By Jolene Kronschnabel

Bring a stuffed bear to read with you at Preschool Story Time on Thursday, April 3, at 10:30 AM. Just about everyone loves bears and we will have loads of bear stories to read.

Hawkins Memorial Library is participating in the DASH for the Stash, a new contest during Money Smart Week Iowa, April 5-12. To play, participants go to the library to find four posters. They read each poster, access the quiz question and choose an answer. The statewide winner will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to a retirement investment account.

Join Waste Trac for a backyard composting and worm-composting workshop on Tuesday, April 8, at 6 PM. There is no charge to attend this program. Bring a friend.
Fourth graders and older, grab the book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry to read for the Kids’ Wild About Books Club discussion on Wednesday, April 9, at 12:45 PM. This story takes place as German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark. Sign up at the library.

Pirate Fairy is the afternoon movie on Wednesday, April 9, at 1:15 PM. When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. Popcorn comes with the movie.

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson is our April selection for the adult book discussion group. Stretching from the early 1970s in the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago and across the map of contemporary America, The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change. To participate you need to register, check out a book, read it by the meeting date, and join this group at the library on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 PM.