Whitman County Library Is "Making Connections for Mature Adults"

Check out the following press release describing the wide range of programming offered by our partners at the Whitman County Library supported in part by a grant from our Rural Aging Responsive Cycle!


Instructor Suzy McNeilly and project coordinator Sara Garza sort through yoga equipment for new classes.  Photo Credit: Whitman County Library.

Instructor Suzy McNeilly and project coordinator Sara Garza sort through yoga equipment for new classes.  Photo Credit: Whitman County Library.

Whitman County Library announces a new series of programs called “Making Connections for Mature Adults.”  This series of classes, one-on-one programming and informal get-togethers will serve the county though the library’s 14 branches, community locations and in-home visits. These programs are made possible by an $11,000 grant from Empire Health Foundation.

In getting the program rolling, project coordinator Sara Garza is seeking assistance from residents and communities. She says, “If you’d like to participate I hope you will give me a call. Getting these services out to residents across our county is a valuable component of the project.”

The first class set to begin is called “Yin & Balance Yoga,” which will run each Monday starting June 22 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the Colfax Library. Taught by Suzy McNeilly, a Yoga Alliance certified instructor the class will improve balance, strength and flexibility for mature adults.  Props and chairs will be used and exercise routines will be modified to incorporate health and mobility issues. 

“Intergenerational Rural Heritage Conversations” are lively discussions about “the olden days” and available by appointment.  Small groups, pairs, families, and all ages are invited to participate in these lively discussions of the past. The library is seeking mature participants with historic local photos and memories to share with the community and with younger generations during these interactive sessions. 

If you’d like to participate I hope you will give me a call. Getting these services out to residents across our county is a valuable component of the project.
— Sara Garza, Project Coordinator, Whitman County Library

“Technology and Everyday Living,” are one-on-one or group instructional classes available by appointment. These classes help mature adults navigate computers or the many aspects of today’s technological world. Examples might be navigating your doctor’s websites and patient portals, online banking or navigating Facebook to follow friends and family.

“Care Giver Coffee Connection Support Group” with Melissa Johnson from Rural Resources will begin August 17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and continue on the first and third Mondays of each month.  This facilitated caregiver support group will be held in The Center providing caregivers with coffee, snacks, conversation, information, resources, and strategies.  Caregivers are invited to bring their “loved ones” along who will gather simultaneously with Sara Garza for fun activities and conversation.

To participate or schedule informal coffee groups, card games or other activities contact Sarah McKnight at Whitman County Library 509-397-4366 or sarah@whitco.lib.wa.us.