Adult Programs

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Adult Programs Calendar

Kirkendall Public Library supports lifelong learning and enjoyment in an inclusive welcoming environment that is a primary community destination. The Library provides equal access to quality information services, materials, and resources to all members of our community.

In keeping with this mission, the Kirkendall Public Library provides lifelong learning experiences on a variety of topics. All programs are free and open to all adults. In addition to the regularly scheduled programs described below, the Kirkendall Public Library enlists guest speakers for educational programs. Volunteer presenters are encouraged to contact the library.

Please refer to calendar for dates and times for programs.

Adult Book Discussion

Currently there are six groups that meet monthly at the library.  Books are selected based on availability of copies for the entire group, suitability for discussion, and interest to the group. Each type of genre and literary form is considered in terms of its own excellence and the audience for which it is intended. Suggestions from readers are welcome.

Book discussion books are available at the Check Out desk one month prior to the discussion. Book discussion is open to everyone interested in sharing their reading experience with others. A long-term commitment is not required.

  • End of Your Life Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 AM.  This group is led by Rachel Bradley, LMSW.  This book discussion will especially appeal to those dealing with loss or illness or faced with making end of life decisions.  Through the reading and discussing of books, both fiction and nonfiction, the group will discuss difficult issues common to us all.
  • Book & Movie Discussion meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. This group reads the book and watches the movie together and then discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each medium as well as the character and plot lines.                                                                                           
  • Reach Out & Read Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. 

  • Mystery Book Discussion meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 PM. 

  • Evening Book Discussion meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. 

  • YA & J Book Discussion meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. This group reads books written for children and young adults that appeal to adults as well.

  • By Hook or By Book Discussion Group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. 

Ankeny Writers Group

The Ankeny Writers Group meets the third Saturday at 9 – 11:30 AM and offers educational programs on writing, publishing, and marketing your book.  This group includes published authors willing to offer tips and those considering their first writing project. 

Computer Classes For Adults

  • Computer Basics Beginning Computer Class
    This class is the perfect place to start for people with little or no computer skills.  A hands-on tutorial teaches basic mouse skills and web components for using the Kirkendall catalog. 

  • Search the Internet
    Learn about browsers and tricks and tools for efficient Internet searching.

  • Microsoft Word 2013 Beginning Class
    Practice setting up a document, selecting fonts, moving text, and adding bullets.  

  • Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013
    Learn how to insert pictures, text boxes, tables and columns to create brochures and posters.

  • Microsoft Excel 2013 for Beginners
    Learn how to set up a worksheet, apply formulas and format cells.

  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013
    Learn how to insert and delete rows and columns, create your own formulas and create charts and graphs.

  • Email for Everyone
    Participants will learn how to set up a free Internet email account, send, forward, and receive email, add and open attachments, and create an address book and a distribution list.

  • Facebook 'Fun'damentals
    Explore the social networking phenomenon that is Facebook. Participants will learn how to set up their page, add a picture, find family and friends, control their content and ensure the security of their information.

  • How to Pinterest
    Learn how to set up an account, find friends to follow, create your own boards and  start pinning!

  • PowerPoint Pointers
    Learn how to create a basic presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

English Learning  Conversation Circle

A Conversation Circle is a monthly gathering of adults who practice every day conversational English and get to know the public library! Meet once a month for 2 hours. Groups meet the third Monday from 1 - 3 PM or the fourth Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  

  • Improve your English conversation and pronunciation.
  • Practice saying words used for job interviews, renting an apartment, using the phone.
  • Practice how to say words you need with teachers, health workers and others.
  • Participate in fun activities and learn about the library.
  • Enjoy lively conversation in a casual environment and make new friends.
  • Share your culture.

Spanish Language Conversation Circle

Spanish Learning Conversation Circle will be led by Blanca Guerrero, a native speaker and educator. 
A Conversation Circle is a monthly gathering of adults who practice every day conversational Spanish. The group will meet at the Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month to practice pronunciation and syntax. A basic understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar is required.

No need to register, come and practice conversations for business, travel, or fun.

Games, Crafts & More

  • Social Cribbage meets the 2nd & fourth Mondays at 1 - 3 PM. 

    All levels of players are welcome.  Bring your favorite cribbage board or use one of ours. Come for the fun! 

  • Sit & Knit meets the second Thursday of the month from 1 - 3 PM and the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. 

    A great place to meet new friends who share your passion for yarn. All ages and skill levels are welcome for a relaxing and informal time of knitting and camaraderie. Participants can bring a project in progress or beginners can learn the basics. Crocheters are also welcome.

    There is no cost for attending, however participants need to bring their own needles and materials for a project. 

  • Canasta meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 3 PM. If you haven’t played in several years or missed out on the craze entirely, you have another chance to learn the game and make new friends.

  • Social Bridge meets the third Monday of the month from 1 - 3 PM.  What is fun, stimulating, and a great way to meet new friends?   If you are new to the game or a little rusty after years without a fourth, this is the perfect place for you.  Partners are not necessary.  There is a place at the table for you.

  • Let's Play Pitch! meets the third Tuesday at 1 - 3 PM. 

  • Chess Mix meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the library adult area. Hone your chess skills and meet new friends. The purpose of this program is to promote the magnificent game of chess in Ankeny by bringing players of all ages and skill levels together at the library for a relaxing and informal evening of chess.  Bring your own board or use one of ours. 

  • Ankeny Genealogy Chapter meets the fourth Monday of the month January through November at 7 PM. All are welcome. There is no fee to attend, but if you would like to become a member there is $10 for a family membership.  Each month features a program to help in your research.  Members are always available to help people with their research questions and try to get them over their brick walls when they hit one.

  • Music Appreciation for All Ages 4th Wednesday of the month at 12:15 PM and 7 PM.  

    This program is led by Joan Jamison, MME.  Share Joan’s enthusiasm for great music and discover a different composer or genre of music each month. A short DVD will provide information and background.  Major works by the composer will be presented and discussed. 

  • Mah Jong meets every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 PM.  Mah Jong is a Chinese game of skill played by four people with domino-like tiles, requiring cooperation and strategy among players.

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