What is a solar eclipse and what happens during the eclipse? These questions were answered when patrons experienced the solar eclipse with staff from the FFA Historical & Ag Museum and Hawkins Memorial Library on Monday, August 21. The Solar Eclipse Party began at 12 PM in the library with an informational presentation, followed by making solar viewers and watching the maximum eclipse in a safe manor. Participants brought cereal boxes to construct into viewers and solar eclipse viewing glasses were also available for use.
BUILD A BETTER WORLD 2017 SUMMER READING PROGRAM Young readers explored their world this summer as Hawkins Memorial Library presents “Build a Better World” during the summer library program. Special programs included: Blank Park Zoo Show and Tell; Trash to Treasures – Recycled Critter Homes; Big Builders with Big Stories – American Tall Tales and Folk Tales; and Tie-Dyed Family Fun with the FFA Historical & Ag Museum. The 2017 Summer Reading Program, Build A Better World, was open to young people, preschool through 5th grade, with programs, prizes, stories, crafts and more. Once registered, participants could begin filling out their reading log and were able to choose a prize for every two hours spent reading – all summer long!
A Summer Science program was provided by the Black Hawk County Extension Service on Monday afternoons throughout the summer. They were free, entertaining, hands-on learning labs with sessions from 1 to 2 PM for preschool-2nd grade, and 2:30 to 3:30 PM for grades 3rd -5th. We had a lot of kids give this a try!
Don't miss the Magic Show on Saturday, June 17, with comedy Magician Rick Eugene at 1 PM in the library. The show will take place rain or shine. Mark your calendars for this free Festival of Trails event at the library.
Rachel Ward is celebrating a new chapter in her life. Stop in the library from 3 to 6 PM on Thursday, March 30, and congratulate Rachel on her retirement from nearly 20 years of working at the library.
Iowa Author Linda Betsinger McCann will be speaking on her recently published book The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa on Tuesday, March 14, 6 PM at Hawkins Memorial Library. The CCC was a federal program to help young men find work in order to support their families, and also to replenish the natural resources. There were 15 CCC camps in northeast Iowa, and they worked on over 50 projects. Linda is a delightful storyteller who has widely researched the activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa. She will be available for questions, books sales and autographs, and is the author of more than 20 local history books. This event is free and open to the public.
On Monday and Tuesday, February 27 and 28, the library held two Mixed Medium Art classes. Attendees worked with paint, tissue paper, ModgePodge, and scrapbook supplies to create unique works of art that displayed lots of color, texture and flair.
Patrons recommended their favorite reads on our March Get Lucky with a Book display. It was a great way to share favorite books with other readers and a wonderful way to find new authors or a series.
In February…Blind Date with a Book! This is such a lovely event that the library is arranging dates again. Will it be love at first read? Stop in and choose your date!
Hawkins Memorial Library has three new mobile book display storage units, courtesy of Aureon Technology and LPC Connect. Making the grant award presentation to Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel are Kent Atha and Heidi Barz.
We are pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to the Hawkins Memorial Library in La Porte City. They received a grant for $500 to purchase three new DVD carts to be used in the children's area of the library.
Enjoy a show full of magic, humor and reading encouragement with Ronald McDonald, mascot of the McDonalds fast food chain. This is a great program for all ages.
Join us in celebrating National Library week! Check out a book, magazine, movie, audiobook, or use one of our other services while in the library and have a treat. And remember to sign up for a library card if you don't have one.
Enjoy a free Magic Show at 1 PM Saturday, June 18, at the library. Comedy Magician Rick Eugene provides comical entertainment and magic together that is fun for the whole family.
Hawkins Memorial Library received grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association to help with updates for the library.