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Double Creature FeatureScary movie icon

Join us for a Halloween horror movie night on Friday, October 21 from 6:00-10:00 pm with two popular horror movies from 2015: Krampus (a family being plagued by the demon of Christmas for losing their holiday spirit, Rated PG-13) and The Visit (two kids go to visit their grandparents and slowly realize things are not as they seem, Rated PG-13). For those 13 and older, younger audience members allowed only with adult companion. Snacks will be provided.


Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation with Joan BeckerJoan BeckerSentenced to Life book

Iowa author and speaker Joan Becker knows first-hand how hard it can be to deal with mental illness in someone you love.  One of her sons suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and her book, Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation, details the family’s heartbreaking story as they struggled to find help for their son, faced unspeakable tragedy, received unexpected forgiveness, and dealt with the aftermath of a child whose mental health issues ended in calamity and transformation.  Joan will be at the library on Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 am to share her story in in the hope that it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system.


Children’s Halloween partykids in costume

To celebrate Halloween, the library will be hosting a costume and craft party for children of all ages on Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 am. Children’s costumes will be judged, treats handed out, and crafts made. After the costume judging, kids will be trick-or-treating at some of the businesses on First Avenue. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, but children younger than 6 years old should be accompanied by a parent or other adult.  Sponsored by Spoden Construction.

Open Mic NightOpen Mic Night

The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting a monthly open mic night at local restaurant Brew & Brew on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 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 under the age 13 need an adult present. 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.


The Small-Town Midwest with author Julianne CouchJulianne couchThe Small Town Midwest

Bellevue, Iowa, author Julianne Couch will be at the library on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm to discuss her book The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century.  Most people in the United States live in urban areas yet there are nearly fifty million people living in small towns of just a few thousand people or less. Some towns are within a short drive of a metropolitan area while some are an hour or more from any sort of urban hub. In her book, Julianne Couch sets out to illuminate the lives and hopes of these small-town residents.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the author.




The JKPL Fundraising Committee invites area artists of all ages to submit one or more coloring pages to be considered for inclusion in a new coloring book which the library will be offering for sale this December.  Pictures should be no larger than 8 x 11 inches and should be black and white or grey-scale and appropriate for coloring.  The theme for this coloring book is Dyersville/Eastern Iowa and the only limit is your imagination.  Coloring pages must be submitted by November 13 for consideration and will be jury selected for inclusion.  All artists included in the book will have the option of having their name included on their coloring page(s) and will receive a free copy of the book.  Download the entry rules and form here.


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Silent Auction Begins October 17 

Local artists have put their creative talents to work for this biennial fundraiser for the library and now it is time for you to reap the benefits! Chairs will be displayed in the library and a silent auction will be held October 17 - November 13.  All proceeds will be used to improve the library’s services and collections. Bidding ends promptly at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 13.


Chair-ity Fundraiser Donor Reception on October 23

Everyone is invited to this special reception on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00-4:00 pm to celebrate those who donated chairs or other items for this biennial library fundraiser. Stop in to meet these talented artists, see their creations, and vote for your favorites. Voting for the chairs (categories to be decided) will run October 23 through November 6 with the ribbons being on display with the winning chairs from November 7-13. 

October 2012 »
Upcoming Events
Get Puzzled @ Your Library Oct 01, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016
Chair-ity Fundraiser Silent Auction Begins Oct 17, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Chair-ity Fundraiser Donor Reception Oct 23, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Halloween Book Flicks @ Your Library presents “Practical Magic” Oct 24, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:20 PM — Hoffman Room
Wee Read Oct 26, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
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