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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  • Write about your first dance.
  • Write about your first crush.
  • Write about your first love.
  • Write about your first week in college.
  • Write about your first job.
  • Write about the first apartment you ever rented.
  • When did you feel truly independent for the first time?
  • What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it?

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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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