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Events at the Library

Monday, December 17th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 17th 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 18th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Dec. 18th 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 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Frederik Backman. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary. The December Well Red Book Club is moved up one week this month to accommodate the Christmas holiday.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Dec. 20th 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 Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. 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. 20th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 24th

  • Library Closed

    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 Mon., Dec. 24th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 25th

  • Library Closed

    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 Tue., Dec. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 27th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    Archive Room Thu., Dec. 27th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 31st

  • Library Closing At 4:00

    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, Johnston Public Library Mon., Dec. 31st 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Silent Book Club For December

    Online Mon., Dec. 31st 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 meeting. December's book is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. This book will be available all month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media, social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/jplsilentbookclub 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, January 1st

  • Library Closed

    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, Johnston Public Library Tue., Jan. 1st All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, January 7th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jan. 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

Thursday, January 10th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    Youth Computer Lounge Thu., Jan. 10th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, January 12th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room Sat., Jan. 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

  • Virtual Reality Vacation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 12th 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Sign up for a 15 minute session with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Take a virtual vacation with Google Earth, swim in the ocean without getting wet or try out any of our other VR games.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, January 14th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jan. 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, January 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Jan. 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 Less by Andrew Sean Greer. 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., Jan. 17th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, January 19th

  • Author Chat In The Stacks: Terri Holmgren And Iowa Stories During The Great Depression

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Jan. 19th 10:30am - 11:15am

    Join local author Terri Holmgren for a reading of her most recent book, "Country Boy, City Girl: Trials & Triumphs During The Great Depression." This is a novelization of Iowa stories during WWII. Chat with Terri about her writing process and share your own Iowa stories about the "greatest generation." Coffee and treats will be provided.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, January 21st

  • Library Closed - Ml King Jr. 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., Jan. 21st All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 24th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, January 26th

  • Houseplant Styling With Andrea Metzler

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 26th 10:30am - 11:30am

    It may be cold outside, but we're bringing green, tropical vibes to JPL. Join, Andrea Metzler, owner of Art Terrarium to learn about how to how to style your houseplants for cool interiors and how to keep your houseplants alive! Each participant will go home with a plant in a 2" terra cotta pot and the knowledge needed to keep it happy, healthy, and thriving. Andrea Metzler is the owner of Art Terrarium, a houseplant and terrarium shop in downtown Des Moines. A graduate of Johnston High School, Andrea fell in love with houseplant shops during her travels. After moving back to Des Moines in 2014, she started her own houseplant collection and opened Art Terrarium in May 2017.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, January 28th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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, January 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Jan. 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 Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 31st

  • World Read Aloud Day Indoor Picnic Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 31st 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Read aloud. Change the world! Every year on World Read Aloud Day, people all over the world read aloud together to advocate for literacy as a human right and to spread the joy of reading. This year, join us for an indoor picnic party to celebrate! Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy a hot dog supper (or bring your own sack supper) while members JPL's Teen Advisory Board read aloud from their favorite books. Come for five minutes or stay the whole evening. All ages. RSVPs appreciated. Donate a new or gently used book and receive an exclusive commemorative World Read Aloud Day button. Donations will be taken to Blank Children's Hospital.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Silent Book Club For January

    Online Thu., Jan. 31st 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 meeting. January's book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book will be available all month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media, social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/jplsilentbookclub 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    Youth Computer Lounge Thu., Jan. 31st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, February 2nd

  • Molten Chocolate Love

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

    Learn how to make a rich, impressive dessert that is cakey on the outside with an irresistible center of warm dark chocolate flowing through the middle. Lois White, our fave food editor, will demonstrate how easy it is to make the rich individual cakes with oozing molten centers. Eat breakfast before you come to class, but PLEASE save room for dessert.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, February 3rd

  • Make It: Handmade Valentine's Day Cards (Session 1)

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

    Why should kids have all the fun. Handmade cards let you express your creativity and show your friends and family how much they mean to you. Join Dreama Deskins to make three handmade valentines 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 Valentine's Day Cards (Session 2)

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Feb. 3rd 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Why should kids have all the fun. Handmade cards let you express your creativity and show your friends and family how much they mean to you. Join Dreama Deskins to make three handmade valentines 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, February 4th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Feb. 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, February 7th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, February 9th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Feb. 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

  • Voldemort Can't Stop The Love: Harry Potter Escape Room

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 9th 11:00am - 11:45am

    Roses are red, violets are blue, escape the room or Voldemort will get you! The clock is ticking--you and your team of wizards have 45 minutes to decipher the clues and escape the room--or not! This escape room is for Harry Potter fans of all ages, but children 10 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Voldemort Can't Stop The Love: Harry Potter Escape Room

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 9th 12:00pm - 12:45pm

    Roses are red, violets are blue, escape the room or Voldemort will get you! The clock is ticking--you and your team of wizards have 45 minutes to decipher the clues and escape the room--or not! This escape room is for Harry Potter fans of all ages, but children 10 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Voldemort Can't Stop The Love: Harry Potter Escape Room

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 9th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Roses are red, violets are blue, escape the room or Voldemort will get you! The clock is ticking--you and your team of wizards have 45 minutes to decipher the clues and escape the room--or not! This escape room is for Harry Potter fans of all ages, but children 10 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Voldemort Can't Stop The Love: Harry Potter Escape Room

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 9th 2:00pm - 2:45pm

    Roses are red, violets are blue, escape the room or Voldemort will get you! The clock is ticking--you and your team of wizards have 45 minutes to decipher the clues and escape the room--or not! This escape room is for Harry Potter fans of all ages, but children 10 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, February 11th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Feb. 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

Thursday, February 14th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Feb. 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, February 16th

  • Hot Tamale Louie: Telling Stories Without Words

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 16th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    John Rapson, a University of Iowa professor and composer, was struck by inspiration in the form of a New Yorker article, "Citizen Khan" by Kathryn Schulz. The article tells the story of Zarif Khan, who as a teenager left his home near the Khyber Pass in Afghanistan and eventually settled in the Wyoming town of Sheldon in 1907. According to Schulz, the town of 8,000 had blacksmiths, a bicycle shop, two local newspapers, a clairvoyant, coal miners, and an opera house. With the arrival of Khan, it had a tamale purveyor. Within years of his arrival, Khan was running a small restaurant, Hot Tamale Louie's, which sold legendary hamburgers in addition to tamales. As Rapson followed "Louie" through his immigrant's journey of earning citizenship only to have it stripped of his "being a member of the yellow race," he recognized a story of immigration that echoes today's political conversation about what it means to be an American and who can stay in the country. Eventually Rapson organized a group of seven musicians whose own interests and specialties range from classical to folk music. He imagined a thirteen-section musical suite evoking different aspects of Khan's life, penned with musician Danyel Gaglione. This Speakers Bureau topic uses video clips from the 2016 performance of Hot Tamale Louie to explore how music can give unique expression to the narratives that most compel and captivate us. John Rapson, professor of music at the University of Iowa, composer and recording artist uses video clips from the 2016 performance of Hot Tamale Louie to explore how music can give unique expression to the narratives that most compel and captivate us. This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, February 18th

Thursday, February 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Feb. 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 I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows. 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., Feb. 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, February 25th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Feb. 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., Feb. 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, February 26th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Feb. 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 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, February 28th

  • Silent Book Club For February

    Online Thu., Feb. 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 meeting. February's book is The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. This book will be available all month, while supplies last. If you're feeling social, (as in, social media, social), join the JPL Silent Book Club Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/jplsilentbookclub 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 28th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, March 4th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 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, March 7th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, March 9th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Mar. 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

Monday, March 11th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 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

Thursday, March 14th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Mar. 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

Monday, March 18th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 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, March 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Mar. 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 Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. 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., Mar. 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, March 25th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Mar. 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., Mar. 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, March 26th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Mar. 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 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, March 28th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 28th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 1st

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 1st 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, April 4th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 4th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 8th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 8th 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, April 11th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 11th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Apr. 11th 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, April 13th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Apr. 13th 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, April 15th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 15th 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, April 18th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Apr. 18th 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. 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., Apr. 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, April 21st

  • Library Closed - Easter

    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 Sun., Apr. 21st All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 22nd

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Apr. 22nd 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., Apr. 22nd 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, April 25th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 25th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 29th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 29th 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, April 30th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Apr. 30th 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. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, May 2nd

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 6th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 6th 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, May 9th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 9th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., May. 9th 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, May 11th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., May. 11th 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, May 13th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 13th 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, May 16th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., May. 16th 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. 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., May. 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 20th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 20th 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, May 23rd

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 23rd 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 27th

  • Library Closed - Memorial 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., May. 27th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 27th 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, May 28th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., May. 28th 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. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, May 30th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 30th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, June 3rd

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 3rd 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, June 6th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, June 8th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Jun. 8th 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, June 10th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 10th 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, June 13th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jun. 13th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning Adult English learners to build language skills for everyday situations. Topics covered will be: * Greetings and Farewells * Basic conversation * Calling the school (sick child, vacation, doctors appointment) * Talking to the doctor * Weather and clothing * Food * Shopping * Job application vocabulary * Basic computer skills No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Jun. 13th 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