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On the Go with Senior Services

Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place

by Phyllis Goodman

 

Use these field-tested program ideas as they are or as a springboard for new programs.

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February 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 160
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Adult Services and Programs/Senior Populations
  Librarian's Instructional Role/General
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Not only does this book offer insights into how to better serve all seniors, but it also provides complete step-by-step instructions for dozens of exciting and engaging programs that can be held both onsite and offsite.

While serving the senior population is a standard service in public libraries, it has traditionally focused on in-house programs and homebound services. On the Go with Senior Services is different. With this inspiring and practical guide, your library can rejuvenate its in-house services with new programs and also take them on the road—to retirement and assisted living communities, adult day care programs, and nursing homes and rehab centers.

There is great diversity in the senior population, and this book describes strategies for designing senior programs that fit your community's needs. It offers a treasure trove of templates for programs covering themes that range from crafts, word games, pop culture, pets, and holidays to humor, mysteries, technology, and music. It additionally offers tips and suggestions on how to interact with seniors, including those who may have a variety of physical and cognitive needs. There are also guidelines for working with individuals suffering from dementia. A robust list of further resources is provided.

The growing population of seniors presents librarians with new challenges and opportunities, and this book is a valuable guide to navigating and embracing them.

Features

  • Features program templates with step-by-step instructions guaranteed to save you time
  • Offers ideas for programs that can be conducted at the library or offsite senior facilities
  • Provides surefire ideas for working with seniors and technology
  • Covers segments of the senior population not thoroughly addressed in other professional sources, helping librarians fill in or expand into areas
  • Includes guidance on working with seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's
Author Info

Phyllis Goodman is a recently retired librarian who worked more than 25 years in library services and education. She began her library career as a youth services librarian and used many of the same programming skills when she joined adult services at two library systems in Southwest Ohio. She worked to create programs for adults in-house and for adults who were not able to visit the library. She conducted staff training, served on the reader's advisory committee and contributed to the library blog. This is her first book.

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