#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
As our summer reading program Build a Better World comes to an end, a group of caring children from our community reminds us that efforts to better the world are ongoing. Enter Kid-Powered Kindness.
Kid-Powered Kindness was born in 2014 after then four-year-old Annabelle stared in wonder at her Christmas bounty. She remarked, "Mom, we have so many toys and there are kids who don't have enough." Annabelle reached out to her friends, gathered toys they no longer played with and donated them to kids in need.
Kid-Powered Kindness is driven by the philosophy that kids can make the world a better place. Annabelle’s belief in this simple but mighty premise led the group to their newest world-bettering project. During a contribution trip to a local Little Free Library, Annabelle commented, “Mom, there should be pantries with food in them for people who are hungry.” As a result of this simple but compassionate observation, the kids again organized, raised money and built four Little Free Pantries.
The kids power this endeavor but community mom Heather Spangler is its engineer. She recognized a child’s desire to spread goodwill and nurtured it. Heather shares, “Sarah Mersch's critical assistance and the strength of the Northeast Cedar Rapids Mom’s Club helped make Annabelle’s dream true.”
Hiawatha Public Library is honored to be home to the premier Kid-Powered Kindness Little Free Pantry. On Monday, July 31 at 2:00, please join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebration complete with lemonade and cookies provided by HyVee whose stores will be home to three additional pantries. You will meet these amazing kids and be among the first to contribute to the pantry and their vision.
Alicia Mangin - Youth Services Librarian
The Hiawatha Public Library is expanding and we are excited to finally be able to share our plans with you! We have been working to create an expanded and renovated library with donations from the public, and area businesses and organizations, as well as City funding that has already been allocated for the project.
The planned project renovates the existing 8,500 square-foot-space and adds another 13,500 square feet. In addition to creating a dedicated youth space and Tween Zone, the plan expands and gives proper space to technology areas. Two study rooms will help patrons learn and work, and expanded program space will accommodate large crowds for popular programming and community gatherings. The addition of a lower level provides space for emergency shelter, storage and HVAC, which currently take up valuable patron and staff space on the main level.
Of the $4.1 million needed for the project $1 million will come from existing Local Option Sales Tax income. The library has raised nearly $700,000 of a one-million-dollar Phase I goal. An up to $1.2 million capital bond, which will be on the November ballot, is already in the City of Hiawatha’s Capital Improvement Plan, and will not place any additional tax burden on the citizens of Hiawatha. The passing of the bond provides the residents of Hiawatha with an updated, expanded and better library with no additional tax dollars since it is already in the City budget. The Hiawatha Public Library “Make Room for Imagination” Capital Campaign is the perfect example of public-private partnership. It’s a win-win for our City, our children, our patrons, and the greater community as a whole.
To see renderings of the planned renovation and expansion, or to make a donation to the Capital Campaign, please visit our Make Room for Imagination page.