Not Just For Kids: How Children’s Books Inspire Bold Adult Conversations

Dr. Anu Taranth
Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington

Saturday, November 10 – 10:00am
no-host coffee at 9:30am
Third Place Commons
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Children’s books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking their imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective.   Humanities Washington Speaker Dr. Anu Taranath will discuss the messages children take from books written for them in her presentation.

Dr. Taranath will address important questions about children’s books, such as, “Who has been published? Who is not being published? What do you think that means? Can books help us get along better, and if we think so, how? If not, what do we do?”

Anu Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington, specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a “Best of Seattle” designation from the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships. She also works as a consultant for schools, colleges, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies on social justice and global issues.

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

Cost:   Free and open to all.
No Host Coffee 9:30 am-  Refreshments can be purchased from different eateries in the Food Court at Third Place Commons
Branch Announcements10:00 am in Third Place Commons Theater (east side of Food Court).
Program10:30 am in Third Place Commons Theater
Parking:  Free.  There are two levels of parking.  The lower level parking lot is accessed from Bothell Way just by the traffic light at Starbuck’s. There is an escalator from the lower level Commons Building up to the Food Court and the Theater. The upper level parking lot is on same level as Third Place Books, the food court, and the theater and can be accessed directly from Ballinger Way, or from Bothell Way by driving through the lower-level parking lot and up the hill by Chase Bank.

Driving DirectionsFrom south and central Seattle, take I-5 north to Exit 175 towards WA-523.  Turn right on NE 145th St.  After 1.4 miles turn left on Bothell Way.  After 1.4 miles turn left onto NE 170th Place, then turn right past Starbuck’s into the lower parking lot.   From northwest of Lake Forest Park take I-5 south to exit 177, Lake Forest Park.   Follow Ballinger Way east 5 miles to NE 175th St.  Turn right into Town Center Shopping Center at Lake Forest Park.  From northeast of Lake Forest Park, take Bothell Way south to Ballinger Way, turn right, then left into the Town Center at the light on NE 175th St. where you will arrive in the upper parking lot.

Directions and Parking

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Upcoming Programs – Save the Dates!

2018-2019 Seattle Branch AAUW Programs

  • aturday, November 10, 2018FREE Program – Humanities Washington Speaker Dr. Anu Taranath on Not Just For Kids: How Children’s Books Inspire Bold Adult Conversations at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park. This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and hosted by AAUW Seattle and Edmonds SnoKing Branches. More Information (

    • Schedule:
      • 9:30-10:00 am – Conversation and no-host coffee in Third Place Commons Food Court, where refreshments can be purchased
      • 10:00–10:20 – Branch announcements in Third Place Commons Theatre
      • 10:30–11:30 – Program in Third Place Commons Theatre
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:30 am – Annual Holiday Program at Seattle Yacht Club with Fourcast a cappella chorus.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:30 am – AAUW Grant and Fellowship Recipients at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn.
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30am – Michelle Meriweather, President of Urban League at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:30 am – Immigration and Refugee panel led by AAUW member Barbra Spraker at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 pm – Scholar Recognition with speaker from Blue Origin at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30 am – Annual Meeting with Pamela Beer, President of Women Painters of Washington at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn.

Past Programs and Events

  • Saturday, September 8th, 9:30am – DeLancey lane, AAUW-WA College and University Outreach
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:30 am – FairVote WA at Best Western Executive Inn.