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ENCORE: Transforming Life After 50

It’s Never Too Late to Re-Invent Yourself
Employment Market Skills & Strategies

If you’d like to uncover your talents, explore your strengths, grasp the tools necessary for creating your future professional fulfillment, and discover what you uniquely have to offer in today’s competitive job market, join us for your ENCORE!

Gain more knowledge about incorporating technology into your skills base, a better understanding of how to bundle past experience and wisdom into your job search in today’s changed labor market, and options on establishing your own business. Two entry level computer training sessions and three ENCORE exposition events will be conducted in February and March, 2013. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place either at the Mt. View Public Library or the Library Learning Center.

Program Documents

Entry level Computer Training

Introduction to Computers
February 20, 2013, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Mountain View Library computer lab, 1925 Blaine Street

An introductory course designed to teach basic computer vocabulary, use of the mouse, the keyboard and layout of the desktop. The course will also teach students how to create a Microsoft Word document, browse the Internet and search the library catalog. Space limited to ten people. Sign-up required.

Introduction to the Internet Level I
February 27, 2013, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Mt. View Library computer lab, 1925 Blaine Street

An introductory course designed to provide a basic overview of how to use the Internet. The course will teach you how to sign-on to the library’s computers with your library card and password, using a search engine (Google) to find information, how to use tabbed browsing, creating favorites and Internet security. Space limited to ten people. Sign-up required.

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ENCORE Exposition Events

Social Media 101: Introduction to Facebook & Twitter - Session I
March 6, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence Street

Both social media sessions will be led by Leif Hansen, a nationally recognized group facilitator, trainer & teacher. Session I will provide an overview of Facebook and Twitter, widely seen as the two most popular social media channels world-wide. The audience will learn how to use both to communicate with family and friends, as well as learn how to receive up-to-date individualized news and information.

Social Media 101: Introduction to Facebook & Twitter - Session II
March 9th, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence Street

Session II will focus on how to set up and personalize your accounts and develop a business presence. This will be a hands-on class, so feel free to bring your laptop or mobile device. Students can attend Session I, Session II or both.

Re-Tooling Careers
March 13, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence Street

This workshop features Peter Quinn and Carol Ann Laase. Peter is a former executive director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, where he assisted early stage start-ups to develop their business and seek funding. He has led many technology and communications companies, from Ireland to Seattle. Currently, he is the executive director of EDC Team Jefferson and CEO of Quimper Mercantile Company. He is also the co-owner, with his wife, Anna, of The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend. Carol Ann Laase, Administrative Systems Manager for Olympic Area Agency on Aging, also manages the Senior Community Services Employment Program, which provides re-employment training to people 55+ who meet low-income and other guidelines. Participants receive paid on-the-job training, as well as other supports, in this time-limited program. All training is in not-for-profit entities, which are reimbursed for wages as they provide current experience and supervision. She trained initially as a secondary education teacher, and has experience in the retail, accounting, legal and public fields.

Business After 50
March 20, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence Street

This workshop features Kenna Eaton and Collin Brown. Kenna is the general manager of the Port Townsend Food Co-op. Prior to coming here, she worked for a co-op in Moscow, Idaho, the last twenty of her thirty years there as general manager. The Co-op is a strong institution which has benefitted our community for 40 years in so many ways. With 93 employees and close to 12 million a year in sales, the Co-op sees itself as the ‘curators’ of local in our community and as ‘growing with purpose’. Collin Brown is a certified life coach who brings a broad range of teaching, business and counseling skills to his practice, where he helps clients navigate personal and professional transitions. He previously was the director of a graduate program at Harvard University; owned and managed a private post-secondary school in California; and created the Wildwood Conservation Foundation, a non-profit that operates a 200-acre retreat center in the California redwoods. He is a founding board member and treasurer of KPTZ, Port Townsend’s community radio station.

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The Port Townsend Public Library has received a grant from the Washington State Library, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as generous support from the Friends of the Port Townsend Library, to continue its free jobs retooling program for older workers. It is now geared specifically to those between the ages of 50 to 69 who anticipate re-entering the employment market, and is known as ENCORE. The library will provide resources that will help you as a midlife adult to access new technologies and reinvent careers, and will collaborate with the local business community to provide information on business startups. You will be able to get computer help in researching employment opportunities in our local and regional job markets and applying for jobs on-line from the friendly and knowledgeable public library staff. Dynamic local speakers will round out the ENCORE events by providing personal insights into what drives their motivation and makes them successful in our contemporary working world.

For more information on the computer/technology events, contact Keith at 385-3181/344-3061 or email; for more information on the presentation/exposition events, contact Nancesca at 385-5468 or email

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