Seed Library

The idea is simple. Growers get up to 5 packets of seeds from the seed catalog located in the library and record what they are taking with them, as well as basic contact information for later in the season. Then they grow their plants during the season. At the end of the growing season, the grower harvests as usual but also saves some of the seeds for next season. The grower then returns a portion (typically 2-3 times the starting amount) to the seed library to continue the cycle.

The seed library works on an honor system. We hope each and every participant is able to return seeds, but there is no fine if you are unable to return seeds. We are happy to take monetary donations to assist with purchasing additional packets of seeds.


Museum Pass Program

1) Call or visit the Hastings Library with your library card number to reserve your date in advance. You must be over 18 to reserve.

2) Pick up your museum pass at the Hastings Library on your reserved date.

3) Return the museum pass, in person, 3 days later to the Hastings Public Library during regular hours.

ChildrensFor more than thirty years Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

GuggenheimAn internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Hudson RiverThe Hudson River Museum strives to be a center of discovery and discussion by offering an array of fresh, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Programs for the public are developed to pique visitor curiosity and encourage conversations about the role that art, history, astronomy, and ecology play in our lives. Programs include lectures, performances, tours, hands-on workshops, and regular community festivals that celebrate the creation and exchange of ideas.

IntrepidNew York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde. Intrepid’s newest exhibit, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, has been engineered to express the shuttle program’s stories of human triumph and technological feats. Dare to dream as you become immersed in this up close experience with Space Shuttle Enterprise.

MCNYThe Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.


The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

mansion-imageThe Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. They seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience.

paley-center-pic-2The Paley Center for Media, previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. The Paley Center, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. It has an international collection of over 160,000 programs from over 70 countries, covering almost 100 years of television and radio history. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.


Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.



Bookplate Project

Dedicate any book of your own choosing by donating $10 for a bookplate (three bookplates for $25) that will be permanently affixed to the inside cover of any book in the Hastings Public Library’s entire collection!

Book Shop Information

The library’s book shop has a donation-based selection of lightly used books for sale. We offer a wide range of genres for adults and children.

Hardcover books are priced at $2 and paperbacks are $1, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

Library Board Letter March 2017

March 30, 2017

Dear Library Community,

If you thought you were the last person left alive on earth, where would you go to live?

Well, as the protagonist of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” actor Peter Dinklage is choosing the Hastings Public Library, which is why there will be some disruption to our services as scenes for the movie are shot within and outside the library.

Filming here will take place on April 3, 9, 10, 11 and 23. The library will remain open on each of those days except Sunday, April 9. You will still be able to check out and return materials and, between shooting, browse the stacks. There will be intermittent impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Maple Avenue.

Most of the interior shooting will be between the stacks in front of you as you enter the library, and in the lounge area overlooking the river. We will create a space in the downstairs Orr Room for patrons who usually work in these areas. We will also be moving some of the Internet-access computers on the desks near the north wall to this area. Our wireless coverage will be beefed up. Coffee and pastries will be available to ease the pain.

Also, children and their caretakers will be welcome in the identical space downstairs, where we will provide a selection of books, when shooting involves the Children’s Reading Room. The three Quiet Reading Rooms will not be available for use on April 3, 9, 10, 11 and 23.

The fee we are receiving for use of our facilities will replenish our endowment fund, which we dipped into when costs for expanding the Orr Room and building the deck in 2014 exceeded the Friends’ Above & Beyond fundraising efforts. (Thank you all again for your generosity; we were able to make all of those enhancements — including a new, efficient HVAC system downstairs — without spending a dime of Village money).

Spoiler alert: the film also stars Elle Fanning and will feature an appearance by Paul Giamatti, so maybe Dinklage isn’t quite as solitary as the title suggests. But that’s all I know, except that the crew is very personable and eager to be as accommodating as possible. Having been through this before, we’ve promised the same.

The crew has solicited art from local students for use in the movie, and we are arranging for students from the film and TV classes in the high school to get an up-close look at the production. Director Reed Morano promises to return for a screening when the movie is released. Producer Fred Berger, who grew up in Mamaroneck, will tape an interview with Harvey Lerner on how he arrived in “La La Land.”(He was a producer for that movie, too.)

The Friends, incidentally, are honoring Harvey, who has run the library’s popular “Talking Pictures” program for more than a decade, at their annual fundraiser on June 4. Hope to see you there!

The Friends also recently funded technical upgrades, including headsets for patrons with hearing issues. Come check out your improved local bijou at Harvey’s next screening, or at the “Dewey Goes to the Pictures” program on May 21 featuring “5 Doctors,” a film by Hastings grads Max Azulay and Phil Primason and Matt Porter.

One other note: We’ll make up for the five hours we’re closed April 9 by extending our “summer” hours on two Fridays, June 2 and 9, to 5 p.m., to support students studying for their finals.

We regret any inconvenience to our patrons, but trust that the upcoming film shoot will prove to be an interesting diversion, good PR for our village, and a source of funds for more good things down the road.

Thom Forbes,                                             Joan Vaillancourt
President, Library Board                             Director
Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
Joanna Riesman
Lauren Casper
Diana Jaeger