Guide to the Johnston Public Library


Johnston LibraryMy husband and I both grew up in small-town Iowa. We chose to live in Johnston because it still has that small-town community feel with the amenities of a bigger city.

The Johnston Public Library is such a great reflection of the character of its city. The library sits in the center of a vast green space, making it the literal and figurative central hub of the city. Even if the library is closed, we will stop by for a walk around the pond and the Simpson Barn.

Johnston Public Library

6700 Merle Hay Road Johnston

Why do you love the Johnston Library?

Like any library, the Johnston Public Library is so much more than books. It hosts community events, provides amenities, story times with kids, and picturesque quiet study spaces.

What kinds of activities and toys are there for kids?

Explore this webpage to see a list of the opportunities for crafts, story times, and book options for your child. Along with all age levels of books, there are also DVDs to check out, magazines to browse through while you’re in the library, toys, and even a library pet. 

What do your kids love most about the Johnston library?

My daughter loves to visit the library’s hamster named Maisy. This was such a smart thing for the library to incorporate as she begs to go see the hamster. Then, while we are there we end up trying to peruse a new section of the library.

What programs does the Johnston library offer?

Along with weekly story times for all ages, the library features fun events like visits from the Iowa State University Insect Zoo,

Insider tips

The greatest part of the Johnston library are all of the extras. Our favorite event in Johnston each year is the Kites on the Green event on the beautiful, spacious green space by the library. 

This post is part of Des Moines Moms Blog’s Guide to Libraries in Des Moines area

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Niki Smith
Niki grew up in Earlham, Iowa and now lives with her husband Ryan, daughter Riley, and son Merritt in Johnston. Riley has an observant stare that inspired the Facebook page Riley Is Not Impressed. Niki is an assistant director of public relations, social media at Drake University where she runs the university’s main social media accounts. She is also the director of the world-famous Beautiful Bulldog Contest. She has an Olde English Bulldog named Dexter, but he is ineligible to compete because she already knows he’s the most beautiful bulldog. She serves as President on the Board of Directors for Animal Lifeline of Iowa, which is a special needs, no-kill animal shelter. Niki is a two-time graduate of Drake University with a bachelor’s in journalism (2008) and a Master’s in Communication Leadership (2015).


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