Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures that need to be taken, CJPL is not hosting any in-person programming at this time. See the programming options for at home library programs below!


Each month, we also have a social media contest/challenge aimed at kids and adults to have fun together!

January's Winter Bingo Challenge is due back at the library by Jan. 30. Each bingo is one entry into our prize drawing! Link to the bingo sheet is to the left under Program Links.

February's Random Acts of Kindness Calendar challenges families to do something kind for others every day. The calendar is a list of ideas (little-no cost) to spark creativity! Turn in your completed calendar (or amended calendar) March 1 for random prize drawings! Calendar can be found on the left under Program Links.


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!


Here's a list of upcoming MakerBox themes:

January - STEM/Building challenges

February- Mazes

March - Outdoor projects

Family Dinner Book Club

On the third Wednesday of the each month, we'll release a new Family Dinner Book Club. You choose which book your family would like to read, within the theme, and pick up a packet of activities to do together after you've read the book! The packet also includes a voucher for the Economart, to pick up supplies you'll need for your book club dinner as well, courtesy of the Friends of Columbus Junction Public Library.

Here's a list of upcoming Family Dinner Book Club themes:

January - Soup

February - Tacos

March - Tea Party

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!


February's recipe is Mug Cakes - link for recipe and video are on the left side of this page!


If you get a kit from the library, container 1 is for the molten lava cakes, and container 2 is for the hot cocoa cakes (in case you don't watch the video)!

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!

Episode 001 available 2/11/2021: "Bridgerton Hot Takes"

Episode 002 available 2/25/2021: "Reading Challenges"

Available on:


Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts



Radio Public