Public libraries harbor a treasure trove of goodies for seniors.
Librarians are the best thing about libraries. I know because I am married to one. Librarians love to help people find what they are looking for. Imagine, in this day of technology, being able to talk with a living, breathing, intelligent human who will listen to you, speaks your language, and will try to help you find what you want! They will even help you use technology. As an added bonus, librarians are friendly, pleasant and want to help. I love librarians, one in particular, Eloise. ;)
Book groups enabled by libraries help seniors have a sense of connection and belonging to a circle of thoughtful people. Book groups usually meet once a month to discuss a book that all have read. The library will help gather a book group kit so all members of the group will have access to the same book that is to be discussed. The group usually plans out the books for a year in advance, with all the members being able to have a say in the selection of the books. Book groups are a great way to improve your mental capacities while meeting with new friends.
Programs are lively part of the library. Libraries host story times, book reading challenges ending with celebrations for the participants, guest lectures, holiday themed activities. Librarians are always dreaming up great things to do with and for the patrons.
Picture books are wonderful. The art and the stories have never been better. They are great to read to grandchildren or any others who may just love to hear your voice and feel your warmth. Caldecott award winners and honors can quickly lead you to wonderful books. Caldecott annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children." But Caldecott winners are just the tip of the iceberg. A librarian can point out many additional wonderful books for your particular audience.
Audiobooks are great because they can be easily carried around and the readers are fantastic. They come in different formats. A Play-a-way is a 1/2' by 2" by 3" player that you can connect to earphones or a speaker. I often wear one when I go for a walk, But they can be plugged in to computer speakers if are at home. You can also check out books by downloading them to your phone or computer through Overdrive or other services. The readers use amazing voices and expression. Jim Dale is a brilliant reader who has done such delightful works as Peter and the Starcatchers and the Harry Potter series. There are also personal development books such as Angela Duckworth's Grit.
DVD's are a choice part of a library's offerings. They have many of the currently popular movies, but also classics and series. At Pleasant Grove Library they are free if you have a card. Other libraries may charge a nominal fee to check them out.
Books, Books, Books! Libraries are full of them. So many authors, titles, publishers, it takes a computer to keep track of them. And librarians can help you find them with ease. If your library doesn't have what you want, they can probably get it for you through and interlibrary loan.
Many libraries offer free library cards for the residents of their community, but even if you have to pay for a card, the benefits of being a card-carrying library patron are more than worth every cent. Check out your library and enjoy!
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Welcome to Provo City Library. With over 270,000 items in our adult and children’s collections, online access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, and home access to over 50 databases of periodicals, manuals, and learning software, you can find what you’re looking for at the Provo City Library.