Free Virtual/Online Programs at Hackley Public Library

Community News |May 22, 2020|7 min read

Greetings from Hackley Public Library! Due to Governor Whitmer’s current stay-at-home order, Hackley Public Library is temporarily closed. However, we are looking forward to when we can reopen to the public!


Due to COVID-19, libraries around the country have changed the way they share programs and events. At Hackley Public Library, we are embracing these changes, and are excited for everything coming up at HPL! Summer is right around the corner, and we’re gearing up for online programs. Check below to see some of the programs and events that HPL has coming up in June. Visit and Hackley Library’s Facebook page for updates and to ask questions.



Ongoing Online Programs



Imagine Your Story – Summer Reading Program 2020

June 15 – August 15

Hackley Public Library’s Summer Reading program is right around the corner! This year, our program will look different for kids, teens, and adults. We’ll be using an online program called Beanstack, where participants can easily register online, track their reading and activity progress right from home, and have the chance to win some cool prizes! You don’t need to have a library card to participate! Watch for more Summer Reading details in the coming weeks at or on Hackley Library’s Facebook page. Free.

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HPL Online Storytime

6 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Listen and watch as HPL staff read exciting stories that you can enjoy right from home! Online Storytime will be posted to HPL’s Facebook page at 6 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Join us for these Storytime videos and see what you can discover! Free.

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Left to Write Prompts – Creative Writing Group

2 PM, Wednesdays

Did you know? Hackley Public Library has a creative writing group called Left to Write! For the time being, we’re bringing Left to Write to you, with prompts over Facebook. Anyone can participate! Once the library reopens, we will have a special meeting to read over what you’ve written at home. Free.

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Hackley Youth Read

Ongoing Dates/Times TBD

Join us as Miss Melissa reads the Newbery award winning chapter book The Girl Who Drank the Moon throughout the month of June.  Journey to a fantasy world in Girl Who Drank the Moon: an epic story about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Watch for more details to come on or on HPL’s Facebook page! Free.

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Non-ongoing Online Programs



Book Discussion – The Mountains Sing

6 PM, Monday, June 8

Mark your calendar for this upcoming book discussion and join us as we read the compelling novel The Mountains Sing. This epic story narrates the powerful and painful history of 20th century Vietnam.

The Mountains Sing is available for free on Hoopla, all you need is your library card! Enjoy this captivating read and discuss The Mountains Sing with us at 6 PM on Monday, June 8. Watch for upcoming details at or on HPL’s Facebook page! Free.

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Visit Hoopla to start browsing or visit the direct links below for more information:



Stories in the Sky – Kalamazoo Air Zoo’s Virtual Program

2 PM, Monday, June 15

Before the internet, before television, before even radio, people entertained each other with stories. From the Ancient Greeks and Indigenous people, to Americans escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad, people used the stars to navigate and to tell stories. They made pictures out of the shapes in the night sky that we call constellations today. Join us virtually to learn about some of these stories and view the constellations that are the same today as they were from long ago. Then, come up with your own stories for familiar star groupings, make a constellation telescope to view the stars, and communicate secret messages as in Follow the Drinking Gourd!

Follow our Facebook event or page for more details on how to register for attending Online ‘Stories in the Sky’ from the comfort of your own home. Free.

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Book Discussion – Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy

6 PM, Monday, June 15

Get ready for an online graphic novel discussion, where we’ll talk about the thrilling comic Runaways Vol 1: Pride & Joy. This book delivers the story of friends who dive into the adventure of their lives after discovering their parents are super-villains.

Runaways Vol 1. Pride & Joy is available to read on Hoopla for free, all you need is your library card!

Enjoy this captivating read, and join the online discussion at 6 PM on Monday, June 15. Watch for upcoming details at or on Hackley Library’s Facebook page. Free.

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Visit Hoopla to start browsing or visit the direct link below for more information:



Hackley Crafts – Paper Roll Flowers

6 PM, Monday, June 22

Spring into crafting right at home! Over the next few months, Hackley Library will be posting online craft classes to their Facebook page. At 6 PM on Monday, June 22, watch for a video with guided instructions on how to make a cute flower with things you have at home! What will you need? A paper towel roll, a toilet paper roll, and glue! This simple and cute craft can be enjoyed by all ages. Free.



Hackley Teen Crafts – Transform your T-shirt!

2 PM, Thursday, June 25

Cleaning out your closet?  Downsizing your drawers?  Join us for a fun Transforming your T-shirt craft with five different ways to make that T-shirt into something fun, functional, and new!

Over the next few months, HPL Youth Services will be posting a monthly Teen Craft on the Hackley Facebook page.  At 2 PM on June 25th watch for a video and instructions for T-shirt Transformation! Free.



Don’t forget! Using your Hackley Library card, you can have access to eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more, all for FREE. From the comfort of your home, browse thousands of titles through various digital resources, including Hoopla and OverDrive/ the Libby app.  These digital resources can be enjoyed on several devices, including on your smartphone, tablet, computer, and TV.

Visit for more information and see what you can discover today!

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About the Hackley Public Library

The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) 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.

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