The library will be closed on Monday, November 11th for Veterans Day

Events at the Library

Tuesday, November 12th

Wednesday, November 13th

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Wed., Nov. 13th 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 13th 10:00am - 10:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Nov. 13th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

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

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

    Category: Teens

  • B.y.o.book

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 13th 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., Nov. 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

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Wed., Nov. 13th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Nov. 13th 4:15pm - 6:15pm

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Nov. 13th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Waterford Townhome Association Anuual Residence Meeting

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

    Townhome association annual residence meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Meadowbrook Homeowners

    Archive Room Wed., Nov. 13th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Annual homeowner meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, November 14th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Nov. 14th 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

  • Questers

    Archive Room Thu., Nov. 14th 9:30am - 11:30am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 4 Thu., Nov. 14th 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] United Ways Of Iowa Statewide Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 14th 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Quarterly meeting of Iowa United Ways.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

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

  • [CANCELLED] Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 14th 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

  • Reservation

    Tech Lab Thu., Nov. 14th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Girl Scouts Of America

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 14th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pcmg Garden Tour Committee Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Nov. 14th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    PCMG Garden Tour

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 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., Nov. 14th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow book lovers for coffee, treats and lively discussion at Johnston Public Library. This month's book is "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 15th

Saturday, November 16th

Sunday, November 17th

Monday, November 18th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 18th 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., Nov. 18th 10:00am - 10:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Iowa Nutrition Network Partnership Meeting

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

    Quarterly meeting for statewide Iowa professionals working on nutrition initiatives

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    Study Room 1 Mon., Nov. 18th 2:00pm - 3:30pm

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Nov. 18th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Mon., Nov. 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Pcmg Demonstration Garden Fall Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Nov. 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Fall debrief meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 18th 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., Nov. 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, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 20th 10:00am - 10:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Study Room 3 Wed., Nov. 20th 10:00am - 11:00am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Teen Scene

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

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

    Category: Teens

  • Paws To Read

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 20th 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., Nov. 20th 4:15pm - 6:15pm

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Des Moines Writers Workshop

    Archive Room Wed., Nov. 20th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] The Meadows Special Meeting

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • [CANCELLED] Village At Johnston Station

    Archive Room Wed., Nov. 20th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    monthly homeowner association meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, November 21st

  • Iflti/de Meeting

    Archive Room Thu., Nov. 21st 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Nov. 21st 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., Nov. 21st 9:30am - 11:00am

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Study Zone

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 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, November 22nd

Saturday, November 23rd

Sunday, November 24th

  • Sgi-Usa

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Nov. 24th 1:00pm - 3:30pm

    study meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Nov. 24th 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) Sun., Nov. 24th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Monday, November 25th

  • Press Play! Special Thanksgiving Edition

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 25th 9:30am - 11:00am

    Join us for a special Press Play! the week of Thanksgiving. You may come play and explore with your child Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of this week. The Storytime room will be open for play from 9:30-11:00. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Nov. 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Nov. 25th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Nov. 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

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Nov. 25th 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., Nov. 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, November 26th

  • Eci Pd Meetings

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • ECI PD Meetings

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 26th 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • Press Play! Special Thanksgiving Edition

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 26th 9:30am - 11:00am

    Join us for a special Press Play! the week of Thanksgiving. You may come play and explore with your child Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of this week. The Storytime room will be open for play from 9:30-11:00. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Anime & Manga Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 26th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Eat Japanese snacks, watch anime, and talk about your favorite manga. Plus, we will have fun anime-related activities and crafts! For students in 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 26th 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

  • Ashton Pointe Board Meeting

    Archive Room Tue., Nov. 26th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Ashton Pointe Board Meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Well Red Book Club

    Gusto Pizza in Johnston Tue., Nov. 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. This month's book is "Queen of the Road" by Doreen Orion. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. No registration necessary.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 27th

  • Press Play! Special Thanksgiving Edition

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 27th 9:30am - 11:00am

    Join us for a special Press Play! the week of Thanksgiving. You may come play and explore with your child Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of this week. The Storytime room will be open for play from 9:30-11:00. No registration is necessary.

    Category: Kids

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Nov. 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

  • Library Closing At 4 Pm

    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., Nov. 27th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Nov. 27th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, November 28th

  • [CANCELLED] Esl Beginner Class

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

  • Library Closed - Thanksgiving

    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 Thu., Nov. 28th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 29th

Saturday, November 30th

Sunday, December 1st

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 2nd

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • [CANCELLED] Heartland Hea Board

    Archive Room Mon., Dec. 2nd 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Scissors & Stories: A Diy Family Storytime

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 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, December 3rd

Wednesday, December 4th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Scene

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

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

    Category: Teens

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Wed., Dec. 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., Dec. 4th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Planning meeting for annual central Iowa car show

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Thursday, December 5th

  • [CANCELLED] Heartland

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 5th 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Bouncing Babies

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Thu., Dec. 5th 9:30am - 1:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Study Zone

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 5th 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. 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, December 6th

Saturday, December 7th

  • Holidays In Johnston

    Archive Room, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Dec. 7th 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Join us for a town celebration at the Johnston Public Library on Saturday, December 7th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Holidays in Johnston will feature crafts, cookie decorating, a gingerbread house contest, entertainment, food and fun. Santa will even make a special appearance on a Johnston fire truck! No registration is necessary. Holidays in Johnston is free and open to everyone. The Johnston Public Library is located at 6700 Merle Hay Road.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 8th

  • Sensory Spaces

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 8th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Join us for cookie decorating, crafts, and TheraPets at this Special Edition Sensory Spaces program. The Johnston Public Library will be open for an additional hour before opening so that our patrons, who appreciate a sensory friendly environment, can enjoy the library! Patrons will be able to browse the library, checkout materials, use computers, and enjoy sensory friendly activities. For more information about this programs and other libraries that participate please contact: Megan Sockness 515.278.5233. *Please note: This time is for our patrons with special needs and their families. If you and your family do not meet these requirements, please visit us during our normal hours of operation. Thank you for your understanding.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming Club

    Archive Room, Story Time Room Sun., Dec. 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. 6th grade and up. Registration appreciated.

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 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

  • Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 1

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 8th 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 holiday 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

  • Girl Scout Troop 948 Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 8th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Monthly meeting

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 2

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 8th 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 holiday 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, December 9th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Dec. 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., Dec. 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., Dec. 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, December 10th

  • Boxcar Drive In: Winter Edition

    Story Time Room Tue., Dec. 10th 9:30am - 10:15am

    Come join us to build a car out of a box with your child. Boxes and supplies to decorate your "car" will be provided. Then enjoy snow themed snacks and short film. So drive on over to the library! For ages 2-5 years old, younger and older siblings welcome, with an adult.

    Category: Kids

  • Anime & Manga Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 10th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Eat Japanese snacks, watch anime, and talk about your favorite comics and manga. Read whatever you want to share on each month's theme. For students in 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Shiip Welcome To Medicare

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 10th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Teen Tabletop Gaming

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 10th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Girl Scouts Troop 853

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 10th 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

Wednesday, December 11th

  • 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

  • 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

    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

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

  • 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

  • Woodward Academy Family Visits

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Dec. 13th 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Dec. 13th 12:00pm - 5:30pm

  • [CANCELLED] Central Iowa Rainbow Families Meet Up

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Dec. 13th 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Central Iowa Rainbow Families provides play dates, meetups, resources, educational activities, advocacy opportunities, and workshops to LGBTQ families (and prospective parents). We are a safe space that allows LGBTQIA+ families from across Central Iowa to connect, share resources, and build community. This meetup is for families and kids of all ages. We will show a short holiday movie, read a few books, and have snacks. Please bring a snack to share with the group.

    Category: Non-Library / Community

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

  • 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

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

    Category: Teens

  • Let's Talk: Esl Conversation Group

    Southeast Corner Mon., Dec. 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, December 17th

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Saturday, December 21st

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

  • [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

  • Reservation

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 31st 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Category: Kids

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 31st 11:15am - 12:00pm

    Category: Kids

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Wednesday, January 8th

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Teen Podcast Club

    Tech Lab Mon., Jan. 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., 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

  • 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

  • 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

Saturday, January 18th

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

Thursday, January 23rd

  • 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

Saturday, January 25th

Sunday, January 26th

Monday, January 27th

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

  • Ashton Pointe Board Meeting

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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Teens

Thursday, January 30th

  • 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

Tuesday, February 4th

Wednesday, February 5th

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

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

    Category: Adult & Family

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 19th

Thursday, February 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

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

    Come for a bounty of good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. Brown-bag a lunch if you like, or just come for the discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. This month's book is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. 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., Feb. 20th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Category: Teens

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Non-Library / Community

  • Esl Beginner Class

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, February 22nd

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Little Lotus Yoga

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

Tuesday, February 25th

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 27th 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    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

Saturday, February 29th

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reservation

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Mar. 21st All Day

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

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

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

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

    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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 22nd

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

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

    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

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

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