Commercial Free (and Free) Activities at HPL
Looking for something to do in December that’s commercial-free (and free)? Check out these stress-free easy-going options.
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m., How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Carve up a slice of roast beast and join us for a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We’ll get into the holiday spirit with a fun craft during the showing of the original made-for-TV animated film featuring Boris Karloff!
Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Introduction to Publisher. Want to make great looking signs, flyers or newsletters? De’ondra Pentecost will get you started using the popular Publisher software at this 90 minute class for adults. Registration is required so that there are enough computers for everybody. Call HPL at (231) 722-8000 to save yourself a spot.
Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m., Play: The Last Man in Merrinsville. Welcome Ray Goodwin (author of Sawdusted) with his one-man play, Last Man In Merrinsville. It tells the story of the 30 year courtship between the station agent at a small town railroad depot and the local school teacher. The play is approximately 55 minutes long.
Thursday, December 7, 10:30 a.m., Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, movement activities, and a special craft just for little ones under age 6.
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m., Monthly Makers: Snow Slime! What happens when you combine Elmer’s glue and liquid starch? Slime! Add in some glitter and you have snow slime. All participants will keep what they make at this Monthly Makers!
Monday, December 11, 6:00 p.m., Folias Duo. Back by popular request, Folias Duo combines their classical music training, their experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, the love of Astor Piazzolla and their knowledge of the jazz idiom. Take a break from holiday music!
Thursday, December 14, 10:30 a.m., Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, movement activities, and a special craft just for little ones under age 6. Take a break from the holiday frenzy.
Saturday, December 15, 2:30 p.m., Reindeer! Note the date change. Does Rudolf really have a red nose? Can reindeer actually fly? The only way you’ll find out is if you meet our visiting reindeer in person! Join us outside on the lawn of the Hackley Administration Building to learn all about reindeer.
Saturday, December 16, 10:30 to noon, Powerpoint. Fifth graders can make class presentations using Powerpoint and you can too. Sign up in advance for this introductory 90 minute class with patient and popular De’ondra Pentecost. Call (231) 722-8000 or register online at hackleylibrary.org.
Saturday, December 16, 12:30 p.m., The Polar Express. Hop on the Polar Express and discover the magic of the season! Come watch the animated movie based on the beloved book by west Michigan’s own Chris Van Allsberg. We’ll keep warm with hot chocolate and plenty of festive activities!
Tuesday, December 19, noon to 7:00 p.m., Tech Tuesday. Reserve a 30 minute appointment to have your computer/tech questions answered by our in-house IT people. We'll answer questions on using computers and apps – anything from how to navigate Windows to how to upload pictures to Facebook, tablets, phones and e-readers. Call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, December 26, noon to 7:00 p.m., Holiday Tech Tuesday! Did you get a great new device for Christmas but you can't quite figure out how to use it? Reserve a 30 minute appointment to have your computer/tech questions answered by the library's in-house IT people. We'll answer questions on using tablets, phones and e-readers, as well as computers and apps — anything from how to navigate Windows to how to upload pictures to Facebook. Call in advance to reserve your spot.
Holiday Hours. 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.
Tablet Tips and Tricks suspended. Usually Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., this program is suspended for a few weeks in December, but you can say hi to former instructor Nick at Cake Flower in the mall when you stop in for something yummy. Tablet Tips and Tricks will be back by January.
Shop holiday gifts and help the library. Need a last minute, unique something? Hackley Library has interesting book-a-day desk calendars and great library tote bags and even original library bricks available for purchase if you need something quick, easy and different. Get your shopping done and help the library in one quick and easy stop with convenient parking at the front door.
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.