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Banned Books Weekbanned book

Join us September 25-October 1 for Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.  To celebrate the library will have a display and is also hosting Blind Date with a Banned Book.  Stop by the library when you have a few minutes to spare and choose one of the gift-wrapped books on display.  Meet your new banned or challenged book and decide if you want to take it home.  If not, return it with no hard feelings and try again.  All who participate will received a themed bookmark and have their name entered into a drawing for a themed prize. Participants should be 15 years old or older as books will be from the YA and adult collections.

Barn Quilts with Danny Steiber Barn quilt

Danny will be at the library on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 am to present a slideshow with photos of barn quilts that are located in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Grundy, and Wright Counties and throughout the city of Kalona. The presentation will include history on the Underground Railroad movement throughout Iowa and how some of the quilt patterns contained messages for slaves. All ages welcome.  

Building Creativity One Block at a Time: a LEGO® programLegos with DuTrac

Join us Saturday, October 8 from 1:00-3:00 pm for this month’s LEGO® program. The theme is "Spooky". 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.

Nerf WarNerf war

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 pm for this bi-monthly Nerf War! Participants must be 13 or older and anyone under 18 must have a signed  parental waiver. Registration requested - 10 people required to hold the program but a max of 20 is allowed.  Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Participants must provide their own Nerf guns and ammo but no modifications to darts or guns to increase range or hitting power will be allowed.

Chair-ity fundraiser continues! Blue diamond chair

Put your creative talents to work for this biennial fundraiser for the library!  Pick up a wooden chair from the library, decorate the item any way you like, and return it to the library by October 17.  If you have a wooden chair or other item you want to use you can, but it must be wooden please!  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.  



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The James Kennedy Public Library is very pleased to announce two new language learning services for library users: Mango Languages and Little Pim.  Mango Languages is an online language-learning system for teens and adults and Little Pim is a language service for children.  There are over 60 languages available to learn in Mango and 10 languages in Little Pim.  Both services can be accessed directly from the library’s website or by downloading the app on your smartphone or tablet.  All you need is your JKPL library card and you can access the service from anywhere you have internet access.  Ask us for more information or check it out for yourself!  View the 2 minute promo video on Youtube here!

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Upcoming Events
Get Puzzled @ Your Library Sep 01, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016
September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Sep 01, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016
Banned Books Week Sep 25, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Story Time Sep 28, 2016 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Hoffman Room
Wee Read Sep 28, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
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