Events at the Library

Wednesday, September 23rd

  • [CANCELLED] Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Sep. 23rd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, September 24th

Saturday, September 26th

Monday, September 28th

  • [CANCELLED] Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Sep. 28th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Sep. 28th 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. Conversation groups will be held using the Zoom app. Text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, September 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Online Tue., Sep. 29th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting virtually during recommended social distancing. This month's book selection is " Bringing Down the Duke" by Evie Dunmore. To reserve a book club book, arrange a book pickup time, and get Zoom meeting invite details, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, September 30th

  • Get A Flu Shot With Polk County Health Department

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Sep. 30th 5:00pm - 7:30pm

    Flu season is coming and this year it's more important than ever to be prepared. Come to JPL Wednesday, September 30 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm to get flu shots for the whole family. Most major insurance cards are accepted and flu shots for uninsured individuals are available for a suggested donation of $25.00, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Quadravalent flu vaccine will be available in injection form only. A higher dosage flu shot for individuals 65 and older will also be available. Due to a cost increase in this high dose vaccine for individuals 65+, the Polk County Health Dept asks for a donation of $50 for the higher dose vaccine, but also will never turn anyone away. Masks are required. Disposable masks for adults and kids will be available at no charge.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 1st

Saturday, October 3rd

Sunday, October 4th

  • [CANCELLED] Sunday Paper Crafting Club

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Oct. 4th 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, October 5th

Thursday, October 8th

  • Adult Beginner Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Oct. 8th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Professional ESL teacher, Debora Strong, will be teaching FREE ESL classes online. Please text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for login information.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Online Thu., Oct. 8th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers online to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list for Zoom invites.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 10th

  • [CANCELLED] Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 10th 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., Oct. 10th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 12th

Wednesday, October 14th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 14th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 15th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Online Thu., Oct. 15th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up online with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is “When we Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list for Zoom invites.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Beginner Esl Class - Online

    Online Thu., Oct. 15th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Professional ESL teacher, Debora Strong, will be teaching FREE ESL classes online. Please text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for login information.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 17th

Monday, October 19th

Thursday, October 22nd

Saturday, October 24th

Monday, October 26th

  • [CANCELLED] Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 26th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Silent Book Club

    Mon., Oct. 26th 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 English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Oct. 26th 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. Conversation groups will be held using the Zoom app. Text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 27th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Online Tue., Oct. 27th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting virtually during recommended social distancing. This month's book selection is "The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes" by Leonard Goldberg. To reserve a book club book, arrange a book pickup time, and get Zoom meeting invite details, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 28th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 28th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 29th

Saturday, October 31st

Sunday, November 1st

  • [CANCELLED] Sunday Paper Crafting Club

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

Thursday, November 5th

Saturday, November 7th

Monday, November 9th

Wednesday, November 11th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 12th

Saturday, November 14th

  • [CANCELLED] Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Nov. 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., Nov. 14th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 16th

Thursday, November 19th

Saturday, November 21st

Monday, November 23rd

  • [CANCELLED] Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Nov. 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

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Nov. 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. Conversation groups will be held using the Zoom app. Text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 24th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Online Tue., Nov. 24th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting virtually during recommended social distancing. This month's book selection is "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell. To reserve a book club book, arrange a book pickup time, and get Zoom meeting invite details, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 25th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

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

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 26th

Saturday, November 28th

Monday, November 30th

Thursday, December 3rd

Saturday, December 5th

Monday, December 7th

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 9th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, December 10th

Saturday, December 12th

  • [CANCELLED] Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 12th 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., Dec. 12th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 13th

  • [CANCELLED] Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 1

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 13th 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

  • [CANCELLED] Make It: Handmade Holiday Cards: Session 2

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sun., Dec. 13th 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 14th

Thursday, December 17th

Saturday, December 19th

Monday, December 21st

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • Dmarc Mobile Food Pantry

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 23rd 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

Saturday, December 26th

Monday, December 28th

  • [CANCELLED] Drop-In Device Advice

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Dec. 28th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Online Mon., Dec. 28th 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. Conversation groups will be held using the Zoom app. Text 515.216.3822 or email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 29th

  • Well Red Book Club

    Online Tue., Dec. 29th 6:45pm - 7:45pm

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club, meeting virtually during recommended social distancing. To reserve a book club book, arrange a book pickup time, and get Zoom meeting invite details, email deskins@johnstonlibrary.com.

    Category: Adult & Family