CHECK OUT THESE UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS!
Money Smart Week Kids READ Event
The JKPL is partnering with DuTrac Community Credit Union to present this special family READ event on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 pm. Join us as a representative from DuTrac reads the picture book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference written by Kate Smith Milway. There will also be other information and activities about money appropriate for elementary school students and their families. The first 20 attendees will receive a copy of the book to keep. Participants should be in kindergarten through 5th grade. Registration is encouraged but not required, refreshments provided. Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
Children's Day/Book Day
Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading that is held annually and emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. This year the JKPL will celebrate with a family story time on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 am. We will read the book Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlain. After the story, we will make and eat the pancakes in the story. There will be a drawing for a mbira (African thumb piano) for someone to take home. All ages welcome, but children under age 6 need an adult companion.
Ladies Spring Tea
Bring your mother, sister, aunt, daughter or neighbor lady to the annual Ladies Spring Tea on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Come and enjoy delicious tea, scrumptious tea sandwiches and delicate homemade cookies served on real china. Lemonade will be provided for the non-tea drinkers. All ages welcome but children under the age of 10 require an adult companion. Sponsored by the Senior Advisory Committee.
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 Pillars
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® program
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.
JKPL Memoir Project
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.