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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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Trick-or-Treat for Story Time

Trick-or-Treat for Story Time

There was excitement downtown for the annual Story Time Trick-or-Treating event on Thursday, October 26. Adorable costumed preschoolers paraded to businesses and traded a trick for a treat. The weather was beautiful and the event was fantastic. Thank you to the businesses downtown for sharing their morning with us!

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Gary Lee Martinson Author

Gary Lee Martinson Author

An inquisitive group of patrons received an excellent education on the history and book "Allerton and Axtell, The Rush", by local author Gary Lee Martinson at Hawkins Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 25. Gary graciously answered loads of questions during the book talk and signing featuring his newly released book. Thanks Gary, we really enjoyed the history lesson!

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids learned to make fun snacks on August 18 and 22. They practiced kitchen safety and washing hands while learning about MyPlate and making healthy food choices, the importance of filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables, benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, how to clean and store fresh produce, and they practiced great cooking skills. The best part was eating the veggie wraps and fruit pizza they made themselves! Kids in the Kitchen lessons at Memorial Hawkins Library was provided with funds from the EFNEP Program and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Solar Eclipse Party

Solar Eclipse Party

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.

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Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

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!

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Summer Science

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!

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Magic Show for Festival of Trails

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.

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Rachael Ward is Retiring

Rachael Ward is Retiring

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.

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Author Linda Betsinger McCann

Author Linda Betsinger McCann

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.

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Mixed Medium Art Nights

Mixed Medium Art Nights

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.

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Get Lucky With a Book

Get Lucky With a Book

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.

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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

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!

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Aureon Grant 9-16

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.

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Aureon Grant 2-17

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.

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Ronald McDonald is coming!

Ronald McDonald is coming!

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.

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Celebrate National Library Week with us!

Celebrate National Library Week with us!

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.

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Festival of Trails Magic Show

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.

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Library Receives Grant from Black Hawk County Gaming

Library Receives Grant from Black Hawk County Gaming

Hawkins Memorial Library received grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association to help with updates for the library.

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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.