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Register NOW for summer sessions of Story Time and Wee Read Owls reading

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up their preschoolers for the Summer 2016 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 will be offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 am or 6:00 pm and Fridays at 9:30 am. Wee Read is for children under 3 and their caregiver and will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am. Programs will run June 8 through July 29. Registration is required as space is limited.  Registration begins May 16.  

Exercise Your Mind - Read! Mini-Book Club!  Exercise Your Mind book club

The library us offering a special book club series for teens and adults to talk about selected books on the topic of health and fitness.  Meeting dates are Tuesdays, June 21, July 19, and August 16 at 6:00 pm. The first book to be discussed is The Good News About What's Bad for You; the Bad News About What's Good for You by Jeff Wilser.  Copies of the books will available to check out from the library 3 or 4 weeks before the discussion date.  Refreshments provided.  Registration is encouraged by not required. All participants will have their name entered into a drawing to win a copy of the books read for this series.

Relax @ Your Library!   Relax_yoga

Join us on Wednesday, June 1, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for this special event kicking off the start of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading program, Exercise your Mind - Read.  Stop in at the library to sign up for the program and learn a little bit more about how you can relax and refresh at your library.  Try your hand at coloring for adults, working on a puzzle, playing games, and exercising with a console game.   Interested in knowing more about walking and wellness?  Ellyse Salter from Anytime Fitness will be on hand to talk to guests about walking, wellness, and health.  Come for all four hours, just to sign up for the Summer Reading  Program, or anything in between.  Refreshments provided.

Walk This Way walking club begins!  Walking shoes

As part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading program, the JKPL is organizing an adult summer walking club. Sign up anytime throughout the summer and get healthier by walking.  Sign up to walk in a group, find a walking buddy, or walk on your own.  The important thing is to just get walking! Sign up between June 1 and 7 and receive a free 7-day trial at Anytime Fitness and have your name entered into a drawing to win a free one-month membership. The first 25 participants will receive a simple pedometer to help them track their steps.  All ages are welcome to participate in this program but only adults are eligible to receive prizes.  

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 3 & Saturday, June 4. 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!

Open Mic Night  ​CANCELLEDOpen Mic Night

The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting a monthly open mic night at local restaurant Brew & Brew on Friday, June 3 at 6:00pm (and on the first Friday of each month). 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.  

Relaxation, Life Balance and YogaYoga

Are you interested in learning how yoga can help you relieve stress, get your life back in balance, and improve your health?  Join us Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 am for this special program presented by Nikki Recker, owner of The Yoga Place and a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor.  Nikki will explain the basic principles of yoga and how it can be beneficial to your health.  She will also talk about how important it is to keep balance in your life, demonstrate some simple yoga positions, and answer questions.


Adult Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

Everyone 18 and older is encouraged to participate in the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. Registration begins on June 1 and adults are welcome to join at any time during the summer.  The program runs June 1 through August 31 with the theme Exercise your Mind - Read!  Join us as we explore ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy through fitness, nutrition, stress relief, and READING!  Visit our Summer Reading Program page for more information about all three of our Summer Reading Programs.  

Teen Summer Reading Program Begins June 6

Students who have completed 6th-12th grades are invited to participate in the 2016 Summer Reading Program which run June 6-July 30. The theme this year is Get In The Game - Read!  Registration begins May 31 on-line or June 6 in-person. The program has been revamped this year so visit our Summer Reading Program page for more information and to learn about all three of our Summer Reading Programs. 

Children's Summer Reading Program Begins June 6

Children ages PreK through 5th grade are invited to participate in the 2016 Summer Reading Program which runs June 6 through July 30.  The theme this year is On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!  Registration begins May 31 on-line or June 6 in-person.  Visit our Summer Reading Program page for more information about all three of our Summer Reading Programs. 

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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.  

 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.


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Upcoming Events
Get Puzzled @ Your Library Jun 01, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016
Sit 'n' Stitch Jun 01, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Relax @ Your Library Jun 01, 2016 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
JKPL Memoir Project Jun 02, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016 — Library Basement
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