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

Winter Writing Contest 

Submissions due January 31

Unleash your creativity and take part in our writing contest! Submit your fiction short stories on the theme, “A little magic can go a long way.” Judges from the community will rank the submissions and prizes will be awarded to the top three works in each age group (Grades 3-5, 6-8, High School & Adults).

Click here for full details.


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Hot Reads for Cold Nights

January 17-February 28

Beat the winter blues by participating in Hot Reads for Cold Nights, our adult and teen winter reading program! Register at the library and pick up a reading log. Complete the reading log by reading five books and turn it in for a prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Participants can continue to read for additional entries into the grand prize drawing. 


Monthly Programs

Board Game Night

First Tuesday of the month

6-8 p.m.

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for Board Game Night in the Fiction Library. A variety of games will be provided but attendees are welcome to bring their own. 


Needles, Pins & More

First Thursday of the month

10-11:30 a.m.

Bring your current small craft project (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, etc.) and work on it with others in the community. 


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Adult Craft Night

Second Tuesday of the month

4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Join us for Adult Craft Night on the second Tuesday of each month. Attendees will complete a different craft each month. All supplies are provided.

In January, attendees will make a puzzle piece heart. Sessions take place at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Please register for one session only.

Click to register for the 4:30 p.m. session. 
Click to register for the 6 p.m. session.

Fountain Lake Readers Book Club

Second Thursday of the month

10 a.m.

The Fountain Lake Readers book club meets on the second Thursday of the monht to discuss fiction titles. Copies of this month’s book are available for checkout at the library. New members are always welcome.


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Bring Your Own Lunch & Learn

Second Thursday of the month


Bring your lunch and join us for an afternoon of learning. Enjoy presentations from a variety of community partners. 

On February 9, Jonathan Osthus from the MN Dept. of Agriculture will join Ryan Hajek, assistant public works director, and Ben Bangert, arborist, from the City of Albert Lea to explain the threat the emerald ash borer poses to ash trees in Albert Lea and the steps being taken to minimize its impact on the community. This presentation will include information about identifying ash trees, the emerald ash borer, and infestations, the City’s strategy for managing the insect, and options for owners of property with ash trees.


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Choose Your Own Book Club 

Third Tuesday of the month

6 p.m. 

Connect with fellow readers and grow your reading list in this casual book discussion group. Join us to talk about the books you’ve read or are currently reading.