Our library is smaller than most in the area, but we keep up with the other libraries- serving and circulating a wide range of materials.
With summer approaching, the number of books seems to skyrocket. We run out of room quickly and our carts tend to overflow… Our library volunteers are essential in keeping the library running smoothly. They help take care of the extra load, lend a hand with programming, help tidy up, and have even been story time mascots. This year alone, we have already had 240 hours of volunteer service. That is amazing!
We are so grateful to our volunteers and our community for continually supporting us.
If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer at the library, please stop on by or give us a call. We would love to have you join our library community.
If you are a student in need of volunteer hours, we can also train you to shelve books, shelf read, or help with programs.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (June 3 - July 27) is rapidly approaching! Now you can register right here on our web site. T-minus 10...9...8..7...
Our Registration Page has links to sign up online, as well as downloadable forms and information about summer activities.
Click Here to Visit the Registration Page and Download Forms
We are so excited to have broken ground and begun construction! Many of you have noticed the new temporary wall in the children's section and the excavation in the front lot.
We thank our patrons for their enthusiasm and patience as we begin this process!
If the Starks from Game of Thrones were librarians, they would ominously say, “Summer is coming!” What exactly does that mean and why does it matter?
Hiawatha Public Library doesn’t consider summer frightening but instead revels in the opportunity it presents. So what is coming this summer? On June 3, the Library launches A Universe of Stories, an out of this world incentive-based reading program. Universe invites readers of all ages to connect with books and their library while earning rewards.
That’s the what, but why? Adults, families, teens and young kids seek activities and structure to replace the void created by the absence of school. Summer reading provides that.
Summer reading offers the flexibility of trying new things and meeting new people without dipping into your wallet. Often, lasting connections are formed not just with individuals and families, but also with the library itself.
Libraries embrace the opportunity to be a “third place” in the community. Outside of work or school, or home, Hiawatha Public Library is a community meeting place where educational and recreational ideas flow freely. Summer reading enhances that.
Finally, summer reading is about outcomes such as stemming learning loss and advancing school readiness but above all, it’s about having fun. Try a new author, tackle that personal “movies to watch” list, take in a story time with your grandchild, learn from our NASA Solar System Ambassador or check out an audio book for that long bike ride.
Yes, summer is coming and Hiawatha Public Library is eager to make it warm and welcoming.
Update 5/22/19: We have all the rolls we need! This drive has now closed. Thank you everyone who donated!
Hiawatha Public Library is in need of toilet paper rolls for children's programming! We will be accepting donations of toilet paper and paper towell rolls until May 31.
The Hiawatha Public Library is hosting a school supply drive as part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program! According to the Backpack Index, an annual survey of the cost of school supplies and other expenses, in 2017 the supply list for an elementary school student cost about $650. School supplies donated at the Hiawatha Public Library will help students and staff at Hiawatha Elementary School with some of these expenses.
Supplies needed include:
Supplies may be dropped off in the school bus near the front desk. The school supply drive will run until July 31, 2018.
Thank you for your generous giving! #choosekindness
Erin Zaputil - Adult Services Librarian
Libraries Rock, the 2018 Summer Reading Program, will be held at the Hiawatha Public Library from June 4 – July 28. We have reading programs for all ages, including the addition of the Baby Bump Book Club for people who are pregnant! Participants in each of the programs will be able to earn prizes and enter drawings for reading and completing various activities.
As part of Libraries Rock the Hiawatha Public Library will be holding a School Supply Drive for students and staff at Hiawatha Elementary School. The library will accept donations of new school supplies throughout the Summer Reading Program.
Special events will be held at the Hiawatha Public Library throughout the summer. Please visit Summer Reading 2018 for more information, to register, and to print reading and activity logs.
We encourage everyone to share their participation in Libraries Rock with us on social media using the hashtags #CorridorrReads. Add it to photos of your favorite summer reads, lists of books you’ve checked out at your library, or a program or event you plan to attend. We even have additional hashtags to get you started. Each week during the summer reading program, libraries will use the following hashtags to generate conversation:
We will give away a piece of library swag each week during the summer to someone who participates in the #CorridorReads campaign. In order to win the drawing, you must follow one of the participating libraries on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, post a photo and include the hashtag #CorridorReads in the caption.
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
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