Category: Hawkins’ Happenings

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 8, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Street construction has eliminated parking and limited accessibility to the front of the building, so the back door to the library is open for use with signage in the windows to identify the building. Additionally, the book drop has been moved outside our rear entrance. This entrance has steps and is not handicapped accessible. You can still reserve your materials and we’ll deliver out the back door.
Pick up a new Kid’s Kit for each child, every week this summer. This week children can make cover crop monsters with the Kid’s Kits available for take and make projects. Every Tuesday at 3 PM, join the Black Hawk County 4-H Zoom session to tune into Tech Tuesdays and watch the science experiment that coordinates with the weekly Kid’s Kits. Contact the Black Hawk County 4-H office, the library, our website, or Facebook page to get the Zoom link information.
Kids can turn in completed reading logs weekly with their reading minutes for the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Library Program. Read at least 20 minutes per day, or 140 minutes per week. Start any time and complete reading logs for prizes.
Adults, get out of your reading box and play Hawkins Memorial Library’s Summer Reading BINGO! Stop in the library for a card and work your way toward a BINGO by reading books and taking advantage of other library services. When you get a BINGO across, down or diagonally, return your completed card to the library for a prize. You have all summer to finish the game.
Read the book then join the online discussion of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, on our Facebook page. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of this eBook and audiobook through July 19. Monday, July 20, a discussion question will be posted each weekday for ten days. We would love to know your thoughts on this anti-racist book.
Snap a quick picture when visiting the library at our “Imagine Your Story” Summer Library Program photo booth. We have some fun props to go with this imaginative “Alice in Wonderland” backdrop. And remember to tag the library when posting on Facebook!

Hawkins’ Happenings – June 24, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Hawkins Memorial Library is open to the public, but because street construction has eliminated parking in front of the building, the back door is also open for use. Please be aware that our rear entrance has steps and is not handicapped accessible. You can still reserve your books, magazines and movies, then give us a call and we’ll be happy to deliver requested items to you by the back door.
This week children can make pet treats with the Kid’s Kits available for a take and make craft project or science experiment. You can pick up one kit per child, per week. There is a different free and fun activity to take home each week. Tune into Tech Tuesdays to watch the science experiment that coordinates with the weekly Kid’s Kits. Every Tuesday at 3 PM, you can jump in the Black Hawk County 4-H Zoom session or if you can’t join Zoom, you can catch the video on YouTube or on the library’s Facebook page later. Reminders for Tech Tuesday and the Zoom link information will be posted on our Facebook page.
Have the kids turn in their reading logs each week with their minutes read for the “Imagine Your Story,” the summer reading program. The goal is to read at least 20 minutes per day, or 140 minutes or more weekly. Pick up reading logs at the library or print copies from the library website. Kids can join this program at any time during the summer and turn in one completed reading log each week to receive a prize and have their name put in a weekly drawing
Three different educational backpacks can be checked out from the library, courtesy of Iowa Public Television. Learning themes for the backpacks are Coding Fun, Building Challenge and Pattern Puzzles. STEM activities, books and PBS KIDS DVDs are included in each backpack, with activities for children between 3 and 8 years of age.

Hawkins’ Happenings – June 17, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Hawkins Memorial Library is open to the public our regular hours. However, because of street construction there is no parking in front of the building.
Pick up Kid’s Kits for the kids each week for a take and make craft project or science experiment. This week children can make a card and craft just in time for Father’s Day. Pick up one kit per child, per week. This is a free and fun activity provided by the library.
We would love to know your thoughts on this classic book! Starting Monday, June 15, a discussion question is posted each weekday for ten days on our Facebook page for the book The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of this eBook and audiobook.
Watch our Facebook page for a Game Day suggestion each Friday this summer. A different outdoor game with rules will be posted weekly just in time to try it over the weekend.
Be sure to have the kids turn in a reading log with their minutes read for the “Imagine Your Story”, the summer library program. Children have a goal of reading at least 20 minutes per day, or a weekly total of 140 minutes or more. Reading logs can be picked up at the library or printed from the library website. Turn in one completed reading log each week to receive a prize and to have your name put in a weekly drawing. Kids can join this program at any time during the summer.
The next Big Library Read is June 22 – July 13. Visit our digital collection to borrow the featured title The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason with no waitlists or holds. Go to https://www.laportecity.lib.ia.us/, click on the BRIDGES link and download a copy. All that’s required is a library card!
Tune into Tech Tuesdays beginning June 23. Jump in the Black Hawk County 4-H Zoom session Tuesdays at 3 PM and watch the science experiment that coordinates with the Kid’s Kit on hand that week. Reminders for Tech Tuesday and the Zoom link information will be posted on the library’s Facebook page.

Hawkins’ Happenings – June 10, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Hawkins Memorial Library is once again open to the public our regular hours.
“Imagine Your Story”, the summer library program for young readers began June 8. The 2020 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade. Children have a goal of reading at least 20 minutes per day, or a weekly total of 140 minutes or more. Reading logs can be picked up at the library or printed from the website. Turn in one completed reading log each week to receive a prize and to have your name put in a weekly drawing for a Tootsies gift certificate. For more information on this program, stop in the library, call 319-342-3025, or visit our website at www.laportecity.lib.ia.us.
Read the book then join the online discussion of The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, on our Facebook page. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of this eBook and audiobook. Starting Monday, June 15, a discussion question will be posted each weekday for ten days. We would love to know your thoughts on this classic book!
Beginning Monday, June 15, a different Kid’s Kit is available weekly. Each kit enables a child to complete a craft or science experiment. Parents can pick up one kit per child, per week. Week 1 will have a card and craft just in time for Father’s Day.
Pickup or curbside service will continue to be offered to patrons not wishing to enter the library. Reserve library materials online for pick up including books, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks. Go to https://www.laportecity.lib.ia.us/, open the catalog tab, login to your account, search the catalog or browse the What’s Hot section, click on titles you’re interested in and place a reserve. Make sure your contact information is correct. You can also email or call with your requests.
Games, puzzles and other passive activities are not out for public use and no group programming is scheduled at this time. In order to make visiting the library a safe experience for patrons and staff we ask that you be aware of and practice social distancing and pandemic procedures.

Hawkins’ Happenings – June 3, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Hawkins Memorial Library is now open to the public. Regular hours are Monday 8 AM-4 PM; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 1–6 PM; Wednesday 1–7 PM; and Saturday 9 AM–1 PM. Open days, hours, and procedures may be changed or adjusted as needed.
In order to make visiting the library a safe experience for patrons and staff we ask that you be aware of and practice social distancing and pandemic procedures. Games, puzzles and other passive activities will not be out for public use and no group programming is scheduled at this time.
Pickup or curbside service will continue to be offered to patrons not wishing to enter the library. Reserve library materials online for pick up. Go to https://www.laportecity.lib.ia.us/, open the catalog tab, login to your account, search the catalog or browse the What’s Hot section, click on titles you’re interested in and place a reserve. Make sure your contact information is correct. You can also email or call with your requests.

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