Programs & Events


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Welcome to Our New Calendar and Event Registration!

To view an event's information and/or register, click on it and choose "More Details."

Click on an event to learn more & register! Color Guide:
PreK | Kids 0-3 | Kids K-6 | Teen | Family | Makerspace | ​​​​​​​Online | ​​​​​​​Adult (Main) | ​​​​​​​Adult (Lyons) | ​​​​​​​Closings/Cancellations




LBPA Winter Festival

 Saturday, December 2
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Lyons Business District

Join the LBPA (Lyons Business & Professional Association) for the annual Lyons Winter Festival.

The Lyons Branch Library will have storytime and a craft from 10:30am - 11:15am.


(Ugly!) Holiday Sweater Decorating Party

 Tuesday, December 5
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Main Branch

Join us to decorate a holiday sweater to wear at upcoming holiday events. Please bring a blank fabric or knit sweater to decorate -- and then make your sweater as cute (or as ugly) as you want. The library will provide some decorative materials, but we encourage participants to also bring some materials, such as pom poms, mini ornaments, or garland, especially if they have a particular design in mind.

This event is limited to 20 people. Registration is required.


Writers Workshop

 Saturday, December 9
12:30PM - 2:00PM

Main Branch

Writer’s Workshop will be held the second Saturday of each month unless otherwise noted. Our writer’s workshop is intended to give you an allotted time and space to work on your creative ventures alongside other writers, and allow you the opportunity to receive feedback on your work. We will also be providing a writing prompt each month for those who would like some inspiration.

Come meet other writers and bring your ideas to life! This program is intended for teens and young adults.


End of Year Events

Both CPL locations are working on a rearranging project from November to December 2023, so we are taking a break from our usual amount of programs. If you're looking for something else to do, we have lots of awesome resources to explore! 

  • Register for a Virtual Author Talk, or watch past talks.
  • Reserve an Adventure Pass and visit a local attraction for free.
  • Our collection includes more than just books! Did you know you can check out cake pans, cookie cutters, FitBits, Book Club Kits, and more?
  • Like to drive? Become a Homebound Delivery volunteer and deliver library books to those unable to come to the library.
  • Discover what you can create using our Makerspace.
  • Visit the Lyons Branch and explore your family history.
  • Shop smart with Consumer Reports, get reading recommendations with NoveList, read the Clinton Herald, explore a huge assortment of recipes with A-Z Food, get job searching and homework help with Brainfuse, dive into career advancement with LearningExpress, and more, all for free on our Online Resources page.


Tiny Art Show

Be a part of the Clinton Public Librarys first tiny art show! Individuals ages 5+ of any artistic ability and background are encouraged to participate. Participants aren't required to have a library card to join the fun.

We invite our participating artists to create their painting with one of the following themes in mind:
1) What the Library Means to Me
2) Winter at Home
3) My New Year's Resolution

 Monday, January 8 - Saturday, January 13

Pick up art materials at the Main Branch anytime during open hours. You’ll get a 4x4 canvas, paint, and a brush to create your painting. 

 Monday, January 15 - Saturday, January 20

Return your finished painting to the Main Branch anytime during open hours. Please write your full name on the back of the canvas and what theme you used to create your painting. (You can keep the paint and brush)

 Wednesday, January 24 - Saturday, February 10

View your artwork and other community members paintings on display at the Main Branch. It will be fun to see how participants used the suggested themes differently in their tiny paintings.




Tai Chi for Health for Arthritis/Falls Prevention

Presented by Milestones Area Agency on Aging

 Thursdays, July 13 - November 16
10:00AM - 11:00AM, beginning July 13
11:15AM - 12:15PM, beginning July 27

The Sawmill Museum (2231 Grant Street)

Class meets 1 hour per week for 16 sessions. There is no class on Aug. 17, Sept. 14, or Oct. 19. Due to renovations at the Clinton Public Library, classes will be held at The Sawmill Museum. 

Registration is now closed!


Wiggle Time

 Tuesdays at 10:30AM
Storytime Room

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.



 Wednesdays & First Saturdays at 10:30AM
Storytime Room

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Storytimes are on the second floor of the library in the storytime room on the western side of the building. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!


Afternoon Adventures

 Wednesdays at 3:00PM 
Storytime Room

Every Wednesday, K-6th graders are invited to join us starting at 2:30pm for fun STEAM activities. Join us for some hands on learning and fun! Activities range from 45 minutes to 75 minutes long.

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. 



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


Device Advice

 Both Locations

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.


Virtual Author Talks

Library Speakers Consortium

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

 Victoria Aveyard | Tuesday, December 5, 6PM

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Red Queen Series and the Realm Breaker Series

 Stephanie Land | Tuesday, December 12, 1PM

New York Times bestselling author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive



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



Note: Not meeting November or December.

 Lyons Branch

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.


Basic Embroidery

Note: Not meeting November or December.

 Lyons Branch

If you would like to learn how to embroider and are not sure where to start, please join us for a basic embroidery class taught by Marilee Hilgendorf. With only a few supplies and learning some basic stitches, we will be creating a beautiful craft project. We will be providing some supplies for this class but you are encouraged to purchase a 5" hoop, embroidery thread, and embroidery needles. If you already embroider and would like to join a stitching group, you are welcome too!


Caregiver Support Group

Presented by Alzheimer's Association

Note: Not meeting at Lyons in November or December.

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

Lyons Branch

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

Our Cricut classes teach you to navigate the Cricut Maker 3, and gets you comfortable with the machine and design software so you can come in and create your own projects. Each class will focus on learning a new skill and how to work with different materials as you make a project to take home. Classes are intended for ages 14+ and registration is always required.


Crochet & Knit Club

Note: Not meeting November or December.

 Lyons Branch

Bring your current crochet or knitting project and join other yarn lovers for a fun and social gathering while you work on your projects.


Lyons Reads Book Club

Note: Not meeting November or December.

 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

Note: Not meeting November or December.

 Lyons Branch

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

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.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Have your sewing skills gotten a little rusty over the years? We're excited to offer a new series of beginner's classes where you can learn to sew, or refresh your skills, along side our Makerspace staff. You will be guided through all the basics, from learning sewing machine parts and essential tools to marking and cutting fabric, sewing simple projects, and much more! Sewing classes are intended for ages 14+ and registration is always required.