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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.

eBooks and Audiobooks

BridgesCheck out and download ebooks and audiobooks for free with Bridges - Iowa's eLibrary! There are over 4,500 ebooks and 3,500 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


Magic Show

Hawkins Memorial Library is hosting a Magic Show on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 PM. Comedy Magician Rick Eugene uses the audience throughout the show providing comical entertainment and magic together.  Whether you’re a child or an adult you had better watch close, because 1, 2, 3 and it’s gone.

Ronald McDonald

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Ronald McDonald is visiting on Friday, June 24 at 2:00 PM. Ronald McDonald, clown mascot for the McDonald’s fast food chain, visits the library to share his magic, silliness, juggling, music, promote reading, and have fun and laughter with all who attend. Children of all ages and their families are invited.

Waterloo BucksA Waterloo Bucks Baseball Meet and Greet will be on Monday, June 27, from 11 AM to 12 PMat the library.  Here is your chance to meet several of the players who will read baseball stories, share what being a ball player is like, answer your questions, give autographs. provide photo opportunities, and maybe even toss a few balls. Baseball fans of all ages will want to be here to meet some of the boys! 

Waterloo Bucks Meet and Greet

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 HandcraftersHawkins 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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