Adult Programs

DID YOU KNOW...

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+)


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.

Tuesday Jan 9 to Feb 13 @ 9:15 to 10- Click here

to register

Tuesday Feb 27 to Apr 3 @ 9:15 to 10- 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.
       
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– 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton
May 3– The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
June 7– A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
July 5– My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
August 2– Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
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

                                 Click here
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 Jan 9 @ 7 to 8:30: 

Dale Portman: author of three books about working in the mountains of Western Canada

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

Click here
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- Ancestry.ca- 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.

Click here

 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.

Dec 14  @ 7-8:30 - Genealogy specialist Tara Shymanski will share her "10 Tips for Starting Your Genealogy" presentation for beginners. No registration required!


Genealogy Conference

We invite you to join us at the Family Hostory Center at 1100 Gleneagles Drive for a day of informative talks all about family history and genealogy!

March 17 9:30 to 2:45- click here to register



Social Media Wednesdays

Want to understand Facebook or Twitter? Come and learn what it takes to navigate today's most popular social media platforms.

Session A: Jan 24- Facebook
Session B: Feb 7- Pinterest
Session C: Feb 21- Twitter
Session D: Mar 7- Instagram

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to register


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.

Thursday Dec 7 @ 6:30 to 7:30- Click here

to register

Thursday Jan 11 to Feb 15 @ 6:30 to 7:30- Click here

to register

Thursday Mar 1 to Apr 5 @ 6:30 to 7:30- Click here

to register




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. 



Feb 9 to Mar 16, Fridays @ 10:00 to 12:00- 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




Dickens Book Club

Reading out loud is a lost art. Join us and the amazing Elaine Phillips for a serial book club to experience Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

the way it was originally published: in five separate chapters. Each week we read a single chapter of Dickens and discuss it. Books provided.

Thursday Nov 16 to Dec 14 @ 7 to 8:30- Click here

to register


Wills and Estates

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

Tuesday Mar 13 @ 6:30 to 8- Click here

to register

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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!

Sun Jan 14-Mar 18 @ 3:30-5

No registration required, we will see you there!



Speed Friending

New to Cochrane? Looking to make new connections? Get to know new people in a fun casual environment!

Thursday Feb 15 6:30 to 8:30- Click here to register


Ladies-only Party

Come on down to the library for a ladies-only night! we'll  have light refreshments, activities and some extrra surprises as well!

Wednesday Feb 7 @ 6:30 to 8:30- click here to register