The library will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Events at the Library

Monday, May 29th

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, May 30th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. May's book is "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner. 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Saturday, June 3rd

  • Summer Reading Begins!

    Youth Services Area All Day

    Build a Better World this summer by reading or doing early literacy activities throughout the summer. Earn prizes along the way and enjoy numerous events for kids of all ages!

    Tag(s): Kids

Sunday, June 4th

  • Sundaes On Sunday With The Belin Quartet

    Johnston Public Library 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Come to the Johnston Public Library for a free outdoor concert with the Belin Quartet. Bring your lawn chairs and yard blankets and enjoy family-friendly classical music and a free sundae ice cream cone from the Johnston Public Library. Rain location is the Large Meeting Room of Johnston Public Library. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize ticket for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, June 5th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 6th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

Wednesday, June 7th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, June 8th

  • Kurious Kids

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    Investigate and create using a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math themes. Face a new challenge each session. For children going into grades 2-5. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Saturday, June 10th

  • Jpl Kids' Chess Club

    Story Time Room 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Head to JPL for our monthly Kids' Chess Club for kids in grades 1 through 5. New to chess? No problem. Come to learn the game or come to improve your strategies and tactics. JPL's Kid's Chess Club is taught by Mahanthi Bukkapatnam, a long-time chess enthusiast and collegiate chess champion. Please RSVP for this event at events.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, June 12th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Playful yoga poses combined with picture books, crafts, and other age appropriate props will spark your child's inner yogin. For children ages 4-10 and their parent or guardian. Registration required. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, June 13th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Teen Tuesday: Fandom Camp

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Star Wars, anime, Mortal Instruments, DC & Marvel, and more are invited to play games, make crafts, eat snacks, and hang out with other fans as we celebrate all the fandoms! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, June 14th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Iowa Watercolor Society Miniature Art Opening

    Commons, Johnston Public Library 3:00pm - 7:00pm

    Come to the JPL Art Gallery to see IWS's Watercolor Minature Artshow. Browse the beautiful paintings by local artists and help yourself to light refreshments.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, June 15th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Friday, June 16th

  • 5K For Karen

    Johnston Public Library 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Join us in this family-friendly spring road run held in honor of Karen Coaldrake. This run is being put on by the Johnston Public Library Foundation with proceeds benefiting the Johnston Public Library and the Dragon Scholarship Fund Committee. Register online and find more information at http://5k.johnstonlibrary.com. Check-in begins at 6pm the day of the event.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Saturday, June 17th

  • Green Days In The Library

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Take a break from the heat and join us in a variety of activities hosted by the Johnston Public Library. The library's meeting room will be open from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, June 18th

  • Library Is Closed For Green Days

    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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, June 19th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 20th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Kitchen Science With Grout Museum

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

    Get excited about science as you watch and participate in experiments using materials found in everyday life. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Teen Tuesday: Movie Night Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them"

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 5:00pm - 7:15pm

    Watch the movie (with MuVChat on-screen texting), create wizard crafts, and eat pizza and other magical snacks. Wear your wizard attire if you want, but Muggles are welcome too. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, June 21st

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Kurious Kids

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    Investigate and create using a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math themes. Face a new challenge each session. For children going into grades 2-5. Please register. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Friday, June 23rd

  • Play, Baby, Play

    Story Time Room 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Join us for a special day full of play for the babies in your life. Babies, ages 0-3, can explore various materials to stimulate their senses and sense of wonder! Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World!

    Tag(s): Kids

Saturday, June 24th

  • Backyard Bbq With Lois White

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

    Get up to speed on the basics of grilling as you learn several techniques from this amazing summer menu - all cooked on the grill. The menu includes peaches & brie with garlic toasts, beer-brined pork chops with homemade salsa, veggie kabobs and even donut s'mores for dessert. With these new ideas, you'll be ready to impress everyone at your next backyard BBQ. Lois White, the Managing Editor of Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine will be teaching the class. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize entry for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, June 25th

  • Clave Club With Salsa Des Moines

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Get the wild wiggles, jiggles, and giggles out in a fun and constructive way with Salsa Des Moines. Kids will learn how to move to a Latin beat with a Salsa Des Moines instructor. For children ages 7-12. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, June 26th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Blank Park Zoo: Show And Tell

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    See different animals up close and learn about what they eat, where they live and other fun facts! Program is open to all ages! Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, June 27th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Teen Tuesday: Build A Beat With Markaus

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Join Des Moines hip-hop artist MarKaus as he talks about the history and foundations of Hip Hop and how he got started in the industry. Then, learn ways to create your own music-no record company required. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. June's book is "Girl in Translation" by Jean Kwok. 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, June 28th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, June 29th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, July 3rd

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, July 5th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Novel Knitting

    Johnston Public Library 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Are you a knitter or want to become one? Join Dagmar Scheel to learn how to knit or crochet or to share ideas, patterns and help with other knitters. The Novel Knitting group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm by the lounge area outside of the Archive Room at Johnston Public Library. Beginners welcome! No registration necessary.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, July 6th

  • Kurious Kids

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    Investigate and create using a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math themes. Face a new challenge each session. For children going into grades 2-5. Please register. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Saturday, July 8th

  • Jpl Kids' Chess Club

    Story Time Room 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Head to JPL for our monthly Kids' Chess Club for kids in grades 1 through 5. New to chess? No problem. Come to learn the game or come to improve your strategies and tactics. JPL's Kid's Chess Club is taught by Mahanthi Bukkapatnam, a long-time chess enthusiast and collegiate chess champion. Please RSVP for this event at events.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wine 101 With Kelsey Seay

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    In this introductory class, learn the process by which wine comes into being, major regions and grapes, and how wine fits into the history of the world. You will become familiar with the difference in how white, red and rose wines are made, why France is so important in the history of wine and how to get the most out of every sip of your favorite bottle and most importantly, you will taste 4 wines! Kelsey Seay, a first level Sommelier and Cicerone, and the Des Moines Winefest Iron Somm title holder, will teach the class. Must be 21 and over to attend. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize entry for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Free Outdoor Movie - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Johnston Public Library 9:15pm - 10:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library for a free outdoor showing on the big screen of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Bring your yard blankets and lawn chairs; we'll provide the popcorn! No reservation necessary. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize ticket for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, July 10th

  • Bubble Wonders

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:00am - 11:00am

    You'll never look at bubbles the same way again after you see bubbles become caterpillars, ice cream cones, and so much more! Join Geoff Akins transform bubbles like you've never seen before. Program is suitable for all ages! Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Playful yoga poses combined with picture books, crafts, and other age appropriate props will spark your child's inner yogin. For children ages 4-10 and their parent or guardian. Registration required. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, July 11th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Teen Tuesday: Pizzapalooza!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    It's the ultimate pizza party! First taste test local pizzas and vote for your favorite. Then, build an environmentally friendly solar pizza oven and create your own quesadilla pizza with all your favorite toppings. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, July 12th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, July 13th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Jester Puppets: Iowa Jones And The Search For The Last Mummy

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Iowa Jones learns that others are different than he is, but by working together, they can accomplish a lot! Like finding the last Mummy so that he won't be alone anymore...Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, July 17th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 18th

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 9:30am - 9:55am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Storytime

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:30am

    Stories and literacy activities for kids ages 3-6. The summer session goes from the week of June 5 through the week of July 18. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Take Apart Tuesday (Ages 8-14)

    East Tower Area 10:30am - 11:30am

    Every Tues. at 10:30, beginning June 6; ages 8 - 14. Take apart a variety of electronic devices to discover how they're put together and how they work. Register one week prior to each program; enrollment is limited.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Teen Tuesday: Smash Bros./mario Kart Video Game Tournament

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Compete against your friends for fabulous prizes at our Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart tournament. Games will be on the big screen and snacks will be provided. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, July 19th

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:00am - 10:25am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Wee Read

    Story Time Room 10:30am - 11:00am

    Stories, songs, puppet friends and creative movement for kids 18 months to 3 years. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Boxcar Drive-In

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Build your child a car out of a box. Then enjoy snacks and a short movie. So drive on over to the library! Please bring your own box, all other supplies will be provided. For all ages, with an adult. Registration is recommended. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, July 20th

  • Kurious Kids

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    Investigate and create using a variety of Science,Technology, Engineering and Math themes. Face a new challenge each session. For children going into grades 2-5. Please register. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Friday, July 21st

  • Play, Baby, Play

    Story Time Room 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Join us for a special day full of play for the babies in your life. Babies, ages 0-3, can explore various materials to stimulate their senses and sense of wonder! Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World!

    Tag(s): Kids

Saturday, July 22nd

  • Summer Reading: Final Day To Turn In Reading Logs

    Youth Services Area 9:00am - 8:30pm

    Last day to turn in logs for prizes. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Protecting Your Digital Life With Antoinette Stevens

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

    There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information while you are online. Antoinette Stevens, a Network Security Analyst at Principal Financial Group will discuss basic steps you can take to make your personal data more difficult for hackers to obtain. During this session you will learn: - The basics of online security and privacy - The different types of online threats that are most likely to impact you individually - How to defend and protect yourself online - What to do if your machine is infected with malware Outside of work, Antoinette serves as Executive Director of Reboot Iowa, Inc, a non-profit she founded to teach adults about coding and technology. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize entry for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, July 24th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, July 25th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. July's book is "It's Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street" by Emma Williams. 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, July 27th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 10:30am - 11:15am

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

    Tag(s): Kids

Friday, July 28th

  • After-Hours Super Reward Party: Nerf Wars & More!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Teens who have earned 500 points in the reading club are invited to take part in this epic Nerf challenge! Teams will battle it out in the stacks to find out who is the ultimate Nerf war champion. Nerf not your thing? Don't worry, there's more! We'll make slime, play Wii games on the big screen and more! Food, prizes, and fun for everyone! This is a reward party and is open only to teen readers who have earned 500 points in the reading club. Registration and reward ticket are required, space is limited. Part of the Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

    Tag(s): Teens

Saturday, July 29th

  • Yoga On The Green

    Johnston Public Library 9:00am - 10:00am

    Unity Point Health and Power Life Yoga (PLY) bring yoga to the green space north of the Johnston Public Library. PLY combines energetic styles of yoga with motivating music and a naturally-heated environment to sculpt a strong, healthy body and mind. PLY instructors are trained and certified by the most prestigious yoga and fitness studios in the world. Bring your yoga mat, water and don't forget to apply sunscreen. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize ticket for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, July 31st

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for the non-native English speaker 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Saturday, August 5th

  • Indian Curry Cooking Class With Deepa Swaroop

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

    Unravel the secrets to cooking with spices at this Indian Curry Cooking class with Deepa Swaroop. Deepa will share her love of Indian cuisine with you as she demonstrates how to make authentic, healthy and delicious curries including chole, paneer jalfrezi and potato curry. Deepa is a well appreciated cook among her family and friends. Over the years, she has created her own style, starting from her mom's traditional Indian recipes and adapting advice from various books, blogs and experiences. Adult Summer Reading participants can earn a prize entry for attending.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, August 7th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, August 8th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference @ your library! Teen Advisory Board is open to students in grades 6 - 12. Suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. TAB meets once a month for about an hour and includes a fun activity and yummy snacks. Complete a TAB application today! Find the application online http://goo.gl/hHBTN2 Applications are also available at the Youth Services Desk. Call 278-5233 or email Jessica at young@johnstonlibrary.com with your application or for more info.

    Tag(s): Teens

Thursday, August 10th

Saturday, August 12th

  • Jpl Kids' Chess Club

    Story Time Room 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Head to JPL for our monthly Kids' Chess Club for kids in grades 1 through 5. New to chess? No problem. Come to learn the game or come to improve your strategies and tactics. JPL's Kid's Chess Club is taught by Mahanthi Bukkapatnam, a long-time chess enthusiast and collegiate chess champion. Please RSVP for this event at events.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, August 14th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, August 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, August 21st

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, August 28th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, August 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, September 3rd

  • Make & Take Craft

    Youth Services Area 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us for a fun time crafting in the Youth Services area. All supplies are provided, for all ages.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, September 4th

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, September 6th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • Novel Knitting

    Johnston Public Library 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Are you a knitter or want to become one? Join Dagmar Scheel to learn how to knit or crochet or to share ideas, patterns and help with other knitters. The Novel Knitting group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm by the lounge area outside of the Archive Room at Johnston Public Library. Beginners welcome! No registration necessary.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, September 7th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Saturday, September 9th

  • Jpl Kids' Chess Club

    Story Time Room 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Head to JPL for our monthly Kids' Chess Club for kids in grades 1 through 5. New to chess? No problem. Come to learn the game or come to improve your strategies and tactics. JPL's Kid's Chess Club is taught by Mahanthi Bukkapatnam, a long-time chess enthusiast and collegiate chess champion. Please RSVP for this event at events.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, September 11th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, September 12th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference @ your library! Teen Advisory Board is open to students in grades 6 - 12. Suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. TAB meets once a month for about an hour and includes a fun activity and yummy snacks. Complete a TAB application today! Find the application online http://goo.gl/hHBTN2 Applications are also available at the Youth Services Desk. Call 278-5233 or email Jessica at young@johnstonlibrary.com with your application or for more info.

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, September 13th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • 3Rd-5Th Grade Book Club

    Story Time Room 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Join us on the second early-out Wednesday of each month for books, food, friends, and fun! Please call the library for more info.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, September 14th

Sunday, September 17th

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Come join us in expending some pent up energy in this specially designed active obstacle course for little ones. Babies are welcome in their own activity corner with caregivers. Adults must remain with children for the duration of playtime. Appropriate for ages 6 months- 6 years. No registration is necessary for this program.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, September 18th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga Ii

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music, and art come together in this yoga program for children ages 7-10 years old. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques. Registration Required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Wednesday, September 20th

Thursday, September 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, September 24th

  • Johnston Maker Event

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Simpson Barn 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Showcase your creativity and talent at Johnston's first maker day.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, September 25th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, September 26th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, September 27th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • All Things Stem

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Explore STEM through hands-on activities and creative projects! Each month the library will have an activity focused on science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Registration required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, October 2nd

  • Little Lotus Yoga I

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Playful yoga poses combined with picture books, crafts, and other age appropriate props will spark your child's inner yogin. For children ages 4-6 and their parent or guardian. Registration required.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 4th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

Thursday, October 5th

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Sunday, October 8th

  • Make & Take Craft

    Youth Services Area 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us for a fun time crafting in the Youth Services area. All supplies are provided, for all ages.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, October 9th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, October 10th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference @ your library! Teen Advisory Board is open to students in grades 6 - 12. Suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. TAB meets once a month for about an hour and includes a fun activity and yummy snacks. Complete a TAB application today! Find the application online http://goo.gl/hHBTN2 Applications are also available at the Youth Services Desk. Call 278-5233 or email Jessica at young@johnstonlibrary.com with your application or for more info.

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, October 11th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • 3Rd-5Th Grade Book Club

    Story Time Room 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Join us on the second early-out Wednesday of each month for books, food, friends, and fun! Please call the library for more info.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, October 12th

Saturday, October 14th

  • Jpl Kids' Chess Club

    Story Time Room 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Head to JPL for our monthly Kids' Chess Club for kids in grades 1 through 5. New to chess? No problem. Come to learn the game or come to improve your strategies and tactics. JPL's Kid's Chess Club is taught by Mahanthi Bukkapatnam, a long-time chess enthusiast and collegiate chess champion. Please RSVP for this event at events.johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, October 16th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga Ii

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music, and art come together in this yoga program for children ages 7-10 years old. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques. Registration Required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Wednesday, October 18th

Thursday, October 19th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, October 22nd

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Come join us in expending some pent up energy in this specially designed active obstacle course for little ones. Babies are welcome in their own activity corner with caregivers. Adults must remain with children for the duration of playtime. Appropriate for ages 6 months- 6 years. No registration is necessary for this program.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, October 23rd

  • Pumpkin Patch Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Wear your costume and join us for treats, stories, games, and a craft! You may arrive anytime during the scheduled time. For all ages.

    Tag(s): Kids

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 25th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • All Things Stem

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Explore STEM through hands-on activities and creative projects! Each month the library will have an activity focused on science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Registration required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Sunday, October 29th

  • Nanowrimo Kickoff Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 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 200,000 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, October 30th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 31st

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 1st

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

Thursday, November 2nd

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Sunday, November 5th

  • Make & Take Craft

    Youth Services Area 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us for a fun time crafting in the Youth Services area. All supplies are provided, for all ages.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, November 6th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga I

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Playful yoga poses combined with picture books, crafts, and other age appropriate props will spark your child's inner yogin. For children ages 4-6 and their parent or guardian. Registration required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, November 7th

  • Silent Book Club

    Johnston Public Library 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Shhhhh...it's the JPL Silent Book Club. A Silent Book Club is an event where people meet for an hour dedicated to reading quietly in community. Here's how it works: *6:30pm to 6:45pm: Grab coffee or tea and a treat and share what you're reading *6:45pm to 7:45pm: Enjoy an hour of quiet reading with the book of your choice Come be alone together with other readers!

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 8th

  • Early Out Wednesdays Ys

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Early out Wednesday programs TBD.

    Tag(s): Teens

  • 3Rd-5Th Grade Book Club

    Story Time Room 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Join us on the second early-out Wednesday of each month for books, food, friends, and fun! Please call the library for more info.

    Tag(s): Kids

Thursday, November 9th

Saturday, November 11th

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Monday, November 13th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Dis.cov.er.y!

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    With lots of hands-on activities,as well as stories & songs, dis.cov.er.y! is a program for kids 3-7 years and their grown-ups. We will explore a new topic each session.

    Tag(s): Kids

Tuesday, November 14th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference @ your library! Teen Advisory Board is open to students in grades 6 - 12. Suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. TAB meets once a month for about an hour and includes a fun activity and yummy snacks. Complete a TAB application today! Find the application online http://goo.gl/hHBTN2 Applications are also available at the Youth Services Desk. Call 278-5233 or email Jessica at young@johnstonlibrary.com with your application or for more info.

    Tag(s): Teens

Wednesday, November 15th

Thursday, November 16th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner 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.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Sunday, November 19th

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Come join us in expending some pent up energy in this specially designed active obstacle course for little ones. Babies are welcome in their own activity corner with caregivers. Adults must remain with children for the duration of playtime. Appropriate for ages 6 months- 6 years. No registration is necessary for this program.

    Tag(s): Kids

Monday, November 20th

  • Let's Talk: English Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to Johnston Public Library on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for a fun and relaxed environment for English conversation. English learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. All levels of English speakers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information, email info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga Ii

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music, and art come together in this yoga program for children ages 7-10 years old. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques. Registration Required.

    Tag(s): Kids

Wednesday, November 22nd

  • Library Closes Early At 4:00 Pm

    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, Simpson Barn, Johnston Public Library, Greenbriar Restaurant, Southeast Corner, Youth Services Area, Proctored Test, Outreach 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    The library closes at 4:00 PM.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Thursday, November 23rd

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family

Friday, November 24th

  • Library Is 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 3, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab, Johnston Public Library All Day

    The library is closed.

    Tag(s): Adult & Family