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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.

Children’s Book Week Family Story Time /1000 Books Before Kindergarten Awards CeremonyChildren's Book Week

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at this fun interactive Story Time for all ages on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm. New children’s books will be highlighted and after the stories, there will be a brief awards ceremony for children who have reached reading goals in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Cookies and lemonade will round out this fun family event. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is funded by a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Friends of the Library.  

Sunday, May 8: Library Closed for Mother's Day

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Like a Haystack: Life from My Perspective with Author Margaret SmolikMargaret Smolik

Smolik’s family was uprooted from their ancestral community in north-central Croatia during World War II. In her book, Like a Haystack: Life from My Perspective, Smolik recounts her life in Croatia, her time as a refugee in Austria, and ultimately her family's adjustment to life in America and her new life in Iowa. Join us Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 pm as Smolik tells her story.  This is a story you will not soon forget!

Friday, May 13: Closed for maintenance

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Open Mic NightOpen Mic Night

The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting a monthly open mic night at local restaurant Brew & Brew on Friday, May 1 @ 6:30 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 are limited to age 13 and up. 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.  Please note that this is a date and time change for the May program.


Calendar of eventsDownload a copy of the monthly events calendar!



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.


Family Get-Away FundraiserFamily Get-Away Fundraiser

Want to get away this summer?  Buy 1 ticket for $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20.00 for your chance to win a fun family getaway for four! Participants will pick which of several different local or overnight trips they would like their raffle ticket(s) to go toward. Destinations include Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark in Dubuque, Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, King's Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake, Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo, and tickets to Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona.  Each destination will include certificates for 4 slices of pizza, 4 cookies, & 4 donuts donated by Casey’s to help make the drive go faster.  Contact the library for more details on what you can win. Tickets on sale May 1-June 10. The drawing will be held after 8:00 pm at the June 10 Downtown Friday Night.  All proceeds will go to support library services and collections.  

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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.


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