While often known for children’s services, the WBPL has a lot to offer for the adult community in West Branch. Events, materials, and resources are all available for Adults.
Programs and Events
The library offers a wide variety of programs and events for adults (there’s no sense in letting the kids have all the fun). If you visit the library’s calendar of events, you can find what’s in the works.
It’s the club where everyone’s invited! Each month we pick a new book to read and the following month we’ll all discuss that book. The book club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the library’s community room.
Library… After Hours!
Library… After Hours is the most relaxed of the adult events. It’s only held a few times a year, but it gives you a chance to learn and have fun at the library. What happens at the after hours events depends on you – what do you want to learn or do at the library? In the past we’ve had guest speakers on gardening, a holiday gift wrapping party, Vino Van Gogh, home organizing, and a dessert recipe share.
Since the events occur after the library’s closed, we allow people to bring some beverages outside what you’d expect at the library (for details, please ask the library!). We also provide some themed deserts and drinks.
Summer Library Program
As an adult, you too can earn prizes from the library during the summer. By reading and completing themed tasks (based on the theme for each summer), you can earn some smaller prizes like books, cups, and mugs and be entered into a drawing for the summer’s grand prize!
Learning Express gives you the ability to learn a wide variety of things at home, at the office, or wherever you have an internet connection. It provides several different “centers” which focus on teaching you something different through interactive courses, practice tests, and ebooks. Among them, it’s guaranteed there is something that you can learn from the site.
The learning centers provide information on:
- Career Center
- Learning about different careers, preparing for entrance exams, improving your job searching and networking, entering the military, and building your workplace skills.
- Computer Skills Center
- If you need to learn something about a computer, this is where to turn. The courses offered here cover a huge range of topics from computer and internet basics to more advanced topics like advanced database work in Microsoft Access to photo editing in Photoshop.
- Adult Learning Center
- If you want to read, write, or do math better, this is the place to turn. This center offers tutorials on how to better write for the home and workplace, geometry, and how to better comprehend what you read.
- Additional centers are available for learning English as well as preparing for high school or college degrees.
If you ever need to look up virtually any kind of information, Gale Pages are for you. New to the library in 2017, this service has articles from many newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and books for educational and personal reference.
New with Gale Pages are the Chilton Auto Repair Library and Transparent Languages. Chilton is a name well known to the automotive repair field with the publication of hundreds of automotive manuals covering thousands of models. If you are looking for some guidance on fixing an automobile, this is the place to go.
Transparent Languages is one of the foremost language learning software sets in the world. Used by thousands of schools and universities, it is also the software used by the Department of Defense to train those who need to learn a language.
To access the service you’ll have to pick up the password from the library and head over to the library’s catalog. Log in in the top right corner and you’ll be able to click on the links in the Electronic Resources Section to Gale Pages (which includes Chilton inside) and Transparent Languages.
West Branch Times Digital Archive
If you’re ever in the need to look up something involving the history in West Branch, a good place to start is the online historical archives of the West Branch Times. Covering 1883 through 1993, the West Branch Times, or Local Record as it was known prior to 1889, is now available online at westbranch.advantage-preservation.com/.
The digital archive provides both a keyword and name search, perfect for those wanting to look up geaneaology records or a specific event in West Branch’s History.
The digital copies are also browsable by year, month, and day so you can see what was happening around a specific time period.