Here, we offer many library events for adults that allow you to relax, learn and have fun. We have four different book discussion groups that are sure to engage you in all of your favorites. Groups and clubs such as board game night, coloring and needlework and knitting allow you to have fun and socialize. On this page, you can explore the groups and clubs, book discussion groups and so much more. Keep scrolling to see everything we have to offer!
Groups & Clubs
Adult Board Game Night
Come play new and classic board and card games with us! Bring your own or stop in to join a game. There are plenty of tables, games and players for you to enjoy. Click here to learn more about our board games.
Meet: Board Game Night meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Join: Open to all, just come on in!
Coloring for Adults
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!
Meet: One Monday each month 6:30pm
Join: Open to all, just come on in!
746 Needlework Club
Come join our Needlework – Knitting, Crocheting and Embroidery – club. This is an informal gathering and all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies or project to work on. Meet new friends, work on your craft and have fun!
Meet: Every Second and Fourth Thursday 6pm
Join: Open to all, just come on in!
Join a book discussion club at the library! Choose from one of our several categories like non fiction, mystery or sci-fi to discuss and share. All book clubs are free and open to the public. Books are available at the Reference Desk on the second floor.
Mystery Book Club
Are you into thrillers and always looking for the next adventure? Immerse yourself in a mystery book, then meet up to talk about it! Our selection is sure to keep you on your toes and always wanting more.
Escape the ordinary and plunge into the unique, alternate worlds depicted in science fiction and fantasy genres. Our Worlds Away Book Club will transport you into other cultures, peoples, eras and galaxies with our selection.
Join in as we discuss a mix of contemporary fiction and nonfiction books. Take your mind out of the grind of everyday life to be transported into captivating and calming reads.
Are you a history buff? Or do you love reading medical mysteries or family memoirs? Non fiction books provide a change of pace and inspire thought-provoking conversations based on real-life events. From biographies to historical works and humorous true stories, these reads will satisfy any fiction fan.
Book Club Kits
Would you like to lead a book discussion at the time and location of your choice? Reserve a book discussion kit today! Each kit is a sturdy tote bag that contains up to 10 copies of a single title and a list of sample discussion questions to get you started. If you don’t find a title here that interests you, we also have access to multiple copies of books through the State Library of Iowa. Contact the Reference desk for availability.
The Crossing PlacesMore Staff Picks +
The first in the acclaimed Ruth Galloway series follows the forensic archaeologist and DCI Harry Nelson as they investigate a child's bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.
The Midnight LibraryMore Staff Picks +
Between life and death, there is a library and each book is a variation in your life that you could have taken. Nora is given the opportunity to read a few variations to witness/ live an alternative life. Does she renew her current book or in fact select a new book?
Authentically, IzzyMore Staff Picks +
A nice, CLEAN romance with cute characters, tons of bookish references, and a heavy dose of humor. I enjoyed getting to know the characters through their correspondences to each other, which makes the book fun to read! I have a new fondness for sweater vests and hilarious book t-shirts! The depth of love both families have for each other is evident and the author paints lovely pictures of "home".
Lapvona: A NovelMore Staff Picks +
Lapvona is an entrancing read, full of brutal imagery, mordant humor, and a cast of pathetically tragic characters. It's a novel you have read to believe.
Let Me InMore Staff Picks +
Let Me In follows a young boy named Oskar who lives in a Swedish suburb. All is quiet in the town until one of his schoolmates is murdered. Residents believe it was a ritual killing and the murder is understandably on everyone's mind. Except Oskar, who is more preoccupied with a little girl who has moved into the house next to his. Despite her odd behavior, Oskar befriends her but slowly discovers that she may be deceiving Oskar and the rest of the town.
Seek You: A Journey Through American LonelinessMore Staff Picks +
Author Kristin Radtke examines the concept of loneliness, what people do to feel closer to one another, and what happens to us when we are socially isolated. Radtke also dives into the history of loneliness and draws from experiments in psychology to explore how loneliness affects humans.
Everyone in My Family Has Killed SomeoneMore Staff Picks +
Are you in the mood for a classic "whodunnit"? If so, this should be the next book you pick up. I am a simple man who enjoys simple things and this book satisfied my simple needs. Filled with dark and dry humor. A quirky narrator who routinely breaks the 4th wall. The feel that you are reading a classic tale set in modern times. Also, the title holds true. Everyone in the family has killed someone. It is not a spoiler, just a fact that slowly sets the pace and tone of the mystery. A fun and easy read.
What if? 2More Staff Picks +
Randall Munroe answers more strange and weird questions you never knew you wanted answered in this follow-up to What if? How many pigeons does it take to lift a human? What would a billion-story building look like? How long would it take a person to read all of the laws? These are just some of the hypothetical questions Munroe tackles, while adding his own twist of humor.
THE DIAMOND EYEMore Staff Picks +
If you like historical fiction this book is a must read. It is set in Russia during World War Two. It is based on the life of Mila Pavlichenko, or Lady Death as she came to be known. She was a sniper in the Red Army.
Dog BiscuitsMore Staff Picks +
Dog Biscuits delves into the lives of three individuals who wind up in a love triangle while navigating the chaotic world of lockdowns, social distancing, and violent protests. A great read that weaves deeply personal stories with the general malaise felt by all in the year 2020.
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