Hackley Public Library – 2022 September Programs

Community News |Sep 6, 2022|7 min read

Hackley Public Library Hours

Main Hackley Library Building
Mon-Tues: 9-7 pm

Wed-Sat: 9-5 pm

Torrent House (HPL’s Local History/Genealogy Department)
Tues-Sat: 10-5 pm


Youth / Teen Programs:

Youth Take and Make – Fall Trees

Available beginning September 6, and through the month

The leaves will start to turn and our paper Fall Trees will do the same!  This simple but delightful tissue paper tree will look great on your refrigerator.  Kits will be available from Hackley Library beginning September 6.  Free.

Teen Take and Make – Fall Coasters

Available beginning September 6, and through the month

Grab a cool coaster project which includes a coaster tile, mod podge, and a foam brush. The leaves are your choice!  Kits will be available from Hackley Library beginning September 6.  Free.

Preschool Story Time 

In-person at Hackley Library

Fridays, September 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10:30am

Intended for ages 0-5, HPL’s in-person Story Time is designed to teach early literacy skills to parents and caregivers while children enjoy a fun, interactive atmosphere.  Join us at Hackley Library for stories, songs, and movement activities!  Free.

LEGO WeDo 101

In-person at Hackley Library

Tuesday, September 13 from 4:30-5:30pm

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, and younger children will need adult assistance.  LEGO WeDo 101 is open to six families – each family will share a kit.  Registration Required.  Call 231-722-8014 or visit HPL to register.  Free.

Teen Craft – Yarn Mandala

In-person at Hackley Library

Monday, September 19 from 3:30-4:30pm

This in-person program will teach you how to make a large mandala with dowels and yarn.  Everything will be provided for this programRegistration is required.  Please check the online event calendar at hackleylibrary.org or HPL’s Facebook page for further information.  Free.

Crafty Afternoon Fall Reboot

In-person at Hackley Library

Saturday, September 24 from 2-3:30pm

At Hackley Library, we will be busting open the art cabinets for an afternoon of crafting craziness.  Drop by for this program and come check out the incredible crafts for kids and teens from months past that will be available!  All ages welcome.  Free.


Adult Programs:

Knife Skills Presentation

Virtual via Zoom & Limited In-Person at CIM

Thursday, September 8 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Prepping in the kitchen can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!

Discover tips and tricks on knife skills and safety during a presentation led by Chef Justin Kinziger with the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM).  Registration is required.  For more details on the program, and to register, visit the online event calendar at hackleylibrary.org, or stop by the library.  Free.

Play Readings from Irish Theater

With Les Rorick and Muskegon Civic Theatre

In-person at Hackley Library

Thursday, September 15 from 5:30-6:30pm

Experience a night of performance and pedagogy as local theater artist, Les Rorick, shares the history of Irish theater.  Additionally, Les will be accompanied by an actor from the Muskegon Civic Theatre to perform scenes and monologues that best exemplify this special genre of art.  Registration is preferred.  Please register at the online event calendar at hackleylibrary.org, or stop by the library.  Free.

How to Make a Zine!

In-person at Hackley Library

Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30-6:30pm

Whether you are creative or not, you can make zines!  Zines are basically booklets, where you can express yourself, embrace your creativity, tell your family history, show your art, talk about what makes you most excited with life, display photography, showcase your poetry, or a myriad of other things!
Join us at Hackley Library to learn how to make a zine.  All supplies will be provided!  Just bring yourself, your ideas, and an open mind to explore the possibilities!  Registration is preferred.  Please register at the online event calendar at hackleylibrary.org, or stop by the library.  Free.






Tolkien Program with Michael Johnson

In-person at Hackley Library

Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30-6:30pm

Not all who wander are lost!  Come learn about the mythical world of Middle Earth and the imagination of best-selling author J.R.R. Tolkien, through a presentation of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings!  This presentation will explore the themes and characters that make Middle Earth the most popular literary fantasy realm of all-time, and get a chance to win a special edition copy of The Hobbit!  Registration is preferred. Please register at the online event calendar at hackleylibrary.org, or stop by the library.  Free.

Left to Write (and Left to Write at Night!)

In-person at Hackley Library

LTW: Wednesday, September 14 from 3:30 – 4:30pm

LTW @ Night: Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

If you enjoy creative writing, you’ll love 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!  Remember to bring a pen and paper.  Free.

West Michigan Voices: Zine Collection

Hackley Library’s West Michigan Voices: Zine Collection is a way for you get to your voice heard!  This interactive, community collection aims to be a creative outlet for adults 18 and older living in West Michigan (this includes outside of Muskegon County as well), and also aims to be an amplifier for marginalized voices in our communities.
This special collection will consist of submitted zines from adults, and will be available for patrons to read while in Hackley Library.
What is a zine you ask?  Zines are very easy to make, and are often in the form of a simple booklet.  They can be as easy as taking regular copy/printer paper, folding it, and stapling or taping it together.  The content of a zine can be almost anything!  A zine can share your stories, showcase your art, display your photography, show your poetry, share a family history, exhibit your comics, etc. Really anything that the creator wants to say!

Thanks to a grant from the American Rescue Plan, HPL was able to purchase a scanner, which means we will be able to scan each accepted submission and store them digitally in our local history collection, so they can be read anywhere in the world. This means that, even when the physical copy wears out, there will always be a digital copy of their work available. The digital copies will act as a time capsule, reflecting the lives of people in West Michigan – their thoughts, feelings, and creativity.

We are currently in the phase of accepting zine submissions (we will officially launch the collection in October 2022). The more people who choose to submit zines, the more diverse and healthier our collection will be to unveil in October.

For more details on our zine collection, and to find the submission guidelines/form, visit our Zines page at hackleylibrary.org (hover over the Local History & Genealogy tab).



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

Don’t forget! Using your Hackley Library card, you can have access to eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more, all for FREE.

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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.

For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Circulation: 231-722-8000, Youth Services: 231-722-8014, @hackleyref, or askus@hackleylibrary.org.