At this time, the library continues to provide take-home programming several times per month. Check out all our activities below!

Limited programming is being done on a case-by-case basis; please follow us on social media for upcoming events/classes or check our calendar for upcoming events and releases.



We're having a book fair with Barnes & Noble!

Shop at any Barnes and Noble store on Saturday, June 4, 2022, and provide this number at checkout: 12627949. This is our unique B&N number and your purchases will be counted as part of our book fair! Coral Ridge Mall's Barnes & Noble store will have this number on file, so you can just simply tell them you're shopping as part of the Columbus Junction Public Library's Book Fair.

You're also able to shop online from Saturday, June 4 - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 and enter the code at check out. This also goes for the "purchase online but pick up in store" option!

Flyers went home with all Roundy students regarding the book fair, and we have bookmarks at the library to help remind you! Until then, we'll be posting a LOT online about our book fair!

Our library then receives a certain percentage of total sales back in the form of gift cards to purchase new books, games, materials, supplies, and prizes from B&N! Thank you in advance for the support!!

CJ MakerBox

All your favorite parts of Wednesday afternoon activities at home! Each month, the library will release a new MakerBox on the first Wednesday of the month! It will be around a specific theme and include supplies for at least 2 different activities, a brochure with reading suggestions and other ideas/links, snack, and maybe some extra fun surprises!


Check out what's coming up next and what we've done in the past on our dedicated CJ MakerBox page.

New in fall of 2021: Family Fun Crate!

It's a SURPRISE - meaning we won't advertise what's in the month's crate, only that it's available (while supplies last). But here's what we can tell you, because who doesn't love surprises?!

*It'll be released on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

*It'll be zero prep for families - just pull out your crate and start having fun!

*It'll be reusable (we hope for the most part)!

*It'll have options for all ages and sizes of groups!

The following month, we'll post what was in the previous month's Family Fun Crate along with all necessary instructions on our Family Fun Crate page.

Bookshelf Bites


One of the BEST parts of Wednesday afternoon activities was getting to cook and prepare snacks with all the kids! The fourth Wednesday of each month, we'll release a new Bookshelf Bites - a kit that has a recipe and all the ingredients you'll need for the recipe. You can pick up a kit from the library (kits may be limited) or the recipe and ingredient list will be linked here as well. All recipes will be using items commonly found at home. Then follow along with the YouTube video for the recipe and cook along with us!


All recipes and videos can be found on our dedicated Bookshelf Bites page.

CJPL's Beyond the Bookshelf Podcast


Part information, part book recommendations/book gushing, and part popular culture (Bridgerton anyone?!) - CJPL's Beyond the Bookshelf Podcast will tackle all those burning topics and more! Join us with a cup of coffee or tea and talk books!

All information, including links to streaming services and episode content can be found on our dedicated Beyond the Bookshelf page.

Escape Rooms


Check out all our cool escape room options, which include virtual escape rooms across the web/US and rooms CJPL staff have designed!

Find them all on our Escape Room Page!

Family Dinner Book Club

We are no longer releasing monthly Family Dinner Book Club kits. Instead, we have circulating kits available so you can check them out and host whatever theme whenever you want! We have activities, props, menu suggestions, book club prompts and more available for the following themes:


Tea Party


Check back soon - we hope to add a few more!

We have all the previous book club kits posted on our Family Dinner Book Club page!