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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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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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