When we think of programming in libraries, isn’t it mostly children and youth who come into view? Surely, that’s where the bulk of programming is focused. However, new emphasis is being trained on the large group “coming of age”–older age–now and for the next few decades–the Boomers.
One aspect of older age that hasn’t changed much in centuries is dwindling eyesight and that’s exactly why large print collections were curated. Services to the visually impaired has always been a goal of any thinking public library but fund, in recent years, have dwindled for large print especially since audiobooks and ebooks became commonplace for the older set. Large print, however, is finding a new home in book clubs alongside regular print, audio and ebooks. People are coming to the critiques having “viewed” their book in a myriad of ways. Format choice will be the operative from here on out. Read.
While providing books to nursing homes is frequently thought of as “service to seniors”, programs for more mobile patrons must also find a place at the programming table. A thankful older generation has supported libraries with lifelong attendance as children, then as parents with their own children and now should be the recipients of information-dispensing programming as varied and essential as any literacy- or teen-centered projects. After all, this demographic has redefined so much of what it is to age–and they vote. Read.