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(for information on all library events click on the link to the calendar at the bottom of this page or click on the Upcoming Events link in the right-hand column.  Or download a copy of our monthly events calendar.    

Children’s Book Week Family Story Time /1000 Books Before Kindergarten Awards Ceremony

Join us Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm as we celebrate Children’s Book Week by reading some amazing brand new picture books. After the stories, there will be a brief awards ceremony for children who have reached reading goals in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Cookies and lemonade will round out this fun family event. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is funded by a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Friends of the Library. 

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith with author Virginia PillarsBroken Brain, Fortified Faith

Virginia Pillars is a popular NAMI speaker and advocate for an adult daughter who was diagnosed with a mental illness. Join us Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 am she she shares snippets of her family’s journey as well as important research and developments in the study and treatment of mental illness.  Copies of her book, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith will be available for purchase from the author. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library in support of May as Mental Health Awareness month.

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

Join us Sunday, May 7 from 1:30-3:30 pm for our monthly LEGO® program.  This month’s theme is "Disney Adventure". 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.


Registration begins for Story Time and Wee ReadOwls reading

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 begins May 15 and is required as space is limited.

JKPL Memoir ProjectWhat's your story sign

Everyone has a story to tell, what's yours? Join us Monday, May 15 at 6:00 pm for this monthly writer’s group that focuses on writing about personal stories and family history, even when that story is told in poetry form. This group meets the third Monday of each month. Suggested topics to write about may be discussed. Participants are invited but not required to share their writing and new members are welcome to join at any time.

Coloring for AdultsCrayons

Come relax and relieve stress by coloring on Tuesday, May 16 from 1:00-4:00 pm. The library provides coloring sheets, colored pencils and light refreshments. No registration needed. Participants are welcome to come and go during the program. This program is open to adults 18 and older.

Kobolds Ate My Baby Role Playing GameKobolds ate my baby

Join us Friday, May 10 at 6:00pm 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.   




Plant sale

Plant Sale Fundraiser

Join us Saturday, May 20 from 8:00-10:00 am, in the city parking lot next to the library, to select and purchase plants and flowers donated by committee and community members.  All proceeds will be used to support library collections and services. If you have plants you would like to donate, please contact the library by May 18 to make arrangements to bring them in. Plants of all kinds, including indoor plants, are welcome. 


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
Books for Lunch Book Discussion May 01, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Book Flicks @ Your Library presents “Hidden Figures” May 01, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:35 PM — Hoffman Room
Dungeons and Dragons Players Club May 02, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Sit 'n' Stitch May 03, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Children’s Book Week Family Story Time /1000 Books Before Kindergarten Awards Ceremony May 03, 2017 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM — Hoffman Room
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