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Double Creature FeatureScary movie icon

Come join us for our yearly double creature feature on Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm. This program is for those age 13 and older, however, younger participants are welcome if they have an adult to accompany them.  Us follows a family on vacation that is suddenly attacked by dopplegangers with murderous intent (Rated R). Unfriended is about a group of friends chatting online when a mysterious presence forces them to confront their past sins (Rated R). 


Come join us in the Creation Station on Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 am to stitch, glue and connect broken toys into new creations! The library will provide the toy parts for you to frankenstein together, but feel free to bring any from home. This program is intended for ages 10 and up, but those under the age of 10 may attend if they have an adult companion.

Wreath-It-Up Donor Receptiongeneric wreath2

Join us Sunday, October 20 from 2:00-4:00 pm for this reception to recognize those who have donated wreaths to the Wreath-It-Up Fundraiser.  Come view the wreaths, meet some of the crafters, and enjoy refreshments. Voting for the wreaths will start today and run through November 3  with the ribbons being on display with the winning wreaths from November 4-10.  The silent auction ends on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 pm promptly.

Cricut with Christopher presents Making a Fall Bannerfall banner

Come learn about the Cricut Maker from local expert Lisa Christopher and make a special project on Monday, October 21 at 6:30 pm. This month participants will make a fall themed banner! Participants should be 14 or older. Children 8 and up welcome if accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested as attendance is limited to 20. Walk-ins welcome if space and materials allow.  

Building Creativity One Block at a Time: a LEGO® programLegos with DuTrac

Join us Tuesday, October 22 from 4:00-6:00 pm for our monthly LEGO® series. This month’s theme is "What’s under my bed?". This program is for all ages but children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult or older partner. This LEGO®  program sponsored by DuTrac Community Credit Union.

Remembering the ApronApron

Sheila Craig is a grandmother with a collection of aprons and her program takes a nostalgic look at the apron in this interactive, hands-on program that will be on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm.  The program will look at the fabrics, trims, styles, and uses of aprons over the years.  She even has aprons for men! Sheila will bring about 100 aprons with her (of her 400 item collection).  Refreshments provided. 

S.T.E.A.M. Fun Fridays--RobotsDot and Dash robot

Children and families are invited to come Friday, October 25 (and every Friday afternoon) to this new weekly program to discover and create in the Creation Station. Participants are welcome to come anytime between 3:30-5:00 pm to participate in the selected activity. All ages welcome. Join us this week to play soccer with our robots Dot and Dash.

Final Friday Tech featuring KanopyMovie reel

Join us Friday, October 25 from 3:00-5:00 pm for our Final Friday Tech. This month’s topic is Kanopy, a service the library offers that allows users to stream movies for free. 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.

Kids Halloween Partykids in costume2

Come to the library on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 am for a costume and craft party for children of all ages. Plus we’ll trick-or-treat at some of the businesses on First Avenue! Children of all ages are welcome, but children younger than 6 years old should be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Sponsored by Spoden Construction.

Decorative Bow MakingBow

Have you ever looked at a beautifully wrapped package and wished you could make a bow like that?  Here is your chance to learn how! Sue Engelbrecht will demonstrate how to make a beautiful bow on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Bring your own materials and work through the steps together.  Participants are also invited to stay after the presentation to help make bows for the JKPL Cookie Walk coming in December.

Books for Treats Halloween Pop-Up Librarykids in costume

The JKPL will have a pop-up library on the lawn at 610 1st Ave. W. (Pat and Betty Anne Scherrman’s house) and families are invited to Trick-or-Treat for a book instead of candy on Thursday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Books for all ages will be available. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Dyersville Area Community Foundation and partnership with the Dyersville Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the Friends of the JKPL.   


Picking Cotton

All Community Reads Events featuring Picking Cotton

The James Kennedy Public Library is a partner with Carnegie-Stout Public Library for the Dubuque All Community Reads (ACR) activities in October and November.  The theme is restorative justice and features the book Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton. Scheduled events include book discussions, movies/documentaries, a panel on restorative justice, and a visit from the authors. Events will be held at various locations and partner libraries. The James Kennedy Public Library is hosting 3 events (2 book discussions and 1 movie showing). Check the All Community Reads website for all events and details at http://www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/ACR and check our library's website and calendar of events for details on the events we are hosting.  Copies of the book are available to check out now!

« October 2019 »
Upcoming Events
Wreath-It-Up Donor Reception Oct 20, 2019 02:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Strength Training for Older Adults Oct 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM — Hoffman Room
Movies in the Afternoon presents “Levity” Oct 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:10 PM — Hoffman Room
JKPL Writing Group Oct 21, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Cricut with Christopher: Making a Fall Banner Oct 21, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Creation Station
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