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Used Book Salebook sale sign

The Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library used book sale will be held in the basement of the James Kennedy Public Library July 19-23.  Bags of books are $2 on the last day of the sale.  Hours are:  Thursday, July 19: 4:00 pm—8:00 pm;  Friday, July 20: 9:00 am—5:00 pm;  Saturday, July 21: 9:00 am—3:00 pm;  Monday, July 23: 9:00 am—7:00 pm. 

Name Our Active Learning Smart Space Contestmy name is ? badge

In June, patrons and staff recommended names for the library’s new active learning smart space. The library board narrowed it down to the top three suggestions and now it’s time to vote! Stop in the library between July 21-August 10 to cast your vote for your favorite name. The name that gets the most votes will be the name we give to our active learning smart space!  The person that suggested the name will receive a special library-themed prize.  Can’t get into the library?  You can vote on the library’s Facebook page or cast your vote here!

Rocks and Minerals with Billgeode

Do you like to pick up rocks? Does finding a fossil give you a thrill? Come to the library on Saturday, July 21 at 10:00 am and Bill Desmarais will teach about finding, collecting, and identifying your finds.  Bill will have samples to pass around, and we will go dark to look at fascinating fluorescent rocks, and maybe phosphorescent ones, too! All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Rock ‘n Roll Over Dead Murder Mystery Nightguitar

The music librarian is found dead shortly before a planning meeting for the Battle of the Bands in the library parking lot. Did she have a heart attack? Or was it MURDER? Do you have what it takes to solve this mystery before the killer gets away with it? Join us Saturday, July 21 at 6:00 pm and find out! For those who have completed 6th-12th grade. Registration is required. 

Drum with Fonzibadrums

Join us Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 pm as we learn about Fonziba’s trip to Mali, where she apprenticed to a master drummer. Then all audience members will be invited to drum, use African percussion instruments, or learn body beats. The program will conclude with an African home display. Don’t miss this wonderful program! All ages welcome, but children younger than 5 need an adult companion. Sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.

Libraries Rock Mini Book ClubScott Pilgrim vs. The World

Teens and adults are invited to participate in a special summer mini book club with a music connection! Join us Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 pm as we discuss Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Brian O’Malley. Following the book discussion, at 7:00 pm, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the film based on the graphic novel series. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. 

Scrabble© Tile Coasters DIYscrabble tile coasters

Join us on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 pm and make a pair of wooden 4x4 inch square coasters from Scrabble© tiles.  Coasters, cork backings, and tiles will be provided by the library. Each participant will take home 1 pair (2 individual) coasters. Cost is $5 per person to cover craft supplies. Registration required as class is limited to 10 participants and payment is due at registration. For ages 14 and up.

Summer Reading Programs Libraries Rock adult logo 2

The theme for all three programs is Libraries Rock! so the JKPL is planning activities around rocks  and geology. Adulst can register at any time during the program.  Teens and children can register up to July 22. Visit the Summer Reading Program page for more information.


kid with lunchLunch 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.  There are no income guidelines, all children welcome! Meals will be served from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon every weekday EXCEPT the week of July 2-6.  (No meals will be served the week of the Fourth of July.)  Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00  if sufficient quantities are available.  Advanced reservations are NOT required.  Download the lunch menu here.

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Upcoming Events
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Jul 23, 2018 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM — Basement
Lunch at the Library Jul 23, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Lunch at the Library Jul 24, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Drum with Fonziba Jul 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Libraries Rock! Mini-Book Club Jul 24, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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