Adult Events

The library has reopened, but all in-person events are still suspended. Virtual events will be offered occasionally until we can resume in-person events.

Programs and Events for Adults

Virtual Events

October Ebook Club: The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper

Thursday, October 15 at 2:30 PM

We’ll have a thread on Facebook where you can comment your thoughts on the book, and at 2:30 PM, we’ll host a Zoom meeting to discuss the book.

This book is available for free via our digital resource, hoopla. Check out this tutorial for how to use hoopla. It’s very easy!

About the book:

If you love Jennifer Robson or The Crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

 

1939. As the wife of the King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—“the queen mother”—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe.” For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

 

Two years earlier, George was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs. Simpson. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband’s reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people, and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace.

 

Elizabeth holds many powerful cards, she’s also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.

 

In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, Karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world’s most fascinating families, and how its “secret weapon” of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century.

Please register online for the Zoom call. Registration closes at 1:30 PM Thursday, October 15.

You will receive a meeting link and password the day of the meeting through the email address you provide.

Book Clubs

All in-person events, including Happy Bookers and the Brown Bag Book Club, are still suspended.

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.

This year’s book selections:

  • January 13, 2020: Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor
  • February 10, 2020: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • March 9, 2020: What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
  • April 13, 2020: High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins
  • May 11, 2020: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
  • June 8, 2020: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • July 13, 2020: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels
  • August 10, 2020: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email Whitney at whitneyw@scplibrary.net.

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.

This year’s book selections:

  • January 14, 2020: What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
  • February 11, 2020: High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins
  • March 10, 2020: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
  • April 14, 2020: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • May 12, 2020: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • June 9, 2020: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (following this meeting we’ll be showing the screen adaption of this book)

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email Whitney at whitneyw@scplibrary.net.

Health

In-person events, including fitness classes, are still suspended.

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+.

Nia

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.  

Zumba

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

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 reference@scplibrary.net

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 thomas.hanner@ky.gov.

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 whitneyw@scplibrary.net.

Become part of the story.

Explore how we can help you.