Discover the Spooky at Hackley Public Library in October
Hackley Library programs are free to enjoy!
Explore ghost hunting at the library, some of Michigan’s most fiendish criminals, and more in October.
Interested in finding new books to enjoy? Try out a new graphic novel medium and join us every second Monday of the month (through November) for HPL’s book discussion series, Reading Between the Lines!
Books will include different genres, such as history, memoir, and mystery. Discussion will be casual, so relax, kick-back, and let’s talk books!
On October 11 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll discuss “Saga of the Swamp Thing” virtually through Zoom. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, “Saga of the Swamp Thing” became a commentary on environmental, political, and social issues, unflinching in its relevance. To register for this discussion, visit hackleylibrary.org or call (231) 722-8011. This title will become available at HPL soon – watch for details to come on Facebook.
If you enjoy creative writing, join us for Left to Write, HPL’s own creative writing group! Here you can participate in writing exercises, share your own stories, and meet other creative writers. This group provides a low-key atmosphere for writers of all experiences, everyone is welcome! We will meet once a month, on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. In October, our meeting date is October 13. At the beginning of the meeting, HPL will provide a prompt to jumpstart our creative writing. Remember to bring a pen and paper!
HPL’s previous Pigeon Hill Brewing Tour was so popular that we are offering a second program! Join us Thursday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. to learn everything about beer at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company! We will start with a private tour of the production facility to see the brew system, tanks, and canning line before sitting down to a sample tasting of several of Pigeon Hill’s great tasting beers. Registration is required, as space will be limited to 20 people. To register, visit hackleylibrary.org or call (231) 722-8011. Note: you are able to register yourself, or yourself and another person (we ask that you do not register a group of people). Registrants must be 21 years old or older.
Join us virtually through Zoom for a special Ghosting Hunting at HPL program! Great Lakes Ghost Hunters of Michigan will present the findings from their June 12, 2021 investigation at Hackley Public Library and Torrent House! This virtual program will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22. Team members will show and explain the technology they used during their visit, show video footage of their investigation, and then set aside some time at the end to answer any questions. Registration opens on September 22. You can register at hackleylibrary.org or by calling (231) 722-8011.
Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter during a “Murder. Mayhem. Michigan.” virtual program on October 29 at 6:00 p.m. Some of the malefactors include: The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance; The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims; The Michigan Borgia, who removed an entire branch of her family tree with Strychnine, plus many more. Join us virtually through Zoom with crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes. Registration opens on September 29. You can register at hackleylibrary.org or by calling (231) 722-8011.
Youth Services Programs
Join Hackley Library for stories, songs, and movement activities as we teach early literacy skills! When the weather permits, we will meet outside on the lawn of the Torrent House. Otherwise, we will meet inside, with masks preferred. Story Time will be on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Leif Erikson day with a Youth Take and Make Viking Rune Stone craft! You can even etch something in “Norse” code! The Viking runic alphabet will be included with the craft. Beginning October 4, kits will be available while supplies last.
Get to know HPL’s newest robots: CUE! Have fun during this three week program, as you’ll get a gentle introduction to Cue. These robots are designed for older elementary school students and up, or students with some robot/coding experience. This program is open to three families – each family will share a robot. Note: registration is required. For more details, or to register, call (231) 722-8014. You must be able to attend all three classes per session.
Unearth a blast from the past and discover a dinosaur with our Youth Take and Make Dino Dig Fossil kit! Beginning October 11, kits will be available while supplies last.
Boo-tify your house with a Candy Corn, Ghost, and Bat Halloween Decorations (three-in-one) Take and Make Craft kit! Beginning October 18, kits will be available while supplies last.
Decorate the tops of our library bookshelves by building some awesome LEGO creations during a Lego Building Day at noon on Saturday, October 23! We'll bring the bricks – all you need to bring is your imagination. Library staff reserves the right to limit attendees if necessary. Free to enjoy.
Join us for LEGO WeDo 101 on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:30 pm! This in-person program is a good opportunity to get hands on with robots, coding, and LEGOs. It works best for 2nd grade students and up. Younger children will need adult assistance. This program is open to six families – each family will share a kit. Note: registration is required. Please register for either September OR October.
Founded in 1890, the Hackley Public Library is located in downtown Muskegon. Hackley Public Library's Main Building is located at 316 W. Webster Ave. HPL's main library building is open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HPL's Local History and Genealogy department, located in the Torrent House, is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
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