Category: Hawkins’ Happenings

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 https://www.theprogressreview.co/fresh-greenery-for-the-holidays/. 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 smile.amazon.com, 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 https://www.laportecity.lib.ia.us/.
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!

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 23, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Banned Books Week 2020, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 27 through October 3. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” Check out banned and challenged books from our display, read freely, and judge the content for yourself.
Stop in for straw rockets, the Kid’s Kit children can pick up this week as a fun activity to create at home. Free Kid’s Kits are take and make craft and science projects available to families and day cares.
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 this book will be 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.
National Punctuation Day commemorates all punctuation on September 24th. A period, a comma, a semicolon, a question mark and an exclamation point are examples of some of the punctuation used in writing. They separate sentences and their elements to clarify meaning. Without them, meaning would be lost or up for interpretation.
The Libraries Transform Book Pick available now on Bridges is Book of the Little Axe, by Lauren Francis-Sharma This digital reading program connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, this book is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion. You have until September 28 to download a copy.
From July 2019 through June 2020 library users saved more than $170,000 by checking out materials from Hawkins Memorial Library rather than purchasing them. Patrons also checked out over 17,500 books, 4,200 movies, and 2,500 magazines. The library is a great value to this community. Use it!
The library has a lot to offer – for free. We have books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library.

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 16, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
September is Library Card Sign-up Month – Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely on for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, programs, software and other multimedia materials, libraries provide access to e-books and more. If you are not already a library patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. We have a lot to offer – for free.
International Read an eBook Day, also known as simply Read an eBook Day, is celebrated on September 18 every year. It was initiated by OverDrive, Inc., an American company that specializes in the digital distribution of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles.
Read the book Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, and then join the online discussion on the Hawkins Memorial Library Facebook page beginning Monday, September 21. A discussion question about the book will be posted each weekday for ten days. 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. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of the eBook and audiobook.
You have until September 28 to download Book of the Little Axe, by Lauren Francis-Sharma, the Libraries Transform Book Pick available on Bridges. This digital reading program connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, this book is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.
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 nonfictions books.
Watch your Facebook page for a Game Day suggestion each Friday. A different game such as Traffic Cop or Kick the Can is posted weekly. Printed game rules are available at the library.
Each week the library has plenty of new books arriving to keep you entertained and a lot of great movies on the shelves to be checked out.
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. We thank you for your support!

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 9, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
This library has a lot to offer – for free. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. Or you can sign up online on our website at www.laportecity.lib.ia.us. We have books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.
The Libraries Transform Book Pick available on Bridges for download September 14-28 is Book of the Little Axe, by Lauren Francis-Sharma. This is a popular digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries. Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, this book is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.
We have fire breathing dragons, musical kazoos, and colorful spinner Kid’s Kits children can pick up as fun activities to create at home. Free Kid’s Kits are take and make craft and science projects available to families and day cares.
International Read an eBook Day is observed on September 18. To participate in Read an eBook Day, all you need to do is lay the paper book you’re currently reading aside and start reading an eBook instead. Borrow your eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library through the BRIDGES program, Iowa’s eLibrary. Click the BRIDGES link on www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and enjoy browsing. E-Books and eAudiobooks are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
Bridges has unlimited checkouts of the eBook and audiobook Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. 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. Read this book then join the online discussion on the Hawkins Memorial Library Facebook page beginning Monday, September 21. A discussion question about the book will be posted each weekday for ten days.

Hawkins’ Happenings – August 26, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Come in either the front or the back door when you visit the library. If you need close parking and can handle the stairs the rear entrance is the answer. Shout up the steps if you require help and we’ll assist you – this entrance is not handicapped accessible. You’ll find the book drop and signage to identify the library in the back until the street is opened up.
Free Kid’s Kits are take and make craft and science projects available to families and day cares. Children can create a tune on a musical kazoo with this week’s Kid’s Kit.
Swing into the library and grab a scavenger hunt list as a fun activity to test the powers of observation. New hunts that can be picked up are the Outdoor Alphabet Scavenger Hunt, and We’re Going on a Scavenger Hunt.
Please turn in “Imagine Your Story” Summer Library Program reading logs by Monday, August 31, to receive your prize. The last week of this program for recording minutes read will be August 17-23. Children should read 20 minutes per day, or 140 minutes per week. And thank you very much Tootsies Ice Cream & More and Casey’s General Store for donating treats as prizes all summer.
Did you know: Dracula, Gothic novel by Bram Stoker, published in 1897, was the most popular literary work derived from vampire legends and became the basis for an entire genre of literature and film. Check our Facebook page for discussion points for the book Dracula, where thought provoking questions have been posted each weekday since Monday, August 17. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of both the eBook and audiobook of Dracula.
Remember, you can borrow your e-Books, audiobooks, magazines and a selection of movies from the library through the BRIDGES program. Click the BRIDGES link (icon) on our website, www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and audio books are loaned for two weeks. Please call if you need help with this process.

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