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Reading to Kids, Mariachi Singer, Magician, Mother’s Day Tea and More at HPL


Read Early. Read Often. is a countywide effort to urge parents, siblings, grand parents and community members to read to infants and toddlers.

Reading every day, everything, everywhere will lead to success in school and in life. We are celebrating Read Early Read Often week with a special Saturday story time for ages birth through five, Saturday May 11 at 11:00 a.m.!  

The Library also offers story times on Thursdays in May (2nd, 9th, 16th) at 10:30 a.m. Story time includes stories, songs, movement activities, and a craft for children birth through five years old.

A long time ago in a library far, far away…Star Wars Crafts! This Star Wars Day we are leaning towards our artistic sides and creating a variety of projects, including a special one for Mother’s Day. All ages are welcome to participate, and hopefully, on May the 4th at 2:00 p.m., we will be with you!

Put our robots through their paces during the Library’s Robotics Club each Mondays in May (6th, 13th, and 20th). Each week we will explore all levels of coding from beginner to more advanced projects that include Ozobots, LEGO WeDo, or Sphero robots. The library will provide the equipment, you just need to bring your problem-solving skills! For children in grades four through eight.

Above, Mariachi Singer Gabriel Estrada III will perform at Hackley Public Library May 7.

Join us in celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the classic Mariachi Singer, Gabriel Estrada III on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. The important tradition of Mariachi expresses many cultural influences which Gabriel emphasizes by talking about the history of this style of music during his performances.

Above, Author Janet Neal will speak at HPL's Mother's Day Tea, May 11.

The Library is hosting a speaking event with Janet Neal author of The SuperB Woman. Ms Neal’s book gives hope to women everywhere who are trying to do it all with an entertaining tale of a burned-out Superwoman. Celebrate Mother’s day with this Mother’s Day tea and author talk and signing on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Computer skills are a must have to succeed in many careers and day to day life. The Library offers classes each month on that cover a variety of topics from email and web browsing to word processing and spreadsheets.

This month instructor De’ondra Pentecost will cover computer basics May 11 and beginner Excel May 18. Both sessions are on Saturdays and begin at 10:30 a.m. and go until 12:00 noon. Registration is required. Call the Library at (231) 722-8011 or visit our website to register.

Above, Magician Brad Lancaster will entertain at Hackley Public Library May 18.

Explore a universe of stories through magic, puppets, books, and engaging storytelling on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 2 p.m. This family-friendly show led by Magician Brad Lancaster includes audience participation and lots of laughs!

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. 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 and on Facebook at HackleyPL.

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