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Register NOW for summer sessions of Story Time and Wee Read

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.  

Kobolds Ate My Baby Role Playing Game

Join us Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 pm for Kobolds Ate My Baby, a role playing game with simple rules and lots of shenanigans. All ages and skill levels welcome. Refreshments will be provided.  

Taxes and You

Carrie O’Connor, a staff attorney from Iowa Legal Aid, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm to discuss the Earned Income Tax Credit, Tax Debt, and other tax controversies.  There will also be time to ask questions regarding any tax issues you may have.  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 about taxes and you.

Building Creativity One Block at a Time: a LEGO® program  

Join us Thursday, May 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm for this month's LEGO® program.  This month’s theme is "Sports". This program is for all ages but children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult or older partner. This LEGO ®  program is part of a monthly LEGO® building block program at the library sponsored by DuTrac Community Credit Union. Each month there is  a theme to help inspire creativity.  Photos of the creations are displayed in the children’s area of the library and the actual creations are displayed at DuTrac for two weeks after each program.  All children who participate have their name entered into a quarterly drawing for a special LEGO® related prize provided by DuTrac.  Refreshments provided.

Sunday, May 29 through Monday, May 30:  Library Closed for Memorial Day

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 May 01, 2016 - May 31, 2016
Taxes and You May 24, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Sit 'n' Stitch May 25, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Building Creativity One Block at a Time: a LEGO® program May 26, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Game Night @ Your Library May 27, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
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