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September is Library Card Sign-up Month!Library card

September is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind everyone that a library card is the smartest card you can own.  Come sign up for a library card in September and receive a library magnet, button, and bookmark. The Teen Titans are the honorary spokespeople for this month so to celebrate we’ll be having Teen Titans/Superhero/Comic book themed programs and contests all month! See the list of scheduled events below:

1. The Teen Titans ask “What’s More Powerful than a Library Card?” and we want you to tell us  what’s powerful about our library (or all  libraries). Stop by the library and fill out a slip and get your name entered into a drawing for a library themed prize.

2. Join our Teen Titans coloring contest. Get a coloring page from the library, color it and return it to the library. Every page will be displayed in the library and the artist will get their name entered into a drawing for a Teen Titans themed prize.

3. Join us for a discussion of your favorite graphic novels and comic books on Saturday, September 16 at 2:30 pm.  Come and talk about the series and characters you enjoy and hear about other participant’s favorites.  All ages welcome. Refreshments provided.  

4.   Join us this month for two superhero-themed movies. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (PG) will be shown on Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm and Wonder Woman (PG-13) will be shown on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm.

5.   The puzzle for the monthly Get Puzzled program is Retro DC Comics Universe.  

Coloring for AdultsCrayons

Come relax and relieve stress by coloring on Friday, September 22 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The library provides coloring sheets, colored pencils and light refreshments. No registration needed. Participants are welcome to come and go during the program. This program is open to adults 18 and older.

Poetry Workshop with Poet Timothy Juhlwords

Join us Saturday, September 23 from 9:30am-1:30 pm for this poetry workshop led by poet Timothy Juhl.Through several unique writing exercises, both beginning and experienced writers will discover new ways of expressing their ideas on paper. Writers of every level are welcome. This program is geared for adults but older teens are welcome.  Attendees should bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome if space allows. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

Banned Books Weekbanned book

Join us September 24-30 for Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.  To celebrate, the library is hosting a display as well as these programs:

  • Name That Banned Book Guessing Jar: Can you guess the title of the book that is shredded up inside the jar just from looking at scraps of the book?
  • Blind Date with a Banned Book: Stop by the library when you have a few minutes to spare and choose one of the gift-wrapped books on display.  Meet your new banned or challenged book and decide if you want to take it home.  If not, return it with no hard feelings and try again. Participants should be 15 years old or older as books will be from the YA and adult collections.
  • All who participate in the Guessing Jar and Blind Date with a Banned Book will receive a themed bookmark and have their name entered into a drawing for a prize.

Weather, Climate and Iowa: What You Should KnowPushing the limits logo

Join us Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm for this special session of the Pushing the Limits: PLACE series as Terry Simmons, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) science partner, discusses weather, observations and climate.  This presentation will include videos, web resources and more.   Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.  Refreshments provided.  Pushing the Limits: PLACE is a library hosted reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in underserved and rural communities, made possible by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Mindstorm LEGOS®Mindstorm LEGOS

The library is offering a new recurring program which combines LEGOS® with software and hardware programming to create customizable, programmable robots: Mindstorm LEGOS®! Join us Saturday, September 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm where participants can build robots from LEGOS® building bricks and program them to perform different actions! Come work as a team and try your hand at some basic robotics and programming! For children ages 10 and older. This program is sponsored by DuTrac Community Credit Union.

Wreath Craft GatheringBall wreath

Want to make a wreath for the library’s Wreath-It-Up fundraiser but need some ideas or support?  Or are you just looking for some ideas on how to make or decorate a wreath for your own home?  Come to the library to join other crafters in learning and crafting together  on Sunday, October 1 from 1:30-3:30.  For those working on a project for the Wreath-It-Up Fundraiser, the library will provide wreaths and some craft supplies, but you are welcome to bring your own. Come and go as you are able.


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The Wreath-It-Up Fundraiser

Showcase your special talents and put your creativity to work at this library fundraising event! Pick up a wreath from the library, decorate it any way you like, and return it to the library.  Or decorate a wreath of your own and donate it to the library. Wreaths should be turned in by October 13. Wreaths will be on display in the library starting late September and a  silent auction of donated wreaths will be held in  the library from  October 16--November 12, 2017.


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Pushing the Limits: PLACE Book Discussion - Science Cafe Series begins in September 

The JKPL is pleased to announce a special reading and discussion series on environmental literacy to be offered September-November. The library was the recipient of a PLACE (Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement: Environmental Literacy through Climate Change Discussions) grant. This three part series is intended to encourage adults in the community to consider their own resilience and adaptation strategies in the face of climate change and severe weather events. Gatherings are the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.  The first meeting will be September 14.  Terry Simmons, National Weather Service, will be the JKPL National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science partner. For more information, please pick up a detailed flyer at the library or download the flyer here. Registration requested.  Pushing the Limits: PLACE is a library hosted reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in underserved and rural communities, made possible by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. 


« September 2017 »
Upcoming Events
Poetry Workshop with Poet Timothy Juhl Sep 23, 2017 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Banned Books Week Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
Sunday Movies presents “Wonder Woman” Sep 24, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:20 PM — Hoffman Room
Story Time Sep 27, 2017 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM — Hoffman Room
Wee Read Sep 27, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
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