Events and Programs

Journal Group

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
― Dr. Seuss

The Idaho Falls Public Library offers a monthly gathering for journal keepers. Our journal group is open to the public. We meet on the top floor of the library on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm.

Monthly Journal Prompts

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  • Places you’ve enjoyed visiting
  • Things you’ve done that you previously though you could never do
  • The people you admire most
  • Your favorite books
  • Your favorite movies
  • Your favorite songs
  • Your favorite TV shows
  • Your favorite foods
  • Your top five short-term goals
  • Your top five long-term goals

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  • What does the word “love” mean to you?
  • What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?
  • Describe a time when you really felt loved
  • Have you ever had a secret crush?
  • Describe your ideal date
  • How would the world be different if love didn’t exist?

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  • Write about your favorite musical instrument
  • What is a song from your childhood or teenage years that you remember well?
  • How has music helped you get through tough times?
  • Create a page inspired by your favorite concert you’ve ever been to
  • Create a page as a tribute to one of your favorite musicians
  • Create a page with a quote about music
  • What makes you want to get up and dance?

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  • I know it’s spring when …
  • Do you ever feel happier during the springtime because of the sun?
  • Do you like the rain in spring?
  • What your favorite thing to do in the rain?
  • My favorite thing about warm weather is …
  • What is the best Easter candy?
  • Do you ever miss winter once spring starts?
  • People think about spring as a time for new beginnings—What is something you would like to start doing this spring?

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  • What are you currently reading?
  • Watching?
  • Listening to?
  • Eating?
  • Needing?
  • Wanting?
  • Missing?

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  • Who made you feel good this past week?
  • What was the biggest mistake you made this week?
  • What did you do this week that moved you closer to your goals?
  • Is there anything you did this week that you wish you’d done differently?
  • What did you most enjoy doing this week?
  • How did you procrastinate on important tasks this week?
  • What did you learn this week?
  • What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this week?

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  • I’m thankful to live in America because …
  • I feel most American when …
  • How can we be thankful for our freedom each day?
  • What colonial figure do you admire the most?
  • What is your favorite Fourth of July memory?
  • If I could visit any historical American site, it would be …
  • Do you believe democracy is a good system?
  • What are you favorite kinds of fireworks?
  • Write about some of your favorite Fourth of July activities
  • Our government is special because …
  • What would the Founding Fathers think of America today?
  • What is your favorite Fourth of July food?
  • Why is it significant that our country is called the United States of America?
  • Who do you celebrate the Fourth of July with? Family? Friends? Neighbors? A community?
  • My family’s Fourth of July traditions …
  • Do you wear red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July?
  • It was important to fight for our freedom because …
  • Why do people have flags?
  • Should fireworks be legal?
  • What is your favorite patriotic song?
  • Why do we have fireworks on the Fourth of July?
  • How do you feel when you hear our national anthem?
  • If I had to explain living in America to someone in another coutnry, I would say …
  • The best thing about the Fourth of July …

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  • Emotions
  • My saddest memory is …
  • Some of the things that make me happy are …
  • How do you deal with anger?
  • How easy is it for you to forgive those who have caused you pain?
  • What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
  • The most terrifying moment of my life was …
  • The most fun I’ve ever had …
  • The most surprised I’ve ever been …
  • The most disappointed I’ve ever been …

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  • Were you generally excited for school to start, or did you dread the end of summer?
  • What were your favorite school supplies?
  • What was your high school mascot?
  • What was the most difficult grade for you, and why?
  • Did you do your homework when it was assigned, or did you put it off until the last minute?
  • Who was your best friend, and why do you think you got along so well?

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  • What makes you unique?
  • How do you stand out from the crowd?
  • What are your best character traits?
  • What are you really good at?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What character traits do you need to work on?
  • What are some of your idiosyncracies?
  • How do you indulge yourself? Do you need to indulge yourself more often?
  • How do you think others see you when they meet you for the first time?

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  • Detail a typical Thanksgiving with your family, friends, and loved ones, and maybe one you didn’t like so much too
  • Is there a Thanksgiving that you remember as the most wonderful (or the most crazy, messed-up) holiday of your life?
  • Describe the best Thanksgiving leftover creation you’ve ever concocted, whether it be a sandwich with all the ingredients or a dessert mixture with 6 different pies
  • What is your favorite part of this holiday? The family? The food? The passing out on the couch watching football? If you hate this holiday, you can write about that as well
  • What are your favorite foods for Thanksgiving, and why are they your favorites?

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  • If you had one superpower, what would it be?
  • Write a compliment to yourself for something you accomplished recently
  • Write yourself a permission slip to stop doing things that you think you’re supposed to do. Example: You have permission to stop reading a book that you’re not enjoying
  • Write about your unhealthy habits
  • Write about your healthy habits
  • Write about things that you think are lovely
  • Draw a large heart in the middle of the page and fill it with things that make your heart smile
  • Think back to your favorite childhood memory and write about that
  • Write about things that make you laugh out loud

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