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Events at the Library

Friday, February 28th

Saturday, February 29th

  • Lions Club Book Sale

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 29th 8:00am - 12:00pm

    Pick up used books and A/V items at the annual Lions Club Book Sale. Early shopping starts Thursday with a $3 entry fee; Friday and Saturday shopping is free. Proceeds from the event support the Johnston Public Library.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Tech Lab Sat., Feb. 29th 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Sunday, March 1st

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Mar. 1st 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Study Room 1 Sun., Mar. 1st 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Reservation

    Study Room 2 Sun., Mar. 1st 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Mar. 1st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Come to the library to make a fun craft. All supplies are provided, no registration is necessary for this drop-in craft time.

    Category: Kids

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    Story Time Room Sun., Mar. 1st 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Des Moines Cycle Club Board Meeting

    Archive Room Sun., Mar. 1st 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Meeting of Board of Directors of Des Moines Cycle Club

Monday, March 2nd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 2nd 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 2nd 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation For Gary

    Archive Room Mon., Mar. 2nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Mar. 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Fll - Coy

    Archive Room Mon., Mar. 2nd 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 2nd 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Books, a craft, and a play activity will be provided by youth services staff in the Story Time room. Come read and play with your child and enjoy your own storytime during the open evening hours.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 2nd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Rittgers Oaks Homeowners Association Annual Meeting

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 2nd 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Rittgers Oaks Homeowners Association Annual Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Tuesday, March 3rd

Wednesday, March 4th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 4th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Mar. 4th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Wed., Mar. 4th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Mar. 4th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 4th 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Come to the library for an unstructured, creative building program. Stay for the entire event or pop in for a few minutes. We supply the blocks and other building materials; you supply the imagination! For kids in grade K-5. Adults must stay with children under the age of 9.

    Category: Kids

  • Beaver Pines Hoa

    Archive Room Wed., Mar. 4th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Des Moines Concours D'elegance

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Mar. 4th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Monthly planning meeting for 2020 Des Moines Concours d'Elegance car show

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, March 5th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 5th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 5th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 5th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • The Single Mom's Devotional Life Group

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 5th 6:20pm - 8:00pm

    A life group for Single Mothers to discuss life and faith

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Friday, March 6th

Saturday, March 7th

  • Be Heard: Effective Legislative Advocacy

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Mar. 7th 10:30am - 11:30am

    This is a big year for national politics but the decisions made on all levels of government, whether it's the local, state or national arena, impact our daily lives. Learn how to use your voice to affect the change you want to see. Join advocacy director Bethany Snyder to learn what advocacy is and how to effectively communicate with your lawmakers, including what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to. Bethany Snyder has been advising on, developing and implementing advocacy campaigns for over 15 years and has the inside perspective on how to effectively communicate with a lawmaker's office. She has been a grassroots advocacy director, a lobbyist and a US Senate staffer. She has sat across from hundreds of lobbyists and advocates, as well as people like you sharing your passion and stories.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • The Self-Love And Empowerment Group For Women (Meetup)

    Archive Room Sat., Mar. 7th 11:00am - 12:30pm

    Women's meetup

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Sunday, March 8th

Monday, March 9th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 9th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 9th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 9th 12:30pm - 4:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Mar. 9th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 9th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Cub Scout Pack 31 Den 6 Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 9th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 9th 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.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 9th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, March 10th

Wednesday, March 11th

  • Everystep Senior Leadership Meeting

    Archive Room Wed., Mar. 11th 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Planning meeting for next fiscal year

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 11th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Mar. 11th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Mar. 11th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 11th 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Kids in 3-5th grade are encouraged to "bring your own book" to discuss at this specially designed program. Monthly meetings include snacks and an activity.

    Category: Kids

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, March 12th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 12th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Senior College

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 12th 9:30am - 11:30am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 12th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 12th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Ja Parent Connect

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 12th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Support network for parents of children with Juvenile Arthritis

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 12th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Thu., Mar. 12th 6:20pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

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

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "The Life We Bury" by Allen Eskens. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, March 13th

Saturday, March 14th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Mar. 14th All Day

Sunday, March 15th

  • Girl Scout Troop 948 Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Mar. 15th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    monthly meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Mar. 15th 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.

    Category: Kids

Monday, March 16th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 16th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 16th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Mon., Mar. 16th 11:00am - 12:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 16th 12:30pm - 4:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Mar. 16th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 16th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 16th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, March 17th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Mar. 17th 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Green Meadows North Board Meeting

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 17th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Green Meadows North Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 18th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 18th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 18th 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Come to JPL and read to a Certified Therapy Dog. Reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog (the trainer is also present) and lasts 15 minutes. The program is for independent readers in grades 2-7. Registration is required. Brought to you by the Iowa Human-Animal Bond Society.

    Category: Kids

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    Archive Room Wed., Mar. 18th 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    To register for Children in the Middle classes, participants need to call Jim Thorpe at 515-289-9136.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Mar. 18th All Day

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

Thursday, March 19th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 19th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 19th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 19th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 19th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Rittgers Oaks Townhome Owners Meeting

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

    Rittgers Oaks Owners Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Saturday, March 21st

Sunday, March 22nd

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Mar. 22nd 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages.

    Category: Kids

  • Sgi

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Mar. 22nd 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    SGI study lecture

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Monday, March 23rd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 23rd 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 23rd 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Drop-In Device Advice

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Mar. 23rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Mon., Mar. 23rd 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 23rd 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.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 23rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, March 24th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Mar. 24th 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Senior College

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 24th 9:30am - 11:30am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Presbytery Clergy

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 24th 11:00am - 1:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 24th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans as we discuss favorite characters, create magical projects, eat Honeydukes inspired snacks, and more! We'll have a different activity each month. For students in 6th grade and up. Registration required.

    Category: Teens

  • Johnston Chamber Of Commerce Legislative Forum

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 24th 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    The Johnston Chamber is having a Legislative Forum for Senator Brad Zaun and State Representative Karin Derry that will be open to the public too attend.

  • Pinewood Glen Board Meeting

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 24th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Pinewood Glen Board Meeting

  • Read What You Want Teen Book Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 24th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    No particular book is assigned for each meeting. Just read what you want and talk about it with the group. It's a great way to meet other bookish people and find great new books to read! Plus, there are snacks! 9th grade and up. RSVPs appreciated.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 25th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 25th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Wed., Mar. 25th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Mar. 25th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Kids In The Kitchen: International Edition

    Story Time Room Wed., Mar. 25th 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Learn basic cooking skills and prepare simple and fun international foods in this hands-on cooking experience for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Space is limited and registration is required. Please Note: Our recipes may contain wheat, egg, dairy, or soy allergens.

    Category: Kids

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Meadowbrook Homeowners Association Meeting

    Archive Room Wed., Mar. 25th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    A meeting for Meadowbrook Homeowners Association to discuss monthly projects, budgets, and the current state of the Association.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, March 26th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 26th 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 26th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 26th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 26th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pack 31 Cub Scout Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Mar. 26th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    (6) 5th grade boys having a cub scout meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Thu., Mar. 26th 6:20pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Thu., Mar. 26th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to JPL and read to a Certified Therapy Dog. Reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog (the trainer is also present) and lasts 15 minutes. The program is for independent readers in grades 2-7. Registration is required. Brought to you by the Iowa Human-Animal Bond Society.

    Category: Kids

Friday, March 27th

Saturday, March 28th

Sunday, March 29th

Monday, March 30th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 30th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Mar. 30th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Mar. 30th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Mar. 30th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Mar. 30th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Mar. 30th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, March 31st

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Mar. 31st 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Senior College

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 31st 9:30am - 11:30am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., Mar. 31st 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 31st 3:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Mar. 31st 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. This month's book is "Americanah" by Chimamanda Adichie. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, April 1st

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 1st 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 1st 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 1st 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Come to the library for an unstructured, creative building program. Stay for the entire event or pop in for a few minutes. We supply the blocks and other building materials; you supply the imagination! For kids in grade K-5. Adults must stay with children under the age of 9.

    Category: Kids

  • Des Moines Concours D'elegance Planning Meeting

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 1st 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Monthly planning meeting for 2020 Des Concours d'Elegance

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, April 2nd

  • Hanger Semi-Annual Training

    Archive Room Thu., Apr. 2nd 9:00am - 5:30pm

    Semi-Annual training for Hanger Office Administrators

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Apr. 2nd 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 2nd 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 2nd 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Thu., Apr. 2nd 6:20pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Friday, April 3rd

Saturday, April 4th

Sunday, April 5th

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Apr. 5th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Come to the library to make a fun craft. All supplies are provided, no registration is necessary for this drop-in craft time.

    Category: Kids

  • Make It: Handmade Cards For Spring: Session 1

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Make It: Handmade Cards For Spring: Session 2

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Apr. 5th 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 6th

  • [Cancelled] Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 6th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • [CANCELLED] Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 6th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • [Cancelled] Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 6th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Apr. 6th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Apr. 6th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 6th 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Books, a craft, and a play activity will be provided by youth services staff in the Story Time room. Come read and play with your child and enjoy your own storytime during the open evening hours.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 6th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, April 7th

Wednesday, April 8th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 8th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 8th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 8th 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Kids in 3-5th grade are encouraged to "bring your own book" to discuss at this specially designed program. Monthly meetings include snacks and an activity.

    Category: Kids

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Apr. 8th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, April 9th

Friday, April 10th

Saturday, April 11th

  • I Have It, Now What Do I Do With It: Instant Pot And Air Fryer Cooking Class

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

    Were you gifted with an air fryer or instant pot for the holidays? Break them out of the box and come learn how to use these kitchen devices. Join our favorite food instructor, Lois Carpenter, as she demonstrates quick, easy, and most importantly delicious recipes perfect for an instant pot and air fryer newbie as well as a seasoned home cook. Lois will demonstrate Vegetarian Chili and Barbacoa Beef in the pressure cooker and Crunchy Chicken Tenders and Steak Fajitas in the air fryer. Tips on getting the best flavor and texture as well as ways to get the most use out of these appliances will be shared. Please register for this free class at johnstonlibrary.com. Registration begins March 28.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Apr. 11th 10:30am - 12:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming Club: Weekend Edition

    Story Time Room Sat., Apr. 11th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Try new games, meet new people, and have fun! We sometimes play Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Sheriff of Nottingham, but we introduce new games each month as well. New to board games? No problem! We'll teach you how to play. 6th grade and up. Registration appreciated.

    Category: Teens

Sunday, April 12th

  • Library Closed For Easter Holiday

    Archive Room, Commons, East Tower Area, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab Sun., Apr. 12th All Day

Monday, April 13th

  • [CANCELLED] Iowa Department Of Inspections & Appeals

    Archive Room Mon., Apr. 13th 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Annual Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 13th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 13th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Iowa Department Of Public Health Title V Needs Assessment

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Apr. 13th 10:00am - 2:00pm

    NA Leadership Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Apr. 13th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Apr. 13th 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.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 13th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, April 14th

  • [CANCELLED] Iowa Department Of Inspections & Appeals - Invoice

    Archive Room Tue., Apr. 14th 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Annual Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Senior College

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 14th 9:30am - 11:30am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Apr. 14th 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 6Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 14th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can 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 goo.gl/JTmF54 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.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, April 15th

  • [CANCELLED] Iowa Department Of Inspections & Appeals - Invoice

    Archive Room Wed., Apr. 15th 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Annual Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 15th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 15th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 15th 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Come to JPL and read to a Certified Therapy Dog. Reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog (the trainer is also present) and lasts 15 minutes. The program is for independent readers in grades 2-7. Registration is required. Brought to you by the Iowa Human-Animal Bond Society.

    Category: Kids

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 15th 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    To register for Children in the Middle classes, participants need to call Jim Thorpe at 515-289-9136.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Village At Johnston Station

    Archive Room Wed., Apr. 15th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, April 16th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Apr. 16th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Apr. 16th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 16th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 16th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Apr. 16th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, April 17th

Saturday, April 18th

  • Kite Building Workshop

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Apr. 18th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Get ready for the 7th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 2nd by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, April 18th at Johnston Public Library from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Apr. 18th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, April 19th

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Apr. 19th 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.

    Category: Kids

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Sun., Apr. 19th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 20th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 20th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 20th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Apr. 20th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Apr. 20th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Apr. 20th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 20th 6:30pm - 7:15pm

    Books, a craft, and a play activity will be provided by youth services staff in the Story Time room. Come read and play with your child and enjoy your own storytime during the open evening hours.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 20th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, April 21st

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Apr. 21st 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Anime & Manga Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 21st 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Eat Japanese snacks, watch anime, and talk about your favorite comics and manga. For students in 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming Club

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

    Try new games, meet new people, and have fun! We'll have a selection of classic games and popular new releases available. Pizza will be served. Grades 6-12. RSVPs appreciated.

    Category: Teens

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Tue., Apr. 21st All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 22nd 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 22nd 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Apr. 22nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Apr. 22nd All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • No Early Out Wednesday Program

    Youth Services Area Wed., Apr. 22nd All Day

    No early out Wednesday program scheduled due to the school's calendar.

    Category: Kids

Thursday, April 23rd

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Apr. 23rd 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 23rd 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 23rd 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Thu., Apr. 23rd All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Thu., Apr. 23rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Come to JPL and read to a Certified Therapy Dog. Reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog (the trainer is also present) and lasts 15 minutes. The program is for independent readers in grades 2-7. Registration is required. Brought to you by the Iowa Human-Animal Bond Society.

    Category: Kids

Friday, April 24th

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Fri., Apr. 24th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Apr. 24th All Day

    Category: Teens

Saturday, April 25th

  • Free Shred Day

    Johnston Public Library, Library Parking Lot Sat., Apr. 25th 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Get rid of your old confidential documents in a safe and secure way at Johnston Public Library's free Shred Day. THE SHREDDER company will be in the JPL parking lot from 9:00am to 12:00pm for on-site document destruction with 3 of their mobile document-shredding vehicles. THE SHREDDER is AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction. Please limit material to be shredded to 3 disposable boxes or containers per household. To expedite shredding, traffic will route from Merle Hay around the library onto Morningside Drive and enter the west parking lot by the Simpson Barn. Please stay in your vehicle and a volunteer will collect your boxes . No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Sat., Apr. 25th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    Archive Room, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Apr. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, April 26th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Apr. 26th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages.

    Category: Kids

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room, Story Time Room Sun., Apr. 26th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available. Then, when you need a break, head down to the Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing activities.

    Category: Teens

  • Extreme Bike With Ultra Cyclist Sarah Cooper

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Apr. 26th 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Need your daily dose of inspiration? We're here for you. Come to JPL on Sunday, April 26 at 1:30 to hear ultra cyclist Sarah Cooper talk about her sport as well as the importance of adventure and friendship in her life. Sarah is an Iowa resident, wife, mom of four, and the winner of numerous ultra cycling races, including the 2017 Race Across America. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. This ultra cycling race is 30% longer than the Tour de France and racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time, with no rest days! Registration is appreciated for this free event.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Girl Scout Troop 948

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Apr. 26th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Monthly Troop Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Food For Fines

    Johnston Public Library Sun., Apr. 26th All Day

    Pay your overdue fees with non-perishable food items and more during National Library Week. One item pays $1 in fees. Fees for damaged or lost items cannot be paid with food or other items. Items support the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community. Here is a list of the most-needed items: toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap/body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes, kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, diapers (size 4-pullups), and feminine hygiene products.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, April 27th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 27th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Apr. 27th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Apr. 27th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Mon., Apr. 27th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Apr. 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Apr. 27th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Apr. 27th 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.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Apr. 27th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, April 28th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Apr. 28th 9:30am - 10:30am

    Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Presbyterian Clergy Group

    Archive Room Tue., Apr. 28th 11:15am - 1:15pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., Apr. 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Tue., Apr. 28th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 28th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans as we discuss favorite characters, create magical projects, eat Honeydukes inspired snacks, and more! For students in 6th grade and up. Registration required.

    Category: Teens

  • Read What You Want Teen Book Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 28th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    No particular book is assigned for each meeting. Just read what you want and talk about it with the group. It's a great way to meet other bookish people and find great new books to read! Plus, there are snacks! 9th grade and up. RSVPs appreciated.

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, April 29th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 29th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Apr. 29th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Wed., Apr. 29th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Kids In The Kitchen: International Edition

    Story Time Room Wed., Apr. 29th 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Learn basic cooking skills and prepare simple and fun international foods in this hands-on cooking experience for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Space is limited and registration is required. Please Note: Our recipes may contain wheat, egg, dairy, or soy allergens.

    Category: Kids

Thursday, April 30th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Apr. 30th 9:15am - 9:45am

    Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby's foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Thu., Apr. 30th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 30th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    Outreach Thu., Apr. 30th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 30th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, May 1st

Saturday, May 2nd

  • Kites On The Green

    Archive Room, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., May. 2nd 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Join us for the 7th annual Kites on the Green Festival featuring giant show kite displays, celebrity bol races, free kite building, live kids' music, sidewalk art, face painting, and delicious food!

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Free Comic Book Day

    Youth Services Area Sat., May. 2nd All Day

    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at JPL! Come to the Youth Services Dept. anytime today and choose from a selection of FREE comics while supplies last. We'll have titles for all ages! Thanks very much to our friends at Mayhem Collectibles for helping with this event.

    Category: Teens

Sunday, May 3rd

  • Ap Study Time

    Archive Room Sun., May. 3rd 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available. Then, when you need a break, head down to the Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing activities.

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., May. 3rd 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Stress Free Zone

    Story Time Room Sun., May. 3rd 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Does studying for your AP exams have you stressed out? Take a break and head down to JPL's Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing, stress relieving activities like Orbeez, Bob Ross art, and more! Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 - 5:00.

    Category: Teens

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 4th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., May. 4th 8:00am - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Mon., May. 4th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., May. 4th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., May. 4th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 4th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, May 5th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., May. 5th 8:00am - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Tue., May. 5th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Wednesday, May 6th

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Wed., May. 6th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Teen Scene

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

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Des Moines Concours D'elegance

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., May. 6th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Monthly planning meeting for the Des Moines Concours d'Elegance car show.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, May 7th

  • Ap Test Study Time

    Archive Room Thu., May. 7th 2:30pm - 8:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available.

    Category: Teens

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 7th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 7th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, May 8th

Saturday, May 9th

  • Ap Study Time

    Archive Room Sat., May. 9th 9:00am - 5:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available. Then, when you need a break, head down to the Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing activities.

    Category: Teens

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Stress Free Zone

    Story Time Room Sat., May. 9th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Does studying for your AP exams have you stressed out? Take a break and head down to JPL's Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing, stress relieving activities like Orbeez, Bob Ross art, and more! Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 - 5:00.

    Category: Teens

  • Scratch Day Celebration

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., May. 9th 1:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, May 10th

  • Ap Study Time

    Archive Room Sun., May. 10th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    AP Exams are coming, so bring your friends to the Johnston Library for a study session! We will have the Archive Room reserved for all of your studying needs. AP test prep books, flash cards, practice tests, office supplies, white board with markers, snacks, and caffeinated beverages will also be available. Then, when you need a break, head down to the Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing activities.

    Category: Teens

  • Stress Free Zone

    Story Time Room Sun., May. 10th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Does studying for your AP exams have you stressed out? Take a break and head down to JPL's Stress Free Zone (aka the Storytime Room) for some relaxing, stress relieving activities like Orbeez, Bob Ross art, and more! Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 - 5:00.

    Category: Teens

Monday, May 11th

Tuesday, May 12th

Wednesday, May 13th

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., May. 13th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, May 14th

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., May. 14th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 14th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 14th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

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

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "Men Explain Things To Me" by Rebecca Solnit. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, May 16th

  • Fraud Watch With Aarp

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., May. 16th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Get tips to spot and avoid scams like identity theft, investment fraud, and holiday scams, as well as ongoing updates from resources like Watchdog Alerts and a scam-tracking map that provides real-time alerts from law enforcement in your state. This program is for AARP members and nonmembers alike. Registration for this free class is appreciated.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 18th

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., May. 18th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 18th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, May 19th

Wednesday, May 20th

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., May. 20th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

Thursday, May 21st

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 21st 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 21st 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., May. 21st 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, May 22nd

Saturday, May 23rd

Sunday, May 24th

Monday, May 25th

  • Library Closed For Memorial Day

    Archive Room, Commons, East Tower Area, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab Mon., May. 25th All Day

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., May. 25th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 25th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, May 26th

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., May. 26th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., May. 26th 3:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, May 27th

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., May. 27th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Early-out Wednesday program for kids in grade 6 & up. Play video games on the big screen (usually Smash Bros. or Mario Kart), participate in other fun activities and eat snacks! No registration required. Note: This program only meets on early-out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., May. 27th 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    To register for Children in the Middle classes, participants need to call Jim Thorpe at 515-289-9136.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, May 28th

Saturday, May 30th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., May. 30th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., May. 30th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, May 31st

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., May. 31st All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, June 1st

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 1st 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 1st 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 1st 1:30pm - 2:15pm

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 1st 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 1st 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 2nd

  • Primary Election

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jun. 2nd All Day

Wednesday, June 3rd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jun. 3rd 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jun. 3rd 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

Thursday, June 4th

  • Maker Madness: Play-Doh

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 4th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Create your own play-doh and have time to use it to build and play with! Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Maker Madness: Play-Doh

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 4th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Create your own play-doh and have time to use it to build and play with! Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, June 6th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jun. 6th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jun. 6th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, June 7th

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jun. 7th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, June 8th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 8th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 8th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 8th 1:30pm - 2:15pm

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 8th 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jun. 8th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 8th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 9th

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, June 10th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jun. 10th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jun. 10th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jun. 10th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jun. 10th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, June 11th

  • Maker Madness: Canvas Totes

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 11th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Decorate your own canvas tote with fabric markers and paint. All supplies will be provided. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jun. 11th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Maker Madness: Canvas Totes

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 11th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Decorate your own canvas tote with fabric markers and paint. All supplies will be provided. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Jun. 11th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Jun. 11th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes" by Leonard Goldberg. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, June 12th

  • Blank Park Zoo - Show & Tell

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Jun. 12th 10:30am - 11:15am

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Saturday, June 13th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Jun. 13th 10:30am - 12:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jun. 13th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jun. 13th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, June 14th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jun. 14th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, June 15th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 15th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 15th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 15th 1:30pm - 2:15pm

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 15th 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jun. 15th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 15th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 16th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jun. 16th All Day

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, June 17th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jun. 17th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jun. 17th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • City Of Johnston Comprehensive Plan Open House

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jun. 17th 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jun. 17th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, June 18th

  • Maker Madness: Upgrade Your Mug

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 18th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Personalize your mug with sharpie markers and paint. All supplies will be provided. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jun. 18th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Jun. 18th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Maker Madness: Upgrade Your Mug

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 18th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Personalize your mug with sharpie markers and paint. All supplies will be provided. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Jun. 18th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jun. 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, June 20th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jun. 20th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jun. 20th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, June 21st

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jun. 21st All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, June 22nd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 22nd 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 22nd 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Jun. 22nd 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 22nd 1:30pm - 2:15pm

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 22nd 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jun. 22nd 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 22nd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 23rd

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jun. 23rd All Day

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, June 24th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jun. 24th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jun. 24th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jun. 24th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    Archive Room Wed., Jun. 24th 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    To register for Children in the Middle classes, participants need to call Jim Thorpe at 515-289-9136.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jun. 24th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, June 25th

  • Maker Madness: Shrinky Dinks

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 25th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Draw or trace your designs onto special plastic, we'll pop them in the oven, and then watch them transform into amazing charms. Turn your designs into key chains and jewelry. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jun. 25th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Maker Madness: Shrinky Dinks

    Story Time Room Thu., Jun. 25th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Draw or trace your designs onto special plastic, we'll pop them in the oven, and then watch them transform into amazing charms. Turn your designs into key chains and jewelry. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, June 27th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jun. 27th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jun. 27th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, June 28th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jun. 28th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, June 29th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 29th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jun. 29th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 29th 1:30pm - 2:15pm

    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 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jun. 29th 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Jun. 29th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jun. 29th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jun. 29th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, June 30th

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., Jun. 30th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jun. 30th All Day

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, July 1st

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jul. 1st 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jul. 1st 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jul. 1st 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, July 2nd

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jul. 2nd 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 4th

  • Library Closed For Independence Day

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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jul. 4th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, July 5th

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jul. 5th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, July 6th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jul. 6th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jul. 6th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jul. 6th 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jul. 6th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jul. 6th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 7th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jul. 7th All Day

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, July 8th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jul. 8th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jul. 8th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jul. 8th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jul. 8th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, July 9th

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jul. 9th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Maker Madness: T-Shirt Transformations

    Story Time Room Thu., Jul. 9th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Bring an old t-shirt or use one of ours to create a t-shirt bag or t-shirt bracelets. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Maker Madness: T-Shirt Transformations

    Story Time Room Thu., Jul. 9th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Bring an old t-shirt or use one of ours to create a t-shirt bag or t-shirt bracelets. Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Jul. 9th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Jul. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "My Sister the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 11th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Jul. 11th 10:30am - 12:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jul. 11th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jul. 11th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, July 12th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jul. 12th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, July 13th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jul. 13th 9:30am - 10:00am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jul. 13th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jul. 13th 3:15pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jul. 13th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jul. 13th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 14th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jul. 14th All Day

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, July 15th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jul. 15th 10:00am - 10:30am

    Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jul. 15th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jul. 15th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, July 16th

  • Maker Madness: Chalk Play

    Story Time Room Thu., Jul. 16th 10:00am - 10:45am

    Create homemade chalk and then test various recipes of chalk on the West Patio of the library! Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in K-2nd grade, with a grown up. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jul. 16th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Jul. 16th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Maker Madness: Chalk Play

    Story Time Room Thu., Jul. 16th 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Create homemade chalk and then test various recipes of chalk on the West Patio of the library! Maker Madness is a creative program for kids in 3rd-5th grade. Join us each Thursday to get crafty and learn something new. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration only guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

    Category: Kids

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Jul. 16th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jul. 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, July 18th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sat., Jul. 18th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jul. 18th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, July 19th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jul. 19th All Day

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday for a fun Scavenger Hunt throughout the Youth Services Area. Win a prize after finding all 10 themed items. For all ages. Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program.

    Category: Kids

Monday, July 20th

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Pointe Vista Park Mon., Jul. 20th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Pointe Vista Park on Monday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jul. 20th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, July 22nd

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jul. 22nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    Archive Room Wed., Jul. 22nd 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    To register for Children in the Middle classes, participants need to call Jim Thorpe at 515-289-9136.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Terra Lake Park Wed., Jul. 22nd 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Visit us at Terra Lake Park on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

Thursday, July 23rd

  • Pop-Up Library In The Park

    Dewey Park Thu., Jul. 23rd 10:00am - 11:00am

    Visit us at Dewey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, weather permitting. Sign-up for a library card, choose a free book, create a fun craft, and participate in our Summer Library Program and earn prizes! Part of the 2020 Summer Library Program Pop-Up Library schedule.

    Category: Outreach / Book Bike / Pop-up Library

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, July 24th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Jul. 24th All Day

    Category: Teens

Saturday, July 25th

Monday, July 27th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Jul. 27th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Jul. 27th All Day

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jul. 27th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, July 28th

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., Jul. 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, July 30th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, August 1st

Sunday, August 2nd

  • Make It: Handmade Cards For Every Occasion: Session 1

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Aug. 2nd 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Make It: Handmade Cards For Every Occasion: Session 2

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Aug. 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, August 3rd

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Aug. 3rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 6th

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, August 8th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Aug. 8th 10:30am - 12:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Aug. 8th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, August 10th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Aug. 10th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, August 12th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Aug. 12th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 13th

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Aug. 13th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Aug. 13th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "When We Believed in Mermaids" by Barbara O'Neal. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, August 15th

Monday, August 17th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Aug. 17th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Aug. 20th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Aug. 20th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Aug. 20th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, August 22nd

Monday, August 24th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Aug. 24th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Aug. 24th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Bring a friend or a family member and spend an hour talking, listening and learning. Teens to adults welcome. No registration necessary, just drop-in. To volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact info@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, August 25th

  • Reservation

    Outreach Tue., Aug. 25th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Well Red Book Club

    Pagliai's Pizza Tue., Aug. 25th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's 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 boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, August 26th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Aug. 26th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, August 27th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Aug. 27th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    A free class for beginning adult English language learners to build language skills and conversational confidence. No cost. No registration.

    Category: Adult & Family