Adult Programs and Events

Below is a list of programs and events for adults. All programs take place at the library unless otherwise noted.

For a full listing of programs and events for all-ages, check out our calendar.

Special Events

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Nonfiction Writing Contest

April 4 to May 22

Adults are invited to participate in the Albert Lea Public Library’s Nonfiction Writing Contest! Submit a story on the theme, “Once when I was young…” Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories. 

Full details can be found by clicking here. 

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Tiny Art Show

Canvas due May 29

Art Show: May 31-June 5

The Albert Lea Public Library is hosting a Tiny Art Show! All canvases have been claimed. If you picked up a canvas, please return it to the library by May 29. 

Come to the library between May 31 and June 5 and see all the tiny art that our community created! Artists will be able to pick up their art June 6-12.

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Allen Eskens

Tuesday, May 24

6 PM

St. John’s on Fountain Lake

SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour presents Allen Eskens. Eskens is the bestselling author of seven novels. A recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award, and a finalist for the Edgar Award, his most recent novel, The Stolen Hours, is a 2022 MN Book Awards Finalist. 

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. 

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Salsa del Soul

Thursday, May 26

2 & 3 PM

Fountain Lake Park Gazebo

Salsa del Soul will perform various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean, including Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba and Salsa during this all-ages program.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. 

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Brian Freeman

Wednesday, June 8

6 PM

St. John’s on Fountain Lake

SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour presents Brian Freeman. Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He has won Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel, The Deep, Deep Snow, was a finalist for the Edgar Award.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. 

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Adult Writing Workshop

Tuesday, June 21

6 PM

Author Nancy Loewen will present a writing workshop for adults titled, “A Method to the Madness: Writing Exercises that Surprise, Inspire, and Affirm.” Attendees will explore ways to boost creativity, write vividly, and validate their writing selves. Sharing work is optional.

Registration required. Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library

Monthly Programs

Needles, Pins & More

First Thursday of the month

10-11:30 AM

Bring your small craft project and work on it with others in the community. 

 

Fountain Lake Readers

Second Thursday of the month

10 AM

Our fiction book club meets monthly to discuss a variety of novels. Contact the library for information about what the book club is reading next month. 

 

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Adult Craft Night – Clothespin Art

Tuesday, June 14

6 PM

Join us for a night of fun and creativity at the library! Each month, participants will complete a different craft. In June, attendees will create clothespin art. All supplies will be provided. 

Registration required. Click here to register