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Staying Safe Online – November 6, 2019

When will scammers stop?
“Hello this is Microsoft, we got an alert that your computer is at risk of attack and needs to be updated …” Most of us would have just hung up by now. What if they said they were the IRS, or even distant relatives? What if they know your name or your family’s name?
Scammers are very resourceful and creative. They will do their best to convince you to part with your data or funds until the end of time. It’s in our best interest to stay informed about the current popular scams going around. They may come in the form of an email or phone call asking you to do something, send something, say something, etc. While most of these requests appear legitimate on the surface, it’s important to make sure. Is this how you would normally expect to receive this request? Some of these requests, such as those for technical support, would be made by you rather than someone else.
Microsoft is not calling people offering to install updates for free. The IRS will always make initial contact with you via postal mail, never demanding payment of a tax bill over the phone or via email. Recent examples include:
Scammers use dating sites to build trust and ask for money ( romancescams)
Scammers pose as Microsoft technical support, tricking victims into giving them access (
Scammers target the elderly (
What can you do?
Determine another method of contact (e.g., cell phone number or alternate email address) that is publicly available.
Check your computer and mobile devices regularly for malware.
Check for suspicious charges to your credit card. Question charges that do not correspond to products or services you purchased.
Don’t trust caller ID or email addresses. These can be spoofed, so it’s important to have another way to verify someone communicating with you. Callbacks are appropriate if you have a number for contacting them that was not provided to you from the scammer.
Be aware of scams that target the elderly, and make sure to check in with older friends and family.
PRO-TIP: If you weren’t expecting to receive an email or phone call, don’t answer it! Never trust the identity of somebody contacting you when you weren’t expecting them. Always turn to another source of verification by contacting someone through their published phone number or mailing address, and remember, caller ID and email addresses can be spoofed and are NOT a method of verification.
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust

Hawkins’ Happenings – November 6, 2019

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
This is the last call for decorated wreaths and outdoor garland. Stop in the library by Friday, November 8, or order your fresh greenery online at
Story Time children will read and dig into pumpkin activities on November 7. It will be a very pumpkiny morning for preschoolers who join us at 10:30 AM.
Stop in from 8 to 10 AM for coffee any Monday morning.
You are invited to explore how communication changes when someone is living with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is presenting the educational program Effective Communication Strategies on Tuesday, November 12, at 2 PM.
On Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, we have Magformers magnetic building fun. Come build.
Preschoolers read about harvesting and machinery at the FFA & Ag Museum on Thursday, November 14. Story Time begins at the library at 10:30 AM, with the group trekking to the museum for this farming adventure.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters is the perfect opportunity to work on your handmade holiday gifts. They meet on Thursday, November 14, from 1 to 3 PM.
The November Book Club selection is Completely Restored, by Robert Kerr. Read the book and attend the discussion on Monday, November 18, at 1 PM.
You need to Color and Connect on Tuesday, November 19. We’ll be waiting for you from 6 to 8 PM.
Throughout November reduce your fine total by $2.00 for each non-perishable food and personal care item dropped off at the library during Food for Fines Month. Donated goods will be distributed locally through The Lord’s Food Pantry.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – November 6, 2019

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.
Meet Cody: I came to Cedar Bend as a stray and they think I am about 7 years old. I am a Shetland Sheepdog/Sheltie mix with a high level of energy. I sit on command and am very energetic with a sweet, affectionate, goofy disposition. My adoption fee includes vaccinations, worming, microchip, and a start on flea/tick prevention.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Staying Safe Online – October 30, 2019

What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:• Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter• SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices• Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messagingfeatures)• Email
Special Concerns – With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online -both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content- creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved, not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it.
Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:
Persistent- Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.
Permanent – Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.
Hard to Notice – Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.
Laws and Sanctions – Although all states have laws requiring schools to respond to bullying, many states do not include cyberbullying under these laws or specify the role schools should play in responding to bullying that takes place outside of school. Schools may take action either as required by law, or with local or school policies that allow them to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions to address bullying if it affects school performance.
Frequency of Cyberbullying – There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:• The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.• The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that an estimated 14.9% of high school students were electronically bullied in the 12 months prior to the survey.
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust

Hawkins’ Happenings – October 30, 2019

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
There will be excitement downtown for our annual Story Time Trick-or-Treating on Thursday, October 31. At 10:30 AM adorable costumed preschoolers parade to businesses and trade a trick for a treat. They will march for goodies in rain or shine.
The library is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters on Thursday, October 31, from 1 to 6 PM.
Pay your fines by bringing non-perishable food and personal care items to the library in the month of November. Your fine total will be reduced by $2.00 for each item deposited during Food for Fines Month.
Consider joining us at 8 AM for coffee at Monday morning coffee time each week.
The building theme is Thanksgiving for our November LEGORAMA on Tuesday, November 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.
It will be a very pumpkiny morning for preschoolers who join us at 10:30 AM on November 7. Story Time children will read and dig into pumpkin activities.
The Alzheimer’s Association is presenting the educational program Effective Communication Strategies on Tuesday, November 12, at 2 PM. Join us to explore how communication changes when someone is living with Alzheimer’s.
Magformers magnetic building fun is 3:30 to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 13.
Completely Restored, by Robert Kerr, is the November Book Club selection. Read the book and join this group on Monday, November 18, at 1 PM for the discussion.
The order deadline is near for decorated wreaths and outdoor garland. Stop in the library, or order your fresh greenery online at
We know it seems early, but get Saturday, December 7 on your calendar as the day Santa will be visiting with children in the library from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.


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