Library Closings

The library will be closed January 1st & 2nd.

The library will be closed Monday, January 16th.

What's Happening at Your Library

Every Wednesday in January & February

6 pm - 7:30 pm | Conference Room

Interested in learning some Spanish basics? Join us for this 8-week class with volunteer Claudia Matos! Claudia will teach you important vocabulary, numbers, days of the week, anatomy, and more! This class is for English speakers learning Spanish, but all are welcome to attend. Registration Required. Register here.

Age group: Adults & Teens

January 17 | 5 pm - 7 pm | Meeting Room AB

A chocolate-fueled fun event for kids 10-18! WPL's Chocolate Olympics will feature nearly a dozen different skill-based games, all set around Chocolate! Participants will compete in events like:

The Great Kiss Unwrap | Guess that Melt | Dangling Donut Challenge | And much more!

At the end of the program, teens will have a chance to win even more candy by unwrapping an epic Choco-ball!

Registration via google form:

Age group: Teens

Members-only Preview*

February 2

5 pm - 7 pm

Library Basement

Public Sale

February 4

9 am - 2 pm

Library Basement

The Friends of the Waterloo Public Library $5-a-Bag Book Sale brings you the best deal in town. If you love books, this sale is for you! We supply the bags; you fill them up!

Please note, the basement will be closed the Monday following this sale, so Friends have the opportunity to tidy up.

All proceeds benefit library events and programming.

*Memberships will be sold at the door! Yearly memberships are as little as $15. Seniors may purchase a membership for $10.

Language learners can build vocabulary, and practice skills, with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages. Try it here!

February 14 & February 28

10 am -11 am | Cedar Valley SportsPlex

The Waterloo Public Library and Cedar Valley SportsPlex will host a Community Walk and Talk!

You are invited to exercise your mind and body by participating in a two-part book discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown while working towards your step goals on the Cedar Valley SportsPlex’s track. Members and nonmembers are welcome.

Registration is required. To sign-up, please email Miranda at

Once registered, you'll receive more details. A limited number of copies of The Boys in the Boat are available for checkout at the Waterloo Public Library. You may also download a digital copy from Libby.

Recurring Events

January 8

3 pm - 4 pm

Meeting Room AB

Lego Lab @ the Library is back! Children, fifth grade and younger, and their families are invited to see what they can build at this monthly event. We provide the theme and the Legos, your child provides the imagination.

This month's theme is Things That Go. 

All creations will be on display for one month in the library. Legos will be provided by the library, so please do not bring your own.

January 24th & 31st

6 pm - 7 pm

Conference Room

Join us for another Choose Your Own Adventure Read-Aloud Book Club! Starting October 4, the book club will meet twice a month to hear a story read aloud, where the group will choose which path to take along the way.

Sign up is easy:

To join in on the fun, register with the following link:


After registration, we’ll send participants more details regarding the club.

January 6

10 am - 12 pm

Meeting Room AB

Join us on the first Friday of the month to catch a new release (or classic film) on the big screen. Popcorn and soda are provided free of charge.

This month's movie is "Thor: Love and Thunder(2022).

Sponsored by Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

January 10

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Enjoy a family-friendly evening with a movie, popcorn, and drinks! Every second Tuesday of the month.

This month's title is: Sing 2

Age group: Youth, Families

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

Every Third Sunday

January 15

3 pm - 4 pm

Meeting Room AB

Come join us for these family-friendly events with STEM-themed stations where you'll be able to test the latest gadgetry and so much more!

No registration is required.

Virtual Writing Club

January 3rd & 17th

5 pm - 7 pm

Virtual via Discord

Introducing WPL's very first writing club! If you're an aspiring writer who needs a safe and constructive place to receive feedback on your work, this is the perfect forum for you. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, registered club members will submit writing pieces to Seth at where they will then be distributed to the group for discussion. This is not a genre-specific writing club, all genres are welcome! 

Evening Family Storytime

January 23

6:30 pm - 7 pm

Storytime corner

Can't make it to any daytime storytimes? Join us for an evening family storytime every fourth Monday of the month through March 27!

January 24

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Board game enthusiasts wanted! Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to the world of board games, stop by to play old classics or new favorites, or bring your own to show the group. We will also have our growing list of games for patrons to check out on hand! "Shall we play a game?"

Book Club

January 25

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or any type of Speculative Fiction? If so, join the Altered Reality Book Club at the WPL! This book club will meet at SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Waterloo on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be discussing The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

To participate, please email Sarah at

Once registered, you'll receive more meeting details. A limited number of copies of each month's selected titles will be available for checkout. You may also download digital copies from

Hive Workshops

January 5 | DIY Morse Code Bracelet

6 pm - 7 pm | Meeting Room AB

Learn how to make a Morse Code bracelet using a combination of different beads! Create your own secret message you can wear or give away as a unique gift. No registration required.

January 23 | Knitting & Crocheting Drop-in

6 pm - 8 pm | The Hive Main Room

Come relax and work on making something cozy with others who are interested in the fiber arts! There won't be any formal instruction or specific projects to work on, but a volunteer will be on hand to help with questions.

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