The Hiawatha Public Library is excited to announce that the popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to residents of Hiawatha. Hiawatha residents can access Kanopy by visiting http://hiawatha.kanopy.com.
After a simple sign-up using an email address and library card Hiawatha residents can stream up to 5 films a month on demand instantly. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.
With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Hiawatha residents with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films, films on race, and current affairs.
Adult Services Librarian Erin Zaputil says, “We are thrilled to be able to offer Kanopy to Hiawatha residents. With offerings such as The Great Courses, and independent and foreign films we believe Kanopy will be a great addition to our collection and will help meet the call for streaming content.”
The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro.
Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.
This tutorial is available from the Hiawatha Academy to help patrons learn how to use Kanopy. For more information please call the library at 319-393-1414.
Do your kids love the Wimpy Kid or Geronimo Stilton books? How about Stick Dog or Dork Diaries? There’s a name for these-- Hybrid Fiction---and it is all the rage. Like picture books, the illustrations help convey the meaning of the text and like graphic novels, the text helps convey the meaning of the illustrations. At Hiawatha Public Library, Captain Underpants and Big Nate fly off the shelf and no one fears The Notebook of Doom. Hybrid fiction is the perfect gateway read for kids who miss picture books, love comic books but want to up the language content. And did I mention humor? Generally, this genre is belly laugh funny.
Publishers are clamoring to fill the demand for new hybrid fiction titles and I am enthusiastically clamoring to add new titles and series to Hiawatha’s collection. Meanwhile readers of all ages, here is your “If you like Wimpy Kid books” list of books and series.
Alicia Mangin - Youth Services Librarian
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This giving movement has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
This #GivingTuesday please help us Make Room for Imagination by giving to the capital campaign to expand and renovate the Hiawatha Public Library! Donations may be made online, or you may mail a check.
Be sure to visit social media to share your participation by using the hashtag #GiveWhereYourHeartIs, and to help spread the word about #GivingTuesday!
Thank you for #GivingWhereYourHeartIs!
The Hiawatha Public Library is excited to once again offer Food for Fines. A partnership of the Metro Library Network, Food for Fines gives patrons the opportunity to remove library fines from their accounts while also helping their communities! All food donations will benefit the HACAP Food Reservoir.
From November 1 - November 30 patrons may donate one non-perishable food item for each $1 owed. Food for Fines donations may only be applied to library fines for overdue materials, and may not be used toward lost or damaged materials. The libraries and HACAP will not accept dented cans, glass containers, or foods with past expiration dates.
All of the Metro Library Network libraries will also accept food donations from people who would like to share an act of kindness by helping pay someone else’s library fines, as well as food donations from those who have no library fines but would like to help prevent hunger in our communities.
Through a similar program last year, the Metro Library Network libraries donated 7,328 pounds of food to HACAP. We look forward to sharing our continued commitment to helping all families within our communities have access to food.
Erin Zaputil - Adult Services Librarian
The Hiawatha Public Library will be a satellite voting location on Tuesday, October 24th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Ballots for the November 7th Hiawatha City Election will be available. For more information about the upcoming election please visit Linn County Election Services.
Erin Zaputil - Adult Services Librarian
Join us to learn more about our exciting plans to expand and renovate the Hiawatha Public Library! Tour the library and hear from Library Director Jeaneal Weeks about how these plans will help us better serve the citizens of Hiawatha, without raising taxes!
Did you know that the Hiawatha Public Library has the highest per capita circulation of the Metro Library Network libraries and one of the highest per capita circulations of any library in Iowa? Learn more about the Hiawatha Public Library and its importance to the community of Hiawatha from Library Director Jeaneal Weeks.
The Hiawatha Public Library needs to grow to accommodate increasing numbers of patrons using our services. Approximately 500 people on average visit the library each day, and we have the highest circulation for any library in Iowa of our city’s size, yet our building is one of the smallest, resulting in a collection that is smaller than average due to lack of space. We offer many community programs for all ages, but our only large meeting room is too small to allow for large crowds, and we compete with other community organizations for use of the meeting space.
Our plans are to renovate the existing 8,543 square-foot building and to expand by an additional 13,457 square feet. The library will remain at the current location via community input. This project will add a dedicated larger technology area with workstations that are conducive for group instruction. It will allow for more study rooms for meetings and quiet space. The larger building will create dedicated youth space, Tween Zone, and young adult areas to meet the needs of growing minds at every stage of learning. In addition, it will provide better program space to handle larger crowds at popular programming and community gatherings. It also addresses a safety issue in that there will be a lower level for emergency shelter, storage and HVAC. The HVAC currently takes up valuable space on the library’s current and only level.
The library has no plans to increase staff size. The only increases in operating costs may come from increased heating and cooling costs, but the new HVAC system will be much more efficient and will likely result in savings.
Funding for this $4.1 million project will come from:
You may make an investment in our children and our community with a gift to the Make Room for Imagination campaign. The library is a 501(c)(1) tax exempt organization and charitable contributions to the library are tax deductible per Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code to the greatest extent of the law.
Jeaneal Weeks - Library Director
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