Adult Programs


The Cochrane Public Library offers speakers and presenters on just about any topic imaginable? You can learn new ways of expanding your mind on so many levels... we've got it all right here!

If the program you desire is currently full, please fill out our waiting list formIf spots open up we will contact you 

Writers' Club (16+)

Are you an aspiring and enthusiastic writer? Join this community group of writers of all skill levels and genre interests for a supportive environment to further your writing skills! Share your work, engage in group-based writing activities, and receive (if requested) constructive feedback. 

We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
& the 4th Sunday of each month 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Note: no meeting December 23

Senior Tech Tuesdays (55+)

Learn the basics of operating a computer. We cover Google and Microsoft Word during our six weeks.

Jan 15 to Feb 19 @ 9:15 to 10am - Click here to register

Mar 19 to Apr 23 @ 9:15 to 10am- Click here to register

May 7 to Jun 11@ 9:15 to 10am- Click here to register

Cochrane Reads Book Club

Join us on every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 to 8:00 as we discuss a different book. Please note, the December 6, 2018 meeting will take place at 5:30.

Book List for 2019

January 3 - The Secret Marathon by Martin Parnell
February 7 - The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
March 7 - A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
April 4 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
May 2 - Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
June 6 - Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
July 4 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
August 1 - Reader's Choice! Read any book of your choice and come prepared to give your review.
September 5 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
October 3 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
November 7 - Planning reading list for coming year
December 5 - The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

                                 Click here
to register

Classics in Context with Elaine Phillips

Join Elaine Phillips, history and literature instructor and lover of literature for her fall lecture series and have some fun learning and laughing. Each lecture includes an introduction to the author's life and times, as well as their writings.  

Special summer session August 7 @ 6:45-8:00 p.m.!

Falle session: first Tuesday of the month, 6:45 pm-7:45 pm

No registration required, we will see you there!


Patricia VergeAuthor Talks

Every second Tuesday of the month, the Cochrane Public Library hosts an intimate evening with a published author! Hear a reading, ask questions and get a book signed during these fun and informative events. Light refreshments served.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 @ 6:30-7:30: Sherri Phibbs: interactive presentation with the author of The Accidental Shaman, 42 Steps to Awakening

Tuesday, Feb. 12 @ 6:30-7:30: Holly Quan: Author of novel, The Sow's Ear Cafe

Tuesday, Mar. 12 @ 6:30-7:30: David Irvine: Best-selling author and leadership advisor 

Tuesday, Apr. 9 @ 6:30-7:30: Karen Probert: Author of two books of short stories and a novella

Tuesday, May 14 @ 6:30-7:30: Precious Isafiade: Author of two books on living a purpose-driven life

Click here to register.

Learn a Language- Sign Language

Are you interested in learning Sign Language? Join us as we learn using themes and concepts.
Disclaimer- This is a basic level class, we will be covering vocabulary but not grammar and sentence structure

Jan 14 to Feb 25 ( no class on Feb 18) @ 5-6- Click here to register

May 6 to Jun 17 ( no class on May 20) @5-6- Click here to register


GoogleIntroduction to Google Suite

Many schools and colleges are using Google Suite for their workflow to produce documents, spreadsheets, etc. Come and learn how to use the software.

  • Google Drive (April 10)
  • Google Slides (May 1)
  • Google Docs (April 17)
  • Google Forms (May 8)
  • Google Sheets (April 24)
  • Review/Questions (May 15)

Wednesdays, April 10 to May 15, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register.

MicrosoftIntroduction to Microsoft Office

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. By the end of this program you should be able to create, edit and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

  • Basic Word 2016 I (Jan 9)
  • Basic Excel 2016 II (Jan 30)
  • Basic Word 2016 II (Jan 16)
  • Basic PowerPoint 2016 (Feb 6)
  • Basic Excel 2016 I (Jan 23)

Wednesdays, January 9 to February 6, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register.


Intermediate Excel

Building on from the Introduction to Microsoft Office program, this program will delve deeper into Excel. We will explore formulas and functions, working with multiple worksheets/workbooks, sorting and filtering data, and more.

Wednesdays, March 6 to March 27, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register

Adult Learning Lab

Smartphone Photography 101

The best camera is the one you have with you. Let us help you get the best shots from your phone over this 4-week program. You will be introduced to composition, camera apps, editing on your phone and more.

Tuesdays, February 5 to February 28, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register

Brain Injury/Post-Concussion Series

Brain injury transition coach Vinny Gibson will lead two presentations on living with brain injuries for brain injury survivors and their families and caregivers.  

Topic A: Living the New Normal with a Mild Brain Injury or Post-Concussion Syndrome 
Mon Jan 14 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Topic B: Understanding the Emotional Journey & Trauma behind Brain Injury/Post-Concussion Syndrome 
Mon Feb 11 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Click here for more information.

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Dickens' Book Club

Bah humbug! Come in from the cold and curl up by our fireplace with the incomparable ELAINE PHILLIPS for a special book club experience! Reading the classic tale, A Christmas Carol as it was originally published, we will read and explore a seperate stanza every week as well as discuss the man himself: Charles Dickens. We'll provide the books and some yummy refreshments, but you're welcome to bring your own!

Session: Nov 15-Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

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Adult Reading Challenge for Fall!

Want to push yourself to read outside of your normal genre? Want the chance to WIN big just for reading? Register for the Fall Reading Challenge! The grand prize is a Kobo eReader, and will be determined by draw! Time to get reading.

Click here to register.

Intro to Paint

Introduction to Paint.NET

Learn the basics of using Paint.NET (free image and photo editing software for Windows) – you will learn basic photo editing and image creation. Some of the techniques you will learn in this course can be applied to programs like Adobe Photoshop.

Tuesdays, April 9 to May 14, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register

Winter Safety

Winter Safety in the Mountains

Attention outdoor enthusiasts!  Are you interested in exploring the mountains in winter?  Join Alberta Parks staff to learn about where to go, what to bring and how to make sure you're safe while having fun in the outdoors this winter, whether by ski, snowshoe or by foot.

Date: Tuesday, January 29 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Murder Mystery Night-Murder at the Deadwood Saloon (Courtesy of Featuring Beer from Half Hitch!

You're invited to the first annual Deadwood Poker Tournament! For weeks, people have been pouring into the small Western town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side of the Mississippi. From outlaws to marshals and saloon girls to southern belles, everyone has made this small western frontier THE place to be.

As the festivities of the poker tournament conclude, a celebration party is planned at the Deadwood Saloon to award the prize money for the tournament and to celebrate what is hoping to be a very financially successful venture for the saloon.

We are proud to be offering this program in partnership with Half Hitch Brewing Company and will be featuring a number of beers during the event. As such, this is an 18+ event and space is limited! Register here and we will contact you when we have the tickets and character sheets ready to be picked up at the library. Dress to impress and get ready for an evening of delicious brew and MURDER!!

Friday May 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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International Women's Day Celebration

Come celebrate International Women's Day with us at the beautiful Links of Gleneagles! Listen to a few inspiring keynote speakers and network with other local women as we move towards a more gender-inclusive world.

Lunch is provided and tickets are FREE with your Library card! 

Saturday March 9, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Links of Gleneagles

Save your place by clicking here to register and we will contact you when tickets are ready to be picked up at the Library.