Services for Older Adults

Check out the latest post on our Senior Moments blog.

One of the highlights of working for Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults Department is to attend exhibitions at the libraries and senior centers that host Creative Aging programs around Brooklyn.

This morning, April 28, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the exhibition at the Midwood Library. As you can see from the photos below, the students learned a great deal...

Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults Department offers many special programs and events especially tailored for the 50+ audience. These include lectures, films, performances and educational programs that reflect the wide interests of today's older adults. We also provide:



Serving nursing homes, senior centers, and adult day-care centers, we supply seniors with reading and viewing materials. Included are books in English and other languages (some in large print); "Bi-Folkal Kits", a collection of memorabilia to spark discussion; and videos and audio books.

Books to Go Application (PDF)

Books by Mail

A fast, convenient service that supplies books, audio books and videos to people who are homebound and have a visual disability.

Books by Mail Application (PDF)

Creative Aging Programs

Brooklyn Public Library is part of the Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, made up of over 20 library systems across the United States that offer multi-session art workshops for people 50 and over, which are taught by professional teaching artists. These programs usually last from eight-twelve sessions of at least 90 minutes each, and are followed by a celebration and showcase of the work created by the participants.

Check out the Fall listings of our Creative Aging programs at various locations including senior centers. There will be more programs in the spring, so please keep checking this link to find out when the next opportunity to register for a Creative Aging program is posted on our online events calendar.

Our Street, Our Stories

Brooklyn Public Library: Services for Older Adults, Our Streets Our Stories Icon Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project is ongoing at the Leonard, Clinton Hill, Kings Bay, Flatbush and New Lots Libraries. Interview your neighbors or be interviewed about your experiences growing up in Brooklyn. All interviews will be archived on the Brooklyn Public Library website for family, friends and researchers to listen to.


Interested in becoming the digital champion of a Bowling League? Please join Brooklyn Public Library's Library Lanes Virtual Bowling League.  Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One, with monthly virtual tournaments between "Team Central" and "Team Macon"

Competitions are held on Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12:00pm at Central Library, in the Info Lab, and at Macon Library's Meeting Room.


Brooklyn’s Oldest Person is also the World’s Oldest Person, and Brooklyn Public Library’s Outreach Services team had a birthday party for her! Guinness World Records confirmed Ms. Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York is the world’s oldest living person, who celebrated her 116th birthday!
Hear the exclusive interview for Our Streets, Our Stories Oral History Project on the newly launched tumblr page:
More on Susannah Mushatt Jones:
Susannah was born Susie Mushatt in Lowndes County, Alabama, to Mary and Callie Mushatt. Her father was a sharecropper who picked cotton to support his wife and ten children. Jones is third born, and she’s outlived all of her siblings. Although she has no children of her own, she has more than 100 nieces and nephews.



Every once in a while, we get a hand-written letter from one of our Books by Mail participants. Sometimes we have to share them.


Our Senior Moments blog is now released in a printed quarterly newsletter. Archives of the blog can be found here.

Information for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Services for Older Adults has compiled a list of helpful links for older adults, caregivers, professionals, researchers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the lives of older adults.

Information and Cultural Programs

We arrange for speakers and presenters at senior sites throughout Brooklyn.

Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, and Residences

Services for Older Adults brings reaches beyond the library to street fairs, senior residences, nursing homes, and hospice care, and more.

Words and Memories

Presented in nursing homes and other senior sites, Words and Memories is a program in which poetry, film, short stories, history and art inspire older adults to reminisce about their life experiences.


Contact the Services for Older Adults department of Brooklyn Public Library:

tel 718.236.1760

Services for Older Adults is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development.

All programs are sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, which has been established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation.