Events at the Library

Tuesday, September 28th

  • Register To Vote!

    Archive Room, Johnston Public Library Tue., Sep. 28th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Prepare to let your voice be heard in November elections by registering to vote during National Voter Registration Day. The League of Women Voters of Metro Des Moines will be at Johnston Public Library from 5:00pm 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

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Sep. 28th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Well Red Book Club that meets at Pagliai's Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or beer. This month's book is "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 30th

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Sep. 30th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, October 3rd

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

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

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 4th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 6th

  • Get A Flu Shot With Polk County Health Department

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

    Flu season is coming and this year it's more important than ever to be prepared. Come to JPL Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm 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 7th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 7th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 11th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 14th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 14th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Oct. 14th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 16th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 16th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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, October 18th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Oct. 21st 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Oct. 21st 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 21st 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 23rd

  • Make It: Jpl Craft Workshop For Adults

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 23rd 10:30am - 11:30am

    Get your craft on with us. Join Lori Elrick to explore a new trending craft project every couple of months. In October, Lori will guide you, in-person, through an easy macrame autumn leaf hanging workshop. If you prefer to assemble the project on your own at home, the macrame kit is pre-packed with instructions for grab-and-go pickups. Please register for this free workshop; supplies are limited so there is only one craft kit per registration. Adults, leave the kids at home for this one, this crafting time is just for you!

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 25th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Oct. 25th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 26th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Oct. 26th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Well Red Book Club that meets at Pagliai's Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or beer. This month's book is "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 28th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 28th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 1st

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 2nd

Thursday, November 4th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 4th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, November 7th

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Nov. 7th 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 8th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 10th

Thursday, November 11th

  • Library Closed For The Observance Of Veteran's' Day

    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 Thu., Nov. 11th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 11th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 15th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 18th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 18th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Many Hands Make Light Work" by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 20th

  • Holiday Squash Risotto Cooking Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Nov. 20th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Winter is a great time to prepare creamy risotto that captures the essence of great seasonal flavors. During this class, you'll learn how to make Butternut Squash Risotto on the stove top. Join our fave food editor, Lois Carpenter, to discuss Arborio rice (used for risotto-making), an oven-roasting technique for caramelizing squash, how to tell when risotto is al dente and special finishing touches that you can add to make it extra special. Samples will be shared. Registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Nov. 20th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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, November 22nd

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 24th

Thursday, November 25th

  • Library Closed For The Observance Of Thanksgiving

    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 Thu., Nov. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 25th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 26th

  • Library Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 29th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Nov. 29th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 30th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Nov. 30th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets on the last Tuesday of every month. Join the Well Red Book Club that meets at Pagliai's Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or beer. This month's book is "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 2nd

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 2nd 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 5th

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 5th 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 6th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 9th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Dec. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Rules for Visiting" by Jessica Francis Kane. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 9th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 13th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 16th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Dec. 16th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 16th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 16th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 18th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 18th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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 20th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 23rd

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 23rd 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 24th

Saturday, December 25th

Monday, December 27th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Dec. 27th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 30th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 30th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 31st

Thursday, January 13th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jan. 13th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jan. 20th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Many Hands Make Light Work" by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 20th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, February 10th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Feb. 10th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, February 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Feb. 17th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Rules for Visiting" by Jessica Francis Kane. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, March 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Mar. 17th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family