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Coffee and Creating coffee and creating

Come relax and relieve stress by coloring or creating simple crafts in the library’s Active Learning Smart Space on Friday, October 19 from 9:30-11:30 am.  The library provides miscellaneous craft supplies and the makings for hot beverages.   Join us this month for Halloween and Fall themed crafting and coloring. This program is open to adults 18 and older.

Nerf WarNerf war

Bring your Nerf gun and ammo and head to the library Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 pm for this bi-monthly Nerf War! 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.

Evaluating News: Good, Bad, or Totally Fake?newspaper

Join us Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm and learn how to evaluate the information you read and hear so you can know if it is true, false, or biased.  Participants will also learn how to use fact checking websites to verify information. Handouts will be provided. This program is geared for adults but teens are welcome.

Chair-ity Donor ReceptionPolkadot

Everyone is invited Sunday, October 21 from 2:00-4:00 pm for a reception to recognize those who have donated chairs or other wooden objects to the Chair-ity Fundraiser.  Come view the chairs, meet some of the crafters, and enjoy refreshments. Voting for the chairs will start today and run through November 4 with the ribbons being on display with the winning chairs from November 5-11.  The silent auction ends on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 pm promptly. 

Demons and Exorcism: A Catholic PerspectiveDevil

Want to learn about the Catholic Church's teachings on demons and exorcism? Join us Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm for a presentation by local Catholic author, speaker, and theology teacher at Beckman Catholic High School, Anthony Digmann. This program is for adults and older teens.

Final Friday Techmagnifying glass

Join us Friday, October 26 from 3:00-5:00 pm for our monthly technology session. This month’s topic is how to use the library catalog to look for items whether you are inside the library or at home. As time allows guests are welcome to stop in with any technology question. The library has a few laptops available to use but guests are  encouraged to bring their own, if they have one.

Kids' Halloween Partykids in costume2

To celebrate Halloween, the library will be hosting a costume and craft party for children of all ages on Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 am. After the costume judging, kids will be trick-or-treating at some of the businesses on First Avenue. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, but children younger than 6 years old should be accompanied by a parent or other adult.  Sponsored by Citizens State Bank.

Police Investigating GhostsGhost

The Police Investigating Ghosts (PIGS) are a paranormal investigation team from Decorah that investigated the library in May. Now they are back to reveal what they found! Join us Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm as the PIGs talk about their history in this field, some of the tools they use, and some of their past discoveries. This program is geared for adults and older teens as content may not be appropriate for young teens or children. Children under the age of 12 must have a parent present with them to attend.

Books for Treats Halloween Pop-Up Library  trick or treat sign

Come visit our pop-up library to trick-or-treat for a book instead of candy on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Pop-up will be located on the lawn at 610 1st Ave. W. (Pat and Betty Anne Scherrman’s house). Brought to you by the James Kennedy Public Library, Dyersville Grade Level Reading, Dyersville Area Community Foundation, and the Friends of the JKPL. 

Blue diamond chairChair-ity Fundraiser Silent Auction Begins

Be sure to stop in and take a look at the decorated chairs that were donated for this fundraiser.  The silent auction runs October 15 through November 11. All proceeds will be used to improve the library’s services and collections. 

video cameraCheck out our video! 

WebJunction is featuring a collection of videos showcasing the Smart Space Transformations of libraries who participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to re-imagine and reconfigure their libraries into smart spaces. The JKPL was one of the libraries!


« October 2018 »
Upcoming Events
Coffee and Creating @ Your Library Oct 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM — Active Learning Smart Space
Nerf War Oct 20, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Evaluating News: Good, Bad, or Totally Fake? Oct 21, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Chair-ity Donor Reception Oct 21, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Demons and Exorcism: A Catholic Perspective Oct 22, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
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