Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022


Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Library Closings

The library will be closed Monday, September 5, for Labor Day.

The library will be closed Friday, September 16, for staff training. 

What's Happening at Your Library

Virtual Writing Club

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

beginning September 6

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 beginning in September, 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! 

Memoir Writing Class

September 6

10 am - 11:30 am

Meeting Room AB

A picture is worth a thousand words, but recorded memories are priceless. If writing a memoir is on your bucket list, now is the time to do it! Iowa author and freelance writer Jacquie McTaggart is coming to WPL to teach an everyone-is-capable memoir writing class, where she will walk participants through the process step by step. The class will meet on Tuesdays starting September 6, and will last six weeks

September 17 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Join Iowa author Rachel Mans McKenny for a reading and discussion of her book "The Butterfly Effect". Rachel's book was this year's selection for the Adult All Iowa Reads!

She will be selling her book at the end of the event for $15 and will accept card or cash.

September 20 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Join us for a joy-sparking event! If you're familiar with organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo, this is the event for you. Participants will learn the philosophy behind the KonMari Method and discover what it means to live a life that Sparks Joy. In addition, there will be a folding demonstration using the famous KonMari vertical folding technique. Prior to the event, you will receive additional information via email. Registration is required.

This free 8-week seminar teaches the individual "how to retire" financially AND psychologically as they embrace the next stage of their life. Financial freedom to follow! No registration is required.

Wednesdays | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Meeting Room AB

September 7

Are you retirement ready?

September 14

How to create and manage an efficient retirement portfolio

September 21

The 4% Rule

September 28

How to live on your fixed income

October 5

Social Security 101

October 12

The Ins & Outs of Medicare

October 19

Managing your real estate during retirement

October 26

The psychology of retirement

September 24 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Meeting Room AB

Help us celebrate the launch of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at the WPL! We'll have a sign-up station to register the children who qualify, and additional activities that include a train ball pit, train-themed games, a train that children and their caregivers can ride together, crafts, and a door prize drawing.

Age group: Infant-4 years

Members-only Preview*

September 22 | 5 pm - 7 pm 

Library Basement

*Not a member? Memberships will be sold at the door! Yearly memberships are as little as $15. Seniors may purchase a membership for $10.

Public Sale

September 24 | 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.

Recurring Events

September 2

10:00 am - 12:00 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 provided free of charge. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

September's movie is "American Underdog" (2021).

September 27

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?"

Starting September 1

10:30 am - 11 am | Storytime Corner

We are getting back to our regularly scheduled Storytimes!

Monday: Mother Goose Storytime (infant to two years)

Tuesday: Preschool Storytime (three-five years)

Wednesday: Preschool Storytime (three-five years)

Thursday: Terrific Twos Storytime (two year olds)

Saturday: Family Storytime (all ages)

Starting September 26

6:30 pm - 7 pm | Storytime corner

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

Book Clubs

September 12

6:00 pm | Virtual

We will be discussing How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue.

To participate, email Anderson at at least one day before the event. She will send you the virtual meeting details.

September 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sidecar Coffee Shop

21 West Jefferson Street #101, Waterloo, IA 50701

We will be discussing Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

To participate, please email Haley at

After registering via email, 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


September 28

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 new book club will meet at local restaurants on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be discussing The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

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

September 1

Paver Paint

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Hive Main Room

Registration Required

September 28

Quilting Drop-In

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Hive Main Room

September 10

Window 10/11 Basics

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Conference Room

Registration Required

September 15

Window 10/11 Basics

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Conference Room

Registration Required

Deliver the joy of a story to children by becoming a Traveling Tales volunteer!

The library is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to visit area daycares and preschools once a month to present storytime. The program runs from October through May and all materials are provided. 

Email Amy at for more information.

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