Category: Features

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – August 5, 2020

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Gerald arrived here at Cedar Bend through a partnering animal rescue organization and is being treated for heartworms. He’s about 2 years old and sits and shakes upon command. Gerald is a big happy boy who doesn’t realize his size and needs to learn some manners. He jumps up a lot so a home with older children would be best. When happy or excited he curls his lips back and gives you a unique doggy smile. Please call CBHS adoptions at 319-232-6887 if you’d like more information.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com  –  www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Meditations – August 5, 2020

By Christopher Simon
The Virtue of Constancy
“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.” ~ Psalm 119:33 NIV
Virtue must be inculcated when we are young, because the virtues are essentially habits of acting properly, as Aristotle pointed out some 2500 years ago. If those good habits are not developed early on, it’s much harder to develop them when we are older. And whether we have inculcated virtue from our youth or not, we are all tossed back and forth by the winds of selfish desire and vice.
Even when we know what the right thing to do is, we are often tempted to do the opposite. Knowing that we should return the dropped or misplaced ten-dollar bill to its rightful owner, we are still tempted to slip it in our pocket and keep it for ourselves. If we have been raised right, however, we won’t sleep well. Likewise, in so many areas of our life, we know we should be temperate when it comes to eating and drinking, and all of our appetites, but we are still tempted to overdo it.
The virtue of constancy is in some ways a virtue which helps us stay on the path of virtue, telling us to steer clear of vice and always do the right thing, despite obstacles in our path.
Perseverance is the virtue that allows us to keep striving to do the right thing, despite the difficulty of continuing the act itself, while constancy is the virtue of continuing to do the right thing despite external difficulties. We get distracted, we lose patience, and often we just want to do the easy thing, but constancy keeps us on the right path.

Hawkins’ Happenings – August 5, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
We recommend using the back door to the library when visiting. Call or shout up the steps if you need help and we’ll assist you – this entrance has stairs and is not handicapped accessible. You’ll find the book drop and signage to identify the library at the rear of the building.
Now you can check out yard games from the library. Current choices are Connect 4, Ring Toss, Tumble Tower, Horseshoes, Lawn Darts, or Ladder Toss. The library would be thrilled to add games you are not using to our collection.
Read the book Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and then join the online discussion on our Facebook page. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of both the eBook and audiobook at https://bridges.overdrive.com/. Beginning Monday, August 24, a discussion question will be posted each weekday for ten days. We would love to know your thoughts on this classic horror story.
Watch our Facebook page for a Game Day suggestion each Friday. A different outdoor game such as Traffic Cop or Kick the Can is posted weekly. Printed game rules are available at the library.
Packaged sets of easy reader books with a common theme have been created for checkout. These Book Bundles are a fun combination of fiction and nonfiction books.
Free Kid’s Kits are available for take and make projects. This week children can create amazing Solar Art with special solar paper and objects you find around home.
Swing by the library and pick up the Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt as a fun activity to test the powers of observation and our Road Trip Scavenger Hunt is perfect for those taking a vacation.
Three different educational backpacks can be checked out from the library, courtesy of Iowa Public Television. Learning themes for the backpacks 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.

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 29, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Our sidewalk is a mess, so we recommend using the back door to the library when visiting. You’ll find the book drop and signage to identify the library at the rear of the building. Call or shout up the steps if you need help or a delivery and we’ll assist you – this entrance has steps and is not handicapped accessible.
Remember the library has books, movies, audiobooks, magazines, and jigsaw puzzles to check out. We also fax, scan, copy, and offer public computers for use.
Book Bundles…packaged sets of easy reader books with a common theme have been created for checkout.
This week children can create Chinese Hand Fans with the Kid’s Kit available for take and make projects.
Try the Around the House Scavenger Hunt and the Nature Sensory Scavenger Hunt as a fun activity for thinking and learning. Each week we have a new challenge for kids.
Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Find our Storyline Online® posts on Facebook each Wednesday.
Adults and young adults can work their way toward a BINGO by reading and using other library services. Return your card to the library to receive a prize when you BINGO across, down or diagonally.
Children are rewarded when bringing in their completed reading logs. Kids who read 20 minutes per day, or 140 minutes per week can turn in reading logs for prizes with the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Library Program!
Tune into Tech Tuesdays and complete the Kid’s Kit science experiment for that week by joining the Black Hawk County 4-H Zoom session on Tuesday at 3 PM. Contact the Black Hawk County 4-H office at 319-234-6811, to get the Tech Tuesday Zoom link information.

Meditations – July 29, 2020

By Christopher Simon
Who Is Essential?
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” ~ Matthew 6:26 NIV
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it a host of new expressions, from “social distancing” to “essential workers.” These shine a light on some important aspects of our society and how we think of ourselves.
Perhaps we should consider more deeply who is essential? Of course, we all know that the healthcare workers who are caring for the sick and dying are essential, as are the people who deliver essential services, the police, the firefighters, and the EMTs. We also think of the people who work in the grocery stores as essential, and of course the people who deliver the food, as well as the restaurant workers and the people who grow the food.
But what about the people who help all of these people get to work, the taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers, and the bus drivers? They too are essential. And more broadly, aren’t the next generation of workers essential? Aren’t the children who are now in school (albeit at home) also essential? And even the elderly, and the retired, aren’t they also essential? In reality, everyone is essential if we are to have a society that values life the way we should.

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