL is an official host site for the international Girls Who Code organization, open to girls grade six and up. Master the basics of coding like loops, variables, functions, and conditionals to name a few. We will meet every Monday evening starting in January through the end of May.

Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., Yooper Talk. Author Kathryn Remlinger will be at HPL to talk about her new book, Yooper Talk. For more information about the book and the author please visit the University of Wisconsin Press website here.

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Wednesday, January 24, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets. Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk-ins welcome.

Thursday, January 25, 10:30 p.m., Story Time! Preschoolers and parents join in for stories, songs, movement activities and a craft just for little ones.

Saturday, January 27, 10:30 to noon, Computer Class for Adults: Word. De'ondra Pentecost teaches computer classes on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call HPL at (231) 722-8000 or visit our online calendar and look for the class you are interested in. Registration opens one month before the class.

Saturday, January 27, 2:00 p.m., Drawing Droids (Youth). Professional illustrator Corinne Roberts is coming to the library to share her love of drawing and teach us how to draw our favorite Star Wars characters! This program works best for children six years old and up. Adults should plan to stay if bringing younger children.  

Monday, January 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Girls Who Code. Join the coding club just for girls! HPL is an official host site for the international Girls Who Code organization, open to girls grade six and up. Master the basics of coding like loops, variables, functions, and conditionals to name a few. We will meet every Monday evening starting in January through the end of May.

Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir and Victory in Praise Choir (all ages). Come out and here some of the best Inspirational/Gospel singing along the Lakeshore. Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir, led by Michelle Harris, will grace the Hackley Library stage. Joining them on the program will be Brandon Davis and Victory in Praise Choir, a community choir comprised of Christians from various denominations from the greater West Michigan area. The choirs will perform individually and together for a truly great evening of vocal music. You won’t want to miss this!

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Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tips and Tricks for Phones and Tablets. Having trouble with your tablet? Flustered by your phone? Bring it to HPL on Wednesdays at 1:00 to get tech help. Walk-ins welcome.


Founded in 1890, the Hackley Public Library is located at 316 W. Webster Ave, in downtown Muskegon. The library is open noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Hackley Public Library will be closed on December 23, 24 and 25 plus December 31, 31 and January 1. We’ll be open usual hours December 26, 27, 28, and 29, and starting again on January 2. The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, promoting the free exchange of ideas, and conserving our national and local cultural heritage. The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs. Visit them online at HackleyLibrary.org and on Facebook at HackleyPL.

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EVENTS
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FAITH
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BUSTER KEATON
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LAKESHORE STAR GAZER
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EVENTS CALENDAR
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