Programs for Adults

Click here to view all upcoming events and programs for adults. Click here to view a printable pdf of the complete January 2015 calendar of library programs and events for adults.

Book Discussion Groups

The Library offers several monthly book discussion groups including:
Mystery, YA for Adults, Lunch Bunch, Poetry and U.S. History & War.

Featured books are available at the second floor Reference Desk.

Upcoming Special Programs

Hot Reads for Cold Nights
Adult Winter Reading Program – Prizes, prizes, prizes!
Click here to sign up or log your points.

History of Fire in Council Bluffs
Tuesday, January 27th 6:30-7:30pm
Presented in conjunction with the Council Bluffs Fire Department, and featuring never-before-seen images and videos, this special event will recount some of the most devastating and tragic fires in the history of Council Bluffs.
Special guests, Justin James (Fire Chief) and Calvin Petersen (Fire Marshal – Retired) will share stories about the history of the department, the history of fire in Council Bluffs, and their experiences fighting fires.

ARTrageous! for Adults
Saturday, January 31st 6:30-8:30pm
Make a Book Wreath! Bring a book OR we can provide one for you! Have some fun making a wreath that can be hung all year long!
Wine tasting provided by Breezy Hills Vineyard. Space is limited. Must be 21 or over.
Register at Reference desk on the 2nd floor. $5.00 no show fee required at registration will be returned when you attend the event.

Be a Big – Give a Little Something Back!
Monday, February 9th 5:30-7:00pm
For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a ‘Little’ the invaluable gift of your friendship. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing a game, going to a museum, or just hanging out together. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple makes a real difference in a child’s life.
Come and enjoy some tasty appetizers and find out more about the program and how easy and fun it is to make a real difference in a child’s life and in our community! Bring a friend! There is no cost for this event.

How to Start a Small Business
Tuesday, February 24th 6:30-7:30pm
Learn about business plans, how to conduct market research, small business legal basics and the many resources that are available. Presented by Sue Pitts, Regional Director of the Iowa Western Community College Small Business Center and Jennifer Kalstrup, Assistant Director of Iowa Western’s Small Business Development Center.

Downton Abbey Tea
Tuesday, March 3rd 3:30-5:00pm
More information coming soon!

Computer Classes

Photo Editing with
Tuesday, January 27th 6:30-8:00pm
Use this free, full-featured image and photo editing program to fix and manipulate your photos. Bring a flash drive or SD card with photos to work with. For adults. Keyboard and mouse skills required.

Microsoft Excel Basics
Thursday, January 29th 6:30-8:00pm
Provides an overview of how to use many of the basic features of Microsoft Excel. Learn to enter data, create simple formulas and use various functions. For adults. Keyboard and mouse skills required.

New Library Resource – hoopla
Wednesday, February 4th 6:30-8:00pm
Learn how to instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Online Safety and Security
Thursday, February 12th 6:30-8:00pm
Tips to help you and your family become safer online.

Learning Languages Online with Mango
Wednesday, February 25th 6:30-8:00pm
Mango Languages’ conversation and film-based digital resources help you learn over 70 languages (including English) from just about anywhere. And the best part, it’s FREE!

Present Your Facts with PowerPoint
Thursday, February 26th 6:30-8:00pm
Learn to make a basic slideshow presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint. For adults. Keyboard and mouse skills required.

Clases de computación

En el mes de Enero clases de computación serán cada sábado por 4 semanas. Las clases le ayudarán aprender los diferentes recursos en línea que usted puede acceder con una tarjeta de la biblioteca, Mircosoft Word, Microsoft Excel, y facebook.
 Si usted desea asistir a las cuatro clases se requiere registrarse en el mostrador de circulación localizado en el primer piso de la Biblioteca Pública.
Clases serán a las 11:30 – 1:00pm los días serán el 10, 17, 24 y 31 de Enero.

Groups & Clubs

Adult Board Game Night Join us! Come play new and classic board and card games. This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, and it is free to attend. You are welcome to bring your favorite games or just stop in to join a game.

Manga/Anime for Adults This group meets every Monday at 6:45 to discuss and share our favorite Japanese books and movies. If you are interested in joining us, please stop by or inquire at the Reference Desk.


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