Hackley Public Library April Programs 2024

Community News |Mar 19, 2024|9 min read

March 19, 2024


Muskegon, MI

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



All Ages Programs:

Author Visit: Angeline Boulley – Author of Firekeeper’s Daughter

In-Person at Orchard View High School

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00pm

Join the conversation and meet the Great Michigan Read author of Firekeeper’s Daughter.  This Young Adult author’s visit will be happening at Orchard View High School, and is made possible by several community partners, including but not limited to MADL, White Lake Community Library, and the Lakeshore Museum.  Visit madl.org to register.  FREE.


Knot on My Watch – Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group

In-Person at Hackley Library

3rd Thursday of each month

Thursday, April 18 from 3:00 – 4:00pm

Get ‘knotty’ with other crafters who like to knit, crochet, macramé, sew, felt, embroider… bring your projects (or learn something new) and let’s hang out together.  A small supply of yarn, macramé cord, and embroidery floss will be provided with limited instruction.  This drop-in, no strings attached fiber arts group is open to anyone ages 5 – 105+.  FREE.


Soil and Seeds

In-Person at Hackley Library

Monday, April 22 from 3:30 – 4:30pm

HPL and Kaleidoscope Farm are partnering for a special program to celebrate Earth Day.  Come and make a soda bottle trench planter to take home and care for!  If you can, bring your own 2-liter bottle for this program.  A limited number of soda bottles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis!  After the program, stay at the library and come for our Gardening 101 program at 5:30pm!  FREE.


Gardening 101

In-Person at Hackley Library

Monday, April 22 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

In this presentation, local grower Lynn will give you the tricks, insight, and “tools” you need to get started gardening this spring.  Don’t miss out on this Earth Day event!

Registration is preferred – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8000.  FREE.



Youth & Teen Programs:

Earth Day Turtles – April Take and Make Craft Kit

Pick up kits from Hackley Library beginning April 1

Bring to life the Iroquois and Lenape creation myth of the earth being carried on the turtle’s back and celebrate Earth Day with this adorable Earth Day turtle.  Craft kits will be available on April 1 and through the end of month while supplies last.  FREE.


CICADAS – April Take and Make Craft Kit

Pick up kits from Hackley Library beginning April 1

This spring, two different broods of cicadas — one that lives on a 13-year cycle and the other that lives on a 17-year cycle — will emerge at the same time from underground in a rare, synchronized event that last occurred in 1803. Revisit our delightful spoon and clothespin cicada. It will look fantastic on your bag or jacket when our friends show up starting in April!  FREE.


Crafty Spring Break

In-Person at Hackley Library

April 1 through April 5

Planning a staycation for Spring Break?  We’ve got you covered at Hackley Library!  Join us for fun youth activities all week long!  FREE.

Monday, April 1 from 1-4pm: Diamond Art (ages 8+)

Tuesday, April 2 from 10-4pm: Games and Coloring

Wednesday, April 3 from 1-4pm: LEGO Build

Thursday, April 4 from 10-4pm: Games and Coloring

Friday, April 5 from 1-4pm: Crafts


Spring Break Bowling at Socibowl

April 2 – 6

Looking for a fun family activity this Spring Break?  Hackley Library has a limited number of free passes to Socibowl!  Hackley Library card holders can pick up a pass for a free hour of bowling any time between April 2 and 6.  These passes are available first-come, first-served.  Call HPL’s Youth Services Department for more information at 231-722-8014.  FREE.


Preschool Story Time

In-person at Hackley Library
Friday mornings in April at 10:30am

Intended for ages 0-5, our in-person Story Time is designed to teach early literacy skills to parents and caregivers while children enjoy a fun, interactive atmosphere. We’ll read stories, sing songs, and do movement activities! Please check our Facebook page for any cancellations.  FREE.


Spring Break Story Time at MMA

In-person at Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursday, April 4 at 5:15pm

Don’t sleep on this Story Time!  Ms. Lydia and Ms. Melissa from HPL are cozying up in their pj’s at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  We’ll read some not-so-quiet bedtime stories and have fun exploring the museum!  FREE.


Food Explorers!
In-person at Hackley Library

Saturday, April 6 at 10:30am

Embark on a delightful culinary adventure with your little ones in this 30-minute class designed for 0–4 year-olds and their parents at Hackley Library!  Hosted by a Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian, Jessi Holden, explore vibrant fruits and vegetables, engage in sensory taste tests, and enjoy hands-on cooking activities that foster a lifelong love for diverse flavors and healthy eating habits.  For more details, visit hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014.  FREE.


Paws and Read with Breezy and Dolly

In-Person at Hackley Library

Mondays, April 8 & 22 from 4:00 – 5:00pm

We have four-legged reading helpers in Hackley Library’s Youth Services!  Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly therapy dogs who are calm, non-judgmental listeners.  Call 231-722-8014 to register your child for a 20-minute time slot.  Ages 3-12.  FREE.


Oliver Jeffers Story Times at Muskegon Museum of Art

Thursday, April 11 at 4:00pm

Join us for a Story Time at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  They are celebrating author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers with a special exhibit of his books and artwork.  Ms. Lydia and Ms. Melissa will lead you through reading his books in front of the original artwork.  Movement activities and songs will be included as well!  FREE.


Broadway Babies Story Time 

In-Person at Hackley Library

Friday, April 19 at 10:30am

This lively Story Time at Hackley Library will be all about singing, dancing, and fun with our special host Jacqui from Broadway Babies!  Pre-registration is required – call 231-722-8014 to register or for more information.  Open to ages 0-4.  FREE.


Celebrating Pollinators!

In-Person at Hackley Library

Saturday, April 20 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by supporting our pollinators!  Come to Hackley Library and learn about pollinators and how important they are to our planet, do a craft, learn about the pollination process with a hands-on approach, and build the Lego WeDo bee pollinator!  Ages 3-17.  FREE.


Adult Programs:

Notice the Signs of Elder Abuse

In-Person at Hackley Library

Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Chris Burnaw from SafeSeniors/AgeWell Services will be at Hackley Library to share information on how to spot scammers and others who pretend to be helpful people or friends.  She will also speak about signs of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, and how we can all work together to watch out for each other.  Registration is preferred – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8000.  FREE.


Books on Tap at Pigeon Hill

In-Person at Pigeon Hill (895 4th Street, Muskegon, MI)

Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Join Hackley Library staff and Muskegon Area District Library staff for an evening book discussion each month over a beverage at Pigeon Hill Brewery.  Check out the MADL Facebook page to vote on the next book we read.  You do not need to be 21+ to participate in book club, but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.  April’s book is “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley.  This book discussion is FREE to participate in!  Find more details at madl.org or hackleylibrary.org.


Left to Write

In-Person at Hackley Library

2nd Wednesday of each month

Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30 – 4:30pm

If you enjoy creative writing, you’ll love Left to Write, HPL’s very own creative writing group!  Here you can participate in writing exercises, share your own stories, and meet other creative writers (of all experiences, new or seasoned!).
This group provides a low-key atmosphere for writers of all experiences, and everyone is welcome!  Remember to bring paper and your favorite pen.  Find more details at hackleylibrary.org.  FREE.


See the Other Side – with Rick Waid

In-Person at Hackley Library

Friday, April 19 from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Explore the “other side” or perhaps connect with a lost loved one with Rick Waid, a renowned seer of the paranormal and metaphysical realms.

Whether you are a believer or skeptic, this is sure to be an enlightening experience.

Registration is highly preferred – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8000.  FREE.


Birds of Prey – with Outdoor Discovery Center

In-Person at Hackley Library

Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

*It’s an adults only event (ages 16+) to learn more about our ferocious feathered friends!  Outdoor Discovery’s birds of prey, including hawks, owls and falcons, will be used to share their life history and habitat.

Hands-on artifacts will include skulls, feathers, pelts, and talons!

Registration is preferred – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8000.  FREE.


Senior Social Hour – Eurythmy

In-Person at Hackley Library

Thursday, April 25 from 3:00 – 4:00pm

Hackley Library will be having monthly Senior Social Hours!

In April, this casual, community program for seniors is going to have a Eurythmy theme.

What is Eurythmy?

Eurythmy movement is all about balancing polarities – large and small, activity and rest, inner and outer, above and below, slow and quick.  We’ll engage in mindful, fluid movements that can cultivate healthy breathing, flexibility, and warmth in our hands and feet. 

Exercises encourage individual perception of one’s inner capacities and movements as well as social awareness when moving in relation to the others in the group.

The class can be adapted to fit the individual needs and mobility of the participants.

Join us at Hackley Library for fun, light refreshments, and conversation with fellow seniors.  Registration is preferred – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8000.  FREE.

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 mmetzger@hackleylibrary.org.