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Summer Reading Programs for all agesBuild a better world logo_teen

The summer reading program theme this year for all ages is Build a Better World! All programs offer incentives to read and use the  library. Many special events and activities will be offered. Please visit our Summer Reading Program page for information on all three programs.  The adult program begins June 1. The Children and Teen programs begin June 5. 


Build a Better World - Dyersville Scavenger Huntscavenger hunt

Do you know there are special and unusual buildings in your community? Look around! During the month of June, the JKPL encourages you to look for these special landmark buildings and locations.  Pick up a form at the library showing various locations in Dyersville or print one out. Identify all of the locations and turn it in at the library before July 1.  Everyone who correctly identifies all of the buildings will have their name entered into a drawing for a JKPL goodie bag which includes a Love My Library yard sign, coloring book, wine glasses, and the opportunity to have a book adopted in your name at the library. This program is part of the adult summer reading program but teens are welcome to participate.

Iowa’s Own Monuments Man: George StoutGeorge Stout

The Monuments Men were a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others who risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture during WWII. Join us on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 pm as Nancy Trask shares slides about these men and introduces George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa.  Everyone is welcome to attend this special program sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.  Refreshments provided.  

Build a Better World: Cardboard Challengecardboard box

What can you make from cardboard? Can you think of a game or interactive creation? Join us on Saturday, June 24 at 10:00am when we’ll supply the cardboard if you supply the imagination! As space allows, creations will be displayed in the library. All ages welcome, children under 6 need an adult companion.

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, June 26 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 - Read! Mini-Book Club Session 1 stack of books with bird

Supporting the summer reading program theme, Build a Better World, the JKPL is holding a special 3-part book club series for teens and adults. The first session meets Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00pm and will discuss the book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History  by Robert M. Edsel and  Bret Witter. Copies of the books are available to check out from. Registration is encouraged but not required. All participants will have their name entered into a drawing to win a copy of the books read for this series. 

Build a Better World with Wapsi River Wildlife Rehabilitation ProjectWapsi River Rehab logo

How do you know if a wild animal needs help or should be left alone? What happens to wild animals that get hurt or are orphaned? Gayla Myers from Wapsi River Wildlife Rehab will answer these questions and more on Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm.  She will also bring some special visitors for us to meet! All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

Teen Star Wars PartyStar Wars logo

Come and meet some of your fellow teen Star Wars fans at the library on Friday, June 30 from 6:00-10:00 pm! Come learn how to make your own lightsaber, eat some Star Wars themed food, play Star Wars trivia and watch both Rogue One and Episode 4: A New Hope. For those that have completed 6th-12th grade only.


Build a Better World – Toys for the Needy toys in cardboard box

Miriam Eick, organizer of the Dyersville Toys for the Needy Project will be at the library on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 am to share information on this volunteer project that provides items needed by community members throughout the year but especially at Christmas.  Come and learn why she started this project  20+ years ago, how it has changed over time, and how it continues to assist the Dyersville area community.

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 from June 5 thru August 18 except July 4. 
  • 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 Jun 23, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Game Night @ Your Library Jun 23, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Build a Better World: Cardboard Challenge Jun 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Jun 26, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Open Mic Night Jun 26, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Brew & Brew
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