Events at the Library

Saturday, August 24th

  • Raising White Kids: Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Aug. 24th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    There's no question--talking about race is complicated. Choosing whether or not to talk to your kids about race is an option many parents, specifically those of color, don't have. For many white parents, figuring out the best way to talk about racism with their children can feel fraught and daunting. Should we teach children to be "colorblind"? Should we teach them to notice race? What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, a writer, speaker and professor at Drake University whose work focuses on racial injustice and white anti-racism will help us dive into this conversation. Dr. Harvey's most recent book is called Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press, January 2018). Dr. Harvey has contributed to the New York Times, CNN, and has been a guest on both Iowa and National Public Radio (including NPR's "It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders"). Registration is appreciated. Register at johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, August 25th

Monday, August 26th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Aug. 26th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month with your smartphone, laptop or tablet for advice on how to use the library's free e-books, downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines or electronic resources. Can't make it during this time? That's okay--drop-in for library tech help outside of drop-in hours; help with library resources and your smart device is available during all open library hours.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Laura Trvanicek - Paintings

    Art Gallery Mon., Aug. 26th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Aug. 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, August 27th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Aug. 27th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, August 28th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Aug. 28th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 29th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Aug. 29th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, September 1st

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Sep. 1st 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to explore card-making and other paper crafts at this open-crafting time. Bring your own projects, paper and add-ons and take advantage of our expert help and tools. We'll provide a die cut machine, paper trimmer, paper quilling tools and stamping platform. Leave the kids at home for this one--adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, September 2nd

Wednesday, September 4th

Thursday, September 5th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Sep. 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, September 6th

Saturday, September 7th

  • Investment Basics For Women

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Sep. 7th 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Join Ryan Biniak from the financial literacy nonprofit organization, The Society for Financial Awareness, for an Investing Basics for Women class. Ryan will cover risks and returns of investing, budgeting and debt management, different types of investments and planning for your retirement.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, September 9th

Wednesday, September 11th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Sep. 11th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 12th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Sep. 12th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Sep. 12th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is The Whip by Karen Kondazian. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, September 14th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Sep. 14th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Learn to knit, sharpen your skills, meet some pals and just geek out about crafts in general. Erica Carnes invites you to drop-in, bring your knitting and join the group every second Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Erica has been knitting since 2004 and teaching knitting to anyone that will listen since 2010. She enjoys bright colors, natural fibers and pieces that step away from the norm.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, September 16th

Thursday, September 19th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Sep. 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Come for a bounty of good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Brown-bag a lunch if you like, or just come for the discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. This month's book is There There by Tommy Orange. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Sep. 19th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, September 23rd

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Sep. 23rd 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month with your smartphone, laptop or tablet for advice on how to use the library's free e-books, downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines or electronic resources. Can't make it during this time? That's okay--drop-in for library tech help outside of drop-in hours; help with library resources and your smart device is available during all open library hours.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Register To Vote!

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Sep. 23rd 3:00pm - 7:00pm

    Prepare to let your voice be heard in November elections by registering to vote during National Voter Registration Day. The Iowa League of Women Voters will be at Johnston Public Library from 3:00pm to 7:00pm to register people to vote and update voter registration information that may have changed. Individuals will need an Iowa Driver's License, Iowa ID Card, or the last 4 digits of their social security number.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Laura Trvanicek - Paintings

    Art Gallery Mon., Sep. 23rd All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Sep. 23rd 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, September 24th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Sep. 24th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, September 25th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Sep. 25th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 26th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Sep. 26th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, September 28th

Monday, September 30th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Sep. 30th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 2nd

  • Get A Flu Shot With The Polk County Health Department

    Archive Room Wed., Oct. 2nd 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Flu season is coming--are you ready? Come to JPL Wednesday, October 3 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm 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 3rd

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 3rd 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, October 4th

Saturday, October 5th

  • Fall Apple Cooking With Lois Carpenter

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 5th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Indulge in crisp, juicy fall apples! Join our fave food editor Lois Carpenter as she showcases several apple varieties with different flavor and texture profiles in fabulous recipes, including Crunchy Apple Fennel Slaw (goes great with pork chops), Upside-Down Caramel Apple Muffins--a very family-friendly recipe, and an easy stovetop applesauce.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, October 6th

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Oct. 6th 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Join the queen of all things crafty, Dreama Deskins, on the first Sunday of every month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to explore card-making and other paper crafts at this open-crafting time. Bring your own projects, paper and add-ons and take advantage of our expert help and tools. Wel provide a die cut machine, paper trimmer, paper quilling tools and stamping platform. Leave the kids at home for this one--adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 7th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Oct. 7th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 9th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 9th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 10th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 10th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Oct. 10th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 12th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 12th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Learn to knit, sharpen your skills, meet some pals and just geek out about crafts in general. Erica Carnes invites you to drop-in, bring your knitting and join the group every second Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Erica has been knitting since 2004 and teaching knitting to anyone that will listen since 2010. She enjoys bright colors, natural fibers and pieces that step away from the norm.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Nancy Drew: Iowa's Girl Detective

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 12th All Day

    Nancy Drew is the most popular female detective in fiction. More than 200 million copies of Nancy Drew mysteries have been sold and she has been translated into 17 different languages. Few know, however, that Nancy is an Iowa heroine and that her creator was Mildred Augustine of Ladora, Iowa. So why don't we think of Nancy as an Iowa girl? Come to JPL to uncover tantalizing clues to understanding Nancy Drew and her original Iowa author, Mildred Augustine. This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Barbara Lounsberry was born and raised in Iowa and retired recently as a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She has written books on literature and writing, and had the fun of editing three mystery novels set in Iowa, with each chapter written by a different Iowa author. Lounsberry latest books are a trilogy on Virginia Woolf and diaries. Lounsberry was named UNI's Distinguished Scholar in 1994 and its Outstanding Teacher in 1998. Lounsberry is the president of the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association and believes Iowa culture, like its soil, is incredibly rich.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 14th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Oct. 14th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Oct. 17th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Come for a bounty of good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Brown-bag a lunch if you like, or just come for the discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. This month's book is Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 17th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, October 18th

  • Art In The Barn

    Simpson Barn Fri., Oct. 18th 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    Join us for the eighth annual Art in the Barn event on Friday, October 18th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Simpson Barn, just west of Johnston Public Library. An exhibition of works by local artists and plenty of appetizers, wine, craft beer, and live music by Molly Brandt are included with admission to this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library. Enjoy a great evening out with neighbors and friends and support the library at the same time. More information and tickets for purchase are available at www.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 19th

  • Estate Planning With Society For Financial Awareness

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 19th All Day

    Join Ryan Biniak with the financial literacy nonprofit organization SOFA, to learn more about estate planning. Ryan will discuss the distribution of estate, wills, and trusts; specific estate planning strategies; the purpose of estate planning; and avoiding probate. Please register for this free workshop at johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 21st

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Oct. 21st 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 23rd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 24th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 24th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 26th

Sunday, October 27th

  • Nanowrimo Kickoff Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Oct. 27th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Get excited, talk to other National Novel Month writers and gather a support system at the National Novel Writing Month Kick-Off Event at Johnston Public Library, sponsored by the Central Iowa Authors Group. If you've ever dreamed about writing a novel, here's your chance. Write a first draft in one month during National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a worldwide movement over 400,000 strong where people just like you write and receive support, encouragement, and the good old-fashioned kick in the pants needed to write the rough draft of a novel in one month. Everyone is welcome-no registration is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 28th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 28th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month with your smartphone, laptop or tablet for advice on how to use the library's free e-books, downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines or electronic resources. Can't make it during this time? That's okay--drop-in for library tech help outside of drop-in hours; help with library resources and your smart device is available during all open library hours.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Oct. 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Oct. 29th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 31st

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 31st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 1st

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Fri., Nov. 1st 8:30am - 10:00am

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Write All Night At Johnston Public Library

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Johnston Public Library Fri., Nov. 1st 5:30pm - 12:00am

    Are you working on the next great American novel, or just working on meeting the deadline for your next term paper? Come to the library after hours for some uninterrupted writing time. Central Iowa Authors will be in the Large Meeting Room doing timed writing sprints as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). You are welcome to join them in the meeting room or spread out and find your own quiet corner of the library to write. Bring your own computer or use ours.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 2nd

Sunday, November 3rd

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Nov. 3rd 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Join the queen of all things crafty, Dreama Deskins, on the first Sunday of every month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to explore card-making and other paper crafts at this open-crafting time. Bring your own projects, paper and add-ons and take advantage of our expert help and tools. Wel provide a die cut machine, paper trimmer, paper quilling tools and stamping platform. Leave the kids at home for this one--adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 4th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Nov. 4th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 7th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 7th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 9th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Nov. 9th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Learn to knit, sharpen your skills, meet some pals and just geek out about crafts in general. Erica Carnes invites you to drop-in, bring your knitting and join the group every second Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Erica has been knitting since 2004 and teaching knitting to anyone that will listen since 2010. She enjoys bright colors, natural fibers and pieces that step away from the norm.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Nov. 9th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 11th

  • Library Closed - Veteran's Day

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Mon., Nov. 11th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Nov. 11th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 13th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Nov. 13th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 14th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 14th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Nov. 14th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 16th

Monday, November 18th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Nov. 18th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Come for a bounty of good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Brown-bag a lunch if you like, or just come for the discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. This month's book is The Whip by Karen Kondazian. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 23rd

Monday, November 25th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Nov. 25th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month with your smartphone, laptop or tablet for advice on how to use the library's free e-books, downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines or electronic resources. Can't make it during this time? That's okay--drop-in for library tech help outside of drop-in hours; help with library resources and your smart device is available during all open library hours.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Nov. 25th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 26th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Nov. 26th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 27th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Nov. 27th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Closing At 4 Pm

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Wed., Nov. 27th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 28th

  • Library Closed - Thanksgiving

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Thu., Nov. 28th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 29th

Saturday, November 30th

Sunday, December 1st

Monday, December 2nd

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 2nd 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 5th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 6th

Saturday, December 7th

Sunday, December 8th

  • Reservation

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 8th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 1

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 8th 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Handmade cards let you express your creativity and show your friends and family how much they mean to you. Join Dreama Deskins to make 3 handmade holiday cards using a variety of paper crafting techniques. Adults -- this crafting class is just for you -- leave the kids at home for this one and let the crafting begin! Registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 2

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 8th 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Handmade cards let you express your creativity and show your friends and family how much they mean to you. Join Dreama Deskins to make 3 handmade holiday cards using a variety of paper crafting techniques. Adults -- this crafting class is just for you -- leave the kids at home for this one and let the crafting begin! Registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 9th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 9th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, December 11th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 11th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Did you know DMARC's Mobile Food Pantry makes bi-monthly stops to the Johnston Public Library parking lot? Stops will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Find more information at www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/ WHAT CAN I RECEIVE? Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, measured by family size. Our food follows a healthy food guideline. Select which food items you want with our choice pantry service model. Daily food items are available to anyone, any time the pantry is open. HOW DO I GET HELP? There are no income requirements. Bring a photo ID for every adult member of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in the household. At the Mobile Food Pantry, you will go through a short intake process.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 12th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 12th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Dec. 12th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 14th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 14th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Learn to knit, sharpen your skills, meet some pals and just geek out about crafts in general. Erica Carnes invites you to drop-in, bring your knitting and join the group every second Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Erica has been knitting since 2004 and teaching knitting to anyone that will listen since 2010. She enjoys bright colors, natural fibers and pieces that step away from the norm.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 16th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 16th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 19th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Dec. 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Come for a bounty of good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Brown-bag a lunch if you like, or just come for the discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. This month's book is The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 19th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 21st

Monday, December 23rd

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Dec. 23rd 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month with your smartphone, laptop or tablet for advice on how to use the library's free e-books, downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines or electronic resources. Can't make it during this time? That's okay--drop-in for library tech help outside of drop-in hours; help with library resources and your smart device is available during all open library hours.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 23rd 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 24th

  • Library Closed - Christmas Eve

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Tue., Dec. 24th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, December 25th

  • Library Closed - Christmas

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Wed., Dec. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 26th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 26th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration. Free supervised activities for children of language learners are offered during the class.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 28th

Monday, December 30th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 30th 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. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 31st

Wednesday, January 1st

  • Library Closed - New Year's Day

    Archive Room, Commons, 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, Tech Lab Wed., Jan. 1st All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, January 3rd

Friday, February 7th