Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spin Us a Story Writing and Illustrating Contest

Preschoolers through 8th grade students are invited to take part in the Friends of the Children's Library annual writing and illustrating contest. Winners receive Barnes and Noble gift cards at a special ceremony held during our Authors Festival, January 27, 2015.

All entries are due at the Central Library Children's Desk by December 20, 2014.

This year's theme is SPIN US A STORY.

Choose from three story ideas. Click here for story choices and entry form.

Click here for contest rules.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Children 4- 12 years old can join our In-N-Out Reading Program!

Our Fall Cover to Cover In-N-Out reading program for children ages 4 to 12 years old starts October 4 and runs through November 15. For every 5 library books children read or listen to, they can earn a hamburger or cheeseburger at In-N-Out. Children may earn up to 3 hamburger coupons during the program.

Register online at Children who registered for our summer reading program may use the same username and password for this program. They can keep track of their reading with the online reading log. Paper reading logs are also available at the Children's Desk. Once children have logged in 5 book titles on their online or paper reading logs, they can go to any HB Library branch to receive their coupon.

Don't have easy access to a computer or need help registering for the program? Come to any HB Library branch and our library staff can assist you.

Click here to register and to access your online reading log

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Annual Halloween Magic Show is Tuesday, October 28

Tickets for our annual Halloween Magic Show featuring Johnny Ace Palmer go on sale Saturday, September 27. The magic show is Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs Library Theater. Children may wear their Halloween costumes. Tickets are $4 per person. Following each show there will be a costume parade around the main floor which will end in the Children's Department where children may see and pet Mr. Palmer's rabbit, Snowball. The show is roughly 45 minutes long.

To see some of Mr. Palmer's magic, click on these links

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Central Library Homework Club starts Sept. 22

The Central Library's Homework Club will be starting on Monday, September 22. It is held in the downstairs Maddy Room (next to the Coffee Cart) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. New and returning students and their parent will need to register with the homework coordinator before tutoring will start. Registration starts at 3:15 p.m. and takes place in the Maddy Room before the start of each Homework Club session. Once a child has registered for the year, the child does not need to register again until the following school year.

Students need to bring their homework and worksheets with them to homework club. Adults and high school juniors and seniors interested in being tutors and volunteering a minimum of 1 1/2 hours per week should email Barbara at

Homework Club runs September 22, 2014 through May 20, 2015. Homework Club does not meet during the Fall, Winter and Spring breaks.

The library also offers FREE online year round tutoring seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with their database, BRAINFUSE. Connect with online tutors who can help students with elementary learning topics as well as algebra, geometry and calculus.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pictures of our 3rd Great Stuffed Animal Library Sleepover now up

The crazy antics of our 3rd Great Stuffed animal sleepover are now up.
Children can view their toy's antics on Flickr at and on our Facebook page!/hblibrary/posts/10152206094251822

Monday, June 2, 2014

B.A.R.K. Storytime will contine througout the year!

Good News! While our August BARK storytime is now full, we will be revamping and continuing the program throughout the year.

B.A.R.K. (beach animals reading with kids) Storytime is held the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. B.A.R.K. is a reading enrichment program for children ages 4 to 12. Founded in 2007, it is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidnece by reading aloud to certified trained therapy dogs.

Held in the Talbert Room.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bedtime Pajama Storytimes held the second Thursday of each month

Pajama Evening Storytime is held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Tabby Theater. Children may wear their pajams to this 30 minute storytime and bring their teddybears. There will be songs, stories and puppets relating to that month's theme. National Charity League hands out cookies to the children after storytime.