What programs and services does the Ela Area Public Library offer Older Adults?
Over 50 programs, classes and events are held each year with the older adult population in mind. These range from musical and entertainment events to hands-on computer classes, historical portrayals, author visits and book discussions.
Memory Café, co-sponsored with Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), is an opportunity for people experiencing mild or early stage memory loss and their care partners to come together for a time of connection and conversation while enjoying themed activities. The Café meets the third Tuesday of each month, unless noted otherwise. Please call Pam Pellizzari, Memory Programs Director at BACOA at 847-381-5030 to register.
Book Discussions: A monthly Senior Book Discussion group meets in the Library the fourth Monday of the month using books that are available in large print, audio and regular print. Two off-site book discussions are also offered by Outreach staff at Zurich Meadows apartments and Azpira Place.
Read-a-Loud is a bi-monthly program presented by Outreach staff at Lexington Health Care Center. Topical stories and poems are shared along with music and conversation with the residents. Our volunteer Library therapy dog and owner visit as well.
Outreach Site Visits are made monthly, or as needed, to bring materials to various facilities and groups in the Library District, (i.e. Queen of Peace, Mt. St. Joseph, Azpira Place, Silverado, Cedar Lake, Ela Township Senior Group).
Community Partnerships: Outreach staff works closely with many community organizations, agencies and groups to jointly offer programs both on-site and in the larger Ela community.
Outreach staff also makes presentations and provides book talks at many community groups.