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What We're Reading: "The Busy Body"

Ghostwriters, politicians and fangirls, oh my! "The Busy Body" by Kemper Donovan tells the story of an aspiring novelist hired to co-write a memoir for a famous politician who recently lost the presidential election. When a superfan ends up murdered, the two join forces to solve the crime. I loved the voice of the narrator and found myself rooting for the powerhouse of a politician.

Kirkwood Community College graduates announced

The 2024 Kirkwood Community College Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in downtown Cedar Rapids. Congratulations to all the Kirkwood graduates!Atkins, IA Riley Curtis, Associate of Applied Science Grace Embretson, Associate of Science Ally Gauthier, Diploma Angie Gorko
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Morningside University awards general honors based on undergraduate work completed at the university and according to the grade point averages (GPAs). General honors are designated as follows May and summer 2024 graduates included from Newhall, Gabrielle Mohs, MAT. 215 undergraduate students and 209 graduate students graduated from Morningside University on Saturday, May 11 at the commencement ceremony held at Elwood Olsen Stadium on Morningside’s campus.

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.
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