Winona Reads is back! Throughout the month of November, the Winona Public Library is encouraging the community to read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. In Being Mortal, Gawande argues “quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. He offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.” -From the Publisher
The Friends of the Winona Public Library along with Winona Health Hospice have made copies of the book available at various business including: Benchmark Electronics, the Blue Heron, Kwik Trip (Broadway & Mankato), Merchants Bank (Downtown), Miller Ingenuity, RTP, Watlow Electric Manufacturing, and the Winona Friendship Center.
In addition to reading the book, the Winona Public Library, in conjunction with Winona Health Hospice, are offering the following programming: On Thursday, November 10th at 1PM, the PBS Frontline Special, Being Mortal, will be shown at the Public Library in the Bell Art Room. Discussion and dialogue will follow the video.
Then on Thursday, November 17th at 6pm, Hospice Social Worker, Sheila Skeels, stops by the library to talk about planning for end of life care.
For the final program in the Winona Reads Series, the University of Minnesota Extension Office is hosting a Health Care Directive Workshop at the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, November 22nd at 10AM. Registration is required for this workshop. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/WPLReads or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.