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All Dyersville ReadsThe Faith Club book

Join us during August for a special month of book discussions and programming centered around the book, The Faith Club: a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew - Three Women Search for  Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner. The goal of All Dyersville Reads is that through a shared reading experience, our community will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding and tolerance of differing religious viewpoints. The library encourages everyone to borrow a copy of the book and to attend the companion programming that is scheduled. All ages are welcome to participate but the topic is geared for teens and adults. For more information on the whole month of programming, visit the All Dyersville Reads page or prick up a flyer at the library!  All Dyersville Reads events happening soon include:

  • Jerusalem: Center of the World documentary: Tuesday, August 15 @ 6:30 pm. Covering a history of over 4,000 years, this PBS film explores the founding of the city of Jerusalem; the birth and convergence of the world’s three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam); and the key events in Jerusalem’s history as described in the varied religious sacred books. Not Rated (120 min.). This documentary will also be shown on Monday, August 28 at 2:00 pm.
  • All Dyersville Reads Book Discussion: Thursday, August 17 @ 6:30 pm.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. Feel free to join us in August for any of our discussions of this book. Other meeting times are: August 19 at 11:00 am, August 21 at 6:30 pm, and August 29 @ 6:00 pm.
  • Islam: Empire of Faith: Part 1 documentary: Friday, August 18 @ 2:00 pm. Part 1 recounts the history of the religion of Islam, from its beginning in 622 A.D. as a small desert sect led by the prophet Muhammad, to its zenith hundreds of years later as an intellectual and artistic empire. Participants are invited to stay after the film for a short discussion.  Not Rated (60 min.). 
  • All Dyersville Reads Book Discussion: Saturday, August 19 @ 11:00 am.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. Feel free to join us in August for any of our discussions of this book. Other meeting times are: August 21 at 6:30 pm, and August 29 @ 6:00 pm.
  • Women and Religion Inter-Religious Discussion Panel: Wednesday, August 23 @ 6:30 pm. Join three women from the Dubuque inter-religious group, Children of Abraham, as they lead a discussion on the role of women in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions.  Participating in this panel are: Bonnie Sue Lewis from Westminster Presbyterian Church and Professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary; Erin Ogborn from Tri-State Islamic Center and New Product Coordinator at John Deere Dubuque Works; and Rebecca Gottlieb from Temple Beth El.
  • Islam: Empire of Faith: Parts 2 & 3 documentary: Friday, August 25 @ 6:30 pm. Parts 2 & 3 recount early Islam’s thirst for knowledge; the beginning of the Crusades; and the history of the Ottoman Empire and its ambitious sultans through the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. Participants are invited to stay after the film for a short discussion. Not Rated (105 min.). Parts 2 & 3 will also be shown on Friday, August 25 at 2:00 pm. 

Solar Eclipse Pinhole Camera Craftsolar eclipse

Join local scientist Tom Snyder on Tuesday, August 15 from 2:00-3:30 pm to learn how to build your own pinhole camera just in time to view the solar eclipse on August 21. Supplies provided. The first 27 people will receive a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses.  This program is for those age 10 and up.

Nerf WarNerf war

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library on Saturday, August 19 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 as 10 people are required to hold the program and 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.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse MegaCastsolar eclipse

For four hours surrounding the eclipse on Monday, August 21, NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast providing unique broadcast coverage and allowing NASA to interact with the scientists and member of the public across the country as they watch and study the eclipse.  Come watch the whole broadcast or just what fits into your schedule. Refreshments provided. The JKPL will live stream this broadcast in the Hoffman Community Room beginning from 10:45 am - 3:15 pm Come watch the whole broadcast or just what fits into your schedule. Refreshments provided.

  • During the course of the Megacast, NASA EDGE will be tracking the eclipse as it starts in Oregon and makes its way across the country ending in South Carolina.
  • Viewers will be introduced to some of the leading experts in the field of Heliosphysics and learn all about the Sun-Earth Connection.
  • Lunt Solar Systems will be providing high resolution and stunning imagery of the eclipse in three different wavelengths of light: Hydrogen-Alpha, Calcium-K, and white light.
  • Visitors will experience a scientific balloon launch from inside Saluki Stadium, observe several science demonstrations, learn how you can become a citizen scientist, and engage with subject matter experts through social media.

JKPL Writing GroupLibrary writing group

Join us Monday, August 21 at 6:30 pm for this writing group for all types of writers (poetry, memoir, fiction, or non-fiction). Meetings will allow time for members to read their work to the group.  Feedback will be given, if desired. Optional writing exercises and writing prompts will be shared.

Open Mic Night Open Mic Night

The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting a monthly open mic night at local restaurant Brew & Brew on Monday, August 28 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 are limited to age 13 and up unless they have an adult companion. 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.

Build a Better World - Then and Now Matching Eventoutline of buildings

Are you interested in the history of buildings and spaces in Dyersville?  As part to the summer reading program theme of Build a Better World, the JKPL is partnering with the Dyersville Area Historical Society for a “Then and Now” matching event. 

  • Pick up a flyer at the library which shows historical pictures and contemporary photographs of various buildings and spaces in Dyersville.  Or print one out from the library website.
  • Match up the buildings and spaces and turn it in at the library before September  1.
  • Everyone who correctly identifies all of the buildings will have their name entered into a drawing for a JKPL goodie bag.



Pushing the Limits: PLACE Book Discussion - Science Cafe Series to be offered this fall! 

The JKPL is pleased to announce a special reading and discussion series on environmental literacy to be offered September-November. The library was the recipient of a PLACE (Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement: Environmental Literacy through Climate Change Discussions) grant. This three part series is intended to encourage adults in the community to consider their own resilience and adaptation strategies in the face of climate change and severe weather events. Terry Simmons, National Weather Service, will be the JKPL National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science partner. Please watch for more details on how you can get involved. Pushing the Limits: PLACE is a library hosted reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in underserved and rural communities, made possible by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. 

kid with lunchLunch at the Library

The JKPL will be an open host site providing free meals for children age 18 and under during the summer break from school. 

  •  There are no income guidelines, all children welcome!

  • Meals will be served from 11:30 to 12:00 noon every weekday thru August 18. 
  • Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00  if sufficient quantities are available. 
  • Families are encouraged to contact the library at 563-875-8912  with questions or to indicate interest in participating.
  • Advanced reservations are NOT required.  Programs and activities for children may be offered before or after the meals.
  • View the menus here
  • For more information on summer menus, meal times and locations please visit
  • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  

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Upcoming Events
Lunch at the Library Aug 16, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Sit 'n' Stitch Aug 16, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Lunch at the Library Aug 17, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
All Dyersville Reads Book Discussion Aug 17, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Aug 18, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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