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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.


Lunch at the Librarykid with lunch

The JKPL will be an open host site providing free meals for children age 18 and under during the summer break from school from June 10-August 21. There are no income guidelines, all children welcome! Meals will be served from 11:30 am-12:00 noon every weekday EXCEPT July 1-5. Adults may purchase a meal for $4.00 if sufficient quantities are available. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Download the June menu here.


Messy Art in the Park: Clean Mud   clean mud

Stop by the JKPL Pop-up Library at the Commercial Club Park on Thursday, June 20 from 2:30-3:30 pm and come make Clean Mud!


The BookEaters Book ClubTween Book Club

Join us Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm for this reading discussion group for kids ages 9-12. For this meeting the group will discuss The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Copies of each book are available to borrow from the library. Registration requested. Snacks provided.


Teen MuVChat Movie NightMovie night

Want to have some fun mocking a bad sci-fi movie? Then join us on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 pm for our MuVChat movie night! MuVChat is an app that allows users to type messages that will show up on the movie screen. Attendees will vote for the movie we show from a selection of bad B Sci-fi movies. For ages 13-18 only. Attendees will need a smart device to download the app if they want to type in messages, however, everyone is welcome to just come watch the movie! The movie options will be rated PG or PG-13. 


Jedi AcademyJedi

Come celebrate all things Star Wars with crafts, activities, and some special guests on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am. Feel free to come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character! Attendees can create pool noodle lightsabers, try to destroy the Death Star, build a droid from the Jakku junkyard, and search for asteroids.  Then meet members of the Central Garrison of the 501st Legion (Star Wars cosplay group)! They will be available for pictures and will conclude our program with a question and answer session. All ages welcome.


Adult & Teen MuVChat Movie Night presents Spaceballs Movie night

Adults and teens 13 and older are invited to this special after hours movie showing of this Star Wars spoof on Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 pm.  At this showing, YOU will be able to comment on the movie and have your comments show up on the big screen! Attendees will need a smart device in order to use the MuVChat app to type in comments, however, everyone is welcome to come and just watch the movie! Rated PG. (96 min.)


Astronaut Trainingastronaut_child

It isn’t easy getting ready to blast off into space. How do astronauts train? Come to the library on Tuesday, June 25 at 1:30 pm and do what astronauts do to prepare for space. The program will conclude with samples of astronaut food. For ages 5 and up. Note: Please wear clothing and shoes that allows for freedom of movement.

War of the Worlds Radio BroadcastWar of the worlds

Adults and teens are invited to participate in this crafting and listening event on Tuesday, June 25 at 4:00 pm. The War of the Worlds was an episode of a radio drama that was broadcast in 1938.  It was presented as a series of "news bulletins", which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Come listen to this 60 minute broadcast while crafting and enjoying some refreshments. The JKPL will provide some crafting activities, including supplies to create a terrarium with an upcycled glass. Guests are welcome to bring their own project if they wish. Crafting not required, you are welcome to just come and listen to the broadcast!


A Universe of Stories Sci-Fi Summer Book & Movie Club discussion of War of the Worlds War of the Worlds

Teens and adults are invited to participate in a special summer book and movie club on the 4th Tuesday of June, July and August where we will discuss a science fiction / space themed book and watch a related film.  Join us Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00 pm for this classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. Following the book discussion, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the film based on the book. The movie will start at 7:00pm.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library.  Registration is encouraged but not required.


Let’s Talk book club

Join us Thursday, June 27 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.


Genealogy with Ann Family Tree

Join librarian Ann Boeckenstedt on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm to start, or continue work on, your five generation ancestor chart. Ann will also share information on free websites good for genealogy research. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop, if they have one. Some library laptops will be available for use.


Final Friday Tech featuring Mango Languages Mango database

Join us Friday, June 28 from 3:00-5:00 pm for this monthly drop-in technology training. This month’s topic is Mango Languages, an online language learning program the library has available for full-service patrons. 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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Summer Reading Programs

The summer reading program theme this year for all ages is Universe of Stories! So the library will be planning many space-themed events this summer. The JKPL offers a program for children (PreK through 5th grade) and teens (6th to 12th grade) that runs June 3-July 27.  The program for adults (18 and older) runs June 1-August 31.  All programs offer incentives to read and use the library.  Please visit the Summer Reading Programs page for details and specific guidelines for each program.

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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!

« June 2019 »
Upcoming Events
Lunch at the Library Jun 17, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 — Hoffman Room
Messy Art in the Park: Clean Mud Jun 20, 2019 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM — Commercial Club Park
JKPL Writing Group Jun 20, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
The BookEaters Book Club Jun 20, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Coffee and Creating @ Your Library Jun 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Active Learning Smart Space
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