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santaSanta Claus is Coming!

Meet Santa Claus in front of the library on Saturday, Dec 1, at 11:30 AM when he arrives on a fire truck, courtesy of La Porte City Fire and Rescue. Visit with Santa from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, order keepsake pictures taken by Photographic Images by Georgia, and purchase the book Geoffrey’s Christmas Wish from author Ruth Anne Schneck. And don’t miss making Christmas crafts between 9 AM and 1 PM. The library has all the supplies for a great morning.


DigitizationGuernsey Grant Received

Thanks to a generous grant from The Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation we are now $6000 closer to reaching our goal of $10,700 to complete the microfilming and digitization of The Progress Review. This grant allows us to add an additional 67 years of searchable local history to The Progress Review digitized newspaper website. We will keep you posted as this content becomes available to view on the website. If you are interested in making a contribution toward completing this project, please contact the library.

The Progress Review Digitized​Newspaper Digitization is Under Way...

The website to view digitized copies of The Progress Review is up and running with dates available from January 2008 through December 2017. You can search using key words or by date. Other issues of the newspaper will be added to this site as funding is received. Click on The Progress Review link to try it out!

Hawkins Memorial Library and The Progress Review have undertaken a local history project that includes converting back issues of The Progress Review, housed in the library on microfilm that date back to the 1870s, to digital content that can be searched online by anyone with an internet connection.

The process of converting nearly 150 years of newspapers to digital format is a costly one. Each reel of microfilm, approximately 18 months of La Porte City history, costs $125 to digitize. Total cost of the project, which includes the creation of this searchable website to house all of The Progress Review’s archives and an up-to-date microfilm collection at the library, is estimated to cost around $10,000. For additional information about the project, or to make a donation, contact Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel at 342-3025.

Aureon Grant For PuppetsAureon Grant Brings Puppets to Hawkins Memorial Library

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. The funds have been used to purchase a plethora of puppets, which will enhance library programs for young people. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect who sponsored the grant application. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, the Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowan communities. “Aureon believes in rewarding organizations like Hawkins Memorial Library for their passion and dedication to advancing their neighborhoods. Their grant proposals reflect enthusiasm for serving their community,” said Justyn M Miller, President, Aureon Technology. “Aureon looks forward to aiding future community-improvement projects and extends our best wishes to your community.”


eBooks and Audiobooks

BridgesCheck out and download ebooks, audiobooks, and videos for free with Bridges - Iowa's eLibrary! There are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and videos 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

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LearningExpress 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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Preschool 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.


LEGORAMA!

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.

​Do you enjoy reading a wide variety of books and discussing them with others? Our Book Club meets monthly at 1 PM. Stop in the library to pick up a copy of the current book selection and find out the next Book Club discussion date.

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.

Hawkins Handcrafters

This group meets 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 Wednesday afternoons during the summer and on no school days throughout the school year. And we serve fresh popcorn. Check our upcoming events calendar for dates.

Online Resources

Transparent Language

Foreign Language Learning

A fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combining extensive courses and supplemental resources for over 100 languages, including English, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system.

 Credo

Reference & Research 

Patrons have access to a “Complete Core” collection of over 1,000 full-text reference titles, as well as thousands of images and videos. Get started with credible, authoritative information for homework, school projects, job search preparation, and other reference needs.

Gale Databases

Research Databases

Support your educational and career needs, personal interests, and research skills. We now provide 24/7 access to a suite of Gale resources containing everything from periodicals to readers’ advisory and car repair guides. You have access to thousands of research topics and magazine articles.

Gale Power Search

Quick Search Resource

 

Gale Kids Infobits

Young Learner Education

Appropriate K-5 content is presented in a pleasing visual interface.

Chilton

Automotive Manuals

These comprehensive automotive manuals have complete and detailed repair information on thousands of car, truck, van and SUV by year, make and model combinations.

Gale Books & Authors

Discover Titles

What should you read next? This fabulous tool will help you pick the perfect book whether you like fantasy, romance, non-fiction, graphic novels or anything else!  Books and Authors also lets you look at lists of great books chosen by librarians and experts in their fields.  And the Read-A-Like Wizard will give you a list of titles that are similar to the last good book you read. You can create reading lists for yourself, join online book clubs, and write your own book reviews too!

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.