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Aging Better with the Denver Public Library: Report on Older Adult Services

The Aging Better Report by Denver Public Library (DPL) on its 2019-2020 Older Adult Services is more than the usual departmental report. It is based on a philosophy about aging and learning, exemplified in the opening phrase “We View Age as a Gift”; it reflects significant institutional commitment to the work of the department; and it frames DPL’s work in the context of the demographic changes taking place across the country.

Aging Better lists the various trainings offered to library and older adult services staff on such topics as “How the Adult Brain Works” and “Changing the Narrative: Ending Ageism”. It describes the variety of Older Adult Services programs and also their “Powerful Impacts,” and it devotes a section to COVID-19 Responses, i.e., the shift to virtual programming.

The report also mentions the variety of programs offered across the Library system, ranging from “Basics in Printmaking” to weekly sessions on mindfulness. The importance of community partnership is reflected in the array of organizations with which the library collaborates to carry out its programs. Aging Better as an exemplary Report that sends a strong message about how public libraries can creatively develop and institutionalize innovative programs that align with the diverse needs of older adults in the 21st century.

Greensboro Public Library

From the website:

In Greensboro, individuals and organizations gather at the public library to learn for themselves and about others. Libraries are community hubs offering collaborative environments and valuable resources for meetings and activities. Through projects like One City, One Book and celebrations like Dia de los ninos, the library has taken a leading role in building a true sense of community. The atmosphere you find at Central Library, our seven branch locations and the Greensboro History Museum fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Welcome Stranger: Public Libraries Build the Global Village

From the introduction:

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the leading organization devoted to strengthening the public library as an essential part of urban life, is composed of 150 major public libraries and the corporations that serve them. In March 2007, ULC conducted a survey of its members, gathering data on the ways in which urban public libraries are involved with the transition of immigrants into American life. The findings of the survey, augmented with data collected in another 2003 member survey, are summarized in this report. They show that urban public libraries are in the forefront of the effort to make their cities stronger by welcoming and integrating new residents from all over the world.

Poetry & Older Adults

From the toolkit:

Is there a poem or verse that is particularly significant to you? Perhaps it was read at your high school graduation. Or maybe it was a nursery rhyme you learned at your mother’s knee. Maybe’s it’s a verse of scripture or lyrics of a favorite song. Or it could be a poem by Alfred Lloyd Tennyson or Langston Hughes. Or maybe it’s a poem that you wrote yourself! Whatever it is, we want to hear your particular Lifeverse and why it’s meaningful to you.

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

From the website:

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers’ development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody’s everyday work.

My Library: Judy, Leo, and Noreen

From the blog post:

Since April 5th (2012), the Jefferson Market Library has been hosting a series of watercolor classes for twenty adults, all aged 55+. This course, led by teaching artist Josh Millis, is funded by a grant from Lifetime Arts. The participants have been working on paintings inspired by Jefferson Market and other Village landmarks. This week, I spoke with students Leo, Judy, and Noreen, all regular patrons of Jefferson Market, to find out what they are enjoying about the class so far.

“Create Together” at Allegheny County Library Association

From the blog post:

Today we feature Create Together: An Intergenerational Art Program out of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. This program exemplifies the library-as-incubator idea, relying on community expertise and partnerships to provide a collaborative creative outlet for an intergenerational audience.