By Jolene Kronschnabel

Enjoy winter in a warm and magical way when you stop in to view the amazing paper snowflake cutouts that are gracing library windows. Viewing them is like a game since each snowflake has a special picture cut into it. Thank you, Darlene Hopkins, for sharing these works of art created by your daughter Sandra. Visit us to enjoy the snowflakes before they melt away.
Preschoolers will have really cool snowman books and activities to keep them busy on Thursday, January 14, beginning at 10:30 AM, during Story Time.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, January 14. Bring a project to work on and join the group.
Pan is the movie on Monday, January 18, at 1:15 PM. 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny – to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Color and Connect, a coloring program for adults, is 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, January 19. The library will have coloring pages, pens and pencils, and beverages. Reduce stress and anxiety, help your fine motor skills and vision, train your brain to focus, and be social by coloring! All adults are invited.
Children can warm up to stories about winter clothes at Preschool Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 21.
Five Years in Heaven, by John Schlimm, is the January 25, 1 PM book club discussion selection. What is heaven on earth? The answer lies in this true story of one young man’s journey to find hope and purpose with the help of an unlikely teacher–a compassionate and wise old nun, whom the world had long-forgotten.
In Five Years in Heaven, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. This book reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places, and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach.
Register at the library, check out a book, finish the book by the meeting date, and join this group on Monday, January 25, at 1 PM for the discussion. Stop at the library to sign up, or call 319-342-3025.
Thank you to the many thoughtful people who donated items requested on our Wish Tree. Receiving your simple, but generous and needed gifts, such as markers, puzzles, cleaning supplies, and much more, helps support library programs more than you know.