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+)

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
Note: no meetings June-August

Senior Tech Tuesdays (55+)

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

Tuesday May 8 to June 12 @ 9 to 10am- Click here to register

Tuesday July 3 to Aug 7 @9 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.
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– Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
September 6– 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton
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.  

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

No registration required, we will see you there!

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

Thursday, May 17 @ 6:30-7:30: Dale Portman: author of 5 books based on real-life experiences

Tuesday, June 12 @ 6:30-7:30: Patricia Verge: author of a memoir about her decades-long friendship with the Stoney Nakoda Nation in southern Alberta 

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 - 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 - Has been cancelled

Family Tree Research: Speaker Series

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

Thursday May 24 @ 7 to 8- click here to register

Thursday June 21 @ 7 to 8- Click here to register

Break for the Summer

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 Counselling

Get one-on-one help with your resume, cover letter, or with career advice from a professional! Have all your questions answered in these drop-in sessions.

Sessions: May 1 & 17, June 5 & 20, July 3

Time: 5:30-7:30



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, June 20, 6:00-8:00 pm - Space is limited; click here to register.

 Alana Bartol Art Workshop - CANCELLED

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 p.m.-4:00 pm. 

Community Garden Open House-CANCELLED

Our Open House has been cancelled but we still have opportunities for you to get involved with our garden! Fill out a volunteer application or let us know what you would like us to plant to help feed the community! 

Beyond Words Book Sale 
Come and support the Cochrane Public Library during our annual Book Sale run by the Friends of the Cochrane Public Library. This year is bound to be our biggest sale yet so come early for the best books.
June 2-10 during regular library hours 

The Great Cochrane Meme Me Challenge! (Ages 15+)

Are you hilarious? Talented? Great at coming up with catchy captions for photos? This summer, we are challenging YOU to come up with a hilarious library-themed meme! Share your work on our social media channels to win big!

Contest opens July 3 and will run until August 31.

Spring Gardening Series

Get your garden growing! Cochrane & District Horticultural Society and Cochrane Community Gardens Society are partnering to offer three informational sessions through the month of May:

May 9: Soil + Seeds = Supper
May 23: Container Gardening with Self Watering Pots
May 30: Composting 101

Click here to register.

Books for Traveling

Wanting to travel with some books but don't want to weigh yourself down with all those paperbacks? Come in and learn how to set-up and download books onto your tablet or Kobo!

Tuesday May 15 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Click here to register.

 Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Why should the kids have all the fun this summer? Challenge yourself to read something new for a chance to win a brand new Kobo!

Register here and don't forget to come and pick-up your challenge card at the Library!