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Wisdom Cafes

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Wendy Pender | May 30, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
King County Library System's Older Adults Program is presenting a series conversational cafes designed with grown-ups in mind

Ahhh … the balmy days of summer are here! Yes, it’s lovely to be outside, but don’t overdo it. As we age, our internal thermometers don’t adjust as effectively, so it’s important to watch the temperature and drink plenty of water. With record-breaking temperatures predicted, air conditioned libraries are deliciously comfortable! So sip some water and cool off at the library!

While you’re there, be sure to check out our newest programs designed with grown-ups in mind. If it seems like good, old-fashioned face-to-face conversation is going out of style, you can change that at the library! Along with our conversation-inspiring program series, Everyone’s Talking About It, KCLS is hosting Wisdom Cafés where grown-ups come to talk and share ideas.

Designed with older adults in mind, these Cafés provide opportunities to reflect on the deeper issues of life and engage in rich, facilitated conversations. Come and share your wisdom, swap stories and make new friends.

The summer schedule is below (we’ll have more sessions at other sites in the fall).

Registration is requested, so please call your local library or register online at www.kcls.org.

While you’re online, check out our new website (kcls.org)! We have a new look and lots of great new content, especially for our 50+ patrons! Click on “Books & More,” then “audience 50+” to see blog posts, newsletters, book recommendations, videos and more!

Have a cool time in your library this summer!

Wendy Pender is the Older Adults Project Specialist for the King County Library System. After a career as a tax and estates paralegal, she obtained her master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in gerontology from the University of Washington. Wendy’s mom, Mary Duvel, turns 100 this month and has not 1 but 2 librarian daughters of her 7 children. Wendy can be reached at wgpender@kcls.org or 425-369-3285. Check out www.kcls. org/50plus for more!

Wisdom Cafés at KCLS

Shoreline Library, Sundays, 2pm

  • June 19 – Clearing Space – The Liberating Effect of ‘Down-Sizing’
  • July 24 – Aging Creatively – Living Life with Intention and Discovery
  • August 28 – Talking about What Scares Us

North Bend Library

  • Saturday, June 11, 1:30pm – The Surprises of Aging – Who Knew It Would Be Like This?
  • Saturday, July 9, 10:30am – Make New Friends and Keep the Old
  • Wednesday, August 10, 10:30am – Aging Creatively – Living Life with Intention and Discovery

Burien Library, Fridays, 10:30am

  • June 24 – Clearing Space – The Liberating Effect of ‘Down-Sizing’
  • July 8 – Gratitude – More than Counting Blessings
  • July 22 – Life Purpose – We’re Here for a Reason
  • Skyway Library, Tuesdays, 2pm
  • July 12 – Staying Connected – Strategy for a Full Life
  • July 19 – Gratitude – More than Counting Blessings
  • July 26 – Talking about What Scares Us

Woodmont Library, Saturdays, 2pm

  • June 11 – Film Discussion, “Speaking of Dying”
  • June 25 – The Surprises of Aging – Who Knew It Would Be Like This?
  • July 9 – Aging Creatively – Living Life with Intention and Discovery

Redmond Library, Mondays, 2pm

  • June 13 – Gratitude – More than Counting Blessings
  • June 20 – Clearing Space – The Liberating Effect of ‘Down-Sizing’
  • June 27 - Talking about What Scares Us

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