Happy New Year at Hastings Public Library!

Welcome to 2014! We have our New Year's resolution made, do you?
Yes, even libraries sometimes make resolutions and this year we resolve to make sure you know what's happening at the library for YOU! We have many events and cultural programs happening every month and there's plenty to do no matter where your interests lie. Do you want to meet new people? Read an eBook? How about get in shape, write a resume or Skype with your grandparents? We have the resources and solutions for all of these endeavors and more! So take a look at our programs and events featured in this newsletter or visit us at or just give us a call at 402-461-2346 and tell us your resolution!
We look forward to seeing you at Hastings Public Library and helping you achieve your 2014 goals!
Created Equal January Events
Film Screenings
The Abolitionists

Monday, 1/27

Tuesday, 1/28

Saturday 2/1

Film Discussion
Dr. Bob Amyot
Sunday, 2/2

"Diversity: I Was a Stranger" by Sam & Ella Rathod
Thursday, 2/13
Save the Date

Pub Quiz
8:00 PM
@Hastings Keno

Morning Book Club
31 Hours
10 AM @HPL

Chili Cook-off
12-2 PM @HPL

Middle School Book Club
2-3 PM @HPL

Meet Google Glass
7:00 PM @HPL



2:00-3:30 PM @HPL



Late Night Book Club

Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff 

8:30 PM @HPL



Pub Quiz

8:00 PM @Murphy's 


Created Equal Comes to Hastings
The Hastings Public Library is excited to offer

"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," a series of film screenings, discussions and special speakers starting January 27th, 2014 and running through April 27, 2014.  


"Created Equal" is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.


The Hastings Public Library is one of two Nebraska institutions awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement.  The powerful documentaries, "The Abolitionists", "Slavery by Another Name", "The Loving Story", and "Freedom Riders", include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  


Each film will be followed by an open discussion led by Hastings College professors Dr. Robert Amyot and Dr. Michella Marino. Hastings Public Library will supplement the films and discussions with three programs presented by Nebraska Humanities speakers.  All the "Created Equal" programming is free and open to the public and will be held at the Hastings Public Library.


The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


For a complete schedule of programming in Hastings, please see or call the library at 402-461-2346.
Spice Up Your Library III
Saturday, January 18, Noon - 2pm

Get ready for the 3rd Annual HPL Chili Cook-off hosted by the HPL Teen Advisory Board!

Chili Contestants are asked to bring a slow cooker of chili for judging. Contestants will have a 60"x18" table for serving and showcasing their chili.

For contestants: $10 Entry Fee due by January 15th

For tasters: $5 Tasting tickets will be sold at the event
2013 Spiciest Chili Winner: Jake Rundle
Prizes awarded for: Best Overall Chili, Spiciest Chili and Best Decorations!
Contest is open to individuals and groups of all ages. Tasting supplies provided by HPL Teen Advisory Board.

All money raised goes to the Renew Hastings Public Library Building Campaign. 
Google Glass is Here!
Thursday, January 23, 7pm
Come play with the coolest technology that 2014 has to offer!
Try it on, take a picture, or video chat with your Mom in Albuquerque!
Librarian Extraordinaire Jake will give you a short tour of all the things Google Glass might do and then let you take a test drive.
Following the test drive, participants will have the opportunity to check out Google Glass for in-library use. 
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Call the library at 402-461-2346