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!

Reopening Details

WE ARE BACK (sort of)!

We will be welcoming the public back into the library on Monday, July 13 for BROWSING and/or PICKUP ONLY. Browsing will be limited to 30 MINUTES ONCE A DAY.

Temporary hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The number of patrons will be limited to 10 at a time in the Adult section and 5 in the Children’s and Young Adults area.

  • All patrons must wear a face mask.
  • Public computers, seating and bathrooms will not yet be available.
  • Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We are returning to regular hold-filling. Patrons may place holds at
  • Curbside Delivery will continue to be available at the downstairs entrance to the library. Curbside Delivery hours remain Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Monday – Thursday: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please call ahead if you would like utilize this service to pickup your items. Arrangements can be made for delivery to the trunk of your car if you are unable to get to the downstairs entrance.

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 soon!

Nora’s Children’s Programs on Zoom

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

Telling Tales on 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.

Write Now!

Greetings Writers,

I am offering a Zoom free-writing group for the Hastings Public Library. Please update your Zoom to 5.0.

Free-writing or writing practice is a way of exploring and discovering our writing minds in a non-judgemental way so we can free the writer within. Writing Practice can potentially generate the “Bones” of formal writing of any genre.

We will write to prompts that I will generate and read while in our class.

We will meet for six Thursdays, June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

We will meet 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Please read “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg.

Please call the library at 914 478 3307 to reserve a spot.

Class will be limited to 14 writers, ages 18 or older.

There will be a waiting list.


Regina Kelly, Reference Librarian and Notary Public

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!

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. 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.