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Empty Nest: What's Next?

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From the moment our children are born, we know that someday they will leave us.  But we really don’t think that day will ever come.  Sending the first one off to college or out on their own is heart wrenching; but the last one, well, that changes everything.   

What are you going to do with all of your newly discovered spare time?  The Library is here to help! 

Do you love to read?  Join the Dundee Library Book Club.  The Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at either 1:30 PM or 7 PM.  New members are always welcome.

Interested in meeting new people?  We have Adult Programs on local history, genealogy, personal finance, author visits and more. 

Have you always wanted to brush up on your computer skills?  Would you like to cut your cable bill or learn about cybersecurity?  Check out our extensive list of free Computer Classes.  We also offer several levels of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 3D Printing and more. No matter what your skill level, we have a class for you.  

Do you love to help others? Volunteer at the library!  We are always looking for cheerful, hardworking volunteers to shelve books, assist with programs and more. 

And, of course, you can read about how to survive without your fledglings.  Here are a few book suggestions: 

From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived My First Empty Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life



From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived My First Empty Nest Year and Reinvented My Life by Melissa Shultz  

Funny and practical, this is both a memoir and a self-help book.  It tells the story of how one mother transformed her marriage, friendships, career, and ultimately reinvented herself.  




Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters



Chicken Soup For The Soul : Empty Nesters by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. 

You are probably familiar with the Chicken Soup books.  This book consists of more than a hundred stories written by parents who are empty nesters and want to share their stories with those who are new to the empty nest. The stories range from inspirational to funny.  There are also stories from the kids who left. 




Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All


Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All by David and Veronica James

After their last child left home, David and Veronica quit their jobs, sold their house, and traveled over ten thousand miles across the country in an old RV.  This book chronicles their journey and shows how they rediscover old friendships, transform their relationship with their children and best of all, fall in love with each other all over again.





My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closets


My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by Lisa Scottoline

If you believe that "laughter is the best medicine", check out this laugh out loud title from New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline.  She partners with her daughter to share their views on everything about "flying the coop" along with life with Mother Mary, a lively 80-something woman who has her own advice to share. 





As you enter this new phase in your life, relax, grow and have fun!