Library Closings

The library will be closed on November 10 & 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

The library will close at 5 pm Wednesday, November 22, and remain closed on November 23 & 24.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

What's Happening

The Youth Department at WPL is about to undergo some exciting and significant changes!

In the initial phase of our renovation project, we're shifting the youth department to the left, expanding it to encompass the entire back half of the first-floor stack area. We're also creating a partition wall to separate it from the front section of the library and installing two new windows to bring more natural light into the space.

Future phases will include the addition of a kids' play area beneath the first-floor stairwell, a window in the new youth programming space (formerly The Hive), and refreshing the furniture and carpeting in the youth department.

In this same phase, we're erecting a prefab glass wall to enclose the second-floor teen department. We're also collaborating with student artists from Waterloo's Youth Art Team to craft unique art pieces for installation in this newly defined space.

To prepare for these enhancements, we've temporarily relocated the Youth Department to the library's meeting rooms. Meanwhile, the adult fiction collection has found its permanent home in the front part of the library, located to the right of the main entrance.

We are grateful for the funding that has made these renovations possible, with contributions from the Friends of the Waterloo Public Library, the McElroy Trust, the Guernsey Foundation, the Waterloo Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, the Otto Schoitz Foundation, and our library endowment funds.

November 6 | 6:30 pm-7 pm | Conference Room

Put on your comfiest PJs and join us for bedtime stories! A craft and snack will be provided.

Age group: birth-kindergarten

Tuesdays beginning November 7

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Conference Room

It's time to Choose Your Own Adventure! Kids in grades 4-6 are invited to come on a reading adventure where they'll get to choose the path the group takes along the way. Our Youth Librarian will read the story as you follow along. We will be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from November through March, reading one book per month! Participants are welcome to join anytime, either in person at the library or virtually via Discord. At the end of our adventure, participants will earn a free Choose Your Own Adventure book of their choice! Registration is required for all participants, so please do so here.

Registration is required and limited to 20 participants.

Registrants who are interested in participating virtually will need to call the Youth Department at 319-287-3976 to receive the link.

Age group: Grades 4-6

November 7 | 6 pm-8 pm | SingleSpeed Brewing Co.

325 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701

To celebrate International Games Week, join us for a game night at SingleSpeed in Waterloo! Our favorite adult board games will be set up for you to test out, but you are welcome to bring your own to share with everyone. Appetizers will be supplied, and SingleSpeed offers a variety of drinks! Discover your new favorite board game at this event!

Age group: Adults

November 9 | 5 pm-7 pm | Second Floor

As part of International Games Week, come master your chess skills with fellow chess enthusiasts! We'll have tables equipped for matches set up throughout the second floor, and will offer to-go chess kits for kids and teens while supplies last. Younger players are encouraged to take part and give the game a shot!

Age group: Families 

November 12 | 1 pm-3 pm | Youth Department

Does your kiddo love games? Join us for a Youth game day as part of International Games Week! We will have a variety of kid-friendly board games set out throughout the Youth department, giveaway 1-on-1 games for kids to learn and take home, and other fun game day surprises.

Age group: Youth (grades 1-5)

Join us for this extended series where experts in their fields will discuss new and innovative ways to help seniors age at home. Presented by Fortified Life in collaboration with the Waterloo Public Library. For more information contact Jake Bates at 319-260-4267.

November 14 | Aging in Place

10 am - 11 am | Conference Room

November 14 | 6 pm - 7:30 pm | Conference Room

Bad arts and crafters unite! Do all your projects look like they were made by a kindergartner? If the answer is yes, this program is for you! Forget about perfection—we want the bad and the ugly! Join us for a Turkey-themed evening of bad art. The most "unfowl-like" creation will be awarded a prize!

Bad art and craft supplies will be provided.

This event is for teens/adults (ages 15+), because why should kids get to have all the fun? Come join us and have a few laughs while you're at it! Registration is required, so please do so here.

Age Group: 15+

November 19 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Conference Room

WPL will be hosting youth STEM activities every third Sunday of the month through March 2024. 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!

Age group: Youth, Families

Hive Workshops

Knitting & Crocheting Drop-in

November 1 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | The Hive

Do you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Are you looking for some designated time to work on a project? Join us for a knitting and crocheting drop-in in the Hive! Different patterns and supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any materials of your own that you wish to use! A staff member will be available to help anyone who needs support.

Age group: Adults

Teen Glass Art

November 15 | 4 pm - 5 pm | The Hive

Create your own glass masterpiece! Bring along a picture you want to trace and enhance- a beloved pet portrait, a favorite cartoon character, or anything else you can think of! We'll teach you how to paint the image over glass, crafting your own intricate glass portrait!

Registration is required and limited to 10 participants, so please do so here.

Age group: Teens (ages 13-18)

Tween Glass Art

November 16 | 4 pm - 5 pm | The Hive

Create your own glass masterpiece! Bring along a picture you want to trace and enhance- a beloved pet portrait, a favorite cartoon character, or anything else you can think of! We'll teach you how to paint the image over glass, crafting your own intricate glass portrait!

Registration is required and limited to 10 participants, so please do so here.

Age group: Tweens (ages 8-12)

DIY Toilet Tank Topper

November 29 | 11 am - 3 pm | The Hive

Add a bit of color to the back of your bowl (or a small table or shelf) with a custom-made tank topper.

Please bring the following materials: 3 fabrics, backing, and batting.

Dark fabric - 1/4 yard, Medium fabric - 1/8 yard or 1 fat quarter, Light fabric - 1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard. Backing fabric - 9 inches by 30 inches. Batting - 9 inches by 30 inches.

Registration is required and limited to 5 participants, so please do so here.

Age group: Adults

Recurring Events

Book Clubs

November 13

6 pm - 7 pm 


If you're looking to broaden your reading horizons, have we got the book club for you! The Well Read Club meets virtually every month to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction title. We'll read anything and everything!

We will be discussing There There by Tommy Orange.

To participate, email Anderson at at least one day before the event. Virtual meeting details to follow registration.

November 16

5:30 pm - 7 pm 

Doughy Joey's

300 W 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50701

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 Doughy Joey's in Waterloo on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be discussing Old Man's War by John Scalzi.

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

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