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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.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Do you have a novel waiting to be written?  This might be the time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share your National Novel Writing Month shieldwords.  The goal is to write one 50,000 word novel in one month's time.  The library is celebrating this special month with Camp NaNoWriMo, which will be led by local published author Carol Edwards Denekas.  Throughout the month of November, Carol will lead, encourage, critique, and applaud your creativity through two group sessions and multiple private one-on-one sessions.  Come learn about  writing, editing, publishing, and marketing from this experienced author.  

The NaNoWriMo kick-off will start at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 1. Come meet Carol and listen to her presentation about writing, followed by a Q&A session and time for writing.  All writers welcome. Throughout the month of November, writers will also be able to sign up for a 30 minute, private one-on-one writing workshop session with Carol. She will offer you encouragement,  direction, and advice on how to fine tune your manuscript. Reservations will be taken any time after the kick-off on November 1.

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.



Great pumpkin





Silent Auction Continues

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.

Sunday, November 13: Chair-ity Fundraiser Closing Reception from 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us for snacks, beverages, and your last chance to bid on a chair.  All proceeds will be used to improve the library’s services and collections. Bidding ends promptly at 3:00 pm. All proceeds will be used to improve the library’s services and collections.


Coloring book page



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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Upcoming Events
Get Puzzled @ Your Library Oct 01, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016
Chair-ity Fundraiser Silent Auction Begins Oct 17, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Wee Read Oct 26, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
Sit 'n' Stitch Oct 26, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Story Time Oct 26, 2016 06:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Hoffman Room
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