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Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Survey!

survey 2The James Kennedy Public Library was one of fifteen libraries nationally selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project. Smart library spaces are places designed to meet the needs and desires of the local community. An early step in this project is identifying what kind of smart library spaces would be used by Dyersville area residents and we need your help! 

We would like you to help us determine what kind of spaces we should consider so please complete this 8 question survey that can be completed online or by picking up a paper survey in the library. Please help us discover what spaces you would like by completing this survey by June 1.  

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Registration has begun for Story Time and Wee Read

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Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up and bring their preschoolers to the Summer 2017 sessions of Preschool Story Time and Wee Read. Story Time is open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds who have not been in Kindergarten and is offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. Wee Read is for children under 3 and their caregiver and is offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Programs will run June 7 thru July 26. Registration began May 15 and is required as space is limited.

Sorry we're closedClosed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Sunday, May 28 through Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Please note the library is closed on Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


Summer Reading Programs for all agesBuild a better world logo_teen

The summer reading program theme this year for all ages is Build a Better World! All programs offer incentives to read and use the  library. Many special events and activities will be offered. Please visit our Summer Reading Program page for information on all three programs.  The adult program begins June 1. The Children and Teen programs begin June 5. 


 Used Book Salebook sale sign

The Friends of the Library are holding a special two-day used book sale in the basement of the James Kennedy Public Library on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Hours are Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm.  Mark your calendars because there will be another used book sale in July! 

Lunch at the Librarykid with lunch

The JKPL will be an open host site providing free meals for children age 18 and under during the summer break from school.  There are no income guidelines, all children welcome! Meals will be served from 11:30 to 12:00 noon every weekday from June 5 through August 18, except July 4.  Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00  if sufficient quantities are available.  Families are encouraged to  contact the library at 563-875-8912  with questions. To help us be prepared,  please call the library to indicate your interest in participating. Advanced reservations are NOT required.  Programs and activities for children may be offered before or after the meals. For more information on summer menus, meal times and locations please visit or to view menus only click here. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.   

Author Visit with Cynthia RuchtiA Fragile Hopecynthia ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti is an award-winning inspirational fiction author who tells stories hemmed in hope.  Join us Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm as she visits our library to talk about her newest book, A Fragile Hope.  Copies of her books will be available for sale from the author.  Refreshments provided. 



Family Get-Away FundraiserFamily Get-Away Fundraiser

Back by popular demand, the JKPL is again holding their spring fundraiser - a Family Get-Away Raffle from May 1 thru June 9.  Buy one ticket for $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20.00 for your chance to win a fun family getaway.  Participants will pick which of several different local or overnight trips they would like their raffle ticket(s) to go toward. Call the library or inquire at the circulation desk for more details on what you can  win. Tickets are available to purchase from the library and will also be sold at the June 9 Downtown Friday Night.  Winners will be drawn on Saturday, June 10.

I love my library sign by steve werner

Yard Sign Fundraiser

During April & May, the James Kennedy Public Library is selling yard signs that say “I Love My Library”. 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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Upcoming Events
Family Movies @ Your Library presents "Bunyan and Babe” May 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:45 PM — Hoffman Room
Library closed for Memorial Day May 28, 2017 - May 29, 2017
Sit 'n' Stitch May 31, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Build a Better World Upcycling Program Jun 01, 2017 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Used Book Sale Jun 02, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Basement
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