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Hawkins’ Happenings – September 19, 2018

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Preschoolers will read books and participate in fall activities at the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum on Thursday, September 20, for Story Time. Think fall and come to the library at 10:30 AM to start the autumn entertainment.
Banned Books Week, Sunday through Saturday, September 23 – 29, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Check out banned and challenged books from our display, read freely, and judge the content for yourself.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis shows on Monday, September 24, at 1:15 PM. Aquaman must battle foes in the air, on land and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day. Not rated, animation/action/adventure, plays 1 hr. and 17 min.
The Alzheimer’s Association is presenting an educational program at Hawkins Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 26, at 2 PM. Learn about Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Association resources. This program is free and open to the public.
Hurray for Homecoming at Story Time! Union football players and cheerleaders will lead preschoolers in book reading and football fun on Thursday, September 27, beginning at 10:30 AM. And everyone will be decorating the sidewalk to show their Union spirit.
Join other handcrafters at the library for a time of work and conversation at Hawkins’
Handcrafters on Thursday, September 27, from 1 to 3 PM.
Tuesday, October 2 is our next LEGORAMA building program. Show up and build from 4 to 5:30 PM that afternoon. The theme is towers.
Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is the October Book Club selection. This is the astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard. Read the book and join this group on Monday, October 15, at 1 PM for the discussion.
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. Sign in and order on smile.amazon.com, select “Change your Charity” in your account, type Hawkins Memorial Library, and select City of La Porte City.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – September 19, 2018

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, my name is Laverne and I am a Calico/Domestic (medium hair) mix female cat whose vaccinations are up-to-date. I am about four years of age and I was brought to Cedar Bend as a stray. I like to think of myself as sweet, adventurous, goofy, cuddly and a bit curious. My adoption fee is $35 – Come visit me soon!
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 – September 12, 2018

By Pastor Nathan Richardson  Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
Ways to grow – Part 2
When I was growing up I had a go to person to ask for advice or to request prayer. His name was Dave. He was my youth pastor. I look back at him and say he was also a mentor. Throughout life we will have mentors whether it in an official capacity or not. I believe we all need someone to mentor us. It helps as an act of encouragement or one who challenges us to take the next step. This person can pray for and stand up for you. I once read a mentor is “one who walks with the student part of the way, then stops and points out the rest of the journey.” I like the simplicity of this defining quality. The mentor shows us the way but is only there when we invite him back on the path.
In Luke 8, Jesus shares a Parable about different types of soil, and how the soil reacts to the seed being planted. The first is a beaten down path so the seed is eaten by birds before it takes root. The seed is the Word of God and the path is an example of someone who hears the gospel but it goes in one ear and out the other and never really rests in the heart of the individual.
The second is planted amongst the rocky soil. The seed grows but eventually withers because of the lack of moisture. The seed was never able to take root. This shows an example who believed the gospel but eventually fall away. Maybe the person did not take faith as their own and lived it through the experiences of others, or during a time of testing the fall away because their faith had never taken root.
The third seeds are planted among the thorns. The plants grew up but were choked by the thorns. They may have accepted the gospel but life’s worries or distractions of the world destroyed their faith.
The last seeds were planted in a good soil and yielded a crop 100x more than was sown. This is an example of someone who has read and trusted the gospel of Jesus, they live and embody the life of a disciple. Even when they face struggle they persevere by allowing God’s strength to cover their weaknesses.
Do you ever wonder why faith sticks with some and not others? I have seen many friends walk away from faith. Why them and not me? I believe the answer lies in who and what we surround ourselves with. It is in what we spend our time doing by reading and watching therefore impacting us on a deeper level. Jesus set an example of community which allows us to see how it could be done.
Jesus spent the majority of his time during his ministry with twelve people. He gave them a call to Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. For the next three years they were together a lot. When Jesus taught, they were there. When Jesus healed, they were by his side. When Jesus walked on water, calmed the storm, fed the 5000 and predicted his death, they were witnessing the miracles.
The disciples had a group to grow with. We all need a group. Having a group of Christians helps us to live life together. A group encourages and challenges one another to take the next steps of faith. If you look in the sky later you are bound to eventually see geese flying south. They will be in a flying v formation. The v helps the geese save a lot of energy similar to a race car saving gas by driving behind another car. The geese are able to fly longer distances at one time; I have read up to 70% more. The v also helps them keep visual contact with one another. This keeps them from wandering off and becoming lost. Just like the geese we are stronger and better together. We all need a group.
We also need a few to be accountable to. Sometimes it is hard to open up to a larger group, but it is easier to be real with 1-3 others. Jesus set this example with three of the disciple; Peter, James, and John. He was vulnerable with them during the transfiguration revealing to them more who he was and the voice of the Father declared in Matthew 17:5, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When Jesus eventually left the disciples so he could send his Holy Spirit, he gave them the words to “Go and make disciples.” This commission is for us just as much it was for the eleven disciples. We were meant to pass on our faith through encouragement and equipping others for ministry. We all need one to mentor. So as we close today ask yourself these three questions.
Who is your group?
Who are your few?
Who is your one?
Now is the time.

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 12, 2018

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Reading books about books at Preschool Story Time – how novel is that! This program starts at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 13.
Bring any type of craft or handwork and get together with others at the library for inspiration and conversation from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, September 13, for Hawkins’ Handcrafters.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, is the September 17, Book Club selection. Hurry and grab a copy of the book so you can participate in the 1 PM discussion.
The next Color and Connect program is on Tuesday, September 18, from 6 to 8 PM. Wouldn’t it be great to get together with others and color?
International Read an eBook Day is observed on September 18. The most obvious way to celebrate is by reading an eBook. Enjoy the lightweight convenience of reading your book on an electronic device. You can carry dozens or even hundreds of them around on a single compact electronic mobile device. Borrow your eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library through the BRIDGES program, Iowa’s eLibrary. Click the BRIDGES link on our website www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and eAudiobooks are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
Preschoolers take a field trip to the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum to learn about fall during Story Time on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30 AM.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis shows on Monday, September 24, at 1:15 PM. Aquaman must battle foes in the air, on land and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day. Not rated, animation/action/adventure, plays 1 hr. and 17 min.
We want to support our patrons with their educational and career needs, personal interests, and research skills. The library provides 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.
The library has a lot to offer – for free. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. We have books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – September 12, 2018

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.
My name is Milo and I am a young male Basset Hound mix whose vaccinations are up-to-date and prefers a home without cats. I came to Cedar bend as a stray and I do know how to “sit.” The staff here think I am shy/timid at times, and a sweet, curious, adventurous guy at other times. Come visit me today! My adoption fee is $200.
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

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