The Bettendorf Public Library Information Center joins the American Library Association and libraries across the country to celebrate the 60th observance of National Library Week, April 8-14th. This annual occasion recognizes the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs, materials, and expertise they offer. This year, as part of our National Library Week celebration, we are asking our Bettendorf community to lead to a new library card design! For full details, go to
Creation Studio Drop-Ins
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All ages can stop by and make crafts and projects in The Creation Studio.

April 2: Blackout Poetry
April 9: Sticky Note Clipboard
April 16: Lynn from the Figge
April 23: Origami Pocket Bookmarks
April 30: Shaving Cream Marbling
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 5

Join us at the Bettendorf Public Library to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. This is an event for comic book fans of all ages. We will be offering a variety of comic book related programming throughout the day: crafts, movie screenings, and a presentation about the history of comics. The full schedule will be posted at Oh, did we forget to mention, there will be free comics while supplies last!

This program is presented in partnership with In This Issue Comics and funded by The Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Storytimes are filled with stories, songs, rhymes, exercises, parenting tips, and more! All storytimes will be taking a break in May to prepare for Summer Reading Program!

Preschool Storytime
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
For children ages 3 to 5

Tales for Tots
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
For children ages birth to 3 and a caregiver.

Yoga and Stories
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us and experience your favorite stories told with yoga poses and demonstrated by certified yoga instructors. Recommended for ages 3 through 10 years old. Be ready to join in the fun! Parents are welcome too!

Child’s Play | Create: Explore: Experience
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This is a weekly opportunity for kids to explore their creative side. Rotating programs may include components of traditional storytimes, active movement and rhythm with music and dance, and simple crafts. The program is best suited for preschool age children but we will happily welcome all who wish to join us. No registration required. Child's Play will not meet on Saturday, November 25.
Saturday, May 12, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Book Explorers: Mock Newbery is an extension of our current Book Explorers Junior/Senior Book Clubs. Geared for grades 4-10, participants will meet once per month to review self selected books looking for the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children, in hopes of discovering the next Newbery Medal Winner for 2019. Books for selection to read and review will be available at our May 12th meeting. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175 or at any service desk in the Library. Attendance at each monthly meeting is not required, but highly encouraged. Funding for Book Explorers provided by the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation.
After School Kids Lab
Wednesdays in April, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for school-age kids to have fun on early-out Wednesdays. This program will alternate between making crafts, doing science experiments, playing games, and learning new skills. Drop in any time between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to create, have fun, or explore something new! No registration required. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Reading Assistance Dogs
Thursdays, April 5 and May 3, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Children have the opportunity to read aloud to dogs from Quad City Canines. This is great practice for kids and helps them build their vocabulary and self-confidence.
Lego Club
Saturday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a morning of free-building with Lego blocks.
Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No meeting May 15

Interested in Dungeons and Dragons or the Pathfinder roleplaying game? Then come out each Tuesday and Thursday to see what adventures are brewing up at Bettendorf Public Library. Campaign spots fill up fast, so talk to Jesse or John for more information. Rather run your own adventure? We can help you out there as well.
Magic: The Gathering Club
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stop by to play Magic or Pokemon trading card games, or chat about D&D, Pathfinder, watch some anime or play some board games. This is your time to be as nerdy as you need to be!
Saturday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Book Explorers Senior is a teen book discussion group that meets one session to discuss and explore a selected book. Participants will pick up the selected book at the library once signed up and read the entire book prior to the meeting date. Best suited for grades 7-9. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175 or at any service desk in the Library. Copies of the book will be available in early March. Funding for Book Explorers Senior is provided by Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Manga Book Club

Are you a teen who loves manga? Then stop by the Quad to find out what manga we are reading this month. We will have copies available for you to read in the Quad. Each month we will discuss what we liked and didn't like. If you draw, bring in your manga art to show off. If you cosplay, tell us what inspires your creations. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Monday, April 16, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 21, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Read Local: Lauren Wood
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Lauren Wood is probably the most excited aunt that ever lived. Lauren’s so excited that she wrote a children’s book for her nephew and new niece, Something’s Missing. She lives in Davenport with her adorable dogs, Carl and Lilli. Following the reading there will be a question and answer opportunity. Read Local is a partnership between the Bettendorf Public Library and the Midwest Writing Center.
Get Lit
A book discussion for adventurous souls. Held at Coffee Hound (3451 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf). Get Lit is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mystery Book Discussion
The Mystery Book Discussion is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitated by Mystery Book Discussion group member Susan Perry.

Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary Books

Books are available for loan on a first-come basis at the previous month's Contemporary Books Discussion and after that at the Information Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

Wednesday, April 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Trax from the Stax
Trax from the Stax attendees can expect to hear music, stories, and information about the artist or musical style being presented. Trax from the Stax is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch
Attendees can bring their own lunch to enjoy during the concert. Beverages will be provided. Brown Bag Lunch is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Quad Cities Visiting Artist: Akropolis Reed Quintet
Friday, April 27, noon - 12:45 p.m.

Jordan Danielsen
Friday, May 25, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Medicare Q&A with SHIIP
Wednesdays, April 4 and May 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Get information and answers to your Medicare questions from a counselor with SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program). Individual appointments can also be scheduled by calling the SHIIP office at 563-421-1096.
Podcast Workshop
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please join us as two area podcasting experts answer patron questions regarding any phase of the podcasting process. The presenters will provide information on starting a podcast, equipment needed, format options, available website hosts, and more.
Scam Recognition and Avoidance with Sgt. Jeff Nelson
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Sgt. Jeff Nelson of the Bettendorf Police Department in learning about scams that are prevalent today. Tips on recognizing and avoiding scams will be discussed.
Shred Day
Thursday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bring up to three standard file containers of personal papers (up to 100 pounds total) for secure shredding by The Shredders out of Des Moines. Save time while you protect your identity. Documents will be shredded on site, but you will not be able to watch your specific documents be shredded. Shred Day is funded by Iowa AARP.
A Two-Nation Study in the Muddled Middle East Lecture Series
Mondays, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

An in-depth look at Israel and Syria with Dr. Art Pitz. The lectures on Israel will be hosted at the Bettendorf Public Library on April 30 and May 7. The lectures on Syria will be at Davenport Public Library Eastern Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, on May 14 and May 21. This lecture series is a partnership the Bettendorf Public Library, the Davenport Public Library, and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. The lectures at Bettendorf Public Library are funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Community Connections: Civilian Conservation Corps of Northeast Iowa
Thursday, May 17, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Linda McCann, author of Civilian Conservation Corps of Northeast Iowa, shares the stories of 18 men who were in the CCC. Community Connections is a monthly program for all ages focusing on local history, interests, and people, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
In April, the library will host Bettendorf Middle School's student artwork exhibit, which will be located on art walls A & B on the 2nd floor of the library.

Are you an artist, a collector, a hobbyist with a passion for your craft and a desire to share it with others? Consider displaying your work on the Library’s art walls or in the display cases. You can reserve display space in the Administrative Services office located on the second floor of the Library. Call 563-344-4177 for more information.
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