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Meditations – January 22, 2020

By Christopher Simon
Asking for wisdom
“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” ~ Psalm 53:2 NIV
When God invited Solomon to ask for whatever he wished, he asked for wisdom, or more specifically, “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” (1 Kings 3:9 NIV) God was pleased to grant this request, since this was not the usual request for wealth, or a long life, or the destruction of one’s enemies. Perhaps Solomon was already wise in asking for God’s help, for only a fool would think that he can solve the problems of life, and especially the governance of a nation without the help of God. Life is complicated and doesn’t appear to be getting simpler.
Technology may promise to make things better in certain ways, but at a certain age, the new technology itself gets too complicated for many of us. But God’s wisdom is timeless, and usually simple. When we are faced with difficulties, the first thing we should do is to pause and ask for God’s help. Reflect quietly and prayerfully on God’s word, and even if the answer isn’t immediately obvious, there is a certain peace that comes from knowing that a higher power is there to help.
Only a fool would think that he can solve every problem by himself.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – January 22, 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.
Hi I’m Matrix and I am still waiting for a loving place to call home. The folks here think I’m full of playful sweetness, and am a happy, adventurous one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix. I came to Cedar Bend as a stray and now have all vaccinations up-to-date and looking for a home without other dogs, cats or children.
Stop in and visit me and my pals!
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

Hawkins’ Happenings – January 22, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
It is not too late to make merry for National Soup Month in January. The library has plenty of hearty warm-you-up recipes in the cookbooks on our shelves.
Children will be reading about winter animals with the FFA Museum for Story Time. Preschoolers start at the library at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 23.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet on Thursday, January 23, from 1 to 3 PM. January is International Creativity Month, so bring a creative craft and enjoy conversing with others on a cold afternoon.
The library is having a book sale Friday, January 24 through Saturday, February 1. A large selection of donated books will be available for $3.00 per bag, or $.50 per book. Come in and see what bargains are on our tables.
We’re serving coffee Monday and Saturday mornings. Free coffee.
On Thursday, January 30, preschoolers will read about snowmen at Story Time. Our snowmen stories start at 10:30 AM.
Coming 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 beginning February 1.
Build what you love at LEGORAMA on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, February 4 and 5. You can view these masterpieces in the library, or see pictures featured on the library Facebook page after each session.
The library wants to support our patrons with their educational and career needs, personal interests, and research skills. We provide 24/7 access to a suite of Gale resources containing everything from periodicals to readers’ advisory and car repair guides. Click on the Gale link on our website at www.laportecity.lib.ia.us to explore this service.

Meditations – January 15, 2020

By Christopher Simon
Asking for Wisdom
“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” ~ Psalm 53:2 NIV
When God invited Solomon to ask for whatever he wished, he asked for wisdom, or more specifically, “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” (1 Kings 3:9 NIV) God was pleased to grant this request, since this was not the usual request for wealth, or a long life, or the destruction of one’s enemies.
Perhaps Solomon was already wise in asking for God’s help, for only a fool would think that he can solve the problems of life, and especially the governance of a nation without the help of God.
Life is complicated and doesn’t appear to be getting simpler. Technology may promise to make things better in certain ways, but at a certain age, the new technology itself gets too complicated for many of us. But God’s wisdom is timeless, and usually simple. When we are faced with difficulties, the first thing we should do is to pause and ask for God’s help. Reflect quietly and prayerfully on God’s word, and even if the answer isn’t immediately obvious, there is a certain peace that comes from knowing that a higher power is there to help. Only a fool would think that he can solve every problem by himself.

Hawkins’ Happenings – January 15, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Magformers will be out for building fun each afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16.
On Thursday, January 16, 10:30 AM, at Story Time we will warm preschool children up with books and activities about winter clothes.
Getting cabin fever with this winter weather? Remember there is coffee every Monday morning from 8 to 10 AM, and a jigsaw puzzle ready for you to work on. It’s always warm and friendly at the library.
The new novel, Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline is the book selection for January. The Book Club meets for a discussion on Monday, January 20, at 1 PM.
Reduce stress and anxiety, help your fine motor skills and vision, train your brain to focus, and be social by coloring! Color and Connect, our coloring program for adults, is 6 to 8 PM, Tuesday, January 21. Use the library’s supplies or bring your own.
Preschoolers start at the library at 10:30 AM for Story Time on Thursday, January 23. Children will be reading about winter animals with the FFA Museum.
January is International Creativity Month, so bring a creative craft or handwork project and enjoy conversing with others on a winter afternoon. Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet on Thursday, January 23, from 1 to 3 PM.
Why rent or buy movies when you can borrow them from the library? We have more than 4,000 title choices available to loan for a week.
This year there were 684 books in our Christmas book tree. Congratulations and a new book bag went to our winning patron with a guess that was only 12 off the mark!

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