The Library Place for Baby Boomers, Older Adults & their Families
Multi-District Workshop, September 9, 2009
There is a shift in the aging population happening all over the world!
Opportunity for us not a challenge!
New Era in Library Service to the Baby Boomers and Older Adults Has Started
Welcome to the Old Bridge Public Library
“Senior Spaces” Project
Opened on June 8, 2007
That’s Why You’re All Here—to See What we did, how we did it and how you can do it at your library!
Why “Senior Spaces”
Response: Why Not!
It’s Not a New Concept
Libraries Have Children’s Rooms, YA Rooms, so….we have a Senior Space
We didn’t Create Senior Spaces in a Vacuum—
We know that the Boomers are Coming at the Same Time Older Adults are Living Longer
We know that LFF was developing senior spaces to serve the boomers
We Wanted to Create a Space to Serve All 3 Generations of Older Adults
We wanted to Create a Space that Would be Welcoming, Inviting and Comfortable
We wanted to create a space that would have books and reading at the center
We wanted a Space where People Could do Some Self-Paced Learning
We Wanted a Space Where the Community Could Gather and Chat or Take a Class or Learn to Write Poetry or Just Socialize
We wanted something on par with our YA Service
We wanted to develop a “space” that included a:
“A Web 2.0/Internet Space”
Based Upon What Already Exists
Take it to the Next Level
So……how did we begin
Snuck the Concept into our Strategic Plan
Phase I, Physical Space
Needed Money????? Maybe!
But Money is Nice
Where to Get it?
Looked at the Trading Spaces Model
Regional Library Cooperative, Infolink asked for $$$$$ which we matched
$10,000 from INFOLINK and $10,000 from the Library
NJ State Library finally came through on June 8th—with $10,000 more!
“Physical Space” How did we start?
What Did we Have Money to Buy?
What Furniture Was Still Good?
“Red” as the “Senior Spaces” Color
Decided Not to Spend Money on an Architect
Had to “Blend-in” with the Library
Spent Weeks Looking at Library Catalogs, Library Vendors
Bro-Dart Tables (Wheelchair Height)
Rocking Chairs (Highsmith, Gaylord)
Begged, Borrowed & Stole….
In My Head—I Knew What I Wanted?
Had a Physical Space to “Live With”
Nothing is in Stone!
Re-arranged “Senior Spaces” 4 Times
Each Time I Like it Better and Better!
Is it Perfect? No—Why Should it Be?
Developed an Advisory Board!
Unofficial Board Until September 2007
Our Craft Club, Savvy Seniors and Senior Fridays acted as Board
How Did We Document the Program
Website by Infolink (Document) www.infolink.org/seniorspaces
Website by Library (Current) www.oldbridgelibrary.org
Blog (Current plus Comment) www.seniorspaces.blogspot.com
Where we are Now!
What are our Current Programs?
Where are we going in the future?
Continue all of the above, plus:
Blogging, Podcasting, Vodcasting
Woman’s Discussion Group
Grandparents as Caregivers
More! Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities Being Developed
Increased Boomer Programming
Finally, July 1—Senior Spaces is now part of Adult Services Department
So, this is what we’ve done so far
Shared what’s on the horizon for us
But what about you? So, h
Here are some ideas to start?
This is How I Would Start—
1. Look at Your Library
2. Can you Re-arrange Furniture to create a definable “space”
3. Move Large Print Books Near That Space
4. Place to Develop Seasonal Displays
5. Get an Advisory Board Together
6. Can You Create Some Signage That Indicates That There is a Space for Seniors & Boomers
7. Bulletin Board to Help Focus on Articles and News of Interest
8. Purchase Materials
9. Gear Technology Training to This Age Group
10. Plan Programming That Meets the Needs of These Ages
11. “Identity” in Your Library, Brochures, Newsletters, in Your Service Plan
12. Get the Community Involved
So, what ideas do you have to “senior space” your library?
Putting it All Together
Libraries need to acknowledge this new exciting challenge that’s coming and get ready and plan for it………..
So, I presented some ideas--I hope that you begin to think about the demographic changes that are coming and how your library can be a POSITIVE force for the Baby Boomers
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Allan M. Kleiman