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Soup Supper FundraiserSoup supper

Warm up this winter at the JKPL annual Soup Supper!  Join us for homemade soup (chili or chicken noodle), crackers, bread, brownies, and beverages starting at 4:30 pm until we run out! Price is $6.00 per person with soup refills for $2.00 each. Carry outs available.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support the library’s collections and services.

Registration for Story Time and Wee Read begins January 14Owls reading

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up their preschoolers for the Spring 2019 sessions of Story Time and Wee Read. Story Time is open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds who have not been in Kindergarten and will be offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 am or 6:30 pm. Wee Read is for children under 3 and their caregiver and will be offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Programs will run February 6 through April 24. Registration is required as space is limited.

Registration for Crazy 8s Math Club Begins January 15Crazy 8s math club logo

Join the James Kennedy Public Library and Bedtime Math for Crazy 8s Math Club, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music and make a mess! It is a totally new kind of recreational math club that is not homework, homework help, tutoring or TAG. This program meets weekly for 8 weeks from February 6-April 4. Each meeting will last 1 hour. Registration is for the entire 8 week session and is limited to 16 participants per age level.  Grades K-2nd will meet at 4:30 pm every Thursday. Grades 3rd-5th will meet at 4:30 pm every Wednesday.

Teddy Bear Sleepover & Pajama Storytimebear in pajamas

What would your favorite stuffed animal do if left alone at the library all night? Come find out! Kids of all ages are invited to bring their teddy bear/stuffed animal to the library, leave them overnight, and then come back the next day to see what they got up to.  Stuffed animals may be dropped off in the Hoffman Community Room on Friday, January 18 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.

Scrabble© Tile Coasters DIYscrabble tile coasters

Come make a pair of wooden 4x4 inch square coasters from Scrabble© tiles on Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 pm.  Coasters, cork backings, and tiles will be provided by the library. Each participant will take home 1 pair (2 individual) coasters. Cost is $5 per person to cover craft supplies. Registration required as class is limited to 10 participants and payment is due at registration. For ages 14 and up.


Cricut with Christopher presents Valentine’s Day CardsValentine's day card (cricut)

Come learn about the Cricut Maker from local expert Lisa Christopher and make your own Valentine’s Day card on Monday, January 21 at 6:30 pm. One card per person, however, additional cards may be made for the cost of materials. Participants should be 14 or older, however, children age 8 and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  

Let’s Talkbook club

Do you want to talk about the books you are reading but not have to read a specific book? Then this new book club is for you!  Join us Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 pm (and the 4th Thursday of each month) and come hear about what others are reading or share your favorites. If time and interest allows, library staff will “book talk” a few of their favorites. Refreshments provided.

Friends of the Library 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 January 25-28. Bags of books are $2 on Monday, the last day of the sale.  Hours are:

Friday, January 25: 9:00 am—5:00 pm;    Saturday, January 26:  9:00 am—3:00 pm;  

Sunday, January 27: 1:00 pm—4:00 pm;   Monday, January 28:   9:00 am—7:00 pm.

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

The JKPL is once again offering a winter library program for adults. Stop in and pick up your Warm-Up bingo card (or download one here). 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 win prizes. 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 28.   

Love my libraryLove My Library Giving Tree Fundraiser! 

Do you “Love Your Library”?  Then consider participating in this annual fundraising activity that will improve the collection and services the library is able to offer. Library staff have identified various items that the library wants/needs.  Select one or more items and donate the funds needed for purchase.  Or purchase the items yourself and donate them to the library. 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 download it here.  Not finding something you want to “love”?  Bring your ideas to a librarian! Fundraiser runs January 17-February 28.

murder mystery dinnerMystery Dinner Theatre: A Dinner To Die For - Murder is Served

The Die-Laughing Murder Mystery Troupe is returning with a new mystery for you to solve - this one set in 1969.  This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019 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 wine glass and wine donated by O So Good Winery. Meal catered by J & D Mart and dessert by First Avenue Bakery. Tickets are on sale now!

« January 2019 »
Upcoming Events
Soup Supper Fundraiser Jan 17, 2019 04:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
The BookEaters Book Club Jan 17, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Coffee and Creating @ Your Library Jan 18, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM — Active Learning Smart Space
Card Party Jan 18, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Hoffman Room
Teddy Bear Sleepover & Pajama Storytime Jan 19, 2019 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM — Hoffman Room
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