Creation Studio Drop-Ins
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All ages welcome. No registration required. Supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library, unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 7: Fiesta Flower Bouquets
Oct. 14: Pipe Cleaner Ninjas
Oct. 21: Model Magic Skulls
Oct. 28: Paper Garland Sewing
Nov. 4: Crafty Drink Coasters
Nov. 11: Rock On! with Perler Beads
Nov. 18: Washi Tape Kindness Cards
Nov. 25: 3D Greeting Cards
Global Gathering Mexico: Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico
Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico is a non-profit organization that teaches Mexican culture to the community through the art form of dance. We are honored to have the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico as part of our Global Gathering Mexico programming. Please join us for an exciting performance of traditional Mexican folklore dance.
Brown Bag Lunch: Juan Dies
Friday, October 18, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Spend your lunch hour being entertained by eclectic guitarist, singer, and storyteller Juan Dies. Originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Juan Dies is a 2019 USA Fellow, a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and co-founder/producer of the two-time GRAMMY Award Nominated group Sones de Mexico Ensemble, now on its 25th Season. Juan and his guitar will share pieces of an international musical history that led to a 25-year career in Mexican folk music.
Brown Bag Lunch: Troy Rangel and Friends
Friday, November 15, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Guitarist Troy Rangel and his group will highlight jazz standards and music from the 50’s. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the concert. Beverages are provided. Brown Bag Lunch is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Storytimes are filled with stories, songs, rhymes, exercises, parenting tips, and more! Storytimes will not meet on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.
Preschool Storytime
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend these 30-minute sessions filled with stories, songs, finger plays, and action rhymes. No registration is required. Weekly themes are presented.

Tales for Tots
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tales for Tots is an enriching activity time for children ages birth through three with an adult caregiver. During the 30-minute session, attendees will hear stories, move to music, recite action poems, and learn fingerplays. No registration is required.

Yoga and Stories
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Experience your favorite stories told with yoga poses as demonstrated by certified yoga instructors. Recommended for ages 3 through 10 years old. Be ready to join in the fun. Parents are welcome to join in too! No registration required. Funding for Yoga and Stories is provided by Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. Yoga and Stories will not meet on Wednesday, November 27.

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

A 15-minute storytime complete with books, rhymes, and songs, followed by 30 minutes of imaginative playtime. This program is best suited for ages 2 to 6 years old, but all ages are welcome to attend. No registration required. Child’s Play will not meet on Saturday, November 30.
Reading Assistance Dogs
Thursdays, October 3 and November 7, 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. No registration is required.
LEGO Club
Saturdays, October 5 and November 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a morning of free-building with LEGO blocks. No registration required.
Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In this month’s book discussion group for kids in grades 2-4, we’ll discuss George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Pick the book up at the Youth Services Desk and read it before the book discussion. We’ll discuss and do activities based on the book at the meeting. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library.
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In this month’s book discussion group for kids in grades 2-4, we’ll discuss Magic Bone: Be Careful What You Sniff For by Nancy Krulik. Pick the book up at the Youth Services Desk and read it before the book discussion. We’ll discuss and do activities based on the book at the meeting. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library.
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Improvisational theatre has a fun, interactive dynamic that allows all the participants to contribute (perhaps even the audience), and ensures that no two performances are exactly the same. It’s engaging, humorous, and an all around good time. The stars of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical will be showing us how all this is accomplished at this workshop for young adults. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Dungeons, Dragons, & More!: Tabletop Roleplaying and TCGs!
Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons has never been more popular. Have you always wanted to play but never knew where to start? Now you can come to the library and discover a new adventure each week. Don’t have a character? No problem, because we will have pregenerated characters on hand that you can borrow. Would you rather play Magic the Gathering? We will also have decks on hand or you can bring your own TCG (trading card game). There is plenty of room for all types of fun. Dungeons, Dragons, & More! will not meet on Wednesday, November 27.
Homeschooling 101: An Introduction
Saturday, November 16, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Teens and adults, are you curious about homeschooling? Come and learn about it! This is your chance to have your questions about homeschooling answered. There will be a representative from the AEA who will present information about the Homeschool Assistance Program. There will also be homeschooling parents who discuss their different homeschooling methods and the many opportunities for support in the Quad City area.
 
Get Lit
Get Lit is a book discussion group for adventurous souls. We meet at Crawford Brew Works, 3659 Devils Glen Rd., Bettendorf. Get Lit is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library, unless otherwise noted. 

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Read Local with Crystal Joy
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Crystal Joy lives in Iowa with her husband and three growing children. She’s a stay-at-home mom with a heart for people. She loves getting to know them, writing about them, and inventing them.

Read Local events allow local authors to discuss their work and processes with the public, and is a partnership between the Bettendorf Public Library and the Midwest Writing Center.
Contemporary Books Discussion
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, October 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Books are available for loan on a first-come basis at the previous month’s Mystery Book Discussion and after that at the Information Desk. Supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Adult Chess Club
Tuesdays, October 1 and November 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Stop in to play some casual games of chess. This group will be a great place for players age 16 and up to learn the game, meet new competition, and play unrated games of standard, blitz, rapid, or any other variant. Adult Chess Club is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
The Modern Middle East: Today’s Challenges
Monday, October 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
Davenport Library-Eastern, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport

“Israel at a Crossroads: Domestic Challenges” is the fourth lecture in this four-part series by Dr. Art Pitz. This program is a partnership between Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Public Library, and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Community Connections: Fourth Wall Films- Riding the Rails to Hero Street
Thursday, October 17, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Produced by Mid-America Emmy-nominated Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, Riding the Rails to Hero Street, the first film in the Hero Street documentary film series, tells the story of the immigrants’ journey from Mexico to Cook’s Point in Davenport, Holy City in Bettendorf, Iowa, and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train yards and boxcar homes in Silvis, Illinois. Through their fiscal sponsor the Moline Foundation, Riding the Rails to Hero Street was funded in part by Humanities Iowa.
Trax from the Stax: Juan Dies
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Mexican folk music but were afraid to ask. Using a map and sound recordings, Juan will take you on a quick tour of Mexico’s diverse traditional music and dance styles, explain their history and geography, and point out what to listen for. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Saturday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lee White, Assistant Professor at Augustana College, will lead a workshop where participants aged 16 and up will make their own calacas. Attendees will use simple materials (like paper mache, wire, glue, etc.) to create small, hand-crafted figurines decorated and painted in the “Day of the Dead” traditional theme. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library. 
World Affairs Council: Revisiting the Conquest of Mexico on the 500th Anniversary
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

2019 represents the 500th anniversary of Hernando Cortés’s arrival in Mexico. This presentation will explore the history of the conquest and its lasting impact and legacy. Presenter Amber Brian is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa, where she teaches courses about the literature, culture, and history of Latin America. This event is a collaboration between the Bettendorf Public Library and the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.
Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Come join us for a screening of Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned). A classic of Mexican cinema, Los Olvidados was initially poorly received for its brutal depiction of poverty in a Mexico City slum. The film became celebrated after being screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951 where it received an International Critics Prize and Buñuel won the award for Best Director.
Saturday, October 26, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Paint your very own acrylic painting on canvas. No artistic experience is needed. Our teacher is local artist Beth Peters of Painting for a Purpose. All supplies are provided for this event. This program is for patrons age 16 and older. Registration is limited to the first ten participants. Registration is required and can be done online, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library. Registration opens Tuesday, October 1. The program is supported by Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Day of the Dead with the Figge
Monday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the tradition and roots of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, where families welcome back the souls of the deceased. Laura Wriedt will share how the Figge Art Museum celebrates this holiday with the community, and participants will create their own sugar skull design.
Scam Recognition and Avoidance with Sgt. Jeff Nelson
Thursday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sgt. Jeff Nelson of the Bettendorf Police Department will educate us about scams that are prevalent today. Tips on recognizing and avoiding scams will be discussed.
Holiday Crafternoon
Saturday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Does your home need a little more festivity? Come to the Library and make some ornaments! We’ll have six ornament crafts to choose from--make one or two, or make them all. All supplies and tools will be available to create a spectrum of ornament styles, from traditional paper stars to high-tech 3-D pen snowflakes. These crafts require a little patience and well-developed fine motor skills, so they’re best suited for teens and adults. No reservation required. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Community Connections: The History of the Berlin Wall
Thursday, November 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mark the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a presentation by Kelly Lao, Executive Director of the German American Heritage Center & Museum (GAHC). Community Connections is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Trax from the Stax: Liv Carrow Presents
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us as songwriter, guitarist, DJ and folk song collector Liv Carrow presents folk ballads that have crossed between the British Isles, Appalachia, and the South. Trax from the Stax is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
World Affairs Council: Midwest Immigration
Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Chris Strunk, Assistant Professor of Geography, Augustana College, will examine the new geography of immigrant and refugee settlement in the rural Midwest in the context of the region’s long history of global connections. This event is a collaboration between the Bettendorf Public Library and the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.
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