Adult Events

Programs and Events for Adults

October & November Adult Programs

Join us on the front lawn for spooky stories told by Bob Thompson on Thursday, October 21, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

     Bob Thompson is an author, storyteller, engineer, handyman, dome builder, and time/space explorer. He has been a storyteller for 30+ years. He has written two books, Hitchhiker, Stories from the Kentucky Homefront (2017) and Stitched Together, Stories of a Kentucky Life (2019), published by the University Press of Kentucky.

     Col. Bob is the self-appointed “Commissioner of Kentucky Front porches” and for twenty years was the Resident Front-Porch Philosopher on the Kentucky Homefront (WFPK) Radio Show, the Chairman of the International Order of EARS, and the producing director for its Corn Island Storytelling Festival. Bob is also on the 2021-22 Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speakers Roster.

*The program will be on the front lawn, so please bring a chair or blanket for your comfort. If it rains, we will move into the Carnegie Library Center. No registration is necessary.

Movie Matinee – News of the World

Friday, October 8, at 1:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

News of the World, an American Western drama film co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles and starring Tom Hanks and introducing Helena Zengel. The film follows an aging Civil War veteran who must return a young girl taken in by the Kiowa and raised as one of them to her last remaining family.

Program in a Bag – DIY Fall Leaf Jar Luminary

Thursday, November 4, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Stop by the library between 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Thursday, November 4 to pick up November’s Program in a Bag.

Supplies and instructions will be available for pick up all day while supplies last at the circulation desk. For ages 13 to adults.

*Limit one per person as supplies are limited!

Movie Matinee – Queen Bees

Friday, November 12 at 1:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Queen Bees has a star-studded cast including Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, and Ann-Margaret. While her house undergoes repairs, fiercely independent senior Helen temporarily moves into a nearby retirement community, where she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments, and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls.”

Virtual Events

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s [Virtual Event]

Thursday, November 4 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Toni Morgan from the Alzheimer’s Association will present the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease, how to approach someone about memory concerns, the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis, possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Register online and join anytime between 5:30 – 6:00 PM. A zoom link for the program will be emailed to you prior to the event.  If you do not receive the emailed link, please, check your spam folder or call the library at (502)633-3803.

Mango Training with Mango Expert Sabrina Richardson [Virtual Event]

Monday, November 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Join us for a virtual presentation with Mango representative Sabrina Richardson. Sabrina will show us how to get the most out of the Mango Languages app. Mango Languages is a self-paced language-learning program that employs conversational methodology and teaches through relevant native-speaker dialogue, cultural insights, and critical-thinking exercises in over 70 world languages and dialects, plus more than 20 English courses.

Please, register online at

Mango Languages is available for free with your library card. A link for Mango Languages can be found at:

Health & Fitness

Gentle Yoga

Join Cindy Torpey every Monday at 10:30 AM for gentle yoga at the Carnegie Library Center.

Cindy is Silver Sneakers certified, and the class will be geared towards students over 50. Please, bring a yoga mat. Additional props are useful but not required – blankets or pillows for sitting, foam yoga blocks, and a 6-foot strap.


No registration is necessary.

*Limit of 15 people

Tai Chi

Join Bayley Thompson every Wednesday at 11:30 AM for easy Tai Chi at the Carnegie Library Center.

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that can alleviate stress and a variety of other health conditions, such as decrease anxiety, elevate mood, and increase muscle strength. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.


No registration is necessary.

*Limit of 15 people

Walking Group

Wednesdays in October & November at 8:30 AM at the Family Activity Center

Join library staff for a leisurely outdoor walk at Clear Creek Park!  Meet at the trailhead by the playground.


No registration is necessary.

*In inclement weather, the walking group will walk the track located inside the Family Activity Center.

Celebrate Veterans

Poppy Seeds & Bookmarks

Honor this Veteran’s Day with packets of poppy seeds and In Flanders Fields bookmarks.

The red poppy came to symbolize the bloodshed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

Available for pick-up at the main Circulation desk starting on Monday, November 1 while supplies last.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

November 10 – December 11

     Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding.

     Cell Phones for Soldiers provide talk time to overseas troops so they can call home. Founded in 2004 by two young teenagers who were distraught after learning of a soldier who racked up an $8,000 phone bill while serving in Iraq, Cell Phones for Soldiers has since collected more than 20 million devices and given away more than 400 million minutes of talk time to service personnel.

     Depending on the condition, the organization collects old phones, selling them to a recycler or an electronic refurbisher. It uses the proceeds to buy long-distance calling cards, which are distributed to men and women serving in the military. Each phone donated buys about one hour of talk time for soldiers.

Respectful Flag Disposal

Properly dispose of your old or damaged American flags.

Flags should always be treated with respect and honor because they represent those who worked, fought, and sacrificed their lives for our rights and freedoms. It also represents all of us; the hard-working people who make this country something to be proud of. In fact, Congress amended the Flag Code in 1976 to include the statement that the U.S. flag is a living entity and, as such, has all the rights thereof, including the right to exist and expire with dignity” (Homewood Disposal, 2021).


The box will be located across from the main Circulation desk.

Book Clubs

Happy Bookers

2nd Monday of the month from 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

If you love discussing plot twists and talking about characters like they’re real people, then this new book club is for you! Join Whitney and Amanda for some refreshments and time to focus on one of your favorite obsessions: good books!

How it works:

  • Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Front Desk of the Main Library.
  • Come to book club for a fun discussion!
  • Return your book at the meeting, and pick up the next one.

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email the Library at

Brown Bag Book Club

2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

What is Brown Bag Book Club?

It’s a group of ladies who enjoy chatting about all things book-related, hosted by Pam Federspiel and Whitney Wooters.

It’s called Brown Bag Book Club because when the book club started in 1992, everyone brought their own lunch in a brown paper bag. Now, the library serves refreshments! Also, if the book club likes the books they read, they are turned into book kits that anyone can check out to use for their book club, and they are kept in brown bags.

How it works:

  • Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Front Desk of the Main Library.
  • Come to book club for a fun discussion!
  • Return your book at the meeting, and pick up the next one.

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email the Library at

Movies and Leisure

In-person events, including movie days, are still suspended.

Movies for 18+

3rd Friday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 1:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Enjoy a movie on the big screen while eating snacks and drinking water.

If you have a movie suggestion, please email it to

November 15: Second Act (PG-13)

December 20: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG)

Puzzle and Game Exchange

Available all day, every day by the public printer on the Main Floor.

In search of a new puzzle or game to try, or wanting to get rid of puzzles or games you no longer want? Stop by the library and exchange what you don’t want with what you do!

Veterans and Career Prep

In-person events and services, like Veteran Affairs and GED classes, are still suspended.

Kentucky Department of Veteran’s Affairs

The first Monday of the month from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library Center Meeting Room B, beginning August 5. By appointment only.

Veterans Benefits Field Representative Tom Hanner will be at the Library each month to help veterans navigate health care, education, and more.

To set up an appointment, contact Tom by calling (502) 229-6070 or emailing

General Education Development (GED)

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM in the Community Room (Beginning August 6, GED will be held in the Carnegie Library Center.)

GED coordinator Venita would be glad to help you prep for the GED test or tutor you in improving your college class scores.

Vocational Rehabilitation

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the Study Room (Beginning in August, Vocation Rehab will be held in the Carnegie Library Center.)

Assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.

Writers Group

In-person events, like the Writer’s Group, are still suspended.

Shelby County Writers Group

The first Monday of the month from 5:30 PM – 7 PM in Room A of the Carnegie Library Center

Beginning February 3

If you are passionate about writing but need some encouragement to stay focused, keep going, or continue growing, then join author Kay Roberts and wiriting enthusiast Whitney Wooters for a new monthly writers group. Writers ages 13+ are welcome.

Here’s what to expect:

  • An opportunity for you to read a short section of your writing, then receive feedback.
  • Education about writing strategies.
  • Guest speakers.

If  you’re looking for an online community of writers, then join our Shelby County Writers Group Facebook group. We love to:

  • Share writing resources.
  • Discuss writing questions.
  • Encourage each other.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you and encouraging you as you write!

If you are interested or have questions, please email Whitney at

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