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Used Book Salebook sale sign

The Friends of the Library used book sale will be held in the basement of the James Kennedy Public Library Thursday, July 18 through Monday, July 22.  Bags of books are $2 on the last day of the sale.  Hours are: 

Thursday, July 18: 4:00 pm—8:00 pm;             Friday, July 19: 9:00 am—5:00 pm; 

Saturday, July 20: 9:00 am—1:00 pm;              Monday, July 22: 9:00 am—7:00 pm

Library Camp-Intent

Join us Friday, July 19 at 7:00 pm and come and make a tent in the library! Crawl in your tent, read a story by flashlight, then make a night drum to take home. This program is for families. No unattended children will be admitted.


Gardening in Spacehydroponic gardening  CANCELLED

NASA uses the science of hydroponics (growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid) to grow food in outer space.  Join us Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am for this 90 minute program and learn how to use these futuristic farming techniques and build your own hydroponic garden bucket! Registration required if you want to make a bucket. Supplies will be provided for the first 10 people registered. Additional buckets can be made for a $20.00 materials fee. This program is for adults, but youth age 10 and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Registration required by July 18.  This program is made possible by a partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dubuque County.

Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Partymoon landing

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon on July 20, 1969. Come join us for refreshments and door prizes and celebrate this special anniversary.  Activities for all ages from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Vintage video of the actual moon landing at 3:00 pm. Trivia contest at 4:00 pm with $25.00 in Dyersville Dollars to the winner!  For adults and teens; younger guests are welcome with an older companion.

Tween Nerf WarsNerf War

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library for a tween Nerf War on Saturday, July 20 at 6:00 pm. Participants must be ages 9-12 and 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.

Strings Clubukuleles

Join us Monday, July 22 at 6:00 pm for this monthly jam session for string musicians! Teen and adult musicians of all skill levels are welcome to join this group facilitated by Sue Engelbrecht and Gary Bramel. NOTE: This is not a class but a jam session so participants should know basic chords. This group meets the fourth Monday of each month. Registration requested. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.

Jester Puppets presents Space Cadets! Space Cadets program

Kids can come join the Jester Puppets on Tuesday, July 23 at 1:30 pm and use their unlimited imaginations to travel through space with cadets from the Academy as they problem solve, overcome challenges and work together as a team. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.  

Universe of Stories Crafternooncraft supplies_generic

Adults are invited to an afternoon of craft activities and stories on Tuesday, July 23 from 3:00-5:00 pm!  Bring your favorite craft, create with sticker art, or come color and create some of the space themed activities provided.  Refreshments provided.

A Universe of Stories Sci-Fi Summer Book & Movie Club discussionEnder's Game

Teens and adults are invited to participate in a special three-part summer book and movie club where we will discuss a science fiction/space themed book and watch a related film. Join us Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 pm to discuss the young adult novel, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Following the book discussion, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the film based on the book. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Messy Art in the Parkpaint with feet

Stop by the JKPL Pop-up Library at the Farmer’s Market at Commercial Club Park on Thursday, July 25 from 2:00-3:00 pm  to make a big piece of art with your bare feet!  Postponed from last week.

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Summer Reading ProgramsAdult logo_Square

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 Librarykid with lunch

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 July menu here.

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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
Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Party Jul 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Tween Nerf Wars Jul 20, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Story Time Jul 20, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:15 PM — Hoffman Room
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Jul 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM — Basement
Lunch at the Library Jul 22, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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