Adult Events

Programs and Events for Adults

One Book, One Community

The One Book, One Community program fosters both appreciation for a chosen piece of literature and a sense of community. This year, we have selected Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

Copies of the book are available for free at the Shelby County Public Library, and the audiobook is available on hoopla, free with your library card. For every event you attend, and for picking up a copy of the book, you will be entered to win the grand prize: a Yeti Roadie 24 cooler, perfect for your next hiking or camping adventure!

Stop by the Circulation Desk at the Library to sign up and get your free copy of the book! Copies are available beginning August 2, 2021, and are available through September, while supplies last.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail Presentation

Thursday, September 2 at 6 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Hiker Judy Young has accomplished an amazing feat: hiking the Appalachian Trail. Hear from her at the Carnegie Library Center!

A Walk in the Woods Movie Showing

Thursday, September 9 at 6 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

Join us for a showing of the One Book One Community book’s film adaption, A Walk in the Woods, at the Carnegie Library Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration is not required.

Walking Group

Wednesdays in September at 8:30 AM at the Family Activity Center

Join Library staff for a leisurely outdoor walk at the FAC! Meet at the trailhead by the playground. Registration is requested. Click on the date listed below to register for that day’s walking group.

Author Talk: Reggie Van Stockum

Thursday, September 16 in the Carnegie Library Center

Join local author Reggie Van Stockum, Jr., as he gives a book talk on his latest book, Surrounding Mammoth Cave, a book about the majesty and wonder in the areas that surround it. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the presentation.

Special Events

MTV & 80s Classics Concert with Lewis Mathis and Friends

Thursday, August 12 from 6-7 PM on the Library front lawn

The first of August is the 40th anniversary of MTV. Help us celebrate MTV turning 40 by joining us on the front lawn of the Shelby County Public Library from 6-7 PM on August 12! Local musicians, Lewis Mathis and friends, will provide a great show filled with nostalgic songs from MTV’s past and other 80s hits! Please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Registration is not required.

Rain date: August 19 from 6-7 PM.

Libby Training with Libby Experts [Virtual Event]

Monday, August 30 from 10–11:30 AM

Register online and join anytime between 10 and 11:30 AM. This is an open meeting with defined sessions at 10 AM and 10:45 AM. See details and register online here.

Health & Fitness

Gentle Yoga

Mondays in September at 10:30 AM in the Carnegie Library Center (begins Monday, September 13)

Join Cindy Torpey every Monday at 10:30 for gentle yoga. Cindy is Silver Sneakers certified and the class is aimed at students over 50. Registration is not required.

Tai Chi on the Lawn

Tuesdays in August at 11:30 AM on the Front Lawn
Wednesdays in September at 11:30 AM in the Carnegie Library Center

Tai Chi can improve your flexibility, decrease anxiety, improve your mood and increase muscle strength. Join us on the front lawn for Easy Tai Chi with Bayley Thompson. Classes will be held Tuesdays at 11:30 AM in August on the front lawn and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM in September in the Carnegie Library Center. Registration is not necessary.

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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