Library Services to an Aging Population

21 Ideas for the 21st Century

Here are 21 programming ideas suitable for Senior patrons.

  • Host a class on internet resources. Class ideas could include:
    • Basic web searching
    • Genealogy on the internet
    • How to avoid internet "scams"
    • Financial information on the web
    • Become a Secret Shopper

  • Offer medical programming done by medical professionals.
  • Sponsor an intergenerational community history project.
  • Provide Senior Adult "storytimes" at senior centers, nursing homes, retirement commuities, etc.
  • Initiate a quilting program -- create a historical/commemorative quilt.
  • Sponsor an intergenerational photo contest.
  • Offer programs on Burma Shave signs, local trivia, music boxes, WWII.
  • Start an oral history project.
  • Have a musical program: outdoor band concert, big band music, local school group.
  • Contact someone to start a discussion group for seniors or caregivers.
  • Offer the library as a place for support groups to meet.
  • Sponsor a home safety program.
  • Provide programs on Social Security, Medicare, taxes.
  • Host a Mad Hatter's Tea.
  • Offer a consumers series.
  • Have a show of wedding fashions from the 30s and 40s.
  • Start a recipe exchange.
  • Sponsor a "sock hop" with live music or a DJ and a dance instructor.
  • Provide library space for displays of crafts and hobbies, and for recreational activities.
  • Host tax counseling services for seniors. -- Call the IRS or AARP to set it up.
  • Establish Senior Day in your community.