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.
Exciting news! Hiawatha Public Library and Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association (HADSA) are teaming up to offer a free music therapy program for kids with Down Syndrome and their families. Do Re Mi debuts on Saturday, June 17 from 9:30-10:00 and will meet again on July 15 and August 19.
Amber Cook, board-certified music therapist with a degree in Music Education currently serves as music therapist at the outpatient clinic at Tanager Place. She is eager to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to Hiawatha Public Library. Ms. Cook explains, “During Do Re Mi, children and their families will experience movement and social interaction through active music making.” Hiawatha Public Library shares her zeal and invites families to join us for this rhythmic opportunity.
Alicia Mangin - Youth Services Librarian
It’s been a privilege to be Youth Services Librarian for more than ten years, symbolized by the summer reading programs we’ve shared. Let’s traipse down memory lane.
In 2007, kids delved into mystery and Got a Clue @ Your Library while teens YNK @ Your Library. I don’t know what that means but You Never Know what teens mean.
In 2008, youngsters were encouraged to Catch the Reading Bug. I have an abject fear of bugs and don’t comprehend the linking of something so peaceful---reading---with something that wants to kill you---bugs. The teen theme was Metamorphosis @ Your Library. Instead of focusing on the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis, my insect phobia dredged up the less attractive maggot to fly image.
Hello 2009 when kids will Be Creative and teens will Express Themselves @ Your Library. When’s the last time you saw me do something crafty?
Hurray for 2010 and its aquatic themes! Make a Splash and Makes Waves @ Your Library were as refreshing as a dip in the pool followed by a little reading under the sun. And suddenly, adults were invited to swim too with Water Your Mind. Jump in!
Enter 2011 and One World, Many Stories for kids; You Are Here for teens; and Novel Destination for adults. Learn more about your world, yourself through stories!
In 2012, themes went nocturnal with Dream Big, Own the Night and Between the Covers. Perfect! Fulfilling reading experiences always occur in the comfort of your own bed. The sun sets at night specifically to allow for this.
Excavation reigned in 2013. We dug, went below the surface and broke ground. Guess what lives in the dirt? Bugs! Please let me enjoy my book without a case of the heebie-jeebies.
Science was boss in 2014. Kids had Fizz, Boom, Read!; teens were prompted to Spark a Reaction; and adults indulged in Literary Elements. It’s three years later and science itself is suspect! Grrr.
2015 featured Marvelous themes. Every Hero Has a Story, Unmask, and Escape the Ordinary pleased cape crusading readers (and librarians) of all ages. Books to the rescue!
2016 themes emphasized the undeniable link between mental and physical health. For kids, it was On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Teens were encouraged to Get in the Game while adults were reminded to Exercise Your Mind. How do you lessen treadmill monotony? With a book, of course!
2017. Our eleventh summer reading program together. And this year, I truly mean together. For the first time, we will share the same theme. Let’s Build a Better World, one book at a time. We’ll explore cultural diversity, the environment, and innovation. We’ll share music and art and witness huge bubbles. We’ll eat and cook and eat some more. And of course, we’ll reward you. Summer reading begins June 1. Come along for the ride.
Alicia Mangin, Youth Services Librarian
Parents, do you have a new reader in the house? Are you fearful that just as your child is “getting the hang of it,” school will dismiss for summer and they will backtrack? Perhaps your child is struggling and would benefit from continued coaching. Or maybe your child is excelling and you want an outlet that allows them to continue to soar.
In collaboration with Green Iowa Americorps, Hiawatha Public Library is offering Reading Buddies, free reading support to kids on Wednesdays during June and July. If your child would gain from a shared reading experience with an enthusiastic and encouraging buddy, sign up beginning May 1. Follow the drop down Reading Buddies link under the Youth tab. You may register for one 30 minute session a week. Space is limited so register soon!
Alicia Mangin, Youth Services Librarian
The Metro Library Network (MLN), a collaboration between the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries is now lending wi-fi hotspots to eligible library card holders.
Wi-fi hotspots provide access to the internet anywhere there is a Verizon cell connection. Hotpots can be used with wi-fi enabled electronic devices, and may be checked out for 21 days. Hotspots may not be renewed, and holds are not allowed at this time. Patrons must visit their library to check out the devices.
"The library's internet connection is very important for many in our community," said Jeaneal Weeks, Director of the Hiawatha Public Library. "This new program will allow us to extend our library service and resources outside the physical walls of the library in order to provide more access and flexibility to meet the needs of our patrons."
For more information, call the Hiawatha Public Library at (319) 393-1414, Cedar Rapids Public Library (319) 261-READ, Marion Public Library (319) 377-3412 or visit our website at www.hiawathapubliclibrary.org.
A quest for knowledge and truth within our libraries.
As we look at the headlines of “Fake News” and biased reporting we need to remember we are responsible for finding out the truth. Everyone has a bias and there is nothing wrong with having your opinion. Though when you are on the quest to find the truth the library is here to provide the resources you need. Not only do we have numerous databases online to research a topic, but also stacks of books, magazines and newspapers.
If you are struggling to determine who is biased, lying, or just not telling the whole truth, the library is here to help! There are several ways to determine where the truth lies. Look for articles or books that provide both sides of the story. They support their information with good research back materials. They do not use always or never type statements as they know there is exceptions to the rule.
If you are working on a research paper or just trying to find out what is really going on with a topic let us know. We have a few tips and tricks that can help you weed through all the materials. We are always happy to help you gain knowledge and understanding.
Julie Jewell, Community Relations Coordinator
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