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Card Partycards

Join us Friday afternoons in December for cards and snacks from 1:00-3:30 pm. Come meet, teach, and play with other card players. Bring your favorite deck of cards if you have one. Refreshments provided. 

Introduction to Programming with KodableKodable

Celebrate Hour of Code Week with this fun introduction to computer programming on Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 am. Kids ages 8-12 will build their very own, fully functional Kodable fuzzes using real JavaScript. Kids are welcome to bring their own laptop/tablet or use devices provided by the  library. Registration is required as space is limited to 15. Snacks and drinks provided.

Old Fashioned ChristmasChristmas Tree

The entire family is invited for an afternoon of live music, traditional Christmas carols, cookies, and spiced cider at the Dyer-Botsford House in Dyersville on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance, and several prizes will be given out in a drawing.  All ages welcome, but children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is sponsored by the Senior Advisory Committee of the JKPL and the Dyersville Historical Society. 

Tween Ultimate Slime Partyslime

Kids ages 9-12 are invited to the Library for an Ultimate Slime Party on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 am. Make a basic slime recipe then make it ultimate with colors, scents, and add-ins. But this is an Ultimate Slime Party, so there is more! Submit your slime to one of four categories to win prizes! Space is limited to 30 participants and is first come, first served.

Nerf WarNerf war

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library for this bi-monthly Nerf War on Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 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.

It’s Electric Daycampcircuit

Kids in 3rd-5th grade are invited to come learn about electrical circuits and sculpting materials on Friday, December 28 from 9:30am to 4:00 pm. Kids will explore a variety of materials that alter light and mimic light patterns then test their engineering skills to program their own circuit using Makey Makey. Kids will stay all day and should bring a sack lunch and beverage. Registration is required.  There is a maximum of 20 attendees and a minimum of 10 must be registered by 12 noon on December 26 for this program to be held. This program is made possible by a partnership with the ISU Extension and Outreach, Dubuque County. 

Layette Quilt Display and RaffleQuilt

Several quilts made by the Dyersville Layette Ladies are on display at the library thru December 16 and 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 17.  Need not be present to win. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be split evenly between the Layette Ladies group and the JKPL.

Vote today sign
Vote Today!

Sedona Staffing Services is celebrating 25 years & is generously donating $2,500 to a Dyersville non-profit organization. The winner of the $2,500 will be the organization that receives the most votes from November 27-December 27. Please share this information & try to vote every day!

 To vote:

  • Go to
  • Scroll down and click on the word “VOTE”.  This page talks about the celebration. 
  • Scroll down & change the Sedona Office Location to Dyersville, IA. 
  • Type in “Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library” as the organization.
  • Type in Dyersville, IA as the location.
  • Complete the rest of the boxes.


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Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service that provides access to more than 30,000 of the world’s best films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app. The JKPL agreement provides 10 films per month per patron and resets on the 1st of each month. Once accessed, the film is available for viewing for 72 hours. For more information visit the Digital Collection tab of our website.

« December 2018 »
Upcoming Events
Book Flicks @ Your Library presents “Crazy Rich Asians” Dec 10, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Inspirational Fiction: A Novel Approach to Faith Book Discussion Dec 11, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Sit 'n' Stitch Dec 12, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Card Party Dec 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Tween Ultimate Slime Party Dec 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Hoffman Room
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