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Active Learning Space Naming Contest June 1-30my name is ? badge

In April, the JKPL debuted its new Active Learning Smart Space. This space is designed to provide opportunities for learning, creating, making and doing focused upon the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), Do It Together and Do It Yourself activities.  Now it’s time to give that space its own name and we need your help!  During the month of June we are asking for your recommendations on what we should name the space.  Then in July we’ll ask you to come back and vote on the top 3 suggestions that we’ve received.  The person whose suggestion is selected as the official name for the space will get a special prize! All suggestions must be submitted by June 30. Pick up a form at the library or download one here.

Messy Art in the Parkslime

Stop by the JKPL Pop-up Library at the Commercial Club Park anytime between 2:00 and 4:30 pm on Thursday, June 21 to get a library card, check out materials, and find out more about what the library has to offer. Library merchandise (coloring books, wine glasses, etc.) may also be available to purchase. Join us at 2:30 pm and we make and play with slime!



Tween Book ClubTween Book Club

This new reading discussion group is for kids ages 9-12 and meets the third Thursday of each month. For this meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm, the group will discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Registration requested. Copies of each book are available to borrow from the library. Snacks provided.

IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape David Ottenstein

Join us Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm as Connecticut based photographer David Ottenstein discusses his book IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape.  This beautiful book is the culmination of Ottenstein’s thirteen year journey photographing the architectural landscape of the family farm in Iowa and it features 89 of Ottenstein’s black and white photographs. Following the program, the author will sell and autograph copies of the book.

Music Workshops with Aspen BlackAspen Black

Guitar Like a Star: Saturday, June 23 @ 10:00 am: Every child who attends this program will learn to make chords, strum, count in rhythm, change chords, and play/sing along to familiar children's songs.  Instruments provided. Older kids will use classroom sized guitars and will learn songs that are easy-intermediate, with 3-4 chords, and they will also learn a basic riff.  Younger kids will use ukuleles and play easy children’s songs that are up to three chords. For kids age 4-11. This program is limited to 60 participants, first come first served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

Uke Like A Star: Saturday, June 23 @ 2:00 pm: Teens can learn to play songs in the first five minutes of this program!  Participants can learn to make chords, strum, count in rhythm, change chords, and play/sing along to familiar songs.  Instruments provided. For those who have completed 6th-12th grade. Limited to 30 participants, first come first served. This program is sponsored by TACKL.  

Make Music with Makey-Makeybanana keyboard (makey-makey)

Ever wanted to turn a banana into a keyboard? How about create your own Guitar Hero style controller from cardboard and tinfoil? Then check out our Makey Makey program on Monday, June 25 at 3:00 pm. Participants  will use Makey Makey kits to learn about engineering and circuitry while having fun! All ages welcome but those under the age of 7 require an adult companion.  Held in ALSS

Libraries Rock! Mini-Book ClubNick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Teens and adults are invited to participate in a special summer mini book club with a music connection! Join us at the JKPL on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm (and the 4th Tuesday of July and August) for this special series.  This month’s selection is Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn. Following the book discussion, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the film based on the book.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library.    

University of Iowa Mobile MuseumUofI mobile museum

This year’s Mobile Museum highlights ideas and innovations that started at the University of Iowa then took flight in the world outside the University. The bus will be parked at the library on Tuesday, June 28 from 10:00 am-12 noon. Come anytime the bus is here to take a self-guided tour of their three exhibits. In Wild Iowa, explore raptors in an oak savanna and how understanding them helps us conserve Iowa’s environment. In A Matter of Scales, see how art and technology can convey information to help save endangered species. In Discover/Develop/Deploy, learn how new technologies are speeding up innovation in health care and business.


Final Friday Tech featuring FREEGALTechnologyFreegal with listen here button

Join us Friday, June 29 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Active Learning Space at the JKPL for this new monthly event!  Final Friday Tech will be held on the last Friday of each month and each month will have a featured topic related to computers and technology but guests are welcome to stop in with any technology question and see if library staff can help you find the answer. The library has a few laptops available to use but guests are encouraged to bring their laptop, tablet or device (if they have one they like to work with). This month’s topic is Freegal, the JKPL’s downloadable / digital music service.

Summer Reading Programs begin in June!Libraries Rock adult logo 2

The theme for all three programs is Libraries Rock! so the JKPL is planning activities around rocks  and geology. On-line registration for all three programs begins May 26 and in-person registration begins June 1 (adult) and June 4 (children & teens). Visit the Summer Reading Program page for more information.


now hiring signNow Hiring!

The JKPL is looking to fill a part-time clerk position.  Job duties include working at the check-out desk, answering the telephone, assisting patrons, shelving and processing of materials.  Position requires strong customer service skills, the ability to work with computers, attention to detail, and the physical ability to stand for short periods of time, push a cart, lift and shelve materials. Will include daytime and Saturday hours. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume by June 20 to: Dawn Schrandt, Assistant Library Director; James Kennedy Public Library, 320 1st Ave. E., Dyersville, Iowa 52040. 


Library boardBoard Members Wanted

The James Kennedy Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to serve on the Library Board.  There will be 3 vacancies as of July 1.  Information about the responsibilities of the Library Board are available here or you can pick up a print-out at the library. Printed applications are available at both the library and city hall or you can download the application here.

kid with lunchLunch at the Library

he JKPL will be an open host site providing free meals for children age 18 and under during the summer break from school.  There are no income guidelines, all children welcome! Meals will be served from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon every weekday EXCEPT the week of July 2-6.  (No meals will be served the week of the Fourth of July.)  Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00  if sufficient quantities are available.  Advanced reservations are NOT required.  Download the lunch menu here.

« June 2018 »
Upcoming Events
Scrap Wreath Making Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 — Active Learning Smart Space
Lunch at the Library Jun 21, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Tween Book Club Jun 21, 2018 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape Jun 21, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Jun 22, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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