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Hawkins’ Happenings – December 10, 2014

At Story Time, children will be reading about, and munching, cookies on Thursday, December 11, 10:30 AM. There is more than one way to decorate a cookie – and our preschoolers will do it!
Time to finish those Christmas projects? Join other creative people at Hawkins’ Handcrafters on Thursday, December 11, from 1-3 PM. Bring a project to work on.
Computer Tech Time is for anyone who needs help on the computer. On Tuesday, December 16, at 9 AM, get computer assistance and learn programs you choose. The LearningExpress program is available through the library. Please register to attend.
Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix will be discussed at the Kid’s Wild About Books Club on Tuesday, December, 16, at 3:45 PM. Kids age 4th grade and older should register and read at least one Margaret Peterson Haddix book before the discussion.
With Christmas just around the corner, Santa is the topic for Story Time on Thursday, December 18, at 10:30 AM. Preschoolers can expect a visit and story from the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Fortune Hunter, by Daisy Goodwin, is the December 22, 1 PM book club discussion selection. This is a brilliant novel containing a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures. Get a copy of this book at the library and join the discussion.
Share the spirit of the season and take part in the library’s Adopt a Book program. You choose a children’s book from the tree, purchase it, and then receive recognition for your donation with a bookplate placed in that book.
Remember, the library has lots of Christmas books and movies to lift your holiday spirit. Take a break and check something out from our seasonal selection.
An I Spy Christmas Tree with a list of ornaments to search for is in the library. Test how observant you are by stopping and participating in this fun holiday hunt.

Meditations – December 10, 2014

By Pastor Christie John, Geneseo United Methodist Church

Advent greetings to you! “Advent” comes from a word that means “coming.” It is the four-week period that the church sets aside each year to prepare for our celebration of the coming of Jesus into our world. We know that peace and joy are associated with the celebration of Christmas. But what does Jesus’ birth have to do with peace and joy? To understand why we believe that Christmas is such good news, we need to begin at the beginning…the beginning of everything.

Scriptures tell us that our world is not here by accident – we were brought into being by a powerful, compassionate Creator – the one true Source of wisdom and beauty, goodness and life. Human beings were created with the ability to be close to God, to remain faithful to God and follow God’s ways. We were made to love God and to reflect God’s image as we graciously care for God’s good world.

Instead human beings turned away from God, and reaped the inevitable consequences of that choice: corruption and death. In our brokenness and rebellion, we became prone to selfishness, greed, arrogance, and bitterness. And somehow we dragged all of creation down with us. We did not care well for ourselves, for one another or for God’s beautiful earth. The image of God became more and more distorted in us. All that God had lovingly made for full, everlasting life was suffering and dying. We were in a horrible mess of our own making, and it broke God’s heart.

So what was God to do? We were suffering because we had moved away from God – God had not moved away from us. Where goodness wanes, evil rises. Where life diminishes, death emerges. We were on a profound downward spiral that we had begun and were incapable of stopping. I suppose God could have simply zapped the world and started over. But God loved us, and didn’t want to destroy us. I suppose God could have entered into the world with the kind of overwhelming power that made it impossible to refuse God’s gracious offer of loving, life-giving relationship with Him. But enforced love isn’t really love at all, is it?

For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, it is very appropriate that Advent comes just at the moment when our nights are longest. For the first Christmas marks the beginning of God’s surprising, loving and just solution to our despair, a hope that burns brightly in our darkness.

2015 Senior Spotlights – Michael Timmer

Michael Timmer

Parents’ Name: Jennifer Riesberg-Timmer and Raymond Timmer
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: August 20, 1997
My favorite color: Green
My favorite movie: Undercover Brother
My favorite class: Computer hardware, software, and networking
Hobbies/Activities: Yu-gi-oh
My biggest pet peeve is: People who try to justify their wrong doings to avoid consequences
Who are the most influential people in your life? My friends
What will you miss most about high school? No bills to pay
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working
What are your post-high school plans? College

2015 Senior Spotlights – Jacob Raub

Jacob Raub

Parents’ Name: Rick and Donna Raub
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: November 17, 1996
My favorite color: Turquoise
My favorite TV show: Family Guy
My favorite movie: The Hangover
My favorite restaurant: Pizza Ranch
My favorite class: Shop
Hobbies/Activities: Farming and woodworking
What is your favorite memory from high school? Meeting new friends
My biggest pet peeve is: Sitting by myself at lunch
Who are the most influential people in your life? My dad, grandpa, mom and friends
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing friends every day
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working on a farm, living with my family and wife.
What is the best thing about being a senior? It’s the last year, plus, being older
What are your post-high school plans? Maybe welding classes and farming
Your best advice to underclassmen? Get work done and have fun.

Hawkins’ Happenings – December 3, 2014

By Jolene Kronschnabel

Children celebrate the season with Christmas tree stories and activities at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 4, at Preschool Story Time. Remember, Story Time is cancelled if there is a late school start, or no school, due to inclement weather.
Register your 2nd or 3rd grader for the Reading is Fun Book Club, meeting on Thursday, December 4, at 4 PM. Kids read a chapter book of their choice then meet to tell the other readers about it. It is a great way to hear about good books!
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be in the library on Saturday, Dec 6, during La Porte City’s Home for the Holidays celebration. When visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, you can order keepsake pictures and gifts from Photographic Images by Georgia. And be sure to stop to make Christmas crafts and snatch up gift items and goodies at our bake sale between 9 AM and 2 PM.
Maleficent is showing on Wednesday, December 10, at 1:15 PM. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Popcorn comes with the movie.
Preschoolers will have fun with cookies on Thursday, December 11, at Story Time.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet on Thursday, December 11, from 1-3 PM. Bring any project you are working on and join other creative people at the library for work time.
Computer Tech Time is on Tuesday, December 16, at 9 AM. Get computer help and learn programs you choose using LearningExpress, available through the library. Please register to attend. This program is for anyone who needs help on the computer.
Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix will be discussed at the Kid’s Wild About Books Club on Tuesday, December, 16, at 3:45 PM. Kids age 4th grade and older should register and read at least one Margaret Peterson Haddix book before the discussion.
Fortune Hunter, by Daisy Goodwin, is the December 22, 1 PM book club discussion selection. This is a brilliant novel containing a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures. Get a copy of this book at the library and join the discussion.
How many books does it take to build a tree? Take a gander at our book tree and make a guess on the number of books used to build it.