Here, we offer many library events for adults that allow you to relax, learn and have fun. We have six 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: Every First & Third Tuesday 6pm
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: Every Third Monday 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 biography, mystery or sci-fi to discuss and share. All book clubs are free and open to the public – no membership required, just stop in! 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.
Bring your lunch and 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.
Soundpage Audiobook Group
Did you never outgrow the magic of a story being read to you? Do you wish you could read more, but can’t find the time? Audiobooks are your answer! With the Soundpage Audiobook Club, you can hear tales from a variety of genres, written and read by captivating authors and narrators.
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 that contains up to 10 copies of a single title, a sign-up sheet to keep track of who has each book and a list of suggestions on how to lead a successful book discussion. 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.
| Jan 23|| Makerspace Drop In ~ Photo and Video Editing|
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
| Jan 23|| 746 Needlework Club|
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meeting Room D
| Jan 24|| Blood Drive|
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Conference Room A Council Bluffs Public Library
| Jan 27|| Makerspace Drop In ~ Create Music with GarageBand|
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
| Jan 27|| Pinterest'd In... Quilled Valentine Cards|
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meeting Room B
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