Events at the Library

Monday, October 3rd

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 3rd 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 5th

  • Get A Flu Shot With Polk County Health Department

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

    Flu season is coming--are you ready? Come to JPL Wednesday, October 5 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. Pre-register with Polk County at bit.ly/3BSOAGd to skip the registration paperwork and be in and out of JPL quickly. The 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 $65 for the higher dose vaccine, but also will never turn anyone away.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 6th

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 6th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 10th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 10th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 13th

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 13th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

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

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. This month's book is "Hell of a Book" by Jason Mott. Thursday Night Book Club meets 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 15th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 15th 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. 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 17th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 17th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. This month's book is "The Plot" by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Lunchtime Lit Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Lunchtime Lit is not accepting new members at this time due to the current group size. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for more information about other JPL book clubs.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Oct. 20th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 20th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, October 21st

  • Art In The Barn

    Simpson Barn Fri., Oct. 21st 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    Join us for the annual Art in the Barn event on Friday, October 21st 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 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.foundation.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 24th

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 24th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 24th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 25th

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Tue., Oct. 25th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Oct. 25th 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 "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" by Michelle McNamara. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 26th

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 26th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 27th

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Thu., Oct. 27th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 27th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, October 28th

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Fri., Oct. 28th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 29th

  • Sherlock Holmes For The Spooky Season

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 29th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Sherlock Holmes has captivated the world with his mysteries and adventures for over 100 years. Along with creating one of the most well-known literary characters of all time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also known for creating stories of suspense, adventure, and mystery. Throughout the 58 short stories and 4 novels that highlight the careers of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, our heroes face mythical beasts and chase mastermind criminals through the streets of London. There are adaptations and extensions of these stories across virtually all forms of media which contribute to their lasting cultural impact. Why do Holmes and the stories endure and continue to thrive? Join Professor Emeritus Rodney Henshaw and Dr. Michael Couvillon from Drake University as they help us explore this enduring character and dive into the spooky side of Sherlock Holmes for the Halloween season. "Come Watson, come--the game is afoot!" Registration for this free event is appreciated. Rod Henshaw, Professor of Librarianship, served as Dean of Drake's Cowles Library from 1996 to 2018. He retired from Drake in August 2020. He also served in leadership positions at Penn State and Emory University. Rod has been an active Sherlockian, and a member of science fiction fan culture. Dean Emeritus Henshaw has donated to Drake his Sherlock Holmes, Ray Bradbury and science fiction collection. Dr. Michael Couvillon is a professor of education at Drake University. His areas of expertise are emotional and behavioral disorders, functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans, and juvenile justice. Michael has a BA from the University of Nebraska Kearney, M.Ed from the University of North Texas, and PhD from the University of North Texas. Michael and Rod co-teach a class at Drake called "Sherlock Holmes: A Study of Character, Adventure and Culture."

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 29th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, October 30th

  • Nanowrimo Kickoff Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Oct. 30th 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 450,000 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

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Sun., Oct. 30th All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 31st

  • Qr Code Quest

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 31st All Day

    Come in anytime the library is open for a fun scavenger hunt the whole family can enjoy. Follow the clues hidden throughout the library. Complete the puzzle and win a fun prize. Bring your own device or use one of ours. For all ages.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Lonely Readers Club

    Online Mon., Oct. 31st All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. The JPL Lonely Readers Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. The book for the month will be announced via the Facebook group @ facebook.com/groups/JPLLonelyReadersClub. Print copies of the Lonely Readers 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 Lonely Readers 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. It's the literary lonely hearts club for that little bit of recluse in all of us! Discussion begins online on the last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 31st 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 3rd

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 3rd 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 4th

  • 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. 4th 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

Sunday, November 6th

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Nov. 6th 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!

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 7th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 7th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 10th

  • Pop-Up Virtual Reality

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 10th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Experience Virtual Reality (VR) at JPL. Sign-up for a 15 minute time slot to try out VR for yourself. Registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 10th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

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

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. This month's book is "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett" by Annie Lyons. Thursday Night Book Club meets 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, November 12th

  • Make It: Jpl Craft Workshop For Adults

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Nov. 12th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Get your craft on with us. Join Lori Elrick and Riddhi Seth to explore a new trending craft project every couple of months. In November, Lori and Riddhi will be showing you how to make a quirky and cute felt pie garland for Thanksgiving. If you prefer to assemble the project on your own at home, the felt pie kit is pre-packed with instructions for grab-and-go pickups. Please register for this free workshop and indicate if you like to attend in-person or grab-and-go; supplies are limited so there is only one garland kit per registration. Adults, leave the kids at home for this one, this crafting time is just for you!

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 14th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 14th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. This month's book is "We Had a Little Real Estate Problem" by Kliph Nesteroff. Lunchtime Lit Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Lunchtime Lit is not accepting new members at this time due to the current group size. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for more information about other JPL book clubs.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Nov. 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 17th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 19th

  • Get Pumped For Pumpkin Baking Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Nov. 19th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Brunches and Thanksgiving feasts are just around the corner. As the weather cools down, our cravings center around oven-baked breads and pies using pumpkin and spice. Join our fave food editor Lois Carpenter as she demonstrates: * Pumpkin Streusel Muffins laced with brown butter icing (technique for browning butter will be prominent here; it can be applied to other icings like for holiday bars or cookies). * Pumpkin-Pecan Tassies, miniature pies baked in a mini muffin pan--a fun twist on pie, especially for those having a hard time choosing between pumpkin and pecan.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Nov. 19th 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. 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 21st

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 21st 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 24th

  • [CANCELLED] Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 24th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 28th

  • Lonely Readers Club

    Online Mon., Nov. 28th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. The JPL Lonely Readers Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. The book for the month will be announced via the Facebook group @ facebook.com/groups/JPLLonelyReadersClub. Print copies of the Lonely Readers 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 Lonely Readers 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. It's the literary lonely hearts club for that little bit of recluse in all of us! Discussion begins online on the last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Nov. 28th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Nov. 29th 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 Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 1st

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 1st 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 3rd

  • Create-A-Cookie!

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 3rd 10:00am - 11:00am

    We are getting out the frosting and the sprinkles for some festive cookie decorating! Stop by the Johnston Public Library to pick up a kit that contains everything you need to decorate a delicious cookie! First come, first served. While supplies lasts.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Nanowrimo Wrap-Up Event

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Dec. 3rd 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Wrap-up your National Novel Writing Month accomplishments with other NaNoWriMo writers at this culminating event party.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 4th

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 4th 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!

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 5th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 5th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 8th

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 8th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

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

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. This month's book is "Feather Thief" by Kirk Wallace Johnson. 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

Monday, December 12th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 12th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 15th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. This month's book is "Hell of a Book" by Jason Mott. Lunchtime Lit Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Lunchtime Lit is not accepting new members at this time due to the current group size. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for more information about other JPL book clubs.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 15th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 17th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 17th 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. 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 19th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 19th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 22nd

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 22nd 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 26th

  • Lonely Readers Club

    Online Mon., Dec. 26th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. The JPL Lonely Readers Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. The book for the month will be announced via the Facebook group @ facebook.com/groups/JPLLonelyReadersClub. Print copies of the Lonely Readers 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 Lonely Readers 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. It's the literary lonely hearts club for that little bit of recluse in all of us! Discussion begins online on the last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 26th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    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 focus on current news, events and American culture. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 27th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Dec. 27th 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. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 29th

  • Everyday English

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 29th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Everyday English is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on functional English – learning basic phrases and expressions for having conversations in everyday English as well as lessons on living in the United States. 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 Peg at ESOL@johnstonlibrary.org for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, January 8th

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Jan. 8th 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!

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 19th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jan. 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. This month's book is "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett" by Annie Lyons. Lunchtime Lit Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Lunchtime Lit is not accepting new members at this time due to the current group size. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for more information about other JPL book clubs.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Jan. 19th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, February 16th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. This month's book is "Feather Thief" by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Lunchtime Lit Book Club meets in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Lunchtime Lit is not accepting new members at this time due to the current group size. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for more information about other JPL book clubs.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, March 16th

Art In the Barn
Friday, October 21st, 2022
5:30pm-8:30pm

An exhibition of works by local artists, live music, and appetizers, wine, and craft beer are included with the $20 admission to this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library.

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