Adult Programs & Events

The Albert Lea Public Library offers a variety of regular programs and special events for adults. Upcoming events are highlighted below.

For a full listing of programs, check out our calendar.

Adult Winter Reading Program

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

January 21 – February 28

Beat the winter blues and join the Adult Winter Reading Program! Starting January 21, stop by the 3rd floor desk in the Fiction Library to register and pick up your reading log. Each title you read gets you an entry into our weekly prize drawings. Finish five books to receive a prize and be entered to win the grand prize, one of two Kindle Fires. You may participate twice. Program ends February 28.

Monthly Programs

Needles, Pins & More

First Thursday
10-11:30 AM

Calling all knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and other makers. Bring your current project to the library and work on it with other crafters in the community.

Game Day 

Second Monday
10 AM – 12 PM

Spend your morning playing board and card games with others. A variety of games will be provided however attendees are welcome to bring their favorite game. 

Fountain Lake Readers

Second Thursday
10-11 AM

Read and discuss fiction selections in one of two groups that meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Copies of the current book are available for pickup at the circulation desk.

Stitch Night

Third Monday
5:30-7 PM

Join us for an open stitch night at the library. Bring your works in progress, stitch and share tips with other crafters. 

Nonfiction Book Club

Third Tuesday
6-7 PM

Read and discuss nonfiction selections in the Nonfiction Book Club. Book club selections are announced a month before the meeting and copies are available to pick up at the library.

 

Cookbook Club

Third Thursday
12-1 PM

Select a recipe from the featured cookbook and bring the dish to the meeting. The discussion will focus on the book, the recipes, and the author’s style. A copy of the book for each month will be available to view in the library.

Special Events

Live Eagle Program

Sunday, February 23
2 & 3 PM

The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN will present about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections. This program features a live eagle ambassador. Shows at 2 and 3 pm. Seating is limited. 

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

The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music

Sunday, March 15
2 PM

Laura MacKenzie will present a program of traditional Scottish and Scots Gaelic music from the Outlander series of novels and the filmed series. 

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

Land of 10,000 Tunes

Sunday, April 19
2 PM

Come on a journey through the best of Minnesota’s musical landscape with Nate Hance. We’ll explore iconic works and experience the state’s heritage through polkas, waltzes and marches. 

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

Digital Literacy Classes

iPad Basics

Wednesday, February 19
10 AM

This class will teach you the basic features and functions of iPads. Bring your questions and your device, or use one of the library’s iPads to learn on.

Register here.