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(for information on all library events click on the link to the calendar at the bottom of this page or click on the Upcoming Events link in the right-hand column.  Or download a copy of our monthly events calendar.

S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays -- Balloon Cars balloon cars

All ages welcome. This week, Friday, November 22 from 3:30-5:00 pm, we will be making Balloon Cars.  Participants will be tasked with creating some kind of moving vehicle using paper plates, straws, tape, glue, and balloons.

Robot Obstacle CourseDot and Dash robot

Join us Saturday, November 23 from 1:00-3:00 pm for this event where participants will try to program the robot Dash to clear an obstacle course. Participants will need to register for a 30 minute session. Sessions are available at 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. There is a maximum of 6 people per session. All ages welcome but anyone under the age of 10 will need an adult companion.


Intro to Instant Pot MulticookerInstant Pot

 Join library staff member Shannon Russell on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 pm as she shares her experiences in cooking with an Instant Pot. If interested, the library has a new Instant Pot in our Library of Things collection that is available for patrons to borrow.

Wednesday, November 27: Library closes at 5:00 pm for ThanksgivingClosed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28: Library closed for Thanksgiving

Final Friday Tech featuring Facebook Facebook icon

Join us Friday, November 29 from 3:00-5:00 pm for this month’s topic, which is how to use Facebook. Attendees will learn the basics of how to use and navigate the social media site. Other technology questions are welcome if time permits. 

S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays -- Paperbag Craftpaper bag reindeer

Children and families are invited to come Friday, November 29 from 3:30-5:00 pm (and every Friday afternoon) to discover and create something new in the Creation Station. Participants are welcome to come anytime to participate in the selected activity. All ages welcome. This week we will be making either a scarecrow or reindeer hand puppet from paperbags.

Small Business Saturdaysmall business saturday

Join us at the library for Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 29.  Need a break from shopping?  Stop in the library and relax with cider, punch, cookies or popcorn between 9:30am-4:30pm.  Grab a few moments of down time by working on the puzzle, coloring, reading or just relaxing.

Looking for something for your children to do while you shop? Bring them to the library to enjoy board, card, or console games!  Members of TACKL (The Library’s Teen Advisory Group) will be at the library from 10:00am-12:00pm to play games or just hang out with your kids.  No registration is required but children must have completed Kindergarten or be accompanied by an older teen who will be responsible for them.  Refreshments will be provided.   

Visit with Santa and Mrs. ClausSanta Claus

Children of all ages are welcome to come and talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Don't forget to bring your cameras!  There will be a few simple crafts for both kids and adults to make while you wait.

Cookie Walk Plate of cookies

Come to the library for our annual Christmas Cookie Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Purchase a tray of sweet treats for $6.00 (or buy 2 for $10.00) and fill it with about a dozen items from a variety of homemade baked goods. Volunteers will be on hand to wrap your tray before you leave. Sponsored by the Fundraising Committee of the JKPL.



 Layette Quilt Display and Raffle: November 11 thru December 15

Several quilts made by the Dyersville Layette Ladies are on display at the library.  During this time you can purchase raffle tickets to win the quilt of your choice! Cost for raffle tickets are 1 for $2.00, 3 for $5.00 or 10 for $10.00.  One winner will be able to select their favorite quilt out of those on display to keep. The winner of the raffle will be drawn on Monday, December 16. Need not be present to win. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be split evenly between the Layette Ladies group and the JKPL. 



Annual Report

Curious about how the library spends its money? How many programs we hold? How many items we purchase in a year?  Check it all out in our annual report from fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019).  Download it or pick up a paper copy at the library.

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Upcoming Events
The BookEaters Book Club Nov 21, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Euchre Card Party Nov 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Hoffman Room
NaNoWriMo Come Write In Nov 22, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays--Balloon Cars Nov 22, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Creation Station
Game Night @ Your Library Nov 22, 2019 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
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