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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!

Community Connections: If Barns Could Talk with Rich Tyler
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.

What would barns have to tell us, if barns could talk? To find out, join us for this virtual edition of Community Connections with Rich Tyler. Registration for this online presentation is required. This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Rich Tyler

Take Home Workshop: Yarn Birds
Thursday, December 3

These yarn birds can be used to decorate a wreath, a floral arrangement, or just about anything!

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create these yarn birds with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, December 3, kits will be available for pickup 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.

Contemporary Books Discussion Group

Get Lit: H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald
Tuesday, November 10, 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 logo

Mystery Book Discussion Group: Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark
Saturday, December 12, 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

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

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
Wednesday, December 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 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

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

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: 16-point Origami Star Wreath
Thursday, December 17

Make your own origami wreath to decorate for any holiday or special occasion.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create these 16-point origami star wreaths with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, December 17, kits will be available for pickup 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.

Contemporary Books Discussion Group

(Almost) Final Friday Trivia
Friday, December 18, 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

Community Connections: Betty Crocker - Her Cookbook That Changed How America Cooks

Monday, January 11 through Sunday, January 24

Join us for a scrumptious edition of Community Connections where we will learn about the history of Betty Crocker and her famous cookbook. This fun, illustrated lecture by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic.

This program is pre-recorded video that will be available for viewing during a two-week period. Community Connections is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Betty Crocker's Cookbook

Job Searching Skills
Thursday, January 21, 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 search for and find a job. 

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

Job Searching Skills