By Jolene Kronschnabel

At Story Time on Thursday, January 9, 10:30 AM, preschoolers will read stories about celebrating the New Year.

From 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, January 9, Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet.  You can bring any type of craft or handwork to work on and join others at the library for conversation and inspiration. Get out and enjoy some company on a cold afternoon.

The Kids’ Wild About Books Club, a group for fourth graders and up, will chat about the book How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor, at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, January 15. Register at the library, read the book, and join other kids for a lively discussion and snacks.

Read penguin books with us during Story Time on Thursday, January16. Preschoolers will enjoy learning about these cute and unique birds.

Planes is the movie showing on Monday, January 20, at 1:15 PM. In this flick, a crop dusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. We always have popcorn and games with the movie.

Are you interested in learning or improving your computer skills? Sign up at the library to participate in a basic computer use class for Windows. The program will be held on Tuesday, January 21, from 9 to 10 AM.

January is National Soup Month and the library has loads of books with soup recipes for you to try.  Soup makes a great winter meal to keep you warm.

Do you own DVDs that you no longer watch? Consider donating them to the library.  We accept new or used movies that are rated G, PG, or PG-13. As DVDs are added to the library’s collection, they replace movies that have been damaged or are missing.

Library patrons can renew borrowed books, magazines, and DVDs online. Logon to laportecity.lib.ia.us and click on the catalog tab to access your account using your patron and telephone numbers. While there, you can update your e-mail and phone number, view a items currently checked out, as well as renew, reserve, or bookmark materials. You can also choose to receive warning, overdue, and reserve notices by text or e-mail. This is a great service to use after hours or when you don’t have time to stop in the library.