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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:

  • 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 @ 2:00 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.
  • "Jerusalem: Center of the World" documentary: Monday, August 28 at 2:00 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. Participants are invited to stay after the film for a short discussion. Not Rated (120 min.).

  • All Dyersville Reads /Build A Better World Book Discussion: Tuesday, August 29 @ 6:00 pm.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. Bonnie Sue Lewis from the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will join us for this discussion.


Crazy 8s Math Club Registration BeginsCrazy 8s math club logo

Join the James Kennedy Public Library and Bedtime Math for Crazy 8s Math Club, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music and make a mess! It is a totally new kind of recreational math club that is not homework, homework help, tutoring or TAG. We will do Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow in the Dark Geometry, Flying Marshmallows and more! This program meets weekly for 8 weeks from September 13 - November 2. Each meeting will last 1 hour, and you will get to take home cool stuff. Registration is for the entire 8 week session and is limited to 16 participants.

  • Grades K-2nd will meet at 4:30 pm every Thursday
  • Grades 3rd-5th will meet at 4:30 pm every Wednesday


 Story Time and Wee Read Registration BeginsOwls reading

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up and bring their preschoolers for the Fall sessions of Preschool Story Time and Wee Read. Programs will run September 13 thru November 15. Registration is required as space is limited.

  • 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.

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.

Lifelong Learners Creativity Group

Are you a “creative,” someone with a hobby or job that involves thinking outside of the box, or utilizing your creativity in some way? Would you like to be more creative?  Join us Monday, September 11 at 6:30 pm for this new monthly group for imaginative people who can learn from, and feed off each other’s creativity.  The group will be loosely based on Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to a Higher Creativity. Copies of the book will be available to check out at the library after August 10. Reading the book is not required for participants, but we will use various handouts and worksheets based on the book through twelve months of creative endeavors. Attendees will receive a free notebook and have the option of signing up to introduce the group to their favorite creative endeavor. Open to ages 17 and up. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome if space allows.  



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 coming September 1. 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. 


« August 2017 »
Upcoming Events
Sit 'n' Stitch Aug 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Women and Religion Inter-Religious Discussion Panel Aug 23, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
All Dyersville Reads presents: “Islam: Empire of Faith: Parts 2 & 3” Aug 25, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:15 PM — Hoffman Room
Game Night @ Your Library Aug 25, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
All Dyersville Reads presents: “Jerusalem: Center of the World” Aug 28, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM — Hoffman Room
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