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Mount Mercy nursing students earn pins

On December 12, Mount Mercy University pinned over 50 nursing graduates at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Graduates Madison Lambert '22 and Amery Barbee '22 were featured as student speakers at the event and read the class poem.  The following nursing student received their pins at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Vinton,  Emily FisherCongratulations nursing graduates! Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and live their values.

Book Review: A trio of reviews

A Trio of Children's Books          Reviewed by Connie Bennett                  Sophie's Masterpiece                 By Eileen Spinelli                                               Children's Fiction                                                AR  3.
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Second Quarterly Winners of College Savings Drawing Awarded $250 into Accounts

Parents Entered in Drawing After Receiving College and Career Planning Information for Their StudentsThirty-eight Iowa parents and guardians each received $250 in college savings deposits after their entries were randomly selected in a quarterly drawing sponsored by Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation®. The winners were among 849 eligible participants who entered after receiving free college and career planning information for their middle and high school students.

Book Review: Burn

 Burn                       Patrick Ness                                                    Young Adult                                                    Science Fiction                                                    Reviewed by                                                    Connie Bennett          Jump into the Wayback Machine, Ladies and Gentlemen,  as I spin a tale of a dragon with a prophecy, in the far-off world of a "universe almost our own", in the year 1957.

eBook Review: Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the SnowBy Debbie MacomberReviewed by Connie Bennett, Vinton Public Library ClerkFiction (Trending)ContemporaryRomanceThis wildly popular author currently has several new books at Vinton Public Library. This particular one is available at VPL as an audiobook on CDs, as well as two copies of the book itself. In addition, the Libby app has one copy available in eBook form, and has one audiobook.
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Book Review: Finding Winnie

  Finding Winnie                      By Lindsay Mattick                              Children's Easy Picture Book                              True Story of Winnie the Pooh                              Photographs Included                              Reviewed by Connie Bennett                                        I know that some of you will see this as "cheating", since it a children's book, and only one book at that, but I sincerely hope you read and enjoy this book and then share the story!  It truly is "for all ages"!           I'm assuming that everyone is familiar with Winnie the Pooh, who has been a children’s favorite for decades.

Book Review: Roll the Wagons

Roll the Wagons                    William Heuman                                                 Large Type                                                 Western                                                 Reviewed by                                                 Connie Bennett          Readers of Westerns, I have a new offering for you, and as an added bonus, it's a large type edition!  After reading this review, I'm sure you'll want to grab up this one!          It all starts out on a sweltering hot day at 2:09 PM, on a trip with a freight-hauling company, Rocky Mountain Freighting.

Book Review: Lending a Paw

 Lending a Paw                      By Laurie Cass                                                Large Print                                                Fiction                                                Mystery                                                Reviewed By                                                             Connie Bennett          This time around, I looked for something light-hearted and easy to read.
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Book Review: Christmas Bells

Christmas BellsBy Jennifer ChiaveriniHistorical Fiction/BiographyReviewed by Connie Bennett         Although this book claims to be a work of fiction, it has so many references to the very thoughts and attitudes of world-famous writer and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that I would personally consider it more of a biography.

2023 Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship Applications being accepted

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: We’re now accepting applications for our 2023 Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarships! Is there a problem in your community you think you could solve using STEM? Write a short essay about it and you may be one of 25 seniors we recognize to help reach your academic goals. Learn more and apply before Feb. 15 To apply, CLICK HERE!To encourage innovation and creative problem solving, Alliant Energy offers a scholarship program for students pursuing a career in business, applied sciences, technology, engineering and math fields upon high school graduation.
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