Events at the Library

Wednesday, December 11th

  • [CANCELLED] Strategic Planning Meeting

    Archive Room Wed., Dec. 11th 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Dec. 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 2 Wed., Dec. 11th 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Dec. 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 days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Dec. 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., Dec. 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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Dec. 11th 4:15pm - 6:15pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Wed., Dec. 11th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Wed., Dec. 11th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Dec. 11th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 1 Wed., Dec. 11th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, December 12th

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 12th 9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Dec. 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

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 1 Thu., Dec. 12th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Irwa Staff Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Dec. 12th 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Iowa Rural Water Association Staff meeting to review upcoming Annual Conference plans and 2020 training events.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Study Zone

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

    Kids age 9 and up can drop in and receive one-on-one assistance with math, reading, science, English, social studies and science homework from high school volunteers. Students without homework can read aloud to a volunteer, work on homework, or play learning enrichment games. No reservations are needed. Just come to the library during Study Zone hours and bring your homework assignment. Office supplies and laptops will be available for use and snacks will be provided. Note: This program only meets on non-early out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 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

  • Thursday Night Book Club @ Southeast Corner

    Johnston Public Library, Southeast Corner Thu., Dec. 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 Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 13th

Saturday, December 14th

  • Team Meeting - First Lego Junior

    Archive Room Sat., Dec. 14th 10:00am - 1:00pm

    This is our final meeting where Kids will demonstrate what has they have developed as part of Lego Wedo 2.0 and show me poster just before the big day on December 15th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

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

  • Elf Interactive Movie: Family Edition

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Dec. 14th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Don't be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins! Join us for an interactive experience of the movie Elf! Attendees will receive prop bags full of items and instructions to participate with the movie. Plus, enjoy snacks from the four main elf-approved food groups. Everyone is welcome at this all-ages event. Registration required. This event brought to you by JPL's Teen Advisory Board.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 15th

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Sun., Dec. 15th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 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, December 16th

Tuesday, December 17th

  • Meadow Park Board

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 17th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Tue., Dec. 17th 4:15pm - 5:45pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 17th 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

  • Read What You Want Teen Book Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 17th 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, December 18th

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Wed., Dec. 18th 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Central Iowa Tourism Region Board Meeting

    Archive Room Wed., Dec. 18th 9:30am - 1:30pm

    Board meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Dec. 18th 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 days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Wed., Dec. 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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Dec. 18th 4:15pm - 6:15pm

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Village At Johnston Station

    Archive Room Wed., Dec. 18th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    HOA Board Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, December 19th

  • [CANCELLED] Iowa Trio Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 19th 9:30am - 2:30pm

    Quarterly meeting for Iowa TRIO, a non-profit organization of college access professionals from all over the state of Iowa serving TRIO programs in the state of Iowa.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Southeast Corner Thu., Dec. 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 Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter" by Theodora Goss. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Department Of Education

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 19th 1:00pm - 4:30pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Study Zone

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

    Kids age 9 and up can drop in and receive one-on-one assistance with math, reading, science, English, social studies and science homework from high school volunteers. Students without homework can read aloud to a volunteer, work on homework, or play learning enrichment games. No reservations are needed. Just come to the library during Study Zone hours and bring your homework assignment. Office supplies and laptops will be available for use and snacks will be provided. Note: This program only meets on non-early out days that school is in session.

    Category: Teens

  • Children In The Middle (Cim)

    Archive Room Thu., Dec. 19th 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

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 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

Friday, December 20th

Saturday, December 21st

Sunday, December 22nd

Monday, December 23rd

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Dec. 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

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

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

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 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, December 24th

  • Library Closed - Christmas Eve

    Archive Room, Commons, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Tech Lab Tue., Dec. 24th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, December 25th

  • Library Closed - Christmas

    Archive Room, Commons, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Tech Lab Wed., Dec. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 26th

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Kids

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 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

Friday, December 27th

Saturday, December 28th

Monday, December 30th

  • Reservation

    Study Room 1 Mon., Dec. 30th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Smash Bros. & Mario Kart & Trivia Tournament

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

    We'll be playing Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart, and Kahoot Trivia. Compete in one tournament or all three! There will be fabulous prizes for the winners and tasty snacks for everyone! We will only use JPL controllers for the Smash tournament - no outside controllers allowed. For Kahoot, use your own smartphone/tablet with the Kahoot app downloaded or borrow one of the library's tablets to play. 6th grade and up. Registration required.

    Category: Teens

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Dec. 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., Dec. 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, December 31st

  • New Year's Eve Palooza

    Archive Room, Story Time Room, Youth Services Area Tue., Dec. 31st 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Drop in anytime between 10am-2pm and join us for a fun New Year's Eve celebration. Follow a scavenger hunt throughout the library and earn prizes as you go. Create a party hat, earn 2020 glasses, and finish the day off with a fun photo at our photo booth! Open to kids of all ages and their grown up.

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

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

  • Library Closing At 4 Pm - New Year's Eve

    Archive Room, Commons, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Tech Lab Tue., Dec. 31st 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Dec. 31st 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, January 1st

  • Library Closed - New Year's Day

    Archive Room, Commons, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Tech Lab Wed., Jan. 1st All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, January 2nd

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 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

Friday, January 3rd

Saturday, January 4th

Sunday, January 5th

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jan. 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

  • Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Jan. 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

Monday, January 6th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Kids

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

    Story Time Room Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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, January 7th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Jan. 7th 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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Tue., Jan. 7th 4:15pm - 5:45pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Heartland Hea Board

    Archive Room Tue., Jan. 7th 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 7th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th & 7th 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

  • Girl Scout Troop 350

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 8Th - 12Th Grade

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

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 8th - 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, January 8th

  • Johnston Public Library Foundation

    Archive Room Wed., Jan. 8th 8:00am - 10:00am

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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., Jan. 8th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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., Jan. 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

  • Des Moines Concours D'elegance

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

    Planning meeting for annual central Iowa car show

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, January 9th

  • Trauma Informed Training/Connections Matter

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 9th 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Jan. 9th 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., Jan. 9th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 9th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 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., Jan. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, January 10th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Jan. 10th All Day

    Category: Teens

Saturday, January 11th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Sunday, January 12th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Jan. 12th 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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Sun., Jan. 12th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Jan. 12th All Day

    Category: Teens

Monday, January 13th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Townhomes Of Northglenn

    Archive Room Mon., Jan. 13th 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Association Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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, January 14th

Wednesday, January 15th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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., Jan. 15th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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

  • Johnston Public Works

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jan. 15th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, January 16th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Jan. 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., Jan. 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 "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 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

  • Pcmg Garden Tour Committee Meeting

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

    PCMG Garden Tour

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Saturday, January 18th

  • Instant Dinner Cooking Class With Lois Carpenter

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 18th 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Learn basic pressure cooking techniques for easy weeknight meals, including two-step mac and cheese and a homestyle chicken and veggie stew. Enjoy a sweet finish to the class with bread pudding that pressure steams in just 15 minutes. Cooking charts and instructions for hard-boiling eggs in a pressure cooker will be included. Registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, January 19th

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

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

Monday, January 20th

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    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., Jan. 20th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

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

    Southeast Corner Mon., Jan. 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, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jan. 22nd 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jan. 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)

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Jan. 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

  • No Early Out Wednesday Program

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

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

    Category: Kids

Thursday, January 23rd

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 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

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Thu., Jan. 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, January 24th

Saturday, January 25th

  • Educating Rhonda: Mental Health

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 25th 10:00am - 11:00am

    You are invited to meet Rhonda Martin, candidate for Iowa State Senate District 20 (Johnston Urbandale, Grimes) to share your concerns about mental health issues in Iowa and thoughts on how we should be addressing these issues. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Special Guest: Peggy Huppert, Executive Director, NAMI .

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Virtual Reality Vacation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 25th 10:30am - 3:30pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Jan. 25th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Sunday, January 26th

Monday, January 27th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Jan. 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., Jan. 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., Jan. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Mon., Jan. 27th 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., Jan. 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., Jan. 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, January 28th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

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

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 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! We'll have a different activity each month. For students in 6th grade and up. Registration required.

    Category: Teens

  • Ashton Pointe Board Meeting

    Archive Room Tue., Jan. 28th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Read What You Want Teen Book Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 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

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Jan. 28th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is "2 A.M. At the Cat's Pajamas" by Marie-Helene Bertino. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, January 29th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Kids In The Kitchen: International Edition

    Story Time Room Wed., Jan. 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, January 30th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Jan. 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 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, February 1st

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 1st All Day

Sunday, February 2nd

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Feb. 2nd 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

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Feb. 2nd 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, February 3rd

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Feb. 3rd 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., Feb. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Feb. 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Ashton Pointe Annual Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Feb. 3rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Annual Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Feb. 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

Tuesday, February 4th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Feb. 4th 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

  • Heartland Hea Board

    Archive Room Tue., Feb. 4th 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Heartland HEA Board Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 4th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th & 7th 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

  • Girl Scout Troop 350

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 4th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 8th - 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, February 5th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Feb. 5th 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., Feb. 5th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Wed., Feb. 5th 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

    Archive Room Wed., Feb. 5th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Meeting of Class and Committee Chairs for the 2020 Des Moines Concours d'Elegance car show

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

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

Thursday, February 6th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Feb. 6th 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

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

  • Esl Beginner Class

    Story Time Room, Youth Services Area Thu., Feb. 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

Friday, February 7th

Saturday, February 8th

  • Creating The Black Utopia Of Buxton, Iowa With Author Rachelle Chase

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 8th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Some have called Buxton, Iowa a Black Utopia. In the town of five thousand residents, established in 1900, African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. It was a thriving, one-of-a-kind coal mining town created by the Consolidation Coal Company. This inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents. Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907. He returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients. Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote. Author Rachelle Chase will detail these amazing events that created this unique community, even in the midst of segregation, Jim Crow, and the Ku Klux Klan, and what ultimately made Buxton disappear. In addition to writing, Rachelle Chase works as a senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, continues to research Buxton, and is a budding photographer specializing in photos of bugs and food, though hopefully not in the same photo.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

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

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming Club: Weekend Edition

    Story Time Room Sat., Feb. 8th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Try new games, meet new people, and have fun! We'll usually be playing Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Sheriff of Nottingham, but you can also request to play other games we have available. 6th grade and up. Registration appreciated.

    Category: Teens

Sunday, February 9th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Feb. 9th 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

Monday, February 10th

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Feb. 10th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Feb. 10th 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., Feb. 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

Tuesday, February 11th

Wednesday, February 12th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Feb. 12th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Feb. 12th 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., Feb. 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, February 13th

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 13th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 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., Feb. 13th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, February 14th

Saturday, February 15th

Sunday, February 16th

  • Toddler Obstacle Course

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Feb. 16th 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, February 17th

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Feb. 17th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    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., Feb. 17th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

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

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, February 18th

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 18th 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., Feb. 18th 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, February 19th

Thursday, February 20th

Saturday, February 22nd

  • Optimist Club

    Archive Room Sat., Feb. 22nd 9:30am - 12:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Dna And Genealogy With The Iowa Genealogical Society

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 22nd 10:30am - 11:30am

    Have you tested your DNA? Are you thinking about doing it? What do the results mean and what can you learn from them? Does the marketing live up to its promise? Join Theresa Liewer from the Iowa Genealogical Society to dive into these questions. Theresa Liewer is a former president of the Iowa Genealogical Society and moderates the monthly DNA Interest Group that meets at IGS. She'll discuss the three DNA tests - Y, mtDNA and Autosomal - and the major testing companies, plus view real results on the various websites. She'll also talk about questions that regularly occur, including why the ancestry from tests sometimes doesn't match up with what you know to be your family story. Theresa will also discuss privacy issues you should consider, finding matches with close relatives and conversely, who are these close relatives I've never heard of before. Registration is appreciated at this free event.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, February 23rd

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Feb. 23rd 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, February 24th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Feb. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Feb. 24th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Feb. 24th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Feb. 24th 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) Mon., Feb. 24th 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., Feb. 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, February 25th

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Feb. 25th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is "In the Woods" by Tana French. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, February 26th

  • Kids In The Kitchen: International Edition

    Story Time Room Wed., Feb. 26th 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., Feb. 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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Feb. 26th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, February 27th

  • Lions Club Book Sale

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

    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

  • Esl Beginner Class

    Archive Room, Youth Services Area Thu., Feb. 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

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Thu., Feb. 27th 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, February 28th

  • Lions Club Book Sale

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Feb. 28th 9:00am - 8:00pm

    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

Saturday, February 29th

  • Lions Club Book Sale

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Feb. 29th 9:00am - 5:00pm

    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

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

  • 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

Monday, March 2nd

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

Tuesday, March 3rd

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 3rd 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th & 7th 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

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 3rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 8th - 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, March 4th

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • 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

  • Reservation

    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

Friday, March 6th

Saturday, March 7th

Sunday, March 8th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Mar. 8th 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

Monday, March 9th

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • Anime & Manga Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 10th 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., Mar. 10th 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

Wednesday, March 11th

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • 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. 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

  • 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

  • [CANCELLED] Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

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

  • 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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 17th All Day

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 18th

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Thursday, March 19th

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 19th 8:00am - 5:00pm

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

Friday, March 20th

  • Reservation

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

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

Monday, March 23rd

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    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

Thursday, March 26th

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • 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

Monday, March 30th

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • 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

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Mar. 31st 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. This month's book is "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

  • Reservation

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

    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

Thursday, April 2nd

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

Friday, April 3rd

Saturday, April 4th

  • Kite Building Workshop

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

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 Every Occasion: 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 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., 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 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] Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 9th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Apr. 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., Apr. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, April 10th

Saturday, April 11th

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, April 12th

  • Reservation

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 6Th & 7Th Grade

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

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th & 7th 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

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 14th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 8th - 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

  • Reservation

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

    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

Thursday, April 16th

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

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

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

Monday, April 20th

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • 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

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Monday, April 27th

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Apr. 28th 3:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Apr. 28th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, April 29th

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

Sunday, May 3rd

  • 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • 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

Wednesday, May 6th

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Thursday, May 7th

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, May 11th

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., May. 11th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, May 12th

Wednesday, May 13th

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), 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. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, May 16th

Monday, May 18th

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    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. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. No reservation is necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Library Board Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., May. 21st 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., 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

Monday, May 25th

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., May. 25th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    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

  • 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

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., May. 26th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets at Gusto Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or boutique beer. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, May 27th

  • Reservation

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

    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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 28th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., May. 28th 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, May 30th

Monday, June 1st

  • 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

Thursday, June 4th

  • Esl Beginner Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), 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

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

Monday, June 8th

  • 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

Wednesday, June 10th

  • 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