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Euchre Card Party cards

Join us Friday afternoons in January (17, 24, & 31) from 1:00-3:30 pm for cards and snacks! Come meet, teach, and play with other players. Refreshments provided.

S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays with Ticket to Ride Board GameTicket to Ride game

Children and families are invited to come every Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 pm to discover and create something new in the Creation Station. All ages welcome. This week (January 17) we are going to play the board game Ticket to Ride. Set about your own train adventure as you build & lay train tracks from one route to another.

Teddy Bear Sleepover & Pajama Storytime bear in pajamas

What would your favorite stuffed animal do if left alone at the library all night? We will find out at our midwinter Teddy Bear Sleepover on January 17 & 18. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the library, leave them overnight, and then come back the next day to see what they get up to when no one is looking! Stuffed animals may be dropped off in the Hoffman Community Room on Friday, January 17 anytime from 3:00-6:00 pm (the library itself closes at 5:00 pm). Kids can come back Saturday morning at 9:30 am for a pajama story time with donuts, and to pick up their stuffed animal friend. Each animal will return home with a photographic journal of their library hijinks. All ages welcome.

Creative Planning with Karen Schloss creative planning

Creative Planning is a method where you combine creativity with a need to organize. You use a paper planner to plan out your days/weeks/months with all of your activities, appointments, and special days, but you can personalize it, decorate it, and fill it with inspiration so it is not just boring calendar pages. In this class on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 pm, come learn about printed agendas and disc-bound planners -- how to get started, how to organize, how to use, and how to customize for inspiration. Some materials for organizing and decorating will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a journal of their choice to get started (spiral bound is fine).  The library may have a few notebooks available if needed. Registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies.

Let’s Talk Book Clubbook club

Join us Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm for this new kind of book club where participants don’t have to read a specific book but instead gather together to share what they are currently reading and exchange ideas on what to read next. This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. Refreshments provided.

Used Book Salebook sale sign

Join us for the Friends of the Library used book sale, which will be held in the basement of the James Kennedy Public Library Friday, January 24 thru Monday, January 27. Bags of books are $2 on Monday, the last day of the sale.  Hours are:

Friday, January 24: 9:00 am—5:00 pm

Saturday, January 25:  9:00 am—3:00 pm

Sunday, January 26: 1:00 pm—4:00 pm

Monday, January 27:   9:00 am—7:00 pm.

S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays with CubeletsCubelets

Children and families are invited to come every Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 pm to discover and create something new in the Creation Station. All ages welcome. Join us this week (January 24) as we get out all of the library’s robotic Cubelets and see what they can do!

Warm–Up @ Your Library Winter Library ChallengeWarm up with a good book

The JKPL is once again offering a winter library program. Stop in anytime after January 2 and pick up your Warm-Up bingo card and free book bag just for joining (or download the bingo card). Read different genres and formats, listen to books, try out databases and other services, or attend library programs to fill the squares.  Complete bingos to earn scratch-off cards and scratch off to discover your prize! Black out bingos will earn a special JKPL goodie bag.  All scratch-off cards will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a book lover’s basket. Adults and teens 13 years old and older with a James Kennedy Public Library card are eligible to participate.  The winter library program will run from January 2 thru February 29.     

murder mystery dinner

Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser

The Die-Laughing Murder Mystery Troupe is returning with their 1960s Whodunit, A Dinner To Die For: Murder Is Served on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Dyersville Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $50.00 each or $350.00 for a table of 8. Seating is limited and the first 30 tickets sold include a glass of wine donated by O So Good Winery. Dinner is catered by J&D Mart with dessert provided by First Avenue Bakery. Tickets are on sale now!

Love my libraryLove My Library Fundraiser

Do you “Love Your Library”?  Library staff have identified books and other materials, furnishings, equipment, programs, supplies, and more that the library needs.  Select one or more items and donate the funds needed for purchase.  Or purchase the items yourself and donate them to the library.  Donations will be written on a heart and hung on the library “Giving Tree.”  Some items are listed on the bulletin board in the entry to the library and the complete list can be viewed at the circulation desk or downloaded here. Not finding something you want to “love”?  Bring your ideas to a librarian! 


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Upcoming Events
Strength Training for Older Adults Jan 20, 2020 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM — Hoffman Room
Euchre Card Party Jan 20, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Hoffman Room
JKPL Writing Group Jan 20, 2020 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Creative Planning Jan 21, 2020 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Sit 'n' Stitch Jan 22, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
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