Events at the Library

Wednesday, September 29th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Sep. 29th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, September 30th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Sep. 30th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Sep. 30th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 2nd

  • Mystery Grab Bag

    Youth Services Area Sat., Oct. 2nd 10:00am - 11:00am

    Pick up a bag filled with fun activities, crafts, games, and goodies! Kids + Teens. While supplies last.

    Category: Kids

Sunday, October 3rd

  • Board In The Library

    Youth Services Area Sun., Oct. 3rd 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Drop by the Youth Services Area on the first Sunday of every month for board games, card games, and puzzles for kids and their families!

    Category: Kids

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

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

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, October 4th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Oct. 4th 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., Oct. 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

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Oct. 4th 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 English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 5th

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Tue., Oct. 5th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Join us for an hour of fun playing with a variety of blocks and other building materials. Come see what it is all about and have some CONSTRUCTIVE FUN!!! Perfect for ages 2-5, but all ages welcome. A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

Wednesday, October 6th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 6th 10:00am - 10:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 6th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

  • Get A Flu Shot With Polk County Health Department

    Archive Room Wed., Oct. 6th 5:00pm - 7:30pm

    Flu season is coming and this year it's more important than ever to be prepared. Come to JPL Wednesday, October 6 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, October 7th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Oct. 7th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 7th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, October 10th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Oct. 10th 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, October 11th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Oct. 11th 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., Oct. 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

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 12th

  • Storytime With Heart The Rabbit

    Story Time Room Tue., Oct. 12th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Join us for this bunny-themed story time! We will read a story about a rabbit named Heart and participants will get to meet the real Heart the Rabbit following the story! Geared towards ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome! Heart is a certified therapy pet through the Animal Rescue League of Iowa's TheraPets program. A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Oct. 12th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Oct. 12th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

    Online Tue., Oct. 12th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, October 13th

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 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

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 13th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, October 14th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Oct. 14th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Oct. 14th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 14th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 16th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Oct. 16th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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

Sunday, October 17th

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Oct. 17th 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. Kits will be available for those wanting to take the craft home.

    Category: Kids

Monday, October 18th

  • Story Time To-Go Activity Kits

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 18th 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Swing by JPL to pick up a story time craft and activity kit. Kits will be available Monday mornings, while supplies lasts. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Oct. 18th 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 English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 19th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Oct. 19th 10:30am - 11:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Oct. 19th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Oct. 19th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Oct. 19th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, October 20th

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 20th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Oct. 20th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, October 21st

  • Baby Busy Bags

    Johnston Public Library Thu., Oct. 21st 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Busy bags are filled with baby safe activities that work on gross and fine motor skills, sorting, stacking, and encourages exploration! A new activity will be featured each week. Perfect for babies 6 months-18 months old. While supplies lasts.

    Category: Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Oct. 21st 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

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

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 21st 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, October 23rd

  • Make It: Jpl Craft Workshop For Adults

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Oct. 23rd 10:30am - 11:30am

    Get your craft on with us. Join Lori Elrick to explore a new trending craft project every couple of months. In October, Lori will guide you, in-person, through an easy macrame autumn leaf hanging workshop. If you prefer to assemble the project on your own at home, the macrame kit is pre-packed with instructions for grab-and-go pickups. Please register for this free workshop; supplies are limited so there is only one craft kit per registration. Adults, leave the kids at home for this one, this crafting time is just for you!

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, October 24th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Oct. 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

Monday, October 25th

  • Story Time To-Go Activity Kits

    Johnston Public Library Mon., Oct. 25th 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Swing by JPL to pick up a story time craft and activity kit. Kits will be available Monday mornings, while supplies lasts. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

    Category: Kids

  • Sensory Friendly Boo Bash

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Oct. 25th 5:30pm - 6:15pm

    Wear your costume and join us for a sensory friendly trick or treating experience. ARL TheraPets will be present for this session. RSVPs appreciated. *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 join us for the Boo Bash event that starts at 6:30PM.

    Category: Kids

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Oct. 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 meetings. 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. This month's book selection is "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies" by Caitlin Doughty. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Boo Bash

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Oct. 25th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Wear your costume and join us for trick or treating throughout the library. Enjoy a delicious treat and take pictures in the photo booth.

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Oct. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, October 26th

  • Play-Doh Power

    Story Time Room Tue., Oct. 26th 10:30am - 11:30am

    A variety of Play-Doh, tools, and mats will all be available during this program as well as information for parents on the benefits of using Play-Doh during regular play time. Perfect for ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome! A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Oct. 26th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Oct. 26th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Well Red Book Club that meets at Pagliai's Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or beer. This month's book is "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, October 27th

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Oct. 27th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, October 28th

  • Baby Busy Bags

    Johnston Public Library Thu., Oct. 28th 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Busy bags are filled with baby safe activities that work on gross and fine motor skills, sorting, stacking, and encourages exploration! A new activity will be featured each week. Perfect for babies 6 months-18 months old. While supplies lasts.

    Category: Kids

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Oct. 28th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, October 29th

  • After-Hours Teen Halloween Party

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Fri., Oct. 29th 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Bring your flashlight and join us for a scary scavenger hunt in the dark! We're turning out the library lights and sending you on an epic quest to solve clues and riddles that will lead you to you ultimate reward -- a Halloween candy prize pack! But beware - jump scares await you throughout the haunted library! [Insert evil laugh here.] We'll also have a costume contest with fabulous prizes, snacks, spooky video games in the Teen Space, creepy crafts, and MORE! For kids in 6th - 12th grade. Registration required.

    Category: Teens

Monday, November 1st

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Nov. 1st 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 English Conversation Program

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

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 2nd

  • Block Party!

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 2nd 10:30am - 11:30am

    Join us for an hour of fun playing with a variety of blocks and other building materials. Come see what it is all about and have some CONSTRUCTIVE FUN!!! Perfect for ages 2-5, but all ages welcome. A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 2nd 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Work together with fellow adventure seekers to decide what happens next during this interactive book club! Snacks and corresponding activities will be included in this bi-weekly club as well as a copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure Book we read at each meeting (4 total). *3rd-5th grade *Registration is required

    Category: Kids

  • School Election

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

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, November 3rd

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 3rd 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Nov. 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, November 4th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Nov. 4th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 4th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, November 7th

  • Board In The Library

    Youth Services Area Sun., Nov. 7th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Drop by the Youth Services Area on the first Sunday of every month for board games, card games, and puzzles for kids and their families!

    Category: Kids

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

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

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, November 8th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 8th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

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

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 9th

  • Pet Safety With The Animal Rescue League Of Iowa

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 9th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Join us for for a story time all about pet safety! A furry friend from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa's TheraPets program will be present to help participants practice interacting with pets in a safe way. Geared towards ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome! A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 9th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 9th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

    Online Tue., Nov. 9th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, November 10th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 10th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

  • Library Board Meeting

    West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Wed., Nov. 10th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 11th

  • Library Closed For The Observance Of Veteran's' Day

    Archive Room, Commons, East Tower Area, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab Thu., Nov. 11th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 11th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, November 14th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Nov. 14th 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, November 15th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 15th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Nov. 15th 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 English Conversation Program

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

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 16th

  • Story Time With The Iowa Library For The Blind

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 16th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Enjoy a story and activities led by a Youth Librarian from the Iowa Library for the Blind, learn about braille, and receive a personalized bookmark with your kiddo's name in braille! *Child registration required to receive personalized bookmark*

    Category: Kids

  • Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 16th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Work together with fellow adventure seekers to decide what happens next during this interactive book club! Snacks and corresponding activities will be included in this bi-weekly club as well as a copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure Book we read at each meeting (4 total). *3rd-5th grade *Registration is required

    Category: Kids

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Nov. 16th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Nov. 16th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Nov. 16th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, November 17th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Arts & Snacks

    Story Time Room Wed., Nov. 17th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to drop in for a variety of art activities on Wednesday afternoons. All supplies will be provided as well as light snacks and beverages.

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Nov. 17th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, November 18th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Nov. 18th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "The Lion's of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis. 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.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Nov. 18th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Many Hands Make Light Work" by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 18th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, November 20th

  • Holiday Squash Risotto Cooking Class

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Sat., Nov. 20th 10:30am - 11:30am

    Winter is a great time to prepare creamy risotto that captures the essence of great seasonal flavors. During this class, you'll learn how to make Butternut Squash Risotto on the stove top. Join our fave food editor, Lois Carpenter, to discuss Arborio rice (used for risotto-making), an oven-roasting technique for caramelizing squash, how to tell when risotto is al dente and special finishing touches that you can add to make it extra special. Samples will be shared. Registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Nov. 20th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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

Sunday, November 21st

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Nov. 21st 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. Kits will be available for those wanting to take the craft home.

    Category: Kids

Monday, November 22nd

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 22nd 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

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

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 23rd

  • Play-Doh Power!

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 23rd 10:30am - 11:30am

    A variety of Play-Doh, tools, and mats will all be available during this program as well as information for parents on the benefits of using Play-Doh during regular play time. Perfect for ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome! A Terrific Tuesday Program.

    Category: Kids

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 23rd 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Nov. 23rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, November 24th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

  • Library Closing For The Observance Of Thanksgiving

    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 Wed., Nov. 24th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Thursday, November 25th

  • Library Closed For The Observance Of Thanksgiving

    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 Thu., Nov. 25th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

  • [CANCELLED] Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Nov. 25th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, November 26th

  • Library Closed For The Thanksgiving Holiday

    Archive Room, Commons, East Tower Area, East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), Story Time Room, Study Room 1, Study Room 2, Study Room 3, Study Room 4, Youth Computer Lounge, Tech Lab Fri., Nov. 26th All Day

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, November 28th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Nov. 28th 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, November 29th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Nov. 29th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Nov. 29th All Day

    Flirting with the idea of a book club, but not interested in peopling or meeting? We get you. Silent Book Club is all of the book club with none of the meetings. 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. This month's book selection is "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

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

    Let's Talk is a casual program designed for non-native English speakers to practice their English conversation skills with a native English speaker. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, November 30th

  • Press Play!

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 30th 10:30am - 11:30am

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

    Category: Kids

  • Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

    Story Time Room Tue., Nov. 30th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Work together with fellow adventure seekers to decide what happens next during this interactive book club! Snacks and corresponding activities will be included in this bi-weekly club as well as a copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure Book we read at each meeting (4 total). *3rd-5th grade *Registration is required

    Category: Kids

  • Well Red Book Club

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

    Join the Johnston Public Library's Well Red Book Club that meets on the last Tuesday of every month. Join the Well Red Book Club that meets at Pagliai's Pizza in Johnston. Come for the book, come for the conversation, come for a glass of wine or beer. This month's book is "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Email Dreama at deskins@johnstonlibrary.com to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, December 1st

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 1st 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, December 2nd

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Dec. 2nd 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 2nd 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 4th

  • Holidays In Johnston

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

    Join us for a town celebration at the Johnston Public Library on Saturday, December 4 from 2:30-4:30pm. Holidays in Johnston will feature crafts, cookie decorating, a gingerbread house contest, entertainment, and fun. No registration is necessary. Holidays in Johnston is free and open to everyone.

    Category: Kids

Sunday, December 5th

  • Board In The Library

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

    Drop by the Youth Services Area on the first Sunday of every month for board games, card games, and puzzles for kids and their families!

    Category: Kids

  • Sunday Card Crafting Club

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

    Join Dreama Deskins on the first Sunday of every month between 1:30pm and 3:00 pm to explore card-making. Dreama and her team will have monthly crafting kits pre-packed with instructions for easy grab-and-go pickups, while supplies last. If you prefer, grab a chair and work on the monthly kit or your own card project and take advantage of our expert help, tools, and crafty company. We’ll provide an assortment of card-making equipment and supplies to make your own version of the month’s theme. Leave the kids at home for this one – adults this crafting time is just for you! No registration required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Monday, December 6th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Dec. 6th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Little Lotus Yoga

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Mon., Dec. 6th 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 English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, December 8th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, December 9th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Dec. 9th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Dec. 9th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "Rules for Visiting" by Jessica Francis Kane. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 9th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Sunday, December 12th

  • Can You Find It?

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 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

Monday, December 13th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Story Time Together

    Story Time Room Mon., Dec. 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

  • Animal Book Club

    Story Time Room Mon., Dec. 13th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Join fellow animal lovers for this read aloud book club all about furry friends! We will read books about different kinds of pets and have animal guests from the ARL TheraPets program visiting the club every other week to help us extend our learning! Snacks, crafts, and more will be provided each week. Participants will each receive a copy of the books we read following our meetings (3 books total). *Grades K-2 *Registration Required

    Category: Kids

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 14th

  • Boxcar Drive-In

    Story Time Room Tue., Dec. 14th 10:30am - 11:00am

    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 a 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

  • Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

    Story Time Room Tue., Dec. 14th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Work together with fellow adventure seekers to decide what happens next during this interactive book club! Snacks and corresponding activities will be included in this bi-weekly club as well as a copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure Book we read at each meeting (4 total). *3rd-5th grade *Registration is required

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 14th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 14th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

    Online Tue., Dec. 14th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, December 15th

  • Story Time Together

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

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

    Category: Kids

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 15th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, December 16th

  • Bouncing Babies

    Story Time Room Thu., Dec. 16th 11:00am - 11:30am

    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. Great for babies ages 6 months-18 months.

    Category: Kids

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Dec. 16th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Dec. 16th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 16th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Saturday, December 18th

  • Saturday Morning Knitting Group

    Story Time Room, Johnston Public Library Sat., Dec. 18th 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 third Saturday of the month from 10:30am to noon. Due to the proximity required to teach knitting, masks are required at this in-person class. Disposable masks will be available. 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

Sunday, December 19th

  • Create A Craft

    Youth Services Area Sun., Dec. 19th 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. Kits will be available for those wanting to take the craft home.

    Category: Kids

Monday, December 20th

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 21st

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 21st 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 21st 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Dec. 21st 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, December 22nd

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, December 23rd

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 23rd 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 24th

Saturday, December 25th

Monday, December 27th

  • Silent Book Club

    Online Mon., Dec. 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 meetings. 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. This month's book selection is "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. Discussion begins online on the Last Monday of each month.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Let's Talk English Conversation Program

    Southeast Corner, Online Mon., Dec. 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. Discussions center around current events, holidays, famous individuals, American customs and traditions. Let's Talk is held both in-person and online via Zoom, for those who would rather join the class virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. The program is free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, December 28th

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Dec. 28th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

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

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, December 29th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Dec. 29th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, December 30th

  • Adult Esl Class - Online

    Southeast Corner, Online Thu., Dec. 30th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Adult ESL is an ongoing program designed for English language learners. Lessons focus on reading to improve vocabulary, speaking to improve pronunciation, and listening to improve comprehension. Lessons have every day, functional English in mind. Lessons are led by trained volunteers and follow-up digital materials are available for interested students. Classes meet both in-person and online using the Zoom app, for those who prefer to join virtually. Email rasmussen@johnstonlibrary.com for sign-in information. Classes are free and no registration is required.

    Category: Adult & Family

Friday, December 31st

  • New Year's Eve Palooza

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

    Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm and join us for a fun New Year's Eve celebration. Follow a scavenger hunt throughout the library and earn prizes as you go. Create a party hat, earn 2021 glasses, and finish the day off with a fun photo at our photo booth! Open to kids of all ages and their grown up.

    Category: Kids

  • Library Closing For The Observance Of New Year's Eve

    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 Fri., Dec. 31st 4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Wednesday, January 5th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jan. 5th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Tuesday, January 11th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 11th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 11th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 11th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, January 12th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, January 13th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jan. 13th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, January 18th

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Jan. 18th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Jan. 18th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Jan. 18th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, January 19th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Jan. 19th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, January 20th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Jan. 20th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Many Hands Make Light Work" by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Jan. 20th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, January 25th

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 25th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Jan. 25th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, January 26th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, February 2nd

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Feb. 2nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Tuesday, February 8th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

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

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 8th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

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

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, February 9th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, February 10th

  • Thursday Night Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Feb. 10th 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Join fellow local book lovers to discuss great books and enjoy lively conversation. This month's book is "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance while supplies last. Thursday Night Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, February 15th

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Feb. 15th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Feb. 15th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Feb. 15th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, February 16th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Feb. 16th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, February 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Feb. 17th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Rules for Visiting" by Jessica Francis Kane. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Feb. 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, February 22nd

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 22nd 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Feb. 22nd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, February 23rd

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 2nd

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Mar. 2nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Tuesday, March 8th

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6Th & 7Th Grade

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

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 6th & 7th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 8th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Make a difference at your library! Students in 6th - 12th grade can suggest materials to order, plan programs, and volunteer. Applications can be found online here: goo.gl/JTmF54 This meeting is for 8th - 12th graders.

    Category: Kids

  • Virtual Teen Board Game Club

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

    We're bringing back board games...virtually! Kids in 6th grade and up can join us as we play board games together online via Zoom and en.boardgamearena.com. Registration required. You will need to create an account on en.boardgamearena.com and join our group to participate. For the best game experience, Google Chrome 10+ or Mozilla Firefox 4+ are recommended. The following browsers are officially supported: Google Chrome 4+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge, or Safari 4+. iPad or similar tablets are also supported. We will send instructions for creating an account and gaining access to the group. This month we'll be playing Celestia! Aboard an aircraft, discover the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Each turn, a new captain must face the adventures of the trip: will you trust him to reach the next city? A clever risk-taking game in a dreamlike world.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 9th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Tuesday, March 15th

  • Dungeons And Dragons

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 15th 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Play D&D with us online via Zoom or in person! Our Dungeon Master, Molly, will be joining us on Zoom, so you can do the same or come to the library and play in person. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your own character or use one of our pre-made characters. We'll send an email with details about everything you'll need to participate after you register. Registration required. 6th grade and up.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 6Th & 7Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 15th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together in-person to talk about this month's book club book, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 6th & 7th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection.

    Category: Teens

  • Book Box Book Club: 8Th - 12Th Grade

    Archive Room Tue., Mar. 15th 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Book Box Book Club members will meet together to talk about this month's book club selection, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, eat snacks, and unbox next month's JPL Book Box. Each box will contain next month's book club selection and a bunch of bookish surprises that book club members get to keep. What book will we be reading? What will the bookish surprises be? You'll have to join the Book Box Book Club to find out! Registration required. For kids in 8th - 12th grade. By registering for Book Box Book Club, you are agreeing to attend next month's meeting or submit a book review of this month's selection. Book Box Book Club 8th - 12th grade selections may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. By registering, you are accepting that it is the responsibility of the teen and their parent/legal guardian to determine what is and is not appropriate reading material for a particular teen.

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 16th

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

    Johnston Public Library Wed., Mar. 16th 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens

Thursday, March 17th

  • Lunchtime Lit Book Club

    Archive Room, Online Thu., Mar. 17th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Meet up with fellow book lovers for good books and good discussion at this lunchtime book club. This month's book is "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land. Books are available a month in advance at the Circulation Desk. Lunchtime Lit Book Club is now meeting in person at JPL and online via Zoom. Email Beth at stevens@johnstonlibrary.com for info about picking up a book club book and to be added to the email list.

    Category: Adult & Family

  • Library Board Meeting

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Thu., Mar. 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Category: Adult & Family

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • Anime Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 22nd 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

  • Harry Potter Fan Club

    East Meeting Room (1/2 of Large), West Meeting Room (1/2 of Large) Tue., Mar. 22nd 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

    Category: Teens

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

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

    Every Wednesday in the JPL Teen Space, kids in 6th grade and up can compete against each other in a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

    Category: Teens