Category: Features

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 30, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Read freely during Banned Books Week through October 3. Judge the content of questionable books for yourself by checking out the banned and challenged books from our display. This is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!”
October is National Book Month! We encourage everyone to pick up that book they’ve been “meaning to read” and read it. You can drop by the library, roam around a section, pick a book with the most interesting cover, or ask the librarian for a suggestion.
Free Kid’s Kits are take and make craft and science projects available to families and day cares. Stop in for straw rockets, the Kid’s Kit children can pick up this week as a fun activity to create at home.
Join the online discussion of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of the eBook and audiobook of this classic novel. A question about the book has been posted each weekday for ten days on the Hawkins Memorial Library Facebook page. Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
Support Hawkins Memorial Library by purchasing a Christmas wreath for the holiday season. These decorated wreathes will be available to pick up before Thanksgiving with proceeds benefiting the library. Order your fresh wreath for the holidays at the library or online at This would make a great gift for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just to brighten someone’s day.
Designate Hawkins Memorial Library as your favorite charitable organization on AmazonSmile. This is an automatic way to support the library at no cost to you when you shop on Amazon. When you sign in and order on, select “Change your Charity” in your account, type Hawkins Memorial Library, and select City of La Porte City.
Keep in touch with what is happening at the library by liking us on Facebook. And remember we have links and information on our website for library activities and programs offered to the community at
Thank you to the Progress Review for the opportunity to share library programs and services through print over the years. This medium has been an invaluable resource in helping the library reach this community. You will be sorely missed!

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – September 30, 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.
Mindy is a Belgian Shepherd/Malinois & Akita mix adult female dog, who would do great in a home with other dogs and/or children (but not cats). She arrived at CBHS as an owner surrender and is about 3 years old and will sit on command.
She is an incredibly sweet gal who would benefit from a home that can give her ample amounts of physical activity and teach her all about how to be a well-mannered pup! For more information, please call CBHS adoptions at 3190232-6887.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Meditations – September 30, 2020

By Christopher Simon
Getting over it
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” ~Isaiah 43:18 NIVSometimes our reaction to bad events, and our inability to “get over” the event exacerbates the
problem. We all have losses that hit us hard, whether the loss is something material, such as money, or something more personal, like a loved one.
We should learn from our material losses so as not to repeat them, for instance, learning that it’s not wise to panic when the stock market is down and sell your stocks at a loss. And when the loss is something more serious, like losing a family member, we need to take time to grieve and process our feelings. Failing to do so may keep us from ever really getting over it.
Sometimes the things we need to get over are things which caused us to get angry or resentful. We can harbor feelings of bitterness or desires for revenge for years, or even decades, which can be incapacitating and inhibit us from getting on with our lives. We may not be able to forget the harm that was done to us, but forgiving the person who we believe wronged us is usually a good thing to do for our own emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Asking God to help us forgive the other person is often the only way to get over our bitterness.
Life will go on whether we get over the bad experience or not. The real question is the quality of our life, and that may depend on our getting over it sooner rather than later.

Business of the Week – HANSON’S HOLLOW

Address: 5071 15th Avenue, La Porte City
Hours: Thurs-Fri-Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM   Sun: Noon – 5 PM
Phone: 319-939-3248
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (location filter only)
About  About Hanson’s Hollow: A local source for country fun for people of all ages! Pumpkins, gourds, squash, mums and fall decor for all your fall decorating needs are available at Hanson’s Hollow. Hosting food trucks every weekend through October 25. Located just South of La Porte City on Highway 218.

Meditations – September 23, 2020

By Christopher Simon
What Prophets Do
“As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.” ~1 Kings 22:14 NIV
We tend to think of prophets as people who foretell the future, but that is only one aspect of prophecy. If we read the Old Testament carefully, we see that the prophets were wise men and social critics, people who were often called upon by kings to give them advice. The kings didn’t always like the advice they received, but the good prophets always gave it straight, without sugar-coating, and in speaking the unvarnished truth to power, often ended up in dire straits.
Consider the prophet Micaiah, who advised King Ahab that he would be defeated by the Syrians, despite all of the other prophets telling him he would be victorious. (1 Kings 22) Micaiah ended up imprisoned for his trouble, and King Ahab ended up killed in battle, with the dogs licking up his blood, as prophesied.
Are there prophets today, holy men and women who hear the voice of God and speak truth to power, despite negative consequences? The people in power frequently do not like to be told the truth, but that is what prophets do. Where are the prophets today?


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