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

January
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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

February
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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?

March
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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?

April
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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?

June
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  • When and how did you learn to swim, and who taught you?
  • Have you ever been to the ocean? What was your first thought when you saw it?
  • What would be your perfect beach day?
  • What is you favorite memory involving water?
  • How do you feel when it rains?
  • Write about how grateful you are for clean drinking water

July
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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 …

August
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  • Write about your favorite food. What is it? Where do you eat it? What makes it your favorite?
  • Do you like to cook? What are your favorite foods to make?
  • What is your favorite sandwich? Explain how to make it,starting from the bottom to the top layer
  • Describe the worst meal you ever had in your life. Include as many details as you can, straight through to your last bite
  • Talk about one of the most memorable meals you shared with your family (or relatives or friends). Describe in detail where it was and what made that meal so enjoyable
  • Write about your favorite restaurant and what exactly it is about it that makes it your favorite
  • What is your very favorite and your least favorite fruit and vegetable? Why?
  • What is a favorite meal from your childhood? What did you like so much about it?
  • Do you love sweets? Which are your favorite desserts? Why?
  • Do you have any food-related family traditions? What are they and what makes them special to you and your family?
  • If you had to eat one food forever, what food would you choose and why?
  • Ice-cream: chocolate, strawberry or vanilla? Soft-serve or hard ice cream?
September
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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?

November
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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?

December
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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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