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Create with Cricut (to Music)glass monogrammed by cricut

Join us on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm as Lisa Christopher is on hand to help make something special with the library’s Cricut Maker. The Cricut Maker is an amazing tool for crafters as it will cut everything from fabric to paper to leather and vinyl. For this demonstration, Lisa will help you create and print your own monogram to personalize a glass. All supplies, including the glass, are provided.  This program is intended for adults but older teens and supervised youth are welcome.

Back To School Celebration for Mom and Dadcoffee and donut

August 23rd is the first day of school for many area families, so drop those kids off then come by the library between 8:00-10:00 am and celebrate the beginning of a new school year with coffee, juice, and donuts. Donuts provided by Casey’s General Store.

Genealogy Drop-In Hours Family Tree

Have genealogy questions? Or just want to know more about how to trace your family history? Then stop by the library between 4:00-5:00 pm on Fridays in August (24 & 31) and get help from librarian Ann Boeckenstedt. She can help with websites such as Ancestry or Family Search as well as how to access vital statistics, census records, and cemetery records. Or get help getting your ancestry chart started and tracing your family roots. Bring your questions and Ann will do her best to answer them!

Are You Related To….? with Ann Engelken BoeckenstedtFamily Tree

Join Ann on Monday, August 27 at 6:30 pm as she demonstrates how she  put together her ancestor chart and found details of her family history by using websites Ancestry and Family Search, as well as census records, vital records, newspaper articles and cemetery records. Ann is a native of Dyersville so come see if you might be related! On her family tree are: Engelken, Gaul, Lynch, Theisen, Mock, Mahoney, Callahan, Dierksen, Vaske, Ahlers, Tushchen, Connolly, Murphy, Wunderscheidt, Broderick, and more. There will be time for questions at the end. 

Libraries Rock! Mini-Book ClubHigh Fidelity

Join us Tuesday, August 28 at 6:00 pm as we discuss High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Following the book discussion, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the film based on this novel.  Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library. 

Final Friday Tech featuring LibbyLibby icon

Join us Friday, August 31 from 3:00-5:00 pm as we talk about Libby, the new program that connects your devices to BRIDGES for eBook and eAudiobook downloads. Guests are welcome to stop in with any technology question and see if library staff can help find the answer. The library has a few laptops available to use but guests are encouraged to bring their own, if they have one.


Adult Summer Library Program Continues Libraries Rock adult logo 2

The adult summer library program continues through August 31. The theme is Libraries Rock! so the JKPL is planning activities around rocks  and geology. Adults can register at any time during the program. Due to popular demand, a pie the library incentive has been added to the adult program!  Visit the Summer Reading Program page for more information.

Registration for Story Time & Wee Read has Begun!Owls reading

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign up their preschoolers for the Fall 2018 sessions of Preschool 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. This fall we will be reading about apples, spiders, popcorn, leaves, and more. Lots of fun activities and songs will make this a session to remember! Programs will run September 5 through November 14. No sessions will be held on September 12. Registration is required as space is limited.

Crazy 8s Math Club Registration BeginsCrazy 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, have fun, 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 September 19 - November 8. Each meeting will last 45 minutes-1 hour. Grades 3rd-5th will meet at 4:30 pm every Wednesday. Grades K-2nd will meet at 4:30 pm every Thursday. Registration is for the entire 8 week session and is limited to 16 participants per group.  Registration begins August 20.

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Upcoming Events
Create to Cricut (to Music) Aug 21, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Active Learning Smart Space
Sit 'n' Stitch Aug 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
Back To School Celebration for Mom and Dad Aug 23, 2018 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Genealogy Drop-In Hours Aug 24, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Hoffman Room
Game Night @ Your Library Aug 24, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Hoffman Community Room
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