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Color Me Relaxed @ Your LibraryColoring book page

Stop in the library anytime February 14-28 to participate in this fun and relaxing program for all ages.  The library will provide coloring pages, colored pencils and markers and you provide your talent!  Materials will be available to pick up at the front desk and you can take them anywhere in the library and relax with coloring.  When you are finished, or out of time, bring them back to the desk for others to pick up and continue coloring.  Completed pages will be displayed in the library. All participants will have their name entered into a drawing to win the JKPL Family Coloring Book, which is also available to purchase for $10.00.

JKPL Memoir ProjectWhat's your story sign

Everyone has a story to tell, what's yours? Join us Monday, February 20 at 6:30 pm for this monthly writers’ group that focuses on writing about personal stories and family history. No previous writing experience is necessary, please come and learn with us!  This group will meet the third Wednesday of each month. Suggested topics to write about are presented at each meeting.  Participants are invited but not required to share their writing.

Coloring for AdultsCrayons

Come relax and relieve stress by coloring on Tuesday, February 21 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Coloring for Adults is offered monthly at various times and days. 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.

Digital Learning Day Q & ADigital Learning Day

To celebrate Digital Learning Day, the library is hosting a Question and Answer session on Thursday, February 23 from 3:00-5:00 pm to help patrons learn about the constantly changing world of technology. Bring any technology related question and we will answer it to the best of our ability! Part of the session will be a demo on how to perform basic research on your home computer.  

Tax Basics Tax forms

Do you have questions about taxes and don’t know where to find help? If so, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm and come to the library for this informational presentation and Q & A. Todd Schmidt, an attorney from Iowa Legal Aid will provide information on the following topics:

  • How the tax system works, what taxes are, who the tax agencies are, how taxes are paid
  • Who must file and implications for incorrect filing or failure to file
  • Various tax credits including: Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Credit, and Advanced Premium Tax Credits.
  • The Affordable Care Act and how it affects your taxes

The presentation will close with time for attendees to ask questions regarding any tax issues they may have.  Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.  Refreshments provided. Iowa Legal Aid, a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who are unable to retain private attorneys to assist them with their legal issues, is partnering with the JKPL to provide you with this opportunity to learn more. 


Warm–Up @ Your Library Winter Reading Program continuesWarm up with a good book

Again this winter the JKPL is offering a winter library program for adults using a bingo card. Stop in anytime after January 3 and pick up your Warm-Up bingo card and book bag or download the bingo card here.  Read different genres and formats, listen to books, try out databases and other services, or attend library programs to fill the squares.  Every bingo (maximum of three per person) earns the chance to win some great prizes, including the grand prize of a tablet or eReader (final product to be decided).  All black out bingos will earn you a special JKPL goodie bag.  Adults eighteen and older with a James Kennedy Public Library card are eligible to participate. The winter library program will run from January 3 thru February 28 and is sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.


Tax forms

Have tax questions? Visit our tax page for basic information on who to contact and what forms are available at the library. 



Movie theme gift basketBuild-A-Basket Fundraiser

Join us for the 5th Annual Build-A-Basket Fundraiser and help support your library!  Pick something you love like candles, cooking, cats or coloring and create a basket of items around that theme.  Or pick a favorite book and build a basket around that book.  Create your basket and donate it to the library by March 5.  The baskets will then be auctioned off in a silent auction that runs March 6 - April 2.  The library will provide you with an empty basket if you need one!

 Love my libraryLove My Library Fundraiser

Do you “Love Your Library”?  Then consider supporting this special fundraiser where you pick things you would like the library to offer. Download the list here and take a look at the list of items that library staff members have identified as needs for the library. Select one or more items and donate the funds needed for purchase, or purchase the items yourself and donate them to the library.  Donations will be written on a heart and hung on the library “Giving Tree.”  Where appropriate the library will attach a tag/book plate acknowledging the donation and you will be the first to check it out. This fundraiser runs through February 28.  



murder mystery dinner


Dinner a la Morte Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser

The JKPL welcomes back the Die-Laughing Murder Mystery Troupe for another murder mystery dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 pm. As the evening unfolds, you will help solve a mystery while laughing and enjoying a delicious meal catered by J&D Mart and dessert by First Avenue Bakery. This event will be held at the Dyersville Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $50 each or $300 for a table of 8. Seating is limited and all tickets must be purchased in advance at the library.    

« February 2017 »
Upcoming Events
Get Puzzled @ Your Library Feb 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
Color Me Relaxed Feb 14, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
JKPL Memoir Project Feb 20, 2017 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Coloring for Adults Feb 21, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Wee Read Feb 22, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
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