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Music in the Park

Music in the Park

Music in the Park is Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 8 PM. Bring your chair, and enjoy music by the group 4 Guys & A Gal, provided by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. Local authors will be there to talk about their books, and enjoy our ice cream social, sponsored by Susan Robertson, with proceeds benefiting the community project to preserve local history by digitizing The Progress Review. Invite your friends!

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Geoffrey's Christmas Wish

Geoffrey's Christmas Wish

Local Author Visit Geoffrey’s Christmas Wish book talk and signing by local author RuthAnne Schneck was on Wednesday, June 27, at 6 PM. A wonderful group joined us for a chat with retired Union school teacher Ruth Anne Schneck (Mrs. Rippel) when she shared her newly published book about Geoffrey, a delightful bear on a Christmas adventure. The book is entertaining and educational, and includes activity pages. This was a program for all ages and we had coloring pages from the book for everyone to enjoy beginning at 5:30 PM.

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Aureon Grant For DVD Display

Aureon Grant For DVD Display

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. The funds will be used to purchase an additional DVD storage unit, allowing patrons to more easily browse the thousands of DVDs that are available in the collection. Hawkins Memorial Library is a great alternative to online video services, as there is no charge to borrow up to four DVDs for a loan period of one week. Thanks to the generosity of local patrons who donate their DVDs when they no longer want them, the library has been able to enhance its collection to include many popular movies and television programs suitable for all ages. 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.” 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.

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Women's Club Donation

Women's Club Donation

Thank you to the La Porte City Women’s Club for their kind donation to help with digitizing past Progress Review publications. With this ongoing project, Progress Review articles will be searchable on Hawkins Memorial Library’s website. We appreciate your support of this community project.

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Aureon Grant to Preserve Local History

Aureon Grant to Preserve Local History

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. The funds will be used in support of the library’s ongoing efforts to archive local history. The project includes converting all back issues of The Progress Review to microfilm, and ultimately, making them available online. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect who sponsored the grant applications. 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 proposal reflects 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.” 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.

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Bunny Hop

Bunny Hop

Our Bunny Hop Easter Egg Workshop is on Saturday, March 31, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Hop in and create your own Glitter Eggs, Vintage Eggs, Egg Maracas and Egg Cupcakes. And don't miss our story walk "How to Catch the Easter Bunny" on Main Street.

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Get Lucky With a Book

Get Lucky With a Book

“Get Lucky With a Book” at the library. You recommend your favorite reads to other patrons and they share their preferences on our March “Luck of the Irish” display. You may discover a new author or series thanks to the suggestion of a local leprechaun.

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Spring Break

Spring Break

Make Your Own Super Slime on Monday, March 12, at 11 AM and 2 PM. Stop in for this demonstration and make-and-take fun activity. Cedar Bend Humane Society Visit on Tuesday, March 13, at 2 PM. We’ll have a dog visit; learn about the Humane Society, animal shelters and animal education; and make kennel cards. Family Friendly Movie – Coco on Wednesday, March 14, at 1:15 PM. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Rated PG, animation/adventure/ comedy, plays 1 hr. and 45 min. BINGO on Thursday, March 15, from 2 to 3 PM. Play for the fun of it…and small prizes. LEGORAMA! Day on Friday, March 16, 1 to 5 PM. Drop by any time during these 4 hours to build. Creative fun for all ages!

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Spring Into Gardening

Spring Into Gardening

Spring into Gardening: Presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Black Hawk County Master Gardeners. Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 PM: Bees & Butterflies; Growing Great Gardens for Pollinators. Create a “buzz” in your landscape this year! Learn about the best plants and flowers to plant that will draw at-risk pollinators to your yard and garden. Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 PM: Creating Year-Round Color in Your Garden. Color and beauty in the garden are not just for summer! Learn how using the right flowers, grasses and bushes will make your garden appealing year-round. Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 PM: Rise and Shine; Getting your Garden Ready for Spring. Spring gardening will be here soon. Our Master Gardeners will give you the tips, tricks and tools to help you have the best gardening year ever! Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM: The 10 Mistakes Gardeners Make. We’re all guilty of at least one of these common mistakes! Join us for a light-hearted and informative presentation when we talk about some of the most common mistakes and how to correct them.

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Valentine Making Party

Valentine Making Party

We have oodles of supplies for you to design a Valentine masterpiece for the holiday at the library’s Valentine Making Party. Create special cards Wednesday, February 8 through Tuesday, February 14, for those you love.

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Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book

For the month of February the library has lonely books that are single and ready to mingle. Be bold and try a Blind Date with a Book! Choose a display book to take home and find out if it is a stud or a dud between the covers...

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Wish Tree

Wish Tree

Hawkins Memorial Library and the La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum had a Christmas tree adorned with tags. Each tag bared the request of a simple item needed by that organization. Donations of that item helped us to provide programming and much more for you. It was a simple way to say thanks to these two organizations by plucking a tag, purchasing that item, and returning it to us to place under our tree for the holidays. You made a difference right here at home!

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Adopt A Book

Adopt A Book

Many patrons shared the spirit of the season and took part in the library’s Adopt A Book program. They chose a book tag from the tree, paid for the children’s book, we ordered the book, and then the patron received recognition for their donation with a bookplate placed in that book. Your generosity helps develop young readers in our community.

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Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

More than 20 Christmas trees graced the library to inspire the holiday spirit. Patrons stoped in to see the popular Book Tree, the I Spy Tree, the Wish Tree, the Teddy Bear Tree, the Cookie Tree, the Frozen Tree, and other festive displays.

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Grant

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Grant

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT - A new set of upper storage cabinets with accent lighting has transformed the Hawkins Memorial Library workroom into a more functional space, thanks, in part, to a Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa grant awarded earlier this year. Pictured above from left: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Program Director Tom Wickersham, Hawkins Memorial Library trustee Terri Klockner, Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel and library trustees Becky Schmitz and Jack Aschenbrenner. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.

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Carolers

Carolers

The Union High School Carolers performed a free concert at 4:45 PM on Tuesday, December 12, in the library. This charming costumed a cappella group graced patrons with 20 minutes of holiday music sharing the holiday spirit.

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Santa Visit

Santa Visit

Santa Claus zoomed to the library riding on a fire truck at 11:30 AM on Saturday, Dec 2. Children were encouraged to meet Santa arriving and take a turn visiting with him from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Parents could order keepsake pictures taken by Photographic Images by Georgia during the visit and kids enjoyed making Christmas crafts and ornaments between 9 AM and 1 PM.

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Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

Kids gobbled up crafting fun on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20-22. Free make and take Thanksgiving crafts were created at the library.

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Trash to Treasures

Trash to Treasures

Kids made fall and Christmas crafts from old junk with the creative program "Trash to Treasures” from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 15. They joined Waste Trac and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for this fun way to celebrate America Recycles Day.

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Wreath Sale

Wreath Sale

Decorated Wreaths, 25' outdoor garland, and wreath door hangers were available to order from Hawkins Memorial Library as a fundraiser. Items were delivered before Thanksgiving and proceeds benefited the library. Money raised allows the library to purchase new furnishings, add to collections, and update equipment - those wonderful extra things that improve your library. Thank you for supporting Hawkins Memorial Library and ordering your fresh greenery for the holidays locally!

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