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Money Smart Week Kids READ Event

The JKPL is partnering with DuTrac Credit Union to present this special child and parent or grandparent READ event on Thursday, April 28 at 4:00 pm.  Join us as a representative from DuTrac reads If You Made A Million by David Schwartz, a whimsical math and picture book about money, the world of work, and the basics of personal finance.  There will also be other information and  activities about money appropriate for elementary school students and their families.  The first 20 attendees will receive a copy of If You Made A Million to keep.  Participants should be in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.  Registration is encouraged but not required, refreshments provided.  Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) Children's Day/Book Day

Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading that is held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. This year the JKPL will celebrate with a family story time based on the book Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 am. After the story, kids will be able to make their own pottery with air-dry clay. All ages welcome.  Children under the age of 7 require an older teen or adult companion. 

Saavy Seniors Avoiding Scams

What you can do to protect yourself from scams is the topic of this special Money Smart Week @ Your Library presentation on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 pm.  Learn about the different types of scams and schemes that are present in today’s society and receive tips to protect your assets from scams. If you are a victim, the program will explain how a scam occurs and how to report them to the officials. Although this program is focused on seniors, all ages are welcome and will benefit from learning more about avoiding scams.  

Author Visit with Susan HellertSusan Hellert

The JKPL is partnering with the Dyersville Area Historical Society to bring local author Susan Hellert to Dyersville on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm. Hellert is the author of the recently released book Hidden History of Dubuque, which includes information on some of Dyersville’s hidden treasures.  Hellert will come in her 1890s walking suit, talk about local history and share excerpts from the book.  She will also talk about her research (and how Judy from the Dyersville Area Historical Society helped),  answer questions and autograph copies of the book.  Copies of the book are available to purchase for $20.00 (retail price is $21.99).


April is D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) MonthDEAR Day logo

For many years, D.E.A.R. Day was celebrated on or about April 12th - the birthday of noted children’s author Beverly Cleary.  Now, D.E.A.R. is a month long celebration of this beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading.   Join us at the JKPL as we celebrate D.E.A.R. month with the Book Jar.  During the month of April, the library will have a Book Jar filled with slips of paper with book titles recommended by staff, Board, friends, and avid readers.  Different colored slips will indicate different kinds of books - children’s, teen, fiction, non-fiction, classics, etc.  Readers are encouraged to pick a slip out of the jar and check out the book title they select.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a book related prize.  Participants are also encouraged to write a brief review of the book they read and, if they do so, will be entered into a drawing for a second prize. 

DASH for the STASH @ Your Library!  DASH for the STASH

Stop by the library anytime during the month of April to participate in “Dash for the Stash” where you will learn about investing and may earn an entry into a drawing to win a $1,000 IRA!  The DASH for the STASH contest is played much like a scavenger hunt; but instead of collecting objects, individuals collect information about saving and investing and leave answers to quiz questions all of which are found on posters on display in the library. The easiest way to participate in the DASH for the STASH is to use a smartphone or mobile device to scan QR codes but you also will be able to use a laptop or desktop computer. For more information contact the library. The DASH for the STASH program is being launched by the Iowa Insurance Division and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute (IPI).  Edited version

Get Puzzled @ Your Library!  Puzzle

Stop in the library during April to help us put together Treasure Hunt Book Shelf, a new 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Aimee Stewart. The puzzle will be located on the table under the skylight and everyone is welcome to add a piece or two or more!  To add to the fun, everyone who works on the puzzle is encouraged to put their name into a drawing to win the puzzle!



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Help Wanted

Job Openings Available

The James Kennedy Public Library is looking to fill one or two part-time clerk positions.  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. Summer hours include morning, evening, and weekends. Summer hours of 30 available, with 10 hours for evenings and weekends continuing. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume by May 4, 2016 to: Dawn Schrandt, Assistant Library Director; James Kennedy Public Library, 320 1st Ave. E., Dyersville, Iowa 52040.

 Library board

New Library Board Members Wanted

The James Kennedy Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to serve on the Library Board, effective July 1, 2016.  Information about the powers and responsibilities of the Library Board are available at the library or on the library website on the About tab   Applications are available at both the library and city hall.


I love my library sign by steve werner

Yard Sign Fundraiser

To celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, and raise money to support the library’s services and collections, the James Kennedy Public Library is selling yard signs that say “I Love My Library” during the month of April.  Signs are 18” x 24”, vinyl, reusable, come with a ground stake and are $10.00 each.   Already have one of these signs? Now’s the time to put it up.  Put a sign in your yard and let everyone know you love the library!











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