Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library

Keys to Engaging Older Adults

Tips and tools on assisting older adults from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

Model Programs

These are just a few of the innovative library programs and services developed for older adults. 

Alameda County Library.  Fremont, CA. Older Adult Services.
This system-wide program provides active living programs, homebound services, computer classes, Wii bowling for seniors and inter-generational technology instruction.

Brooklyn Public Library.  Brooklyn, NY.  Service to the Aging.
Brooklyn Public Library’s Service to the Aging program provides library programs and resources to older adults and the homebound throughout Brooklyn.  Delivered in BPL’s neighborhood libraries and numerous off-site community locations, Service to the Aging programs provide access to meaningful activities, opportunities for self-expression and vital connections with the outside world.

Cranston Public Library. Cranston, RI. Books at Home.
Homebound library users who are Cranston residents are eligible to receive books and other library materials.

Old Bridge Public Library.  Old Bridge, NJ. Senior Spaces.
Specially designed “destination” area in the library for three generations of older adults features programming activities focusing on technology, gaming, and lifelong learning. This prototype is being replicated by other libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

More examples of best practices can be found on OLOS’s Delicious page,

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