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Young readers will explore fitness and fun this summer as Hawkins Memorial Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” during the summer library program. Programs will include Mad Science with the Grout Museum, Make a Bullseye with Double Lung Archery, the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum Butterfly Garden, and H.E.R.O.s with Jester Puppets.


The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade, with programs, prizes, stories, crafts and more. Registration for “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” is open now. Once registered, participants can begin filling out their reading log and are able to choose a prize for every two hours spent reading – all summer long! For more information stop in the library, call 319-342-3025, visit our website at, or check our events on Facebook. All programs are free of charge.

Grout Museum

Tuesday, July 12, 6 PM

Summer Reading with the Grout Museum and the Mad Mixture Program. This is the best of Super Cold, Combustion, Snakes Alive! and Kitchen Science. Plus Alks-Seltzer Rockets.


Tuesday, July 19, 6 PM

Join us at Double Lung Archery to learn about equipment, safety, and to experience shooting a bow and arrows.


Tuesday, July 26, 6 PM

Learn about and identify butterflies, create a craft and play butterfly BINGO with the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum at their Rural Heritage Center.

Jester Puppets

Tuesday, Aug. 2,

6 PM

The H.E.R.O.s, with Jester Puppets, teach how to show respect and manage bullying situations - in person and online.

Summer Reading Program Craft Days

Come in from 1 to 5 PM on Fridays, July 15, 22, 29 and August 5.  Kids can get creative with a variety of make and take crafts that relate to sports and exercise. New crafts are added each week. Exercise your creativity as well as your mind this summer!

eBooks and Audiobooks

BridgesCheck out and download ebooks and audiobooks for free with Bridges - Iowa's eLibrary! There are thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available with new titles added all the time. Check out up to 3 titles at a time with your library card. Items are automatically returned when the checkout period has expired so there are never any overdue fines to worry about. Call or stop in the library if you have any questions.

LearningExpress Library

Learning Express 3LearningExpress Library is an interactive online platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of career and academic resources available to empower people for job preparation, career advancement, college readiness, academic success, and skills mastery in math, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. More than a database, LearningExpress Library helps entire communities jumpstart careers and education. Additional features of LearningExpress include Job & Career Accelerator, software tutorials, and introductory training courses on how to use a computer, search the internet and take advantage of social networking.

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ScienceOn Your Mark, Get Set for Science

Children are immersed in hands-on STEM activities and experiments that explore adventures in science. Programs are provided by Black Hawk County Extension or Waste Trac.

Programs on Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8 & 15. Times: Grades Preschool-2: 1-2 PM; Grades 3-5: 2:30-3:30 PM
Instructors: Black Hawk County Extension Staff or Waste Trac Staff
Designed for: Children preschool age through 5th grade

Preschool Story TimePreschool
Story Time

Join us on Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM during the school year. Children enjoy reading books, singing songs, playing games and creating crafts that follow a weekly theme.


our Lego building session encourages participants to build creative themed structures that we love to display for everyone to see. Check our events calendar for upcoming dates.



EBSCOhost Online Research Databases Offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research. Subject areas include: academic, biomedical, government, school, and more.

Book  Club

​Do you enjoy reading a wide variety of books and discussing them with others? Our Book Club is the fourth Monday each month at 1 PM. Stop in the library to pick of a copy of the current book selection.

Book Club

Color and Connect

You are invited to our monthly coloring program for adults. Reduce stress, be creative and make friends. Check our upcoming events calendar for the next scheduled date.

Color and Connect

Hawkins Handcrafters

meet twice monthly from 1:00 to 3:00 PM the second and fourth Thursdays each month. Bring any handwork or hobby you are working on and join other crafty people to chat and be creative.

Monday morning is perfect for coffee at the library with your pals. Join us at 8 AM. And no charge for the coffee.

Monday Coffee

Family Friendly Movies

Did you know that we show movies at the library? Popular flicks are played every Wednesday afternoon during the summer and on early out days throughout the school year. And we serve fresh popcorn. Check our upcoming events calendar for dates.


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