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. All skills welcome! Bring your own supplies or project to work on. Meet new friends, work on your skills 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, poetry 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 our extensive collection of mystery books, then meet up to talk about them! 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.
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.
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Baby, You’re Gonna Be MineMore Staff Picks +
Kevin Wilson has proven himself to be a good writer since his debut novel “The Family Fang” published in 2011. This book of short stories does not disappoint. The characters in his stories are people that you swear you know or have at least observed. His story telling ability is remarkable. You know exactly why his characters do what they do because he does such a great job of setting the stage for either what you would have guessed is coming or something totally unexpected. I highly recommend his books.
The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of MoviesMore Staff Picks +
In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China. Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with “universes,” and how Disney remade itself in Apple’s image and reaped enormous profits. But despite the destruction of the studios’ traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film. The Big Picture shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.
Stars over Clear LakeMore Staff Picks +
It's World War II and there is a German Prison Camp near Clear Lake, IA. With most of the able-bodied men off to war, Lorraine's dad needs help on the farm, and hires some of the prisoners to do it. Lorraine loves to dance at the famous "Surf Club ." One of her dad's German prisoners plays a mean saxophone sometimes for the bands. Sparks click and romance blooms, despite the differences in language, culture and of course WWII!
My Year of Rest and RelaxationMore Staff Picks +
The unnamed narrator in this bold new novel is in search of a reawakening. In her eyes, only sleep, countless hours of it, can enact a desperately needed reset of her life. With the aid of an ethically questionable psychiatrist and an abudance of black out inducing medication, her sleeping quest begins.
The Polygamist’s Daughter: a memoirMore Staff Picks +
After reading "Under the Banner of Heaven," by Jon Krakauer, and "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff, both good reads, I thought this book might be similar. I was disappointed though, to find that it fell short of being either well-written or well-researched. The book lacks substance and seems to elaborate on some insignificant memories to fill up the pages.
Wicked MortalsMore Staff Picks +
All of us thrill to scary stories. We cannot leave them alone. Over and over again, we peer into the dark places seeking monsters, creatures, sources of evil. We know instinctively that these alien forces threaten our safety and everything we love. We tell these stories as warnings to keep our guard up against the darkness outside. But what if it isn't outside? What if it hides in someone you know? Or the person looking back at you from the mirror? And, most terrifying of all, what if the scariest part of the stories is that they're true? This collection of tales is taken from the monstrously successful Lore podcast, which began in 2015 and as of October 2017 had an audience of five million seriously creeped out devotees. Even on paper Mahnke's storytelling style is inviting and empathetic. (It practically begs for a campfire and wolf howling in what you hope is the distance.) Worryingly, the author suffers no shortage of material, from serial killers to magicians to folk healing gone hideously wrong. All too tragic. All too human. All too possible...Anyone else want to turn on all the lights and hide under a blankie?
Dear Bob and SueMore Staff Picks +
Let's take a romp through 58 National Parks! Karen and Matthew Smith did just that and while on their tour, they emailed their adventures back to their friends, Bob and Sue. While the Smiths may not be exceptional writers, there is humor, history, some science and a whole lot of useful information that is good to know if you are thinking of visiting any of our National parks.
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought ThemMore Staff Picks +
After reading Jennifer Wright's book about plagues throughout history, I am convinced of three things: 1. Microbes are terrifying and I may never leave the house again...except they're in the house, too. Oh, dear. 2. Walter Jackson Freeman II was unassailably the worst person in history. 3. Human beings have limitless capacity for callousness when we're afraid and a limitless capacity for altruism when we choose to stand together. An illness that compelled people to dance until their bones poked through their feet? Check. An epidemic that killed 90% of an indigenous population in a few years? Check. A man who "cured" child rebelliousness via lobotomies performed with an ice pick? Check. (And ewwww!) But this book inspires more than if-you-need-me-I'll-be-under-the-bed dread. Lepers' lives made bearable because of one man's kindness? Yep. Millions of Americans uniting to end polio? Done. An Englishman founding a No-Nosed Club so that syphilis suffers felt less ostracized? That happened, too. Wright reports these events with clarity, compassion, and a large dose of wry humor. (Her response to the story of a dying Meso-American forgoing heaven because his disease-carrying Spanish conquerors would be there: "Sick burn, Cuban guy. Nicely done. High five across time and space.") After reading how easily disease can destroy civilizations and how it has been vanquished, I hope that when the next plague hits we choose to be heroes.
The Invention of WingsMore Staff Picks +
Because I visited the Charleston, SC area in early June, I was very interested in this historical novel, based on the lives of the Grimke sisters and their role in the Abolitionist Movement. The story is extremely well-told and captivating from the first sentence. The reading actors on the CD version are exceptional and I highly recommend listening to the audio of this book.
PatienceMore Staff Picks +
Jack's life falls apart after his pregnant wife, Patience, is murdered in a seemingly random act of violence. Decades later, Jack discovers a way to travel through time and begins to uncover the sad details of Patience's life that led to her death and pledges to stop her murderer before it happens again.