CHECK OUT THESE UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS!
Children’s Halloween party
To celebrate Halloween, the library will be hosting a costume and craft party for children of all ages on Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 am. Children’s costumes will be judged, treats handed out, and crafts made. After the costume judging, kids will be trick-or-treating at some of the businesses on First Avenue. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, but children younger than 6 years old should be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Sponsored by Spoden Construction.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Do you have a novel waiting to be written? This might be the time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share your words. The goal is to write one 50,000 word novel in one month's time. The library is celebrating this special month with Camp NaNoWriMo, which will be led by local published author Carol Edwards Denekas. Throughout the month of November, Carol will lead, encourage, critique, and applaud your creativity through two group sessions and multiple private one-on-one sessions. Come learn about writing, editing, publishing, and marketing from this experienced author.
The NaNoWriMo kick-off will start at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 1. Come meet Carol and listen to her presentation about writing, followed by a Q&A session and time for writing. All writers welcome. Throughout the month of November, writers will also be able to sign up for a 30 minute, private one-on-one writing workshop session with Carol. She will offer you encouragement, direction, and advice on how to fine tune your manuscript. Reservations will be taken any time after the kick-off on November 1.
Open Mic Night
The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting a monthly open mic night at local restaurant Brew & Brew on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 pm. Performers are encouraged to sign up for ten minute time slots and show off their talents. Poetry, music, readings and comedy are just a few examples! All ages are welcome to come and watch, but performers under the age 13 need an adult present. Performers can register in advance at either the Library or Brew & Brew with walk-in performances allowed if there is time. Tables for spectators can be reserved by calling Brew & Brew.
The Small-Town Midwest with author Julianne Couch
Bellevue, Iowa, author Julianne Couch will be at the library on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm to discuss her book The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century. Most people in the United States live in urban areas yet there are nearly fifty million people living in small towns of just a few thousand people or less. Some towns are within a short drive of a metropolitan area while some are an hour or more from any sort of urban hub. In her book, Julianne Couch sets out to illuminate the lives and hopes of these small-town residents. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the author.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Awards Ceremony
Children who are participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten are being recognized at this family event on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 pm. There will be a short family story time followed by a brief award ceremony. Those who have reached 100 book goals will be awarded an achievement certificate, and those who have reached 1000 book goals will receive a trophy. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is funded by a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Friends of the Library.