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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus zooms to the library riding on a fire truck at 11:30 AM on Saturday, December 4. Children are encouraged to meet Santa in front of the library and take a turn visiting with him from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Parents can take pictures during the visit. There will be coloring and games to keep kids busy while waiting to see the Jolly Old Elf, and Christmas craft and ornament kits are available between 9 AM and 1 PM to pick up for making at home.

Thank you to the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society!

Hawkins Memorial Library is a 2021 grant recipient from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society (PRAS). The money they received will be used to purchase children’s books, games and puppets pertaining to birds. These items will be used in future children’s programs. It is never too early to educate children about our avian friends.

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Reserve library materials online for pickup. Go to, open the catalog tab, login to your account, search the catalog or browse the What’s Hot section, click on titles you’re interested in and place your reserves. Pick up is during regular library hours, with items placed in the library’s front entry. Make sure your contact information is correct. Please promptly return items you are finished with in the book drop.


Check out and download ebooks, audiobooks, and videos for free with Bridges - Iowa's eLibrary! There are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and videos available with new titles added all the time. Click on the BRIDGES icon above and start checking out titles 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 the library if you have any questions.

Always Available Materials on BRIDGES:The Iowa State Library has added several subscriptions of Simultaneous Use licensed materials to Bridges.To make it easier for patrons to find available titles, these always available materials are being highlighted on the main page of each Bridges site - Main, Kids and Teens. Magazines have always been simultaneous use.

To help patrons feel more secure in having enough to read, checkout limits have been temporarily raised to five. Like toilet paper books should not be hoarded. Check books in when they are finished. The next person in line will appreciate it.

Community History ArchivesYou Can Search La Porte City's Local History Through Newspaper Digitization


Just click on the above "Welcome To Our Community History Archive" icon to view digitized copies of The Progress Review. Years from the 1870s through June of 2019 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 so far, 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, has cost more than $11,000. For additional information about the project, contact Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel at 319-342-3025.

Aureon Charity Grant Awarded

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. Aureon presented Hawkins Memorial Library with a check for purchasing new outdoor furniture consisting of cafe tables and chairs, and a bench that will provide outdoor seating. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect who sponsored the grant application.

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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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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

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Gale Power Search

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Gale Kids Infobits

Young Learner Education

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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
Coloring Week Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 04, 2022 — Hawkins Memorial Library
Saturday Morning Coffee Dec 04, 2021 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Santa at the Library Dec 04, 2021 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Monday Morning Coffee Dec 06, 2021 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Hawkins Memorial Library
Story Time Dec 06, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Hawkins Memorial Library
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