The Peru Free Library (PFL), a member of the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System, is located in New York’s North Country, near the U.S.-Canadian Border. PFL found great success in offering their first creative aging program: “Radio Theater!” by building consensus on the art form among 55+ community members, and then identifying a qualified teaching artist.
In this interview with teaching artist Hermine Meinhard, she talks about how she got started as a teaching artist and poet, and how Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging in America’s Libraries Initiative led her to teach Creative Aging programs to older adult learners. Hermine also shares her biggest challenges in this work, her most memorable moments, and more.
In April 2019, in continuation of a statewide training being conducted by Lifetime Arts, Education Director, Annie Montgomery, and teaching artist, Julie Kline, traveled to northern Wisconsin to deliver two full-day professional development workshops on Creative Aging programming for public librarians working in suburban and rural libraries. These training sessions were sponsored by the Winnefox Library System, and were funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.