Maybe you love your local library and feel like it gives you programs that are valuable and enhance your life. Or maybe you feel that your library is falling short and could do more to make it relevant to your life and community.
Either way, talk to your librarian about what you envision and ways to make your library programs more engaging and valuable to members of your age group. Also, point him or her to The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries.
The free online resource offers libraries the resources needed for designing and implementing programming for aged 50-plus patrons. Those can be anything from hands-on art classes and lectures, to financial planning seminars, playwriting workshops, art exhibits, and book discussion groups.
Among other things, the toolkit provides advice and resources on surveying the community about what they want; planning tools, like developing a budget and funding programs and hiring teachers; and strategies for promoting and evaluating programs.
It also includes checklists, sample surveys, flyers, and patron surveys to help librarians get a program off the ground.