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Adult Programs

The Bettendorf Public Library is dedicated to lifelong learning, and we offer a wide variety of programs for all ages and interests.  You can see all of our programs and events on our calendar of events.  For those programs that require registration, that can be done online through the calendar of events, by calling 563-344-4179 or at a service desk in the Library.

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Programs at Home

During social distancing, the Library is offering programs for you to enjoy at home!

Start Something New At Your Library Adult Winter Reading Program
Monday, January 4 through Saturday, February 13

In order to complete the program, simply read or listen to 3 books between January 4 - February 13. Click here for full details about the adult winter reading program, and learn how to earn badges to win prizes! The adult winter reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. Sign up at http://bettendorflibrary.beanstack.com.

Start Something New At Your Library

Final Friday Trivia
Friday, January 29, meeting room opens at 6:30 p.m., trivia starts at 7:00 p.m.

Get your team together to try and earn bragging rights to the title of Trivia Champion!

You can participate by yourself, with your family at home, or arrange other communication and play with friends who can't be with you.  One team member will submit your answers via the chat feature in GoToMeeting. Only one team member needs to register.

Final Friday Trivia

Take Home Workshop: Macrame Key Chains
Thursday, February 4

Learn basic macrame technique and keep your keys safe!

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create a macrame key chain with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, February 4, kits will be available for curbside pickup or in the Library, and the video will be posted on our Take Home Workshop YouTube playlist.

Adult and teens aged 16 and up only, please.  This Take Home Workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Take Home Workshop

Adult Chess Club

The Bettendorf Public Library Adult Chess Club is currently meeting online! We have a group page on Facebook for discussions and club news, and will play matches on the completely free chess site, Lichess. We look forward to visiting with everyone online.

Adult Chess Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Adult chess club

Get Lit: The House by Paco Roca
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Get Lit is a book discussion group for those adventurous souls who would like to read a little something different. Get Lit is currently meeting virtually. Please register to receive an invite and access information. Can't make the meeting? Join us online in our Goodreads group Get Lit - Bettendorf Public Library or drop by our Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/bplgetlit. For more information email dotten@bettendorf.org.

Get Lit: The House by Paco Roca is sponsored by the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation.

Get Lit logo

Mystery Book Discussion Group: Broken Places by Tracy Clark
Saturday, February 13, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mystery lovers can join us for discussions of mysteries and thrillers. Books will be available soon after the previous month's meeting at the Information Desk. Mystery Book Discussion Group is currently meeting online via GoToMeeting. Please register to receive information on logging into the discussion. After registration, you will receive an email with the GoToMeeting login information.  Updates are also posted on the Mystery Book Discussion Facebook groupHere's a list of all the books that have been discussed by the Mystery Book Discussion Group since it began.

Mystery Book Discussion is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Mystery Book Discussion Group

Time with Art
Saturday, February 13, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Join Carol Ehlers for the first in a series of virtual talks about American Art. Carol is a volunteer for both the Figge Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Coming in late February, 2021, the Figge Art Museum will host For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design. This art talk series will feature some of the artists whose work will be exhibited at the Figge. This first talk features the Hudson River Artists, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederick Church, and Albert Bierstadt.

This is the first program in the series. You can join in at any session.  The first three programs are being held virtually through Bettendorf Public Library; more sessions will continue later this spring at the Butterworth Center. Please register to receive information about logging into the program.

Time with Art is held in partnership with the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. 

Time with Art

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: Little Faith by Nickolas Butler
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of Little Faith by Nickolas Butler.

This meeting will take place online via GoToMeeting.  After registering, you will receive an email with the GoToMeeting login information.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Contemporary Books Discussion Group

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: the Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner.

This meeting will take place online via GoToMeeting.  After registering, you will receive an email with the GoToMeeting login information.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Contemporary Books Discussion Group

Take Home Workshop: Mini Painted Mandalas
Thursday, February 18

Plan and paint a design to mimic beautiful stained glass.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create a mini painted mandala with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, February 18, kits will be available for curbside pickup or in the Library, and the video will be posted on our Take Home Workshop YouTube playlist.

Adult and teens aged 16 and up only, please.  This Take Home Workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Take Home Workshop

Community Connections: Fourth Wall Films- Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe

Thursday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fourth Wall Films will host a live screening of their Mid-America Emmy® nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe. This event will be presented via Facebook Live on Fourth Wall Films' Facebook page. 

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe tells the story of the famous writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her life-changing experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

Registration is encouraged to help Bettendorf Public Library track attendance for this online program.


Mystery Book Discussion Group

Resume Building with Angela Striegel from Black Hawk College
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.

Angela Striegel, Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement at Black Hawk College, will share information and tips that will help you create a new resume or update a resume that you already have. Please register to receive information about logging into the program.

This program is a collaboration between the Bettendorf Public Library and Black Hawk College.

Job Searching Skills