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Senior Services at the Library

Category: GEPL News
Posted: September 11, 2017

By: Stephanie Blackwell, Marketing Coordinator

Group of seniors standing around.Today, the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the B.R. Ryall YMCA kick off Healthy Aging Week. The library and the YMCA team up to provide lectures, screenings, and exercise classes to promote physical health, mobility, economic security, and online safety for older adults.

Healthy Aging Week does more than offer lectures, screening, and exercise classes. It also highlights the numerous services, experts, and classes available in DuPage County that the community may not know exist. Connecting people with a variety of resources is the job of every public library. Partnering with the YMCA for Healthy Aging week is just one of the ways the library works to better meet the needs of members by having programming in multiple locations. Here are some other ways the library works to meet the needs of its members.

Home Delivery Service is for Glen Ellyn Public Library members of any age, who want to use library materials, but due to temporary or permanent circumstances are unable to visit the library on a regular basis. The library’s Outreach Librarian, Sarah Kleiva, hand picks books, audiobooks, DVDs, Playaways, magazines, and CDs based on the personal tastes and preferences of each member. Glen Ellyn Public Library volunteers deliver the materials to residences monthly.

The library also works with Autumn Leaves, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions and Atria Senior Living to bring materials and programs to their residents.

The library sends various materials to Autumn Leaves, a memory care facility, for caregivers to use with residents. The library partners with Brookdale Senior Living Solutions for Stop the Presses, where a Glen Ellyn Public Library volunteer brings in several news stories and leads discussions about the stories. The library helps support the Tales and Travels program at Atria Senior Living. Tales and Travels is an innovative program that combines group reading and sensory experiences to help encourage lucid moments and conversations among memory care residents. The library will be working with staff at Atria to create activity kits for caregivers and members with Alzheimer’s and dementia that can be checked out.

Last year, the library sent a harpist to Brookdale for their holiday open house and library staff visited both Brookdale and Atria Senior Living in December to bring holiday cheer and sing carols to residents.

And, if you do stop by the library, you’ll find friendly staff, a large-print collection, and accessibility features such as sound wizards (available for program attendees who experience hearing loss) and text magnifiers.

These are just some of the ways the library works to meet the needs of its community members.

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