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 

Women in Rotary
Share an afternoon with Rotarians to learn about the importance of women and diversity in volunteerism. Find out how you can make a difference in your community and around the world!

Sunday April 22- 2 to 4- Click here to register

Writers' Club (16+)

As an informal and welcoming writing group, our purpose is to offer a supportive environment for writers of all levels of skill development and genre interest. Each meeting offers participants ongoing opportunities to share their work, engage in group-based writing activities and receive (only if requested) constructive feedback.  Please consider joining our community group of aspiring and enthusiastic writers. 

We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
& the 4th Sunday of each month 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Senior Tech Tuesdays (55+)

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

Check again in May for new dates

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.
Book List for 2018

January 4 – All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
February 1– All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
March 1– The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
April 5 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
May 3 - A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
June 7– Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
July 5– My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
August 2– TBA - check back for an updated title!
September 6– Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
October 4– Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
November 1– Planning reading list for coming year
December 6– The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

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to register

Elaine Phillips Lecture Series

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.  

First Tues of each month @ 6:45 to 7:45

No registration required, we will see you there!

Author Readings

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 Feb 13 @ 7 to 8:30: Warren Harbeck: longtime "slice of life" columnist with the Cochrane Eagle newspaper

Tuesday Mar 13 @ 7 to 8:30: Greg Axelson: author of Near the Ditch, a collection of photos taken while touring North America by motorcycle

Tuesday Apr 10 @ 7 to 8:30: Kathleen Smith: writes about the entertaining history of ranching life in the last century

Thursday Apr 19 @ 6:30 to 8:30: Elinor Florence: author of Wildwood, a novel about a single mother who must live in an abandoned farmhouse in northern Alberta

Tuesday May 8 @ 6:30-7:30: Barbie-Jo Smith: author of 5 books, an award-winning author and poet, and humourous country gal!

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to register 

Genealogy Saturday Specials

Join us one Saturday a month for Special topics on family history and genealogy.

Feb 10 - Rootsmagic - Learn how to use this software to keep a copy of you research as well as to the software as well.
Mar 3- Tips and Tricks to searching on Ancestry website. Learn how to start harnessing this tool in your research.
Apr 21- Familysearch- Tips and tricks to searching on Family search. Come and get more familiar with a free record collection database.
May 5- Myheritage- Tips and Tricks to searching on My Heritge website. Come and learn about a database that is pimarily based in Continental Europe.

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 to register

Family Tree Research: Speaker Series

Join us one Thursday a month as we listen to experts who help us explore our family trees.

B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)

Want to learn how to use Cochrane Public Library online resources? Need a refresher on using your iPad/tablet? Come to these sessions to learn how to download an e-book, movie and even audio books from our online collection! Please note: any technical issues with your device will not be addressed during the session but may be discussed afterwards.

Check again in May for new dates

How to Use your Mac Computer

Struggling to learn the ins and outs of your Mac computer and the Apple interface? Come and join Jack Blair, Cochranite and retired engineer, for six hands-on training sessions. Learn everything from connecting to the internet and using iCloud, to sharing files using AirDrop and IMessage. This is a continuos course; Register for the entire series. Bring your own Mac. 

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Using Apple's Pages, Numbers and Keynote Applications on your Mac

Learn how to use Apple's Productivity software in this hands-on session with Jack Blair!

Fridays April 6 to May 11, Click here to register

Build a better Relationship with your iPad ( Beginner/Intermediate Users)

Cochrane Public Library and Bow Valley IT Services are taking the mystery out of technology! Join us at the library for a one-hour iPad workshop focusing on all the options available. Topics include accessibility options, internet safety, setting up email, what iPad should I buy and much, much more! Space is limited so register early! (Please bring your own iPad)

Wednesdays Jan 10 to Feb 14 @ 10-11- iPad focused- Click here

to register

Wednesdays Feb 28 to Apr 4@ 10-11- iPad and other software- Click here

to register

Career Development Workshop

Have you ever thought of, or are you now thinking of getting a job or changing careers? The Cochrane Public Library is hosting a free open forum with Julie Brown, Career Development Practitioner, where you can ask questions regarding the job search process, resumes and cover letters, interviews, and more. This is an open session for all ages, and there will be laughter!

Julie Brown is a Career Development Practitioner with a BA in Psychology and Career Development. She has been working in the area of career development for more than 19 years, and has held more than 40 positions in the areas of academia, finance, energy, correctional services, tourism, food and beverage, retails,and agriculture. She knows how to get a job and she knows how to get a job you love! Julie has been employed with the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Calgary for 10 years where she has coached graduate students on career issues, conducted mock interviews, facilitated workshops, and coordinated a mentorship program that matches students with professionals in industry. She brings a sense of fun to her workshops through the use of stories based on real-life experiences.

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 to 7:30- Click here

to register

Wills and Estates

Anne-Marie Joubert of Cochrane's Mabbott & Company provides information regarding your estates and personal wills.



ESL Coffee & Conversation

Practice your English speaking and listening skills in these informal drop-in sessions! Led by certified ESL teachers, we do a warm-up lesson followed by discussion every week. Coffee and tea are provided!

Winter: Sundays Jan 14-Mar 18 @ 3:30-5

Spring: Sundays April 8-May 13 @ 3:00-4:30

No registration required, we will see you there!

Car Talk for Ladies

Calling all women! Ask all the questions you always wanted to know about car maintenance and repair and driving but were afraid to ask!

Learn everything you need to know about automobiles in this presentation offered by Auto Sense for Gals. CJ is a female licensed mechanic and professional driver with over 35 years of experience driving and running her own shop. Penny Mellor has been a facilitator for over 30 years, a former rally driver and ice driving instructor and owner of Auto Sense for Gals.

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00-8:00 pm - Space is limited; click here to register.

 Alana Bartol Art Workshop

Join artist Alana Bartol as she walks participants through a hands-on workshop introducing dowsing (water-witching) as a creative method and exploring the role of found objects in contemporary art! Participants will be lead on a nature walk to do dowsing and then return to the library to discuss the experience. This program is made possible by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts' Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program. 

Saturday, May 5 2:00 to 4:00 pm - Click here to register.