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"Turning Outward": How Well Do You Know Your Community?

ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation are working together to give libraries the tools to achieve real change in their communities. Here, Alice Knapp shares how she has brought the "turning outward" approach to her Connecticut library.

Creative Aging Programs Engage and Inspire

By Shannon McDonough, Communications Director, Lifetime Arts, Inc.

Part of what makes public libraries so valuable and trusted is the comprehensive range of programs and services they offer. Community outreach provides critical services to the neediest. Early literacy and other learning programs support the youngest minds and encourage them to explore their worlds.

What about the older minds?

After a lifetime of working, raising a family, or caring for a loved one, older adults are looking to have some fun, and the library is one place they can have some. Most adults fifty-five and older don’t fit into the “frail elderly” category. These people are often active, spirited, thoughtful, and engaged. They long for inspiring experiences that encourage their personal curiosity, instill self-confidence in their creative abilities, and provide valuable opportunities to make new friends. Who wouldn’t? Attending readings and performances can be entertaining and culturally enriching; however, these events don’t facilitate personal growth like Creative Aging programs do. Read more | Creative Aging Programs Engage and Inspire

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