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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.  Be sure to check out our reading program page for all the information on Imagine Your Story Adult Summer Reading Program.

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Programs at Home

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

Adult Chess Club
Monday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, July 27, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


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

Craft-Tea
Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

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: The Underneath by Kathi Appelit
Tuesday, July 14, 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 is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Get Lit

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize. Please register to join us for this online discussion. 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.

Contemporary Books Discussion Group

Summer Concert Series

The 2020 Summer Concert Series has been canceled due to COVID-19 related social distancing requirements and group size recommendations set forth by state and local public health officials. We look forward to seeing everyone next summer!

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