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.