Events at the Library

Thursday, June 24th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jun. 24th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, June 26th

  • To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Homemade Independence Day Greeting Card

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Jun. 26th 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Stop by Johnston Public Library to pick up a Take-Home Adult Crafting Paper Greeting Card. All materials are included in the kit EXCEPT glue. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @johnstonpubliclib or on Facebook @johnstonpubliclibrary so we can see your beautiful creations! To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, June 28th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Jun. 28th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. Silent Book Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. Print copies of the Silent Book Club book of the month will be available at JPL beginning the 8th of the month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group and chat with fellow readers about characters, plot, how that one character really bothered you, or whatever else you need to get off your chest. Yep, it's that simple and that silent. This month's book selection is "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Jun. 28th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Conversation groups are held using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    JPL Outdoor Patio Tue., Jun. 29th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting outdoors on the JPL patio during recommended social distancing. This month's book is "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. To reserve a book club book and get added to the email list, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 1st

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jul. 1st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, July 4th

Monday, July 5th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Jul. 5th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Conversation groups are held using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 8th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jul. 8th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jul. 8th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers online to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list for Zoom invites.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 10th

  • To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Paint And Pot Mini Succulent

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Jul. 10th 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Get your craft on with us. Stop by Johnston Public Library on Saturday, July 10 to pick up a Take-Home Adult Crafting Kit, this month featuring a Paint and Pot Mini Succulent. Included in the kit are written instructions from super-crafter Lori Elrick, plus all supplies needed for the craft. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @johnstonpubliclib or on Facebook @johnstonpubliclibrary so we can see your beautiful creations! To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up on Saturday, July 10 beginning at 10:00am and will be available while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, July 12th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Jul. 12th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Conversation groups are held using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 15th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jul. 15th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Radioactive: A Tale of Love & Fallout" by Lauren Redniss. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list for Zoom invites.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Jul. 15th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jul. 15th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 17th

  • Online Deck Food Cooking Class

    Online Sat., Jul. 17th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Cook along with fab food editor Lois Carpenter during our online Deck Party cooking class and make a couple quick appetizers and a signature drink perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Learn how to master an ultra creamy homemade hummus and present it with flair using a colorful array of summer veggies. Then discover how to make a quick garlic-infused oil to put on toasted bread for fresh tomato bruschetta. For a signature drink, see how easy it is to shake up refreshing Watermelon Moscow Mulesoth alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. Sign up for the online cooking class presented on ZOOM by July 10th, and the recipes, ingredient list, and Zoom link will be sent to you. Hold on--it gets better. The library is going to provide the ingredients for Lois's Hummus recipe to registered participants. Swing by the library to pick up the packaged ingredients on July 15th or 16th between 10am and 6pm. You can either purchase the rest of the ingredients for the drink and bruschetta to cook along with Lois, or feel free to simply watch the cooking demos. Registration is required for this free class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, July 19th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Jul. 19th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Conversation groups are held using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 22nd

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jul. 22nd 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 24th

  • To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Homemade Paper Greeting Card

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Jul. 24th 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Stop by Johnston Public Library to pick up a Take-Home Adult Crafting Paper Greeting Card. All materials are included in the kit EXCEPT glue. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @johnstonpubliclib or on Facebook @johnstonpubliclibrary so we can see your beautiful creations! To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, July 26th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Jul. 26th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. Silent Book Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. Print copies of the Silent Book Club book of the month will be available at JPL beginning the 8th of the month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group and chat with fellow readers about characters, plot, how that one character really bothered you, or whatever else you need to get off your chest. Yep, it's that simple and that silent. This month's book selection is "His Bloody Project" by Graeme Macrae Burnet. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Jul. 26th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Conversation groups are held using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 27th

  • Well Red Book Club

    JPL Outdoor Patio Tue., Jul. 27th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting outdoors on the JPL patio during recommended social distancing. This month's book is "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. To reserve a book club book and get added to the email list, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 29th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Jul. 29th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet online using the Zoom app. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 12th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Aug. 12th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers online to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list for Zoom invites.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, August 14th

  • To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Macrame Key Chains

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Aug. 14th 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Get your craft on with us. Stop by Johnston Public Library on Saturday, June 12 to pick up a Take-Home Adult Crafting Kit, this month featuring Macrame Key Chains. Included in the kit are written instructions from super-crafter Erica Carnes, plus all supplies needed for the craft except scissors. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @johnstonpubliclib or on Facebook @johnstonpubliclibrary so we can see your beautiful creations! To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up on Saturday, August 14 beginning at 10:00am and will be available while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 19th

Saturday, August 28th

  • To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Homemade Paper Greeting Card

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Aug. 28th 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Stop by Johnston Public Library to pick up a Take-Home Adult Crafting Paper Greeting Card. All materials are included in the kit EXCEPT glue. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @johnstonpubliclib or on Facebook @johnstonpubliclibrary so we can see your beautiful creations! To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, August 30th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Aug. 30th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. Silent Book Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. Print copies of the Silent Book Club book of the month will be available at JPL beginning the 8th of the month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group and chat with fellow readers about characters, plot, how that one character really bothered you, or whatever else you need to get off your chest. Yep, it's that simple and that silent. This month's book selection is "Circe: A Novel" by Madeline Miller. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 9th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Sep. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers online to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 16th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Sep. 16th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Sep. 16th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 6th

  • Get A Flu Shot With Polk County Health Department

    Archive Room Wed., Oct. 6th 5:00pm - 7:30pm

    Flu season is coming and this year it's more important than ever to be prepared. Come to JPL Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm to get flu shots for the whole family. Most major insurance cards are accepted and flu shots for uninsured individuals are available for a suggested donation of $25.00, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Quadravalent flu vaccine will be available in injection form only. A higher dosage flu shot for individuals 65 and older will also be available. Due to a cost increase in this high dose vaccine for individuals 65+, the Polk County Health Dept asks for a donation of $50 for the higher dose vaccine, but also will never turn anyone away.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Oct. 21st 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Oct. 21st 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 18th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Nov. 18th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "The Lion's of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Nov. 18th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 26th

  • Library Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday

    Archive Room, Commons, East Tower Area, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab Fri., Nov. 26th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 16th