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October 2018

Open Mic Night with Clayton Hardiman

October 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, October 15 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, take your creativity to the mic!  Whether you want to read poetry, sing, play music or perform comedy, they want to hear you at Hackley Public Library!  If you prefer to be a listener in the audience, that’s great too!  Join them to see and listen to the local talent of Muskegon (no registration needed for listeners/viewers).  If you wish to perform, please register by calling the HPL reference desk at (231) 722-8011, or visiting…

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Paranormal Hot Spots

October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program, “Paranormal Hot Spots!” Embrace the unexplained as you listen to paranormal researchers from Grand Haven’s Gathering Research and Stories of Paranormal Phenomena (G.R.A.S.P.P). G.R.A.S.P.P will present an enlightened discussion on West Michigan hot-spots of paranormal activity, as well as what goes into a paranormal investigation. You won’t want to miss this phenomenal program, brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley…

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Humans vs. Zombies at Hackley Public Library

October 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8:00 – 9:30 PM, Tuesday, October 30 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, be part of The Zombie Apocalypse-style game of tag at Hackley Public Library!  Human players must defend themselves against the infestation of zombies with socks and dart blasters (no realistic-looking weaponry).  Participants should arrive 30 minutes before event start time (meet in the lower level meeting rooms at 7:30pm) to go over rules and pick the Original Zombie.  The Library will be locked up at 8:00pm, and the game…

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November 2018

Wreck of the Gimpy Gin – A One Man Play

November 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the one man play, “Wreck of the Gimpy Gin!”  A tragic boat accident in stormy waters, which occurs one night on Lake Huron in 1927, has marred the reputation of a local family for decades.  Eighty-seven years later, new evidence about that awful night surfaces!  This performance piece will resonate with anyone interested in Michigan’s maritime heritage, so mark your calendar for this fictional monologue, performed by Raymond Goodwin. …

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Scrabble Art – Hackley Crafts

November 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scrabble letters can be used for more than just playing Scrabble! Come create a fun piece of art using these letters and your imagination. Participants will be able to create their scrabble art with an 8 x 10 flat canvas board, decorative paper, and scrabble pieces. Registration is required, as space is limited to 30. This program is Free, and all materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Led by Mallory Metzger *The image pictured is an…

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The Road to What’s Next: A Workshop

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The next chapter in life can be daunting for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us for this workshop, as John and Barb Ziemann provide tips on how to navigate life’s complicated question, “what now?” Whether you are on the verge of retirement, recently went through a divorce, are a new parent, or experiencing any life altering event in general, this workshop can help guide you through it. Please register by calling HPL (231) 722-8011, or by visiting…

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When Mark Twain Came To Michigan: Multi-media presentation with Al and David Eicher

November 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Hackley public Library for a compelling presentation in honor of Mark Twain’s birthday!  Al and Dave Eicher will give a multi-media lecture focusing on the period of time Samuel Clemens took the name Mark Twain, and came to Michigan.  After several years and research, Al and David have collected 150 (or more) old photographs of this time, plus a diary of his travels in Michigan.  You will see the good years of Mark…

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December 2018

Holiday Piano Concert with Peter Bergin

December 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library to enjoy beautiful music and celebrate the holidays with a sing-along piano concert performed by Michigan ragtime artist, Peter Bergin!  This fun and lively concert will delight people of all ages and is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  

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Christmas Movie and Craft

December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 8 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Christmas Movie and Craft! Join them for a holiday classic that will grow your heart 3 sizes while enjoying treats and a craft.  For more information call 231-722-8000.

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Reindeer at Hackley Public Library

December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 15 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to meet some real, live reindeer!  Did you know that reindeer are excellent swimmers and great runners?  Does that make them superb flyers, too?  Learn the answers to these questions and other great reindeer facts when you come to meet their friendly reindeer.  Make sure to dress warmly!  For more information call  (231) 722-8000.

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Color Me Calm

December 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Do you need a little down time?  Coloring can be so relaxing, even for adults.  Monday, December 17 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, enjoy an evening at Hackley Public Library coloring and conversing with this free Adult Coloring Program.  Materials and snacks will be provided!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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January 2019

DIY Sock Snowman

January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.…

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Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up. Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will…

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Music at the Library: The Whiskey Charmers

January 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you enjoy music that sounds reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  That’s just one of the ways fans describe The Whiskey Charmers, an alternative-country band with a captivating sound.  Embrace a unique style of music from this award-winning duo, when you visit the Hackley Public Library Saturday, January 12 for a compelling, free performance from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  

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Book Discussion: Invisible Man

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to discuss one of the definitive novels of the African-American experience.  “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, which addresses powerful issues of society, won the National Book Award for fiction and was on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Partnering with the “SONS: Seeing the African American Male” exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art (which runs until March 10, 2019), they hope to encourage an open dialogue in the community.  This…

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Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up. Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will…

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Christ Temple Inspirational Gospel Choir & Poetry by Gemini daPoet

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library for an inspired night of music with the Christ Temple Inspirational Gospel Choir. Directed by Doll Cook, this event will kick off Black History Month with a rousing performance that will get every heart singing!  This event will also showcase poetry that makes history.  This program is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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February 2019

5th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 2 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the 5th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest hosted by Mickey Wallace!  Embrace a challenge, and grab your friends (up to 4 per team) to test your knowledge of Black History against other teams in trivia!  Prizes will be available for the winning team!  Not interested in participating in the contest?  That’s okay, just come and watch or cheer on friends and family.  This is a program…

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Hackley Crafts: Mud Cloth Design Planters

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you impressed by beautiful art techniques?  Monday, February 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Nancy Hartman at Hackley Public Library as she teaches you how to create your own mud cloth inspired planter during this month’s Hackley Crafts!  Registration is required and will open one month before the class date.  Register at www.hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  Materials are provided at this free program.

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Black History Month: Open Mic Poetry Night

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, celebrate Black History Month at Hackley Public Library with an Open Mic Poetry Night!  Share your favorite poem, poetry you have written, or your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poetry.  Clayton Hardiman will lead an evening of quiet inspiration and challenging ideas for adults and teens.  For those that prefer to be just listeners, that’s great too!  Join them for this evening of creative thought that’s appropriate for all ages.  This program is free to…

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Black History Month 2019: Sweet Soul Food Dessert Competition

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life is better with a little sweet soul food!  Saturday, February 9 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, embrace Hackley Public Library’s Black History Month Dessert Contest!  Adults and children can enter for a chance to win extraordinary prizes.  If you have a prize-worthy recipe, sign up for this fun competition and see if your dessert will be crowned the winner.  If you would like to enjoy some of these tasty treats, mark your calendar for February 9 and come to watch the competition…

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Black History Month 2019: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, February 11 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library for the valuable program, “The Legacy of the Negro Leagues!”  Dan D’Addona gives a conversational style talk on the history of the Negro Leagues.  He’ll showcase the impact these leagues had on baseball and American culture, from its inception through major league integration.  D’Addona is the Sports Editor for the Holland Sentinel, and also serves on the Society for American Baseball Research Negro Leagues Research Committee.  This program is recommended…

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Black History Month 2019: Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  At this program, the library will be making an exciting announcement about a new…

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Black History Month 2019: Curtis Taylor Jazz Music

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 16 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor for an engaging jazz performance lecture!  Listen to this talented musician’s unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul.  This program is recommended for many ages, and is free to the public.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

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Black History Month 2019: The Diatribe

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SAturday, February 23 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for The Diatribe!  The Diatribe poetry group strives to use performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members of the community.  Experience this sensational program as you watch and listen to their inspiring performance poetry!  This program is free to the public and is recommended for many ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org.  Brought to you through…

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Black History Month 2019: Women’s Black Hair Care Clinic

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, February 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to learn the secrets to having beautiful black hair, as well as get tips on how to care for your own or a young person’s hair.  Unity Hair Salon’s Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones will be on hand to lend their expertise, demonstrate hair care, and answer all your hair care questions!  This program is free to the public, and is recommended for all ages.  For more information call…

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Black History Month 2019: “The Hate U Give” Book Discussion

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they celebrate Black History Month with a book discussion on “The Hate U Give!”  You are invited to read this unforgettable, award-winning book and then enjoy an inter-generational book discussion.  Led by Mickey Wallace and HPL librarians, this discussion welcomes all to share their thoughts.  The library will have extra copies of the book available for check out, though attendees are also welcome to bring their own copy. …

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March 2019

Black History Month: Inspirational Choir & Poetry by Gemini daPoet

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they close out Black History Month with a performance from the Christ Temple Inspiration Gospel Choir and a poetry reading by Gemini daPoet!   Doll Cook directs this rousing performance that will get every heart singing.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

March 11 @ 6:00 pm

Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a fabulous free performance by the Ardan Academy of Dance, a staple in Irish dance instruction which boasts several national and world qualifying dancers. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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True Crime in Michigan: Historic Presentation with Tobin T. Buhk

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the program “True Crime in Michigan!”  Are you fascinated with true crime stories?  You’ll hear details about the most notable crimes in our Great Lakes state!  Tobin T. Buhk, author of “Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids,” will give a historic presentation on true crime in Michigan.  Mark your calendar for this riveting, free program, and get ready for an evening of intrigue and insight!  For more information call 231-722-8000.…

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Music at the Library: Uneven Ground

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Uneven Ground!  This vibrant, four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals and instrumentals, giving their audience a unique yet traditional sound to delight in.  This program is free and is brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, March 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  At this program, the library will be making an exciting announcement about a new…

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Henna Tattoo Workshop

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a Henna Tattoo Workshop!  This is an informational and hands-on workshop that will provide instruction on the use and history of Henna.  Each person will receive a small Henna cone to work with!  Registration is required by calling 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar to register.  Registration opens 1 month before the class date.  This workshop is free and recommended for ages 16 and up.    

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April 2019

Seeing Your Environment Through Drawing

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SAturday, April 6 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the class “Seeing Your Environment Through Drawing!”  Are you ready for an enriching and artistic experience?  This class invites participants to use sketching as a tool to help shape their perception of the world, enhance self-awareness and guide themselves to more positive experiences.  Join Corinne Roberts for this excellent practice in art therapy.  This event is free to public and all materials are provided.  No prior drawing experience or…

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Seeing Your Environment Through Drawing

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 6 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the class “Seeing Your Environment Through Drawing!” Are you ready for an enriching and artistic experience? This class invites participants to use sketching as a tool to help shape their perception of the world, enhance self-awareness and guide themselves to more positive experiences. Join Corinne Roberts for this excellent practice in art therapy. This event is free to public and all materials are provided. No prior drawing…

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Cheerio Bird Feeders

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 6 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, bring the kids to Hackley Public Library to make Cheerio Bird Feeders! Keep your feathered friends happy with this easy to assemble bird feeder.  Just take a few pipe cleaners, Cheerios, and some string to hang up your masterpiece outdoors.  This program is free and recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-822-8000.

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Friends of Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale

April 10 - April 14

The 2019 Friends of Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale is on April 11 – 14!  There are thousands of books of all genres to choose from in both hardbound and paperback editions as well as, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books!  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors’ items may have special pricing as marked. You won’t want to miss this fantastic sale where you’ll find so…

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The Music of New Orleans with the Boogie Woogie Kid

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the music of New Orleans with the Boogie Woogie Kid!  Matthew Ball, a.k.a. The Boogie Woogie Kid, is a pianist, singer and songwriter with a talent that takes the stage!  His family-friendly performance of New Orleans Boogie-Blues-Swing and Song favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s will captivate and entertain an audience of all ages.  His YouTube videos have over 4 million views!  With piano and song hits like Ain’t…

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May 2019

Hackley Crafts: Hoop Wreath

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the crafting workshop, “Hoop Wreaths!”  This is a fun and simple way to add flowers to your home!  All supplies will be provided.  Registration is required and will open one month before class.  To register call 231-722-8011, visit the HPL reference desk or visit their online calendar at hackleylibrary.org.  This event is free to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up.  

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Mariachi Music with Gabriel Estrada III

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with classic Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III!  This talented musician will emphasize the beauty of Mariachi, a music tradition which expresses many cultural influences.  As you enjoy this festive music, Gabriel will also showcase a bit of Mariachi history.  Begin your month of May with stunning music, and mark your calendar for Mariachi!  This event is free to the public and great for all ages! …

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The SuperB Woman: Mother’s Day Tea and Author Event with Janet Neal

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program “The SuperB Woman!”  Janet Neal gives hope to women who are trying to do it all with this entertaining tale of a burned-out Superwoman.  Celebrate at Hackley Library’s Mother’s Day Tea, accompanied by an author talk and book signing!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Readers in Space: Magician Brad Lancaster

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 18 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the program, “Readers in Space!”  Explore a universe of stories through magic, puppets, books, and engaging storytelling with Magician Brad Lancaster!  This family-friendly show includes audience participation and lots of laughs for everyone.  This program is for all ages, and is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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June 2019

Hackley Crafts: Astrology Bubble Necklace

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, June 3 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to design a necklace featuring your astrological sign!  This program is free, and all supplies will be provided.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-8011 or visiting www.hackleylibrary.org.  Registration opens one month before the class date.  This program is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, it’s Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library!  It’s your night to be a star!  All types of performances are welcome; poetry reading, music and comedy.  Share the talents you love!  If you are interested in showcasing your art, please register at www.hackleylibrary.org or call the HPL reference desk at 231-722-8011 (registration will open 1 month before program date).  Walk-ins are also welcome.  If you’re not interested in the spotlight that’s okay, just come and…

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After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June and will begin at 5:00pm. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

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2019 Miss Michigan Pageant Meet & Greet

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Every year, the Miss Michigan Competition and Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen Pageant takes place in downtown Muskegon! Monday, June 10 from 10:00am – 11:30am, don’t miss your chance to ‘Meet & Greet’ these lovely contestants at the Hackley Public Library.  Kids are invited to decorate a make & take crown of their own at this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Astronomy 101: Enjoy the Night Sky

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 11 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program, “Astronomy 101:  Learn to enjoy the night sky with little or no equipment!!  Learn about the starry sky when Michael Galvin of the Muskegon Astronomical Society gives a presentation on how to enjoy the night sky with little or no equipment.  Learn about how to use a star chart, spot satellites, and interesting things to look at this month.  All ages are welcome.  For more information…

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Fly Me to the Moon: Kalamazoo Air Zoo Visits Hackley Public Library

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon mission with the Kalamazoo Air Zoo at Hackley Public Library!  Investigate how gravity keeps the moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity to get to the Moon. Experience the creation of moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on the varied surface of the Moon. Learn about current and future missions to other moons and planets in our…

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Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to meet author, Pamela Cameron!  Sit back and enjoy listening to Pamela read her picture book, “Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes!”  Based on true events, the book follows the story of Sport, a puppy rescued by the crew of the Hyacinth. He became an instant crew-member and takes readers on a journey through America’s inland seas. Copies of the book will be available for $15 and a book…

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After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library

June 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June and will begin at 5:00pm. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

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“The Future + The Features” All Ages Poetry Show

June 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

“The Future + The Features” is an all ages poetry show that will take place at Hackley Public Library. The Diatribe Inc. has been working in Muskegon the last two years, and this year they are taking students off of their campus and into their community! Students from their Orchard View High School program will be showcasing work they are proud of alongside some of the brightest spoken word all-stars in Muskegon. This event is ALL AGES friendly, and also…

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HPL Sound of Summer Series: The Whiskey Charmers

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 22 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for The Whiskey Charmers as part of the Sound of Summer Series!  Do you enjoy music that reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  This award-winning duo is back with their unique style of alt-country music.  This event is free to the public and all ages welcome!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library

June 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June and will begin at 5:00pm. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

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July 2019

Smartphone Photography Workshop

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 13 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Smartphone Photography Workshop!  Learn how you can take better photos with the smartphone you own!  Pro photographer, Jeff Smith, will show you strategies for improving your photos, as well as how to make simple edits using the SnapSeed app. There will be time to practice and ask questions. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling HPL at 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date.…

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Mary’s Country Critters at Hackley Library

July 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, the petting zoo is coming to the Hackley Public Library! Pet a pig, cluck at a chicken, and greet a goat. You’ll meet these animals and lots more as you learn about the important role farms and farm animals play here in Michigan. This event is free to the public and all ages welcome!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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How To Draw Your Dragon

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Don’t worry! These dragons won’t bite. Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as professional illustrator Corinne Roberts conducts a free workshop for children with all the best tips and tricks on how to draw dragons! This class works best for ages 5 and up.  Parents are strongly recommended to accompany younger children.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Glow Zumba at Hackley Public Library

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, July 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Glow Zumba!  This class turns fitness into a party with glow sticks! Join them for an aerobic dance workout with Latin and international flavored music, led by Paula Sieffert from Lakeshore Fitness Center. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date. This program is free to the public, and all ages are welcome!

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HPL Sound of Summer Series: Ultimate Taste Band

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 30 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the historic Hackley Public Library for the HPL Sound of Summer Series featuring the Ultimate Taste Band!  This Muskegon band strives to continue the Motown legacy in Michigan. Encompassing a variety of music from the 70s & 80s, funk, classic rock, pop, and R&B, the Ultimate Taste Band will get you moving and wanting more! This music performance is free to the public, and recommended for all ages.  For more information…

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August 2019

Kids Flea Market at Hackley Public Library

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Thursday, August 1 from 10:00am – 11:30am, come to the lawn of Hackley Public Library in downtown Muskegon for the Kids’ Flea Market!  Come sell-a-brate the beginning of August by selling toys, crafts, snacks, and more. Registration is required for those interested in selling items by calling 231-722-8014.  Nothing to sell? Come shop instead! Everything is 50 cents or less. The event will move to Friday, August 2 in the event of rain. This event is free to the public and…

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Out Of This World Watercolors with Lori McElrath-Eslick

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 3 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley PUblic Library for “Out of This World Watercolors!”  Muskegon artist, Lori McElrath-Eslick, will lead a class for adults in how to paint using watercolors. Come ready to have fun with painting, and take home a space themed painting of your own creation!  Please register by visiting hackleylibrary.org or by calling 231-722-8011. All supplies are provided. This event is free to the public!

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Author Event: “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls”

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday, August 10 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library as author Terrence Shulman discusses his book, “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder.”  Are you curious about what hoarding is? Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding, will respectfully engage in an insightful presentation about hoarding disorder. He will discuss what hoarding is and isn’t, what causes it, and how best to address and treat it. This program is…

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HPL Sound of Summer Series: JMM Jazz

August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27 at 6:00pm, step back in time at Hackley Public Library as you enjoy vintage era music performed by phenomenal local band JMM Jazz!  This trio will cover many classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.   This performance is free to the public and great for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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September 2019

Exploding Paint

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they partner with the Muskegon Museum of Art to create unique masterpieces during the Exploding Paint program!  Kids ages 2 – 17 will combine a seltzer tablet with water and paint and to create a bright work of art.  This program will take place outside on the lawn between the library and the art museum.  Smocks and supplies will be provided to participants during this free event!  For…

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Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society 25th Anniversary: Victorian Dress and Customs

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society hosts Wendy Batchelder in celebration of the society’s 25th Anniversary!  Wendy, who hand makes her Victorian outfits, will give an interactive presentation on what it was like to dress and live as a Victorian woman.  Don’t miss this fashionably fun event!  Refreshments will be available during this FREE program which is recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library

September 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ tour on Thursday, September 19!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, then the guided tour will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are FREE, open to the public, and recommended for all ages. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

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HPL Fall Music Series: Ragtime with Peter Bergin

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, delight in great music during HPL’s Fall Music Series!  Peter Bergin is back at Hackley Library to share the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. This Michigan-based performer has entertained for over two decades, sharing his talents for all to enjoy. Come listen to this interactive and insightful concert. Free to the public and great for all ages!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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October 2019

HPL Fall Music Series: Serita’s Black Rose

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for their Fall Music Series featuring Serita’s Black Rose!  Serita Crowley, from the Grand Rapids band Serita’s Black Rose, is a self-professed “Funkateer.”  Her mix of funk, rock, blues, neo-soul, and Americana creates “feel good music” that everyone can enjoy.  This performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Sherlock Holmes Escape Room

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - October 12 @ 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 10 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room…

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After Hours Tours at HPL

October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 17 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are free and open to the public. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

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Spook-tacular Watercolors at HPL

October 19 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm, children’s book illustrator Lori McElrath-Eslick is back at Hackley Library!  She’ll help you learn how to paint with watercolors and create a spooky design just in time for Halloween.  Adult supervision is required for younger participants. This free event is for kids 5 and up.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Open Mic Night at HPL

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 22 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Open Mic Night!  It’s your night to be a star!  All types of performances are welcome, such as poetry reading, music or comedy.  If you are interested in showcasing your art, please register at hackleylibrary.org or by calling 231-722-8011.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Not interested in the spotlight? Come just to listen.  Winners from Write for Fright contest will be awarded during this free event.  For more…

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Mini Pumpkin Painting

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 26 from 2:0pm – 4:00pm, join Hackley Public Library for a relaxing and fun afternoon painting a mini-pumpkin to take home for decoration this season!  All supplies will be provided, however, participants are welcome to bring their own pumpkins and paints if they desire.  All ages are welcome for this FREE program.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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Paranormal Muskegon

October 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Paranormal Muskegon! With Halloween around the corner, come hear some spooky stories about investigations in your own backyard!  Kent County Paranormal will discuss what being a paranormal investigator means, as well as present findings from some of their Muskegon investigations.  This event is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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November 2019

Hackley Crafts: Book Folding

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, November 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Hackley Crafts featuring Book Folding!  The art of book folding isn’t as tricky as it looks.  In this basic book folding class, with the book and pattern included, you’ll be on your way to creating your own fun masterpiece.  To register for this free event, call HPL at 231-722-8011 or visit hackleylibrary.org.

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Once Upon a Princess

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 9 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, the Snow Queen is coming to Hackley Public Library and you are cordially invited to meet her!  Born with magical powers, the Snow Queen comes from a land far away where ice, snow, and sun are plentiful.  She loves to share stories and crafts with any that come to meet her. This is a ticketed event and will incorporate a meet-and-greet as well as pictures with the Snow Queen. Tickets are free and…

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Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur with Genot Picor

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 16 at 1:00pm, bring the family to Hackley Public Library for “Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur” with Genot Picor!  Learn about frontier history with an interactive performance from professional storyteller Ginot “Winter Elk” Picor.  Follow the tale of an orphan from St. Denis, France who is recruited to work in the fur trade as an indentured servant and then departs on his adventure to the land of “Mitchigaamii.”  This program is free to the public and…

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After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library

November 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 21 from 4:30pm – 6:oopm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  These 1 hour tours are free, open to the public and recommended for all ages.  Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

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Music at the Library: Legal Rehab

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Legal Rehab!   This is amplified acoustic classic rock, folk and Irish from the 60’s to present.  This band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience, ensuring an exciting and enjoyable night of music.  This music performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga on Violin/Fiddle, Roy Portenga on Guitar and vocals, and Scott White…

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December 2019

Black History Month Calendar Contest

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participate in Hackley Public Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements.  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up an entry form at Hackley Library.  All submissions are due by Friday, January 10.  They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February…

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Black History Month Calendar Contest

December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley…

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Soldering at Hackley Library

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to create a flickering flame with this basic soldering project!  All skill levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome.  Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult to this free event.  Call to register for your two-hour time slot at 231-722-8014.

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Bingo at Hackley Library

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library to play Bingo, meet new people, and snag some awesome prizes!  Snacks will be included as well as amusing commentary from your friendly librarians Lydia and Analiese.  This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  for more information call (231) 722-8000.  

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