Programs & Events


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June 1 - August 3, 2024

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PreK | Kids 0-3 | Kids K-6 | Teen | Family | Makerspace | Online | ​​​​​​​Adult (Main) | ​​​​​​​Adult (Lyons) | ​​​​​​​Closings/Cancellations


Clinton Reading Challenge

May 27 - September 2, 2024

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Celebrate the Refuge Centennial in 2024!

Presented by Ed Britton

 Tuesday, May 28 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Ed Britton, manager of the Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, will present the amazing and ongoing conservation story of the refuge, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024. The refuge stretches 261 miles from Wabasha, Minn. to Rock Island, IL, protecting 244,000 acres of Mississippi River floodplain. The refuge hosts over 3.7 million annual visits for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and other recreation. He will also discuss completed habitat improvements on the Mississippi River within our local area and proposed future projects. Registration is encouraged; CLICK HERE or give us a call.


Genealogy Night

 Wednesday, June 5
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Please join us for Genealogy Night at the Clinton Public Library. We welcome all skill levels. Feel free to work on your genealogy and use the resources we have available or participate in our schedule. Refreshments will be provided. Computer time will be limited. Registration is required; CLICK HERE or give us a call.

• 5:00pm - 5:30pm | Resources Available.

• 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Heirloom Genealogy Show & Tell. Family History is more than historical records. Have you inherited a special family bible, piece of jewelry, an item that was important to your family? All are welcome to bring small artifacts and tell the group a story about that item.

• 6:30pm - 7:00pm | Craft Time. We will make a pendant from one of your photos. We request you bring your family photo before Genealogy Night so staff can resize it.

• 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Digitized Newspapers. Do you need help finding and/or searching digitized newspapers? We will go over what is available in the area and how to search these publications. We will also assist you in finding others, if possible. It will be helpful to bring a laptop.


Upcycle Craft Hour

 Wednesday, June 12
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Upcycling dates back centuries. Many items have been repurposed to construct other items and save money. Quilts were made from old clothing and socks and hats were made from sweaters that had seen better days. Materials that have been used still have potential and upcycling benefits both the environment and yourself.

Please join us for an hour of creativity as we use items the Clinton Public Library staff have saved from the trash can to turn into treasures. All materials will be provided. Registration is required; CLICK HERE or give us a call.




Advanced Tai Chi

 Thursdays, April 18 - July 18 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Registration is closed. This workshop is led by Sonita Carlson, program facilitator for Milestones Area Agency on Aging, and certified TCA instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.


Afternoon Adventures

 Wednesdays at 3:00PM
Main Branch, Lower Level

Every Wednesday, K-6th graders are invited to join us starting at 3:00pm for fun STEAM activities. Join us for some hands on learning and fun! Activities range from 45 minutes to 75 minutes long.

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Caregivers are encouraged to join with their younger children. Sign in is required from caregivers and if they are not joining their children for the activities, we encourage them to stay in the building. Children under the age of 8 are not to be left alone in the building without a caretaker at least the age of 14. 



 Wednesdays & First Saturdays at 10:30AM
​​​​​​​Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!


Wiggle Time

 Tuesdays at 10:30AM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

We will have songs, toys, and bubbles for you and your baby or toddler to interact! This is a great chance for kids and caregivers to socialize with each other and their peers. This program is suited for ages 0-3.



The following programs may occur several times a month. For more information, please view our calendar or call (563) 242-8441.


Virtual Author Talks

Library Speakers Consortium

Click HERE to view more information, register for upcoming events, or view past recordings.

 Matt Shindell | Monday, June 3, 1PM

A Library Speakers Consortium and Smithsonian Institution Collaboration

 Freida McFadden | Thursday, June 13, 7PM

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Housemaid, The Housemaid’s Secret and The Housemaid Is Watching

 Tiffany Jewell | Thursday, June 20, 1PM

New York Times Bestselling Author of This Book is Anti-Racist and Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School



The following programs meet once a month. For more information, please view our calendar or call (563) 242-8441.



 Main Branch, 2nd Floor

On every headstone or plaque, there are two dates separated by a dash. How do you define your dash? The #52Stories genealogy project provides the inspiration you need to write down one story every week for a year by using a handwritten journal, blog, voice, or video recording. During this meeting we will chat about what we are doing with our own #52Stories project by sharing our stories & photos.


Caregiver Support Group

Presented by Alzheimer's Association

Note: Not currently meeting at CPL.

 First Tuesday of Each Month
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to:

• Develop a support system.
• Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions.
• Talk through issues and ways of coping.
• Share feelings, needs and concerns.
• Learn about community resources.

Visit to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. To further extend your network of support, visit ALZConnected, our on-line community, at


Cricut 101

 Main Branch, Makerspace

Our Cricut 101 class will teach you how to use the Cricut machine and its design software through a hands-on learning demonstration. These classes are designed to help you learn the necessary skills to create your own Cricut projects, whether at home or in the library's Makerspace.

Classes will be held the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. This program is intended for ages 14+ and registration is always required. Limit 10 attendees.


Device Advice

 Main Branch, Main Floor

Technology giving you trouble? Drop into the library for one-on-one help during Device Advice hours! We’re happy to help with any projects you’re working on or just answer your questions. We’re not tech professionals, but we can help you feel more comfortable navigating the technology you’re interested in.


Lyons Reads Book Club

 Check Calendar for Location

The Lyons Reads Book Club is relaxed and we have fun conversations about books and authors. We each read our own book and discuss it with our group.


The Plarn Project

 Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Plarn is plastic yarn that is made from plastic shopping bags. This material is used by local volunteers to make comfortable sleeping mats for the homeless. Upcycling these plastic bags is a way to help our community and also reduce the amount of plastic going into landfills. If you are interested in donating clean plastic grocery bags & cutting them, please join us to learn more about this project.


Sewing 101

 Main Branch, Makerspace

Registration is closed.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out THIS FORM to get put on the waitlist. If we garner enough interest, we will look at opening a second class with 10 more available spots. If you are younger than 14 and interested, please fill out the form and we can look into opening a class for children or teens.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Have your sewing skills gotten a little rusty over the years? Sign up for a series of beginner level classes where you can learn to sew, or refresh your skills, alongside our Makerspace staff. You will be guided through the basics, from learning sewing machine parts and essential tools to marking and cutting fabric, sewing simple projects, and much more! Our current sewing classes are intended for ages 14+ and registration is always required.


Spice Club

 Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Registration is closed.

If you enjoy trying new spices, recipes, and meeting new people, please join Spice Club! We welcome all levels of cooking experience and diets and want to help you take your cooking to the next level. At each monthly meeting, you will be provided with a spice kit that includes some information and history of a featured spice or spice blend, a couple of recipes, and pre-measured samples to use in recipes.

Meetings will be held the 4th Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted. This program is sponsored by The Spice & Tea Exchange® of TSTE of West Des Moines.


Teen Video Game Night

 Main Branch, 2nd Floor

This program is free! Bring your Joy-Con and compete on our Switch. Just Dance with the Wii. Play it old school with Guitar Hero on the PS2. 

Snacks provided. Game nights will be held the 2nd Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Registration is encouraged, but not required.