Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Celebrating Older Adults at the Ridgefield Library

Some news from Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski.

While May is officially designated as Older Adults Month, the Ridgefield Library offers services with appeal to this growing demographic year round.

For those who find regular books difficult to read, the Library has a collection of over 2,400 large print titles, ranging from current best sellers to the classics. Our ever-growing audiobook collection, for those who want to read while on the go, includes books on CD and cassette and downloadable audiobooks. Our newest additions are Playaways, self -contained audiobooks that at only 2 ounces offer the ultimate in portability.

While not only geared to older adults, this summer the Ridgefield Library will be launching a Homebound Delivery Service for those unable to come to the library due to short- or long-term medical problems or disabilities. Eligible patrons will be in contact with a library staff member, who will help in the selection of library materials, including regular and large print books, audiobooks, and DVD movies. Then, a volunteer will make deliveries and pick-ups to and from their place of residence. We hope to have this program in full swing by mid-summer.

From June 23rd through August 2nd, the Library will be holding its fourth annual Adult Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Adults Read Around Ridgefield, and for each book read or audiobook listened to, participants will earn one dollar toward the purchase of large print books and audiobooks earmarked for our new Homebound Delivery Service. In addition, we will be featuring weekly prizes, book displays, reading recommendations and special programs, including Books & Breakfast Chats, Brown Bag Mystery Lunches, live music, and more.

For more information about the Homebound Delivery Service or the Adult Summer Reading Program contact Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski. And thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library for their support of both of these programs.

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