Older Adults & Seniors

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Among the many diverse communities that libraries serve, older adults and seniors continue to be a growing population with unique needs. In 2006, the first of America's 77 million Baby Boomers turned 60. This generation is redefining what it means to be a "senior citizen."

Libraries are changing how they serve this population. They are adapting their programming and outreach strategies, developing senior-friendly spaces, and implementing adaptive technologies. In this section you will find lists of helpful suggestions, case studies of individual libraries, and internet resources to help your library provide better services to older adults and seniors.

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Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 31 March 2016

Every community is unique, which of course means that each library is unique. Take, for example, Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. Westerville is a city of about 37,000, situated fewer than 20 miles north of Columbus, and just a stone'...

25 More Ways to Serve Older Adults

 Document / Last Modified: 01 March 2016

Allen M Kleinman suggests more ideas of how we can serve active older adults and Baby Boomers.

Libraries Go Boom

 Webinar / Last Modified: 01 March 2016

Archive and associated resources for April 6, 2010, webinar with Douglas C. Lord on library services to older adults with a focus on baby boomers.

Board in the Library, Part One: An Introduction to Designer Board Games

 News / Last Modified: 08 December 2015

In a world of apps, massively multiplayer online role playing games/MMORPGs, game consoles, and connected mobile devices, the physicality and social aspect of gaming begins to wane. All this despite much online gaming being touted as, well, social. P...

Telling Stories with Games at Your Library

 News / Last Modified: 29 April 2015

Storytelling games are a natural fit for a library. A library, itself, is a collection of stories. They are in the books, the movies, the media. They inhabit the meeting rooms, the social spaces, the computers. People meet, create and imbue a library...