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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!

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Community Connections: Liberated Voices/Changed Lives with the Putnam Museum
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Discover the unique suffrage story of the Quad Cities, 100 years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Christina Kastell, Curator of History and Anthropology, from the Putnam Musueum will present about their original exhibit, Liberated Voices / Changed Lives.  

In this presentation we will find out how Quad-Cities women made the case for and against women's right to vote and investigate the local roots of the women's suffrage movement from the perspective of local women and men from 1900 to 1920.

This month, Community Connections is being presented virtually. Please register to receive an invitation and password to join this event via video conference. 

Community Connections is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. 

Take Home Workshop: Pompom Eyeball Garland
Thursday, September 24

Get a jump start on your Halloween decorations with this pompom eyeball garland!

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create eyeball pompoms with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, September 24, 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

Final Friday Trivia
Friday, September 25, 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

Craft-Tea
Thursday, October 1, 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

Mystery Book Discussion Group: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Saturday, October 10, 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. 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 Group

Get Lit: Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Tuesday, October 13, 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

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 Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 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

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

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