Programs & Events


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June 1 - August 3, 2024

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Click on an event to learn more & register! Color Guide:
Kids (0-3) | PreK | Kids (K-6th) | Teen (12-18) | Family | Adult (18+) | Makerspace | Online | Closings/Cancellations


Clinton Reading Challenge

May 27 - September 2, 2024

Click HERE or on the image above to get started!




Reading Party

 Thursday, July 25
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Attend this program to enjoy quiet reading time with other readers. This is the perfect party for people of all ages who want to designate time to read. Light drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a family friendly event as part of our summer reading program.

Can't make it right at 5:30pm? That's ok! Come whenever you can to read with us, even if it's for ten minutes. 


Storytime at the Pool

 Wednesday, July 31
9:30AM - 11:30AM
Riverview Pool

Registration is required; 2 hour-long timeslots available, limit 30 attendees each.

Time Slot 1 (9:30-10:30am) | Time Slot 2 (10:30-11:30am)

Come chill with us in the wading pool for storytime, songs, and swimming!

(Note: Regular Storytime will not be held)


Environmental Board Games

 Wednesday, July 31
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for some fun and games with our friends from Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Learn about recycling, water conservation, and other ways to protect the environment while playing with a variety of fun games and puzzles!

(Note: Creative Explorers will not be held on July 31st)


Upcycle Craft Hour Part Deux

 Wednesday, July 30th (Rescheduled)
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Registration is required: Click HERE or call (563) 242-5355This program is for ages 14+. 

Unleash your creativity and join us for Upcycle Craft Hour Part Deux. Discover the joy of turning something normally discarded, and repurpose it to give it new life. All materials will be provided, some are from past library programs, but feel free to bring clean items from home that you are currently working on or to share with the group during craft hour.


Summer Splash

with Clinton Fire Department

 Friday, August 2
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Clinton Park

Children K-6, please join us at Clinton Park for Summer Splash with the Clinton Fire Department!


The Book Was Better Club

Mr. Popper's Penguins

 Tuesday, August 6
5:30PM - 7:00PM

Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for a monthly book club designed to get children and their caregivers reading, talking, thinking, and sharing in the magic of reading together. Each month we will read a book that has been turned into a movie.

After reading the book, we will get together for a discussion, movie viewing, and vote on which was better—the book or the movie. During the movie, we will enjoy snacks and treats related to the book.

Participants can pick up 1 copy of the book per family at the Children’s desk to read prior to the discussion. Only 10 books available.


Environmental Board Games

 Wednesday, August 7
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for some fun and games with our friends from Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Learn about recycling, water conservation, and other ways to protect the environment while playing with a variety of fun games and puzzles!

(Note: Regular Creative Explorers will not be held)


Genealogy Night

 Wednesday, August 7
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Computer time will be limited. Registration is required: Click HERE or call (563) 242-5355

Please join us for Genealogy Night at the Clinton Public Library. Feel free to work on your genealogy and use the resources we have available or participate in our schedule. Refreshments will be provided.

• 5:00pm - 5:45pm | Presentation. A coordinator from ClintonIAGenWeb will give a presentation about their volunteer efforts to promote genealogy and local history in Clinton County.

• 5:45pm - 6:00pm | Craft Time! We will show you how to make an affordable and simple gift for family members. Please bring a family recipe or a family photo (or multiples!) preferably size 3.5x5" or 4x6”. If you have duplicates of photos or recipes, this is a perfect way to use some of them!

• 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Photos & Negatives. Do you have photos on your walls that have faded over time, or a photo that is damaged, but you have the negative? We will give a demonstration on how to turn a negative into a photo. Feel free to bring a negative to genealogy night!

• 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Computer Time. This hour is dedicated to those needing help registering with a genealogy website or needing assistance using


Ocean Odyssey

with Dubuque River Museum & Aquarium

 Wednesday, August 14
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Sawmill Museum (2231 Grant S)

Come and see the Dubuque River Museum & Aquarium’s traveling touch tank with live animals. Learn about common misconceptions about sharks and sting rays and the adaptations these critters have to survive, their importance to the ecosystem and discover how you can help with conservation efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to get their hands wet and touch one of these amazing animals. 

(Note: Regular Storytime will not be held)


End of Summer Party | Glow Foam Cannon

 Friday, August 16
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Riverview Park Bandshell

Join us in celebrating the end of summer with a Glo Party! Music, glow sticks, and foam cannons! 



 Tuesday, August 20
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Grow Clinton (721 S 2nd St)

Registration is required: Please RSVP on the Grow Clinton website (Click HERE) by 12pm, Friday, August 16th.

Join the Clinton Public Library for a LibraryTALK session at Grow Clinton! This is an opportunity to share your ideas on how the library can better support our community as it develops its next strategic plan.

Free lunch is provided for all attendees. Individuals don't have to be Grow Clinton members to attend.


LibraryTALK Sessions

We recommend picking one out of the following four sessions to attend. Your attendance and insight is greatly appreciated!

  • Tuesday, Aug 20, 12pm | Grow Clinton
    Registration required; free lunch provided.
  • Thursday, Sep 5, 5:30pm | Great Revivalist Brewery
    Registration required; light appetizers provided.
  • Tuesday, Sep 17, 6pm | Clinton Public Library 
    Registration encouraged; pizza provided.
  • Friday, Sep 20, 3pm - 6pm | City Hall
    No registration needed; sweet treats provided. 


A Public Health Approach to Alzheimers & Dementia

Presented by Greg Woods, Iowa Alzheimer’s & Dementia program, Iowa Dept. of Health and Human Services

 Friday, August 23
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Registration is required: Click HERE or call (563) 242-5355.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and its prevalence is growing. More than six million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s, but that number is expected to double by 2050. This program highlights the growing focus of Alzheimer’s and dementia in public health; what causes memory loss; what the latest research shows in our fight against these conditions; what can be done to decrease one’s risk; what resources exist and what the Iowa Dept. of Health & Human Services is doing to help.


Summer Family Movie Nights

Lyons Four Square Park

The Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Grow Clinton and brought to you by Clinton Public Library, The Franciscan Peace Center, and the Sawmill Museum. Join us for an outdoor movie, fun activities, community, and more!


FernGully: The Last Rainforest

 Friday, July 26
Activities @ 7:30PM | Movie @ 9:00PM

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) | Shout! Factory | Rating: G | Runtime: 1h 16m | Synopsis: The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.


Free Willy

 Friday, August 23
Activities @ 6:30PM | Movie @ 8:00PM

Free Willy (1993) | Warner Bros. | Rating: PG | Runtime: 1h 52m | Synopsis: A heartwarming family drama about a troubled young boy's touching friendship with an Orca whale who is the star attraction at his local adventure park.


Finding Nemo

 Friday, September 27
Activities @ 6:00PM | Movie @ 7:30PM

Finding Nemo (2003) | Disney Pixar | Rating: G | Runtime: 1h 40m | Synopsis: After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.


Market Music 2024


 Wednesdays | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Lyons Four Square Park

Market Music 2024 is here! Shop the Farmers Market, bring your lawn chair, and get ready for some great music! A food truck will also be available during most events.


Forrest McCurren

 Wednesday, June 26
 D-Lectable D-Lites

From - Forrest McCurren comes from the heart of the heartland, where the foothills of the Ozarks meet the Big Muddy: The Middle-of-Missouri. Blazing his own trail while stylistically tipping his hat to the songwriting giants of the past, McCurren wields the magic of lyricism to cast a light on the many intricacies of everyday life set against vignettes of Middle America.


Todd Striley & the Noize

 Wednesday, July 24
 T Daddy's BBQ

From Facebook group Todd Striley & the Noize - Todd Striley & the Noize is an Eastern Iowa band that has built their following by playing Funky R&B and Rocking Soul to eager audiences everywhere since 2006. The setlist is sure to include some of your favorites from the motown hits of yesterday to current chart-toppers.


River City Municipal Band

 Wednesday, July 31 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
 No Food Truck

From the RCMB Facebook page - This all-volunteer community band brings musical enjoyment to people and events in the Clinton area!


Travis Hosette

 Wednesday, August 14

From Travis Hosette's Facebook page - Travis Hosette sings Sinatra LIVE.


Cody Wilkerson

 Wednesday, August 28
 Clinton County Cattlemen

Cody plays a wide mix of rock (classic, modern, alternative, indie, etc.), country, pop, and more.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors! Don's Jewelry, 1st Gateway Credit Union, Citizens First Bank, Homer's Deli And Sweetheart Bakery, LBPA: Lyons Business & Professional Association, and The Bicycle Station




Advanced Tai Chi

 Thursdays, April 18 - July 18, 10:00AM
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.


Creative Explorers

 Wednesdays at 3:00PM
Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for an afternoon of play and learning! The Creative Explorers (formerly Afternoon Adventures) program offers a space for children to create, explore, and discover. Through fun and interactive programs, we aim to provide patrons of all abilities and stages of learning with the opportunity to learn about the world around them in a hands-on way.

• July 24 | Cardboard Crazy Day
• July 31NO CREATIVE EXPLORERS! (Board Games)

• Aug 7 NO CREATIVE EXPLORERS! (Board Games)
• Aug 14 | One Plastic Bag

Caregivers are encouraged to stay in the building and participate with their children. Children under the age of 8 are not to be left alone in the building without a caretaker at least 14 years of age.



 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!

Extra-Special Summer Storytimes!
• July 24 | Clinton County Sheriffs
• July 31 | Storytime at the Pool (Registration required!)
Time Slot 1 (9:30-10:30am) | Time Slot 2 (10:30-11:30am)

• August 14 | NO STORYTIME!
(Attend Ocean Odyssey at the Sawmill Museum!)


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.

 Dan Santat | Tuesday, July 30, 1PM

For 5th-8th Grade. Caldecott Medal Winner, National Book Award Winner, and New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator of Over 100 Books

 Dr. Jennifer Levasseur | Wednesday, Aug 7, 1PM

A Library Speakers Consortium and Smithsonian Institution Collaboration

 Irena Smith, PhD | Thursday, Aug 15, 1PM

Story Circle Network’s Gilda Award-Winner and Former Lecturer and Stanford Admissions Officer

 Shelby Van Pelt | Wednesday, Aug 21, 6PM

Author of the Instant New York Times bestseller Remarkably Bright Creatures



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.