Adult Programs

Mar 7 IQM Jeb Wyman

Inquiring Mind Lecture

Coming Home: Helping Soldiers Find Meaning After War

Wednesday, March 7
6:30 pm
Wyman, editor of the collection of veteran's first-person accounts, What They Signed Up For: True Stories by Ordinary Soldiers, will share stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wyman will discuss the profound moral and emotional impact the experience of war has had on soldiers, and how war forever changes those who return from it.

Whether it was fought on horseback in the Civil War or in Humvees in Baghdad, veterans face grave challenges after war—haunted by memory, burdened by guilt, searching for meaning, and trying to re-join a society they believe cannot understand the reality of war.

Wyman incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath, and will discuss how studying war through the lens of the humanities may help both veterans and civilians heal the wounds of war. 

A professor for over twenty years at Seattle Central College, Wyman is the academic director of the Clemente Course for Veterans at Antioch University, a new program for veterans who study history, philosophy, art, and literature to gain insight into their experiences, prepare them to pursue further higher education, and build community with other veterans.

Co-sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Mar 21 Anna Quinn

Author Reading: An Evening with Anna Quinn

Wednesday, March 21
6:30 pm
Join author Anna Quinn as she reads from her breathtaking debut novel, which examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.

Anna Quinn is a writer, teacher, and the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and texts, including Literature Circles and ResponsePractical Aspects of Authentic AssessmentInstructorTidepoolsIS Literary MagazineManifest-StationLit-Fest Anthology, 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology. She was also awarded “2015 Patron of the Arts” in Port Townsend.

AdultGameNightGame Night for Adults

Wednesday, March 28
6:00-7:30 pm

Adults over 18 are invited to drop-in and join other adults for board games, puzzles, and brain teasers. Individuals and groups are welcome to play some of the library's games or bring games from home to share.

On-hand will be favorites such as: Scrabble, Sorry, Chess; Rumikub; Ticket to Ride; brain teasers such as cast iron puzzles, wooden block puzzles, tangrams; Swish, Niya, On the Dot, Q-Bitz, Scotland Yard, Perplexus, Tenzi, and more. Stop by for a few minutes or the whole evening to socialize, laugh, and learn.

Apr 4 IQM Prisons Tanya Erzen

Inquiring Mind Lecture

Behind Bars: The Rise of Faith-Based Ministries in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, April 4
6:30 pm
In prisons throughout the United States, punishment and religious revivalism are occurring simultaneously. Faith-based ministries have become a dominant force in American prisons, operating under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings.

In this talk, professor Tanya Erzen explores a little-known story: why Christian prison ministries are on the rise amidst an increasingly punitive system of mass incarceration. What are the implications of the state’s promotion of Christianity over other religious traditions in some prisons? How do faith-based programs enable forms of transformation and community organizing? How do people in prison practice religion in a space of coercion and discipline? Why have conservative Christians, particularly, embraced criminal justice reform? Discover the social implications and human stories behind this emerging trend.

Inquiring Mind Lecture May3 _Anu Taranath

Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations

Thursday, May 3
6:30 pm

In celebration of Children’s Book Week (April 30 – May 6).

Children’s books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. These books can also inspire adults—helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective.

Within these seemingly simple stories are important messages about how we think about our differences, and importantly, how we might rethink our similarities.

In this talk, Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting the audience to take a closer look at kids’ books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world.
Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a “Best of Seattle” designation from the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships.