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What we're reading: "Home is where the bodies are"

Over the weekend I read Jeneva Rose's new book called "Home is Where the Bodies Are". I am a HUGE fan of Jeneva Rose's and after reading "The Perfect Marriage," "You Shouldn't Have Come Here," "Dead Woman Crossing," and "Last Day Alive" I had huge expectations for this book. I may have overhyped myself......being a gullible reader, I still found this book to be a bit predictable.

Your childhood may be gone, but do the fireflies have to go with it?

Do you wistfully look back at the days of drinking from the garden hose, staying out until the streetlights came on and catching fireflies? Did you know that you can do something far cooler than dust off your Atari or crank your amp to 11? You can help make a future with more fireflies! Like music on MTV, the firefly’s environment has changed drastically since you were a kid.
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University of Dubuque Spring Semester 2024 Academic Dean's List

The following students were recognized by the University of Dubuque for their place on the Spring Semester 2024 Academic Dean's List. Atkins - Abbie PattersonBlairstown - Kody DeNeveNorway - Lacy CookVinton - Bryce RadekeWalford - Gage WeberThe University of Dubuque congratulates the following students on being appointed to the Spring Semester 2024 Academic Dean's List.

What we're reading: The Caravel Series

VPL Note: The Caraval series is available in eBook and Audiobook in Libby, and physical copies will soon be available at our library.The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber is based around two sisters, Tella and Scarlett. Scarlett has always wanted to see the magical Caraval and on her birthday Tella makes her dream come true. Both sisters get whisked away into the Caraval’s numerous mysteries and performances.

What We're Reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

If you're a sucker for novels written in a series of letters, then this historical fiction novel is for you! A young writer, Juliet Ashton, finds her next book subject through her love of books! I was smitten, to write the least."As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.
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MIYBT Members Earn Scholarships

Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team (MIYBT) members, Olivia Hanson (Union High School), Ryan Hosek (North Tama High School), William Kroneman (Benton Community High School), Kaylynn Murty (South Tama High School), and Adelynn Sienknecht (North Tama High School) each earned a $2,000 Iowa Youth Beef Team (IYBT) Scholarship from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Tips for Hunting for Wild Mushrooms in Iowa

Expert insight into when, where and how to find common mushrooms in IowaIn Iowa, mushroom hunting is quite common. However, knowing the peak time to hunt for a particular mushroom can be challenging.Chelsea Harbach, a plant disease diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares helpful guidelines when hunting for common mushrooms.

Kirkwood to Hold 2024 Commencement Ceremony this Saturday

Kirkwood Community College will hold the institution’s 2024 commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 11, at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse beginning at 10 a.m. The class of 2024 is expected to exceed 1,600 graduates and will be comprised of students who have completed, or will complete, their program requirements following the Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 semesters.
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East CentraI Iowa REC Awards 12 Students $1,000 Scholarships

East-Central Iowa REC is proud to announce it has awarded $1,000 scholarships to one young man who plans to further his education in the Powerline Technician program and 12 graduating seniors who plan to further their education in a diverse range of programs. Congratulations to these deserving students!1. Wyatt Kuch, Belle Plaine Community– Parents: Kristin and Sherwin Kuch, Keystonea.

What we're reading: Absolution

"Absolution" by Alice McDermott is the story of two women who become friends while their husbands are stationed in Vietnam during the war. The women get off to a rocky start, as they navigate new social terrain, and eventually bond over their efforts to make a difference during their time in Vietnam. I was pulled into the story from the start. It is told through present-day correspondence between one of the women and her friend's daughter, who was a child during their time abroad.
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