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(for information on all library events click on the link to the calendar at the bottom of this page or click on the Upcoming Events link in the right-hand column.  Or download a copy of our monthly events calendar.

Street Department Equipment ExhibitionDyersville equipment

Join us in the parking lot adjacent to the JKPL on Tuesday, May 21 from 4:00-6:30 pm to get up close with some of the equipment the Dyersville Public Works/Street Department uses to keep our city running. Public Works staff will be on hand to explain what the various equipment is used for and answer your questions. As a special feature, the City’s John Deere 524K front-end loader will be parked in the lot while the actual simulator John Deere uses for training operators will be in the library. More activities will be going on both inside and outside the library for this event.  Read all the details of all the National Public Works Week programs here.  All ages welcome but children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


Care for Dyersville’s Urban Forestash tree

Dyersville Public Works Director John Wandsnider will share information about Dyersville’s system for managing one of the City’s most valuable resources, its trees, on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 pm. See how Dyersville is using cutting-edge technology to help to meet the many challenges of caring for our over 1,500 City-owned trees. Hear about the difficult process the City went through to head-off the recent threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

National Public Works Week @ Your Libraryvideo camera

Are you interested in what the Dyersville Public Works/Streets Department does but were unable to attend the Street Equipment Exhibition or the Dyersville’s Urban Forest program? Join us in the Hoffman Room  on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm for videos of the street equipment, a showing of the presentation on the Urban Forest program, and other videos about Public Works.  Guests are welcome to come for all or part of the videos.  Refreshments provided. 

Let’s Talkbook club

Join us Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 pm for this unique book club where you don’t have to read a specific book and you don’t have to read what everyone else is reading! Instead the group gets together and shares about the individual books they are  reading. Come socialize with other readers and get ideas for what to read next! This program is for adults but teens are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Refreshments provided. Registration encouraged but not required.

Letters from Elk City: The Historical Sources  Michael Tidemann

Join author Michael Tidemann on Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 am for this program which includes slides of pre-Civil War and Civil War battlefields in the South.  He also discusses the role of African-American soldiers and civilians during the war.  Refreshments will be provided.

Public Works @ Your Library: SimCity™ ChallengeSimCity game

Do you think you know how to run your own city? Then join our Simcity public works challenge on Saturday, May 25 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Participants will try SimCity™, a game where you are in charge of all aspects of running a city, including building and maintaining it. At the end of the program, judges will look at everyone’s cities and pick their favorite. First, second, and third place winners will get $30, $20, and $10 in Dyersville Dollars, respectively! For ages 10 and up. Registration is required due to limited space.

Sunday, May 26-Monday, May 27: Library closed for Memorial Day Dayclosed banner

Adulting Class: House Hunting with Carol RudenHouse

Being an adult means that you have to know certain skills that are often taught the hard way. The library is holding a series of adulting classes to help you learn those skills from local experts! In this fourth session on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm, local real estate agent Carol Ruden will discuss what to look for and the questions you should ask when looking to rent an apartment or purchase a house. For ages 13 and up.


Strings Clubukulele

Join this monthly jam session for string musicians on Monday, May 30 at 6:00 pm. 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. The date of this program has been changed to due to Memorial Day.

Final Friday Tech featuring FacebookComputer

This month’s training is on Friday, May 31 from 3:00-5:00 pm. This month's topic is how to use Facebook. Topics include how to add friends, create posts, and other features available on the social media platform. Other technology questions are welcome if time permits. The library has a few laptops available to use but guests are encouraged to bring their own, if they have one. Final Friday Tech is held on the last Friday of each month.


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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!

« May 2019 »
Upcoming Events
Street Department Equipment Exhibition May 21, 2019 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Care for Dyersville’s Urban Forest May 21, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Sit 'n' Stitch May 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
National Public Works Week @ Your Library May 23, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Let's Talk May 23, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
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