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.

Tuesdays, Sept 11 to Oct 16 @ 9:15 to 10am- Click here to register

Tuesdays Oct 30 to Dec 4@ 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.
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

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 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, Sept. 11 @ 6:30-8:00: Michele Moore Veldhoen: author of a memoir about the challenges of motherhood and the importance of friendship, humour, and staying true to ourselves

Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ 6:30-8:00: Laurie Drukier: daughter of award-winning author and Holocaust survivor Manny Drukier will talk about Manny's upcoming documentary

Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 6:30-8:00: Kathy Calvert: former national park warden and author of four books 

Special event: Wednesday, Nov. 21 @ 7:00: Martin Parnell Book Launch of The Secret Marathon. Presentation at 7:00 with book signing to follow. Drop in; no registration required.

Click here to register.

Beginner Genealogy

Interested in Genealogy? start with the basics: learn how to organize and research the right way!

Session: Sept 13 to Oct 18
Thursdays 6 to 7
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

Session: Sept 11 to Oct 16
Tuesdays 5:00 to 6:00pm - Click here to register

How to Use your Mac Computer (50+)

Need help figuring out you Mac? Curious about how to take advantage of the Mac's powerful features and application? This free course will take you through all the significant features of the operating system and many of the built-in applications

Participants will bring their own Mac to each class. Your Mac must be a Model from 2013 or newer & must have macOS, High Sierra installed and working. 

Sessions: Oct 9 to 26 on Tuesdays and Fridays @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm- Click here to register

 How to use iWork on your Mac Computer (50+)

When you buy a Mac computer, your purchase includes valuable and easy to use software. Bring your Mac to the Library and learn how to use iWork to write documents, build spread sheets and create presentations and slide shows. 

Participants will bring their Mac to each class. Your Mac must be a model from 2013 or newer & must have macOS 13, High Sierra installed and working. It also must have the latest updates to: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

Session: Tuesday and Fridays from November 13-30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Click here to register

Career Counselling (CANCELLED)

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. Registration is not necessary, but this will allow you to reserve your spot.

Wednesdays, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 @ 4:30-6:30 pm

Please note, the Career Counselling programs have been cancelled. If you have any questions about career help resources, please talk to library staff.



 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!

Ayurveda the Science of Life: Ancient Wisdom for Today's Wellness

Go back to basics with ancient wisdom from Ayurveda, offering health care practices for your wellness, with habit suggestions for good sleep, nutrition, and a thriving sense of wellbeing.This workshop will be presented by local Yoga and Ayurveda teacher Jill Novak. 

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8:00 pm. 

ESL Book Club

Practice your English speaking, reading, and listening skills and make new friends at ESL Book Club! All ESL readers are welcome at this free and fun program.

Fridays, Sept. 14 & 28, Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23, Dec. 7 & 21, 1:00-2:00 pm

Registration required; please click here to register.


ESL Conversation Class 

Practice your English speaking and listening skills in an informal setting! Each class will focus on a library resource that will help you to build your English skills. Drop-in, no registration required.

Saturdays, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, 17, & Dec. 1, 11:00 am-12:00pm

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 (November 7)
  • Google Slides (November 28)
  • Google Docs (November 14)
  • Google Forms (December 5)
  • Google Sheets (November 21)
  • Review/Questions (December 12)

Wednesdays, November 7 to December 12, 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 (Sept 12)
  • Basic Excel 2016 II (Oct 3)
  • Basic Word 2016 II (Sept 19)
  • Basic PowerPoint 2016 (Oct 10)
  • Basic Excel 2016 I (Sept 26)
  • Review/Questions (Oct 17)

Wednesdays, September 12 to October 17, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register.


Internet Privacy & Safety / Social Media

Social media is used for many things, knowing how to use social media is becoming an essential 21st century skill. This program will cover the basic social media programs - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and give tips on how to maintain your privacy and safety while online.

    - Internet Safety/Privacy (October 23)
    - Facebook (October 30)
    - Twitter/Instagram (November 6)
    - LinkedIn (November 13)

Tuesdays, October 23 to November 13, 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - Click here to register

Adult Learning Lab

Learning Lab Workshops for Adults

Would you like to use some of our Learning Lab equipment, but don't know where to start?

This series or workshops will introduce you to the basics to get you started on your creative journey.

    - Green Screen Photography/Videography (October 22)
    - Podcasting (November 5)
    - Action Camera (November 19)
    - Cricut (December 3)

Every second Monday from October 22 to December 3, 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. - Click here to register

Terrence Rundle West Author Reading

Join us for a fascinating and informative evening as author Terry West reads from his novel about Robert Terrill Rundle, The Methodist Man, and shares research about Rundle and the Canadian prairies during the 1840s. Enjoy conversation with the author and get your book signed!

Tues Oct. 16 @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Living the New Normal with a Mild Brain Injury or Post-Concussion Syndrome

A presentation for individuals and/or caregivers who have suffered a brain injury or concussion, or those who want to learn about this topic. Brain injury transition coach Vinnette (Vinny) Gibson will share her own five year journey with brain injury and provide you with more information about this topic and discuss how to expedite a healthy recovery. Click here for more information.

Mon Sept. 17 @ 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Click here to register

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

Click here to register.

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.

Bee House

Build a Backyard Bee Home

Help Support the revival of bees by creating an attractive habitat and home for them in your backyard. Int this workshop participants will build a bee home and learn where and when to place it in your backyard to provide the best habitat for bees.

Date: Friday, October 26 from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Click here to register. 

Bee House

Wildlife Awareness Talk

Join us on Wednesday, October 24th from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. for a talk with Julie Ryan from Alberta Parks to learn about the wildlife found in our area and how to handle wildlife encounters, whether it be while camping, hiking or in your own backyard

Julie Ryan, Interpretation and Public Education Coordinator with Alberta Parks, will be discussing the interesting ins and outs of some of the common wildlife in the area, as well as how to avoid and minimize negative wildlife encounters.

Date: Wednesday, October  24 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.