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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!

Brown Bag Lunch Remote Edition: LeahLeah
available during the month of March

Enjoy a short performance of original songs by LeahLeah, available during the month of March.  View the performance here: https://youtu.be/UuRwpmydj3g.

LeahLeah is a one-lady-band. She is a singer-songwriter in Rock Island who has been recording music in basements and garages since age 15. Favoring piano and bass, but also dabbling in guitar, ukulele, etc., she enjoys putting lyrics to music, recording the songs, and sharing with people who like music.

You can keep up with her activities - musical and otherwise - at www.ohleahleah.com - and find her on Instagram or Facebook via username “OhLeahLeah”. LeahLeah can also be heard and followed on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. and will be releasing a new album in the spring of 2021.

Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

LeahLeah

Take Home Workshop: Mason Jar Sewing Kits
Thursday, March 4

This sewing kit will ensure you have what you need on hand for quick fixes!

Teens and adults can pick up a Mason Jar Sewing Kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create a Mason Jar Sewing Kit with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, March 4, kits will be available for curbside pickup or 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

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

Get Lit: The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri
Tuesday, March 9, 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: The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Saturday, March 13, 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

Time with Art
Saturday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Join Carol Ehlers for a series of talks about American Art. Carol is a volunteer for both the Figge Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.  In Spring, 2021 the Figge Art Museum will host For America: Paintings for the National Academy of Design. This art talk series will feature some of the artists whose work will be exhibited in 2021. This talk will feature artists such as Winslow Homer and William Merritt Chase.  The series will continue virtually with Bettendorf Public Library in April and then will continue at Butterworth Center, Moline, IL in May.

This is the second program in the series. You can join in at any session. Please register to receive information about logging into the program.

Time with Art is held in partnership with the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. 

Time with Art

Contemporary Books Discussion Group Online: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

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: Ada Blackjack by Jennifer Niven
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please register to join us for an online discussion of Ada Blackjack by Jennifer Niven.

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: Quilled Jewelry
Thursday, March 18

Make a lovely pendant using this simple technique of coiling paper strips.

Teens and adults can pick up a Take Home Workshop kit from the Library (while supplies last).  Learn how to create quilled jewelry with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions in the kit. On Thursday, February 18, kits will be available for curbside pickup or 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

Community Connections: Life on the Mississippi River with John Lynn

Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

From Peoria, Illinois, John Lynn has hiked, biked, and paddled enough historic and scenic trails, roads, and rivers to circle the globe. John will share the story of America's great river; its course, character, and general river life as he experienced it while canoeing solo down all 2300 miles of the Mighty Mississippi, from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

This event will take place via GoToMeeting. Registration is required to receive the invitation and password to this online event. Register online or by calling the Information Desk at 563-344-4179.

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

Community Connections

Final Friday Trivia
Friday, March 26, 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