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5-Star Programming and Services for Your 55+ Library by Barbara T. Mates

By Barbara T. Mates

Each seven seconds, a toddler boomer turns 50. So...who makes up the fastest-growing phase of power library clients? because the inhabitants ways fifty five and above, libraries are confronted with an untapped chance to serve a continuously underserved inhabitants. As she explains the fine details of making plans, constructing, advertising and marketing, and investment winning courses and companies to the graying inhabitants, longtime outreach and entry suggest Barbara associates demonstrates how libraries can make the most of supplying top-notch courses and providers for older adults. the most recent within the ALA Programming courses sequence, this accomplished source will get to the guts of what seniors want and want--from carrying on with schooling to recreation--and the right way to achieve out to homebound seniors. filled with principles for motion pictures and track, desktops and the internet, family tree, examining, utilizing adaptive and assistive units, and extra, this can be the one-stop advisor for serving the wishes of library shoppers as they movement into the second one half lifestyles!

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A few signs to look for are that the person is looking at your mouth all the time (done to visually catch conversational cues), the person may not answer staff when queried, or the person may give an inappropriate answer. 5 If you realize you are talking with a hearing-impaired senior, remember these tips: Whenever possible, face the hard-of-hearing person directly and on the same level. Do not stand at an angle or in bright light. If the person is accompanied by someone who can hear, continue to talk to the patron who needs the service.

Html>. Outreach and Special Services Division, Ohio Library Council, Serving the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Library Patron (Columbus: Ohio Library Council, 1997). Pamphlet. Sarah Hamrick, e-mail to author, March 2002. html>. Outreach and Special Services Division, Ohio Library Council, Serving the Physically Disabled Library Patron (Columbus: Ohio Library Council, 1997). Pamphlet. Minister of Public Works, Communicating. Ibid. Ibid. Do not rely on the free Web translators. The library should work with community organizations to get the translation done correctly, preferably by a bilingual staff member proficient in English and the chosen language.

Some libraries, such as the Brooklyn Public Library (New York), have programming that encour- 32 ages communications both in the senior’s native language and in English. Some tips when working with seniors with diverse cultural and ethnic needs follow: Be aware that some seniors were not treated fairly when they were young and may not believe that the library’s programs are inclusive. Respect ethnic diversity and build senior collections and programming to reflect differences and sameness. Seek to highlight all of the seniors’ ethnic backgrounds at some point during the year.

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