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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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19th Amendment Centennial Book Discussion: Why They Marched by Susan Ware
Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am – 11:30 a.m.

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, join us for a discussion of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware. The discussion will be led by Dr. Jane Simonsen, Professor of History at Augustana College. Registration is required. The 19th Amendment Centennial Book Discussion is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Performance
Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for a historical performance featuring Laura F. Keyes as suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for equal rights for women for over fifty years. Upon her death in 1902, she left behind a legacy of her crusade for female equality and myriad writings that would inspire feminists for over a century to come. Registration is required.

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. 

Get Lit Book Discussion Group Online: The Professor's House by Willa Cather
Tuesday, August 11, 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 For more information email

Get Lit is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Get Lit

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: Three Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is widely regarded as a master of the short story. Please register to join us for an online discussion of three stories: "The Darling" (1899), "The Bet" (1889), and "Vanka" (1886). 

All three stories are available in Best Russian Short Stories at

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: Prick and Stitch
Thursday, August 27

Prick and stitch is a method of stitching designs on paper.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to do prick and stitch bookmark with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 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, August 28, 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

Thursday, September 6, 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

Online Self-Defense: the basics of staying safe online
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Learn how to act as a good digital citizen online, create strong passwords, and what steps to take to help avoid cyberattacks. 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.

Online Self-Defense

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

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!