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Strings Attached @ Your Librarymusic notes

Strings Attached, a local musical group composed of Gary Bramel, Joe Schmitt, and Dan & Sue Engelbrecht are returning to the library!  Join us Monday, August 12 at 6:30 pm and come listen as they perform some of their favorites and feature songs about the summertime!  All ages welcome. Refreshments provided.


Messy Art in the Parkexploding art

Stop by the JKPL Pop-up Library at the Farmer’s Market at Commercial Club Park on Thursday, August 15 from 2:30-3:30 pm for Exploding Art! Please wear clothes that can get dirty for this program.


Coffee and Creating coffee and creating

Join us Friday, August 16 from 9:30-11:00 am for coloring, crafting, creating, chatting and enjoying coffee or other morning beverages at the library. The library provides miscellaneous coloring and craft supplies along with coffee and the makings for other hot beverages. This program is open to adults 18 and older.  


Nerf War Nerf Wars2

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library for this bi-monthly Nerf War on Saturday, August 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Participants must be 13 or older and anyone under 18 must have a signed  parental waiver. Registration requested as 10 people are required to hold the program and a max of 20 is allowed.  Walk-ins welcome, if space allows. Participants must provide their own Nerf guns and ammo but no modifications to darts or guns to increase range or hitting power will be allowed.  


Upcycling @ Your Librarypilsner glass upcycled

Join us Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 pm for this special program where you will be able to upcycle a flawed pilsner glass to be a terrarium, candle holder, and more.  We have the glasses and some supplies; you bring your ideas and creativity! This program is for teens and adults but younger participants are welcome with an adult companion.   


Back To School Celebration for Mom and Dad coffee and donut

August 23rd is the first day of school for many area families, so drop those kids off then come by the library between 8:00-10:00 am and celebrate the beginning of a new school year with coffee, juice, and donuts. Donuts provided by Casey’s General Store.


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Summer Reading Programs

The summer reading program theme this year for all ages is Universe of Stories! So the library will be planning many space-themed events this summer. The JKPL offers a program for children (PreK through 5th grade) and teens (6th to 12th grade) that runs June 3-July 27.  The program for adults (18 and older) runs June 1-August 31.  All programs offer incentives to read and use the library.  Please visit the Summer Reading Programs page for details and specific guidelines for each program.

Lunch 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 from July 8-August 21. There are no income guidelines, all children welcome! Meals will be served from 11:30 am-12:00 noon every weekday. Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00 if sufficient quantities are available. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Download the August menu here.

 We need you sign

We are asking everyone to complete this survey to help us decide what items to purchase for our Library of Things.  Please take a moment to complete this survey as a JKPL patron and encourage the patrons you help to do so as well.  We will be providing a print version soon and I hope to have a laptop available at the desk for people to do if they prefer that method of completing.  THANK YOU! 


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Adventure Pass

Iowa Libraries provide free passes to area attractions! Here at the JKPL we provide a pass to the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. A pass is valid for general admission for two adults and two children.  This pass is free to our patrons (restrictions do apply)!  One pass may be reserved once every 365 days. Visit the Adventure Pass page for more information and to download your passes!

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Upcoming Events
Strength Training for Older Adults Aug 19, 2019 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Aug 19, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Books for Lunch Movie presentation of “October Sky” Aug 19, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM — Hoffman Room
JKPL Writing Group Aug 19, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Aug 20, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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