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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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Imagine your story summer reading program

Programs at Home

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

Craft-Tea
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.

Are you crafting while you shelter in place?  If you are, or if you want to, join us for our monthly Craft-Tea - online! Bring your current WIP (work in progress) and share it with us! Meet fellow crafters, see what they're working on, ask questions and be inspired.  For adults and teens aged 16 and older. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Craft-Tea Online

Get Lit Book Discussion Group Online

Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a new Get Lit adventure this month as we listen to the first season of award-winning drama and situational comedy podcast, Wooden Overcoats.

You can listen to Wooden Overcoats for free on the web at www.woodenovercoats.com/listen or wherever you listen to podcasts.  

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 is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Get Lit

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather 
Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.

For many years, Willa Cather allowed only one of her short stories to be anthologized: "Paul's Case", which was first published in 1905. "Paul's Case" is available in The Troll Garden and Selected Stories at www.gutenberg.org. Please register to join us for an online discussion of this story. This meeting will take place online via GoToMeeting. After registration, you will receive an email with the GoToMeeting login information.

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

Contermporary Books

Online Self-Defense - the basics of staying safe online
Thursday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.


As more and more of our lives move online, there are concerns about online privacy and security. Join us for this online program where we will outline steps you can take to prevent getting hacked. Registration is required. Those who register for the program will receive an email 24-48 hours prior to the program which will contain the information needed to log into GoToMeeting.

online self defense registration

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

Adult chess club

Contemporary Book Discussion Group


  • Meets monthly, September through May, usually on the third Wednesday
  • Afternoon session is 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Evening session is 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Titles include both classic and current popular fiction and nonfiction
  • Led by volunteers from the group
  • Newcomers are welcome; no registration is needed
  • See the current schedule.
  • See a list of books from previous years.

Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Get Lit Book Discussion Group

  • Meets monthly, year-round, usually on the second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Get lit is currently meeting at the Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr.
  • Titles are more contemporary and possibly edgy
  • No reservations are needed, and Lit Lovers do not need to finish the book or like the book to participate in the discussion. 
  • See the current schedule.
  • See a list of books from previous years.

Get Lit

Mystery Book Discussion Group

Mystery Book Discussion Group

Trax From the Stax

  • A music listening program, the goal of which is to expose folks to music with which they may not already be familiar.
  • Our curators will present a composer, genre, artist or style to participants.
  • Meets monthly, September through May, on the third Thursday of the month
  • Program starts at 7:00 p.m. and usually runs around an hour
  • No registration is necessary; open to the public
  • A diverse selection is presented; please be respectful and open-minded

Trax from the Stax

Craft-Tea

Craft Tea meets monthly. Bring the craft project you are working on, we'll provide the tea! If you aren't currently working on a project; don't worry, we always have supplies available. This is a fun way to meet other area crafters. See the schedule here.

Craft-Tea