Reopening Details

WE ARE BACK (sort of)!

The library is now open for BROWSING, PICKUP and DECK reservations (starting Monday, August 10 and weather permitting.) Browsing will be limited to 30 MINUTES ONCE A DAY, 10 patrons at a time in the Adult section and 5 in the Children’s and Young Adults area. The deck area will be limited to 6 patrons. Deck reservations can be made once a day and up to twice a week.

Temporary hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Reservations for the deck may be made as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 11:30, 11:30 – 1:00, 3:00 – 4:30, 4:30 – 6:00

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 – 11:30, 11:30 – 1:00

  • All patrons must wear a face mask.
  • Public computers, seating and bathrooms are not yet available.
  • Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Curbside pickup is available at the main entrance of the library. Once your items become available, simply come to the library and call (914) 478-3307 to let us know you are outside. A staff member will be out shortly with your items. Arrangements can be made for delivery to the trunk of your car if you are unable to come to the entrance.
  • All returns must be placed in the outdoor bookdrops in order to be quarantined.

These hours and restrictions will apply until further notice.

Questions? Please call us at (914) 478-3307 or email at

The entire staff looks forward to seeing you!

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is ongoing and will determine the amount of federal funding to local communities for many important public services, including libraries. The Hastings Public Library encourages all our library patrons, friends and neighbors to fill out the 2020 Census! Click here to complete your Census online and make sure you get counted! To complete your Census over the phone, follow this link for a list of phone numbers by language.


Summer Reading Program

Welcome to the Hastings Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.  Although it’s different than other summers, the goal is the same:  READ some great books this summer!  Bonus coupons to local businesses will be awarded each week on Wednesdays and can be picked up at the library. Each week you will be entered into a raffle to be drawn on August 27th.  

Raffle prize is a SURPRISE!  

In order to participate, follow the link below to register/login for READsquared. READsquared is an online reading program that will enable you to track your reading and start earning coupons and raffle entries.

Register/login for the Hastings Public Library’s Summer Reading Program here!

Nora’s Children’s Programs on Zoom

Let’s Pretend: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM starting July 8 through August 19

Telling Tales: Wednesdays at 1:00 PM starting July 8 through August 19

Let’s Pretend is a creative toddler time. This 30 minute program is for ages 6 months-3 years and their families. The class features stories, songs, movement and lots of pretend. Great fun for everyone!

Telling Tales is part storytelling, part acting and all fun! This 30 minute program is for ages 4-8 years and their families. The class will bring the magic and wonder of stories and songs to life.

To request a Zoom invitation, please email us at

Acorn TV

Acorn TV brings world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond to library patrons through a streaming video service to any Web-connected device.

To get started, register at RBdigital and select the “Acorn TV British TV & Film” box under “Entertainment.” Browse shows available, click on a show to learn more, and use the checkout button on any show page to get full access to all of Acorn TV’s selections. After you select “Checkout,” RBdigital will give you unlimited access to all of Acorn TV for 7 days. When prompted, create an Acorn TV account and start streaming. Remember to keep your login information for both RBdigital and Acorn TV. When your access expires, you may return to RBdigital to check out another 7-day pass.

You may also download the RBdigital and Acorn TV apps for streaming on mobile or other devices. See the link below for all compatible devices.

Click the button below to start streaming Acorn TV!

Available to Hastings Public Library cardholders only.

List of Acorn TV Compatible Devices

Friends of the Library Short Story Virtual Book Group

The collection “Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury” includes works by Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, and Margaret Atwood, all paying tribute to one of the greatest science-fi writers of all time.
Sharon DeLevie, VP of the Friends of the Library, will lead an hour-long conversation about one story every other Tuesday at 11 AM, starting June 9. There will be 10 sessions, which will be limited to 10 participants. To join, email Sharon will provide the Zoom link and pages.

Local Author Virtual Read-Alouds

6/8/20 Alyssa Capucilli

5/25/20 Veera Hiranandani

Hastings’ author and resident, Veera Hiranandani, is the author of the 2019 Newbery Award Honor Book, The Night Diary, as well as many other Children’s and Young Adult fiction. The writing of The Night Diary was inspired by experiences that Ms. Hiranandani’s father had during the Partition of India in 1947. It is a beautifully crafted work of historical fiction with endearing characters and some heart-wrenching accounts of life at that time. We hope you enjoy Ms. Hiranandani’s video.

5/11/20 Roni Schotter

Hastings own, Roni Schotter, author of more than 30 children’s books, has graciously agreed to read aloud two of her beloved picture books. Many will recognize Ms. Schotter from her numerous visits to Hillside Elementary School as a guest reader. So, sit back and enjoy The Boy Who Loved Words and Mama, I’ll Give You the World

5/4/20 MacKenzie Cadenhead

Our first reading is by the author of the super exciting, nail-biting adventures of Marvel Super Hero Adventures, MacKenzie Cadenhead. And, an extra bonus is a link below to learn how to draw a Spiderman head.

So, sit back, relax and click to enjoy Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Mighty Marvels! read by the author.

Click here to learn how to draw a Spiderman head!