Adult Programs

The Jackson County Library System is collaborating with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development to bring these virtual programs right to you! They will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. on designated dates. You can view them here on the website, on all three library Facebook pages, or you can check out a DVD of the presentations at each library.

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Program Descriptions

March 17: Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Plate?

This program helps family members understand and address common decision-making obstacles when passing on personal possessions. This 38-minute video is filled with practical suggestions, proven strategies, and real-life stories. Use it to plan ahead, or help make decisions after a death to optimize your inheritance planning and protect your family relationships.

This information is presented by Marlene Stum, Ph.D. UMN Professor and Extension Specialist, Family Social Science. Marlene’s research and extension education focus on helping family members tackle critical issues and decisions that they normally do not want to address — or even acknowledge —including financial exploitation, end-of-life health care, and inheritance.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

March 24: Mindful Eating

Do you eat when you're not hungry? Do you know how hidden influences impact what you eat? In this session, you will learn factors that influence what you eat. You'll learn strategies to help you be mindful of what you are eating.

Facilitators for this session are Kelly Kunkel and Mary Schroeder, UMN Extension Educators in Health and Nutrition. Kelly's work has been dedicated to changing the food environment to improve food access and choice for low-income audiences through programming for food shelves, early care, education, and school settings. Mary is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Her work focuses on creating healthy food environments for children and youth through policy, system, and environmental changes.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

March 31: Rural Stress and Ambiguous Loss

Across the state, farm families are struggling. Low prices, poor weather conditions, and volatile markets have made farming an incredibly stressful way of life for many families. For many farm families, they are experiencing something that is hard to explain to others. It’s hard to explain to even themselves. Join us for this program as we examine farming in Minnesota through the lens of ambiguous loss. Building on the work of Dr. Pauline Boss, we will discuss how ambiguous loss is unique in farming and how these businesses and families can find a path forward in the face of adversity.

Presenters for this session are Jenifer McGuire and Emily Krekelberg.

Jenifer K. McGuire, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Family Social Science and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of transgender youth. Emily Krekelberg grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Le Sueur, Minnesota. She works for the University of Minnesota Extension as the Extension Educator for Farm Safety & Health which gives her a unique and intimate view of the stresses farm families experience. A particular passion of Emily’s is working in farmer suicide prevention; she is certified as a QPR instructor and is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

April 7: Money Talk

Healthy familial relationships and your family's financial future are impacted by your willingness to talk and listen about money. Communicating about money is not easy. Join us to understand values and goals, build listening skills, communication tips, and how to avoid breakdowns.

Program presenters include UMN Extension Educators Sam Roth and Sara Croymans. Sam is a Financial Capability Educator for Scott & Carver Counties. She is an Accredited Financial Counselor and has extensive experience teaching individuals and families about critical life skills and decision making. Sara is a Family Resiliency Educator who works with individuals, families, and agencies on financial capability content and skills. Sara is an Accredited Financial Counselor with experience providing financial counseling with military service members and individuals with gambling addictions.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

April 14: Mental Well-Being in the Midst of Isolation - How Do We Re-Energize?

How do we re-energize ourselves as we live and work in isolation? What can we learn from the field of mental well-being that supports our self-care during this pandemic? Explore the answers to these questions and strategies that work for you. Learn about how healing can happen through the culture of our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Presenters for this session are Cari Michaels and Chelsea Williams.

Cari Michaels, MPH, is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium. In this role, she works in partnership with leaders across campus and community organizations to promote mental well-being. Chelsea Williams is a Health and Nutrition Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension. Chelsea supports Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), particularly in the new focus area of mental flourishing. Within her role, Chelsea works to incorporate mental well-being activities into nutrition education and to support the well-being of her team as well as SNAP-Ed eligible communities. Chelsea also works with public health professionals to engage the community in dialogue around the relationships between culture, nutrition, healing, and well-being.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

April 21: Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Prepare Your Family for Disaster: Is your family prepared for a disaster?

In this program, we will learn how to prepare for disasters by creating an emergency kit and developing a family plan. In addition, ideas will be discussed on how to share the content with other family members, youth groups, and other community organizations. Youth in grades 3 and above are encouraged to watch with their grown-up(s). Youth group volunteers will also enjoy this.

Facilitators for this session are FEMA Youth Advisory Council Members Camden Larson, Region 8, and Ryan Ciminski, Region 5, as well as UMN Extension Educators Carrie Olson, Youth Development, and Lori Hendrickson & Sara Croymans, Family Development.

Find more information and resources in this flyer. You can also pick up a physical copy of it at any of the three libraries.

Program Videos

Presentation videos will be made available on the day of the presentation by 1:00 p.m. You can also watch them on the library Facebook pages as well as request the DVD from any of the three libraries.

Scroll through to find the presentation you want to watch or just watch them all!

Thank you!

We say "Thank You" to the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff for collaborating with us to bring these virtual programs to all of you.