Adults 18+

Special Events

Special events are added to the library’s event calendar on a regular basis. These special events can include events exclusive to adult audiences or events that are multi-generational for all ages fun! To view upcoming special events, see our event calendar.

Ongoing & Fall 2022 Adult Programs

See our event calendar for current, detailed program information.

Bring Your Own Book Club

First Thursdays of the month 6:30 – 8pm
First Meeting Thursday, November 3rd

Let’s talk about what YOU are reading! Tell us about a book (or two) that you’ve read recently and make new book-loving friends at the same time. There is no required reading at our newest book club for adults, just great  conversations about the books we love – or don’t!

See Upcoming Events on Our Event Calendar

Geri-Fit®

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM
See the Library Calendar for any schedule changes due to holidays, etc. 

Free senior fitness

Geri-Fit® is a 45-minute video-led strength training exercise class designed for seniors. We provide the equipment, coaching, and a rotation of videos for this ongoing wellness program. Most exercises are performed seated with a set of light dumbbell weights and can be modified for different abilities. While designed for seniors, adults of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate!

A one-time signed waiver is required to participate. Waivers are available at each class.

Explore Iowa’s Lost History on the Titanic

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What do an orphan train rider, a kidnapper, a betrayed wife, church missionaries, wealthy businessmen, a land baron’s wife, a maid, a farmer, a college student, immigrants and a newspaper reporter have in common? They all had ties to Iowa and the legendary Titanic, which struck an iceberg and plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic in 1912. Lake City, Iowa author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby brings these stories to life.   

Adult Craft Night: Stirring Up Halloween

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble…Halloween is coming up and you can decorate some spooky wooden spoons to help haunt your home. You’ll be shown the steps and given hands-on help with your project, but you are welcome to bring your creativity. Materials are provided and the program is free! We will be painting, so be sure to dress for mess. Registration is required.

Morbid Curiosities: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Thursday, October 6th, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Iowa storyteller Darrin Crow will bring Gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe back to life in this first person performance. The master of Gothic horror comes from beyond the veil to talk with audiences about his life and share his best stories and poetry. Poe’s powerful writing and Crow’s masterful storytelling combine to create a memorable evening that is sure to stay with you long after the tale ends. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees & we request a registration so we can plan for an approximate number. This event is ideal for ages 12 and older. Sign up here.

History of Hershey’s Chocolate

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Many of us are chocolate lovers and owe gratitude to Milton Hershey for making chocolate more affordable and accessible. Today the name “Hershey” is synonymous with quality milk chocolate, but that wasn’t always the case. Join this illustrated lecture to hear the “behind the scenes” story of this beloved American company from presenter Laura Keyes. Free Hershey’s chocolate samples will be available.  

“Flight of the Red-Winged Blackbird” with Author Susan Lawrence

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating Iowa author Susan Lawrence and her book Flight of the Red-Winged Blackbird. Flight of the Red-Winged Blackbird is a historical fiction that leads you with Ruth on a journey to trust and love, set during the Great Depression. Her book will be available for purchase and autographing.

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The competition is fierce and the stakes are high in this family-friendly event! We will host 2 rounds with different 500-piece jigsaw puzzles, competing to be the first team to finish in the allotted time. Each team gets to take home their puzzle. We will have light refreshments on hand for participants and spectators to enjoy but you are welcome to bring your own! Each round will feature a door prize and a first place prize. We request a registration so we can plan for an approximate number.

Adult Craft Night: Cemetery Terrariums with Ted Lare Design + Build

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join library staff and Ted Lare’s Melissa Peterson for this collaborative, spooky-themed terrarium adult craft night event. During this workshop, you will learn the basics of what a terrarium is, how to care for it, and how to build your own personalized spooky landscape. Each registered attendee will receive a glass terrarium and can choose from a variety of decorating options. Registration required.


Are we missing something?

We are always adding new and different programs for our community throughout the year. These have included events such as After-Hours, Movement & Mindfulness (yoga), movie nights, guest and author speakers, and Master Gardener webinars to name a few. Is there a speaker or program you would like to have at the library for a special event?

Queries can be emailed to Kayla, Adult Services Librarian:
kbecker@norwalk.iowa.gov.

I am unable to visit the library. How can I still receive library services or participate in programs?

We understand our patrons have different needs and abilities that can sometimes impair their visit to the library and attend events. Many library services and some programs are able to be brought to your home, business, organization, or senior living facility.

Queries can be emailed to Kayla, Adult Services Librarian:
kbecker@norwalk.iowa.gov.

Or visit our Mobile Library page for more information.