Older Adults & Seniors


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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Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

 News / Last Modified: 05 June 2015

The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing.&quo...

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...

Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

 News / Last Modified: 29 December 2014

We've spent plenty of time during this series discussing board games in general but very little on how to specifically host a successful board game night. Which is what most of you are probably going to do! Right? Play games with other humanoids. So ...

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

 News / Last Modified: 18 November 2014

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...

Board in the Library, Part Deux: A Progressive List of Game Types

 News / Last Modified: 18 November 2014

The scope of board games has exploded in the past 10 years. This can be a major hurdle for new gamers as well as for those stalwart librarians attempting to create a gaming environment in their library. In this article, John Pappas provides a list of...