Events

Events for the 2023 NEA Big Read: Wichita will be added as they're developed. Check back for more information.

Some events require free registration
Some events are open only to persons with access to McConnell Air Force Base
The Emotional Impact of Aging
Old age is often thought to be the "golden years" of one's life, but for many people, it can take an emotional toll. From declining physical and cognitive health, to loss of independence to increased social isolation, the end of life can be a very stressful time. Erica (Willow) Greenwood, owner of Grief Recovery Kansas and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, will share her knowledge of how to weather these challenges and steps you can take to face the grief that often comes with the transition into old age.
March 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Social Interaction and Critical Connections for Older Adults
You decide if you're lonely or just alone, but even happy hermits can benefit from conversation and connecting with others. Learn the difference between social isolation and loneliness as well as possible solutions. Presented by the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.
March 20, 2-3 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
As the Page Turns Book Club
Our monthly book club book discussion. We will be inviting our MFLAC to come and talk with the group about dealing with aging parents while serving in the military.
March 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Base Library Programming Room
Craftaholics: Knotted Lap Blankets for the Dole VA
We will be making knotted lap blankets for the veterans at the Dole VA. We will be inviting our MFLAC to come and talk with the group about dealing with aging parents while serving in the military.
March 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Base Library Programming Room
Big Read Book Discussion (El Dorado)
During this regular meeting of the Bradford Memorial Library's book club, we'll discuss the 2023 Big Read title Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.
March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S. Washington St
Big Read Book Discussion (Wichita)
Join us for a discussion of the 2023 Big Read title Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.
March 23, 1-2 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Scam, Shams & Spam: Keep Away from the Flimflam Man
Learn how to keep yourself safe from Social Security and Medicare fraud, and telephone and email scams. Presented by the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.
March 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer
Story Time Squad: Special Big Read Edition
We will read the companion title along with other books talking about grandparents. We will be making "hugs" to send to grandmas and grandpas.
March 28, 10-11 a.m., Base Library Programming Room
Natural Burials
Traditional funeral options are infamous for their devastating impact on the environment including degradation of the soil due to the use of hazardous chemicals and the use of non-biodegradable materials. Even the ever-increasing popularity of cremation has a negative impact on the environment. As people are becoming more aware of their environmental impact, many are turning to natural burials, a more eco-conscious alternative. Sarah Crews, Director of Heart Land Prairie Cemetery in Central Kansas, a natural burial ground dedicated to ecological practices, will talk about the practice of natural burials, alternative death care options such as home-based funeral care and other environmentally sustainable choices one can make regarding end-of-life planning.
March 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
A24 Throwback Screening: The Farewell
Join the Tallgrass Film Association and the Wichita Public Library as they present the A24 Throwback series. A24 Pictures is a distribution company known for releasing critically acclaimed and award winning independent films. This first installment will feature the 2019 comedy The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang. Tickets are free via Tallgrass, but suggested due to limited seating. Rated: PG. Runtime: 100 minutes. English with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by Tallgrass Film Association and Wichita State University.
March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Big Read Book Discussion (Newton)
Join us for a community discussion of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. The discussion will be led by Joanna Bjerum, LSCSW, a therapist in private practice in Newton.
April 3, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak Street
Aging Well and the Six Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness encompasses more than good nutrition and exercise. Learn how balancing the full spectrum of wellness can enrich your life. Presented by Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.
April 4, 2-3 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
Kanza Kids: Knotted Blankets
We will be making knotted lap blankets for the veterans at the Dole VA. We will be inviting our MFLAC to come and talk with the kids about family and connecting with their families that are far away.
April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Base Youth Center
Big Read Virtual Book Discussion
Join us for a virtual discussion over Zoom of the 2023 Big Read title Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Call (316) 261-8500 or register online at wichitalibrary.org/events beginning February 1.
April 11, 6-7 p.m.
Senior Downsizing Made Easy
Are you thinking that it is time to "get your house in order" when it comes to preparing for successful aging and a simplified, less overwhelming lifestyle? If you have lived in your current home for a long time or are planning to downsize into a smaller space, you may need or want support and guidance on how to handle the physical tasks and/or the emotions associated with such a move. This program presented by Katherine Ambrose with the group Empowered Seniors will assist you in laying out easier ways to manage your current home or to transition into your next steps.
April 21, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
Mental Wellness
We exercise to tone the body, but how do we go about getting our mind in good shape? Adults 60+, learn what good mental health is and how to achieve it. Presented by Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.
April 24, 3-4 p.m., Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
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