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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.

Programs are subject to change due to covid trends.  Please visit this page close to the time of the event to stay up-to-date on time or venue changes.

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Online Brown Bag Lunch: Murray Lee

available online during April

Murray Lee is a singer/songwriter out of the Quad Cities by way of Fort Smith, Arkansas. His most recent work is an original Greek myth set to a folksy vibe that's akin to The Decemberists and Iron & Wine.

Starting April 1, you can view the video here.

The Online Brown Bag Lunch series is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Murray Lee playing banjo

Take Home Workshop: Fruit Printed Tea Towels

Available Thursday, April 7, while supplies last

Decorate your tea towels with a fun, summery print.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to use fruit for printing with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, April 7, kits will be available 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.

Take Home Workshop

Mystery Book Discussion Group: Out by Natsuo Kirino

Saturday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.

Mystery lovers can join us for a discussion of Out by Natsuo Kirino. The discussion will take place online or as a combination of online and in person. Please register in order to have the login information sent to you.

The Mystery Book Discussion Group discusses mysteries and thrillers on the second Saturday of the month, September through May. Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk prior to the meeting.

The Mystery Book Discussion Group is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

magnifying glass viewing a fingerprint

Get Lit: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Tuesday, April 12, 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. The discussion will take place online or as a combination of online and in person. Please register in order to have the login information sent to you.

The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

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

Keep up-to-date with 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

Memory Care Kit

Thursday, April 14, while supplies last

These unique activity kits are designed to be used by someone with memory care needs and a caregiver. A limited supply of kits are available on a first come, first served basis and could include an art activity or game along with conversation starters.

These kits are free and are made possible by the support of the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

younger man comforting elderly man

Community Connections: Invasive Plant Species of Iowa with Nahant Marsh

Thursday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.

Get ready for gardening season by joining us for this month's Community Connections with Nahant Marsh. We will learn about the invasive plant species of Iowa, how to identify them and the tools to control them, and how to replace these species with native alternatives that provide important pollinator habitat. This program is presented by Jimmy Wiebler Naturalist and Research Coordinator from Nahant Marsh.

Registration is not required.

Community Connections is supported by The Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

younger man comforting elderly man

Take Home Workshop: Cupcake Toppers

Available Thursday, April 21, while supplies last

Make yummy, customized toppers for your cupcakes.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create Cupcake Toppers with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, April 21, kits will be available 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.

Take Home Workshop

Memory Circle

Tuesday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.

The Memory Circle offers a relaxing and comfortable environment for adults living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy an hour of stimulating activities, socialization, and reminiscence. Activities and topics will vary from month to month, so there will always be new things to discuss and memories to share.

Bettendorf Public Library's Memory Circle is offered in collaboration with the Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The Memory Circle is sponsored by The Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Memory Circle

Craft-Tea

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

Crafters aged 16 and up are invited to bring your own crafts and socialize with other crafters. We'll provide the tea!  Not currently working on a craft project? No problem! We will have colored pencils, paper, and other crafting supplies available. For adults and teens aged 16 and older. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Craft-Tea

World Affairs Council: The QC Mayoral Forum

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati, City of Moline; Mayor Bob Gallagher, City of Bettendorf; Mayor Mike Thoms, City of Rock Island; Mayor Mike Matson, City of Davenport, are scheduled to appear.

Craft-Tea

Contemporary Books Discussion Group: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.

The discussion will take place online or as a combination of online and in person. Please register in order to have the login information sent to you (registration closes at 9 P.M. the evening before the discussion).

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?

Here's a list of books that have been discussed by the Contemporary Books Discussion Group.

Books for the Contemporary Books Discussion Group are available for loan on a first-come basis at the previous month's meeting, and, after that, at the Information Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

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

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Contemporary Books Discussion Group: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will take place online or as a combination of online and in person. Please register in order to have the login information sent to you (registration closes at 9 P.M. the evening before the discussion).

The beloved classic that turned Carson McCullers into an overnight literary sensation. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated--and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Here's a list of books that have been discussed by the Contemporary Books Discussion Group.

Books for the Contemporary Books Discussion Group are available for loan on a first-come basis at the previous month's meeting, and, after that, at the Information Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

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

cover art of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers