Adult Events

Programs and Events for Adults

Special Events

January 13 to March 16

Once again, it’s time for the Adult Winter Read at the Shelby County Public Library! Again this year, Hardees has sponsored the Adult Winter Read program. We extend the heartfelt thanks of the Library and all who participate in the Adult Winter Read to the staff, management, and owner of Hardees.

We have ten great prizes up for grabs this year! Just like every year, we’re giving away something once a week until the end of the competition. This year’s prizes are:

  • Week One: 1000 Books to Read Calendar
  • Week Two: Book Light
  • Week Three: Glass Coffee Mug
  • Week Four: Book Themed Tumbler
  • Week Five: $25 Kroger Gift Card
  • Week Six: Book Ends
  • Week Seven: Picnic Basket with Cookbook
  • Week Eight: Main Street Shelbyville Basket
  • Week Nine: Book Lover’s Basket
  • Week Ten: Coffee Basket
  • Grand Prize: Samsung E-Reader, $50 Amazon Gift Card, and Case

For more information and to register, click here.

Thursday, February 20 from 6 to 7 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Alicestyne Turley, a commissioner for the Kentucky African American Commission and from the Kentucky Humanities Speaker Bureau, will provide a review of the Underground Railroad as the product of the work of black and white southerners committed to an evangelical cause of freedom.  This program is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please register now. Limit of 125.

Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 7 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Kyle Peacock, a horticulture technician from the Shelby County Extension Office, will discuss topics such as growing roses, propagation, planting, common pests and diseases, and general tips that will help gardeners get the most out of their rose bushes. He will also discuss common rose issues and how to combat these issues.

Please register now. Limit of 125.

Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a peculiar incident starts a chain of events that leads to the disappearance of a child, which begins to tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community. Dark government agencies and seemingly malevolent supernatural forces converge on the town, while a few of the locals begin to understand that there’s more going on than meets the eye. — IMBD

Put your Stranger Things knowledge to the test! Compete against other fans of the show for the chance of winning a great prize!

Please register online. Limit of 40 participants 13 years and older.

Saturday, March 21 from 10 to 11 AM in the Carnegie Library Center

Tihisha Rawlins, with AARP, will present on social security with an emphasis on retirement. You’ll learn how to:

  • Jump-start your retirement savings.
  • Determine the best time for your retirement.
  • Find a financial professional to help you through the retirement process.
  • Find information and resources to mitigate questions or concerns you might have about retirement.

Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Set in a rural Kentucky home near the end of the 19th century, this poignant drama recalls the era after the Civil War when women in Kentucky took action against the injustice of English common law regarding property rights, wages, and possessions. The central characters are Aunt Jane, a forward-thinking mountain sage and Sally Ann Flint, an activist for women’s rights, strike at the power structure of the community with explosive results. Dynamic and entertaining, this work is based on the fictional stories of Eliza Calvert Hall first published in 1907 under the title “Aunt Jane of Kentucky.”

Production sponsored by Debby and Kerry Magan, Louise Riley, and Pegasus Industries and Packaging. Presented with special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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 for some refreshments and time to focus on one of your favorite obsessions: good books!

  • October 14: Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  • November 18: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • December 9: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletown by Melissa de la Cruz

Stop by the front desk to pick up a copy of this month’s book club book. Return the book at the next book club meeting!

Brown Bag Book Club

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

Join Pam and Whitney for a discussion of the club’s latest read and a delicious snack.

  • October 8: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • November 12: Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
  • December 10: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Stop by the front desk to pick up a copy of this month’s book club book. Return the book at the next book club meeting!


Gentle Yoga

Mondays from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM and
Thursdays from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join instructor Helen in Gentle Yoga. Stretch, strengthen, and breathe in this gentle class for seniors ages 50+.


Mondays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join instructor Helen for Nia, a conditioning program that stands for Non-Impact Aerobics. You’ll enjoy gentle dancing that helps your mind and body!

Cardio Drumming

Tuesdays from 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join instructor Tristan for this fun class! You’ll enjoy it so much, you won’t even notice burning approximately 225 calories! Increase your heart rate, strengthen your core, and improve your coordination and focus.

All you need to bring is an exercise ball. We will provide the 17-gallon bucket (to use as a stand for your ball) and drumsticks.  


Tuesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join instructor Tiffany for the party of a lifetime…oh, did we mention you will be exercising, too?

Easy Tai Chi

Wednesdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join instructor Bayley as she teaches Tai Chi. Often referred to as “moving mediation” – a powerful key to relaxation, increased focus, and concentration.

Movies and Leisure

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

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

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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