Adult Services

Click here to view all upcoming events and programs for adults.
Click here to view a printable pdf of the complete October 2016 calendar of library programs and events for adults.

Book Discussion Groups

The Library offers several monthly book discussion groups including:
Worlds Away (SciFi/Fantasy)
Lunch Bunch
Biographies in History
Poetry Club
Cook By the Book New this season!

Featured books are available at the second floor Reference Desk.

Special Book Discussion Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 25th 7:00pm
We will be discussing The Quiet Room by Lori Schilling. Presented by a representative from CHI Health Mercy Hospital.
Books are available at the second floor Reference desk.

Big Library Read

The next Big Library Read kicks off on October 13th, and the title chosen is This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students of a fictional high school (Opportunity High) struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am. This is Where it Ends is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Top Pick and an ABC Best Book for young readers.

In This is Where it Ends, which easily won the popular vote of thousands of readers and librarians, Marieke provides a unique look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students who are living through it in real time. Though a work of fiction, this powerful story is more poignant today than ever as a gun is fired on a school campus nearly once a week in the United States alone. The subject of school violence, though difficult at times, is one that students and parents alike need to be aware of in today’s society. This is Where it Ends confronts this subject realistically but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

This title will be available as an eBook in the EPUB, Kindle, Read and PDF formats. The Big Library Read will run October 13-27.
For more information, click here.

Upcoming Special Programs

Get more information or sign up for programs and classes at the Reference desk.

Wednesday, October 19th 2:30-3:30pm
Meeting Room A
Honeybees play a key role in our agroecosystem. Keeping bees supports community pollination and food supplies.
Learn what it takes to raise honeybees of your own. Presented by Al Kirkpatrick of Birdsley Road Blueberries.

Fic to Flick
Friday, October 21st 6:00-9:00pm
Meeting Room B
Read the Words…See the Picture.
Check out the book now and read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. On the 21st, bring your book and we’ll watch the film adaptation The Haunting. A book/movie discussion will follow.
Books are available at the Reference Desk.
**Note: This film is rated G, but contains material that may be too mature for children.

Día de los Muertos
Saturday, October 22nd 11:00-12:00pm
Meeting Room A
Join us in preparing to celebrate Day of the Dead by decorating sugar skulls. This activity is for the whole family!

Pinterest’d In… Mug Rugs
Monday, October 24th 6:30-8:00pm
Meeting Room B
Learn two techniques for turning old CDs into creative coasters.
We’ll provide supplies, but if you have some favorite yarn or fabric you’d like to use, bring it!
Space is limited, please contact the Reference Desk to check on availability.

Keeping $$ Happy and Healthy
Wednesday, October 26th 12:30-1:30pm
Iowa Room
This class is designed to offer tips for success, education on danger zones and some key habits that can help to make your finances healthier and eventually make your life happier!
Presented by Heartland Family Service and Horseshoe Casino.

Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow
Thursday, November 3rd 7:00-8:30pm
Meeting Room B
Acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions.

Local Author Visit
Thursday, November 10th 1:00-2:30pm
Meeting Room A
Linda Betsinger McCann presents her new book Prohibition in Eastern Iowa. Linda, the author of the “Lost Towns” series, looks at the 13 year span of time known as “Prohibition” through a lens of Eastern Iowa townspeople and others.

Coloring Club for Adults
Monday, November 21st 6:30-8:00pm
Meeting Room B
De-stress and self-express. Come color, relax and chat – bring a friend!

ARTrageous for Adults
Saturday, November 26th 6:30-8:30pm
Meeting Room B
A Winter’s Night – Step by Step Painting
Space is limited, please contact the Reference Desk to check on availability.

Adult Computer and Makerspace Classes

Tiempo de Tecnologia con Yvonne
Debido a baja asistencia “Tiempo de Tecnología con Yvonne” será cancelado hasta nuevo aviso.

Computer Help Time
Tuesday, October 25th 6:30-8:00pm and Monday, November 7th 1:30-3:00pm
Do you have questions about your computer or tablet? Would you like to learn how to download an audiobook or eBook?
Bring your computer and device questions. Bring your tablet or laptop with you!

Editing Your Holiday Photos
Wednesday, November 2nd 6:30-8:00pm
Please bring an SD card or flash drive with photos.

Make a 3D Holiday Ornament
Wednesday, November 9th 6:30-8:00pm
Learn to make an ornament for your tree on our 3D printer.

Holiday Electronics Shopping Guide
Tuesday, November 22nd 6:30-8:00pm
Find out what electronics are hot this season and where to get the best bargains.

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. Click here for more information on our Board Game Collection.

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.

Coloring Club for Adults This group meets the third Monday each month. Experience the stress-reducing benefits and creative self-discovery of adult coloring. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring utensils and prints if you prefer. Color, relax and chat – bring a friend!

746 Needlework Club This group meets the second and fourth Thursday each month. Needlework – Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery – All skill levels welcome! Bring your own supplies or projects to work on.

Cake Pan Collection

Check out a cake pan with your library card! Click here to browse our collection – we have over 65 different pans to choose from!

Test Proctoring

The Council Bluffs Public Library offers test proctoring when adequate personnel, facilities, and technology are available. For more information on Test Proctoring at the Library, please click here or contact the Reference Department.


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