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santaSanta Claus is Coming to Town!

Meet Santa Claus in front of the library on Saturday, December 7, 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 take advantage of  author Ruth Anne Schneck's book signing. And don’t miss making Christmas crafts between 9 AM and 1 PM. The library has all the supplies for a great morning.

Community History ArchivesNewspaper Digitization is Almost Complete...

     

The website to view digitized copies of The Progress Review is up and running. Years from 1880 to 2017 are available. You can search using key words or by date. Later issues of the newspaper will be added to this site when the issues are available. Click on the Community History Archive link above to try it out!

     Hawkins Memorial Library and The Progress Review have undertaken this 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, costs around $11,000. For additional information about the project, contact Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel at 319-342-3025.

Aureon Charity Grant Awarded

AUREON GRANT FOR HAWKINS MEMORIAL LIBRARY - From left: Bill Meyer, Aureon Account Manager; Jolene Kronschnabel, Hawkins Memorial Library Director; and Heidi Barz from LPC Connect.

     Once again, Aureon is pleased to announce that Aureon Charity Grants have been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. A $400 grant has been used to purchase sets of Magformers, magnetic building toys that will allow the library to schedule monthly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programs at the library. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect who sponsored the grant applications.

     Aureon, the new name for Iowa Network Services, created the grant program in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve. The Aureon Charity Grant Program awards grants on a quarterly basis. Over the course of twenty-four years, Aureon has donated over $950,000 to local communities and their surrounding areas.



eBooks and Audiobooks

Bridges

Check 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.


STEM Backpacks from IPTV

Three educational backpacks were donated to Hawkins Memorial Library, courtesy of Iowa Public Television, in an effort to help Iowa families do more at home with their children. IPTV developed the idea of backpacks filled with STEM resources that families can check out and use at home. They believe that anytime is a good time for learning.


Learning themes for the backpacks available at the library are Coding Fun, Building Challenge and Pattern Puzzles. STEM activities, books and PBS KIDS DVDs are included in each backpack, with activities serving children between 3 and 8 years of age. Backpacks may be checked out for a one week at no charge.

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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 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.


Color and Connect

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.

Brainfuse

JobNow & VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career or veteran needs: whether it’s tackling a resume, writing a cover letter, navigating the VA system, or adjusting to a civilian career. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests -including the SAT.

 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!

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Upcoming Events
Ruth Anne Schneck Book Signing Dec 06, 2019 03:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Santa and Crafts at the Library Dec 07, 2019 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Monday Morning Coffee Dec 09, 2019 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Book Club Discussion Group Dec 09, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Gingerbread House Workshop Dec 10, 2019 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM — Hawkins Memorial Library
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