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Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults Department offers many inclusive programming and services tailored for the 50+ audience. These include lectures, films, performances and educational programs that reflect the wide interests of today's older adults. See our list of services below.


Hear interviews with Brooklyn residents as part of the Our Streets, Our Stories Oral History Project on the newly launched tumblr page:

Cat Greenleaf is interviewed by Taina Evans at "Talk Stoop" in Cobble Hill on August 8th, 2016. 

“There’s something about this block in particular that I’ve always felt was very musical, and there’s a music store called the Musician’s General Store on the corner, and I went in one day and the man said, his name is Mingo, he said ‘I’m so happy you showed up, I’ve been waiting for you to come here,’ he said, ‘Cat, I grew up in a band in your house, what’s now your house."

To hear the full interview, click here.

Brooklyn Public Library Services for Older Adults - Our Streets, Our Stories, Cat GreenLeaf




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), DVDs 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)


Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Workshops

Enjoy our suite of technology programs offered at Brooklyn Public Library.

Older Adults Computer Instruction:

Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Visit any Brooklyn Public Library location, for classes cater to the 50+ audience, and explore the world of technology, using laptops (PCs and Macs), and iPads.

Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, and online health information. Program offerings can be found here.  

Remote-Access Programs for Homebound Individuals:

Enjoy our monthly teleconference and online courses cater to people who are homebound or residing in senior residences and/or nursing homes.

Sign up through our partner at DOROT University Without Walls: 877–819–9147 or register online.


Creative Aging Programs

Check out the Summer 2016 listings of our Creative Aging programs at various locations including senior centers. There will be more programs in the Fall, so please keep checking the calendar to find out when the next opportunity to register for a Creative Aging program.

Creative Aging programs at BPL are made possible with support from The Sills Family Foundation, The Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, American Chai Trust, Michael J. Festa & Family and Poets & Writers, Inc.

Our Streets, Our Stories

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project is an ongoing oral history project of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services that seeks to explore the Brooklyn that is, and the Brooklyn that was, from the words of the community that lives here. Listen to archived interviews:


Library Lanes

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.

Competitions are held on Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12:00pm at the locations listed below:

Arlington Library, Central Library, Brownsville Library, Crown Heights Library, Cypress Hills Library, DeKalb Library, Macon Library, Midwood Library, New Lots Library, New Utrecht Library, Red Hook Library, Saratoga Library and Stone Avenue Library.

Information for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Services for Older Adults has compiled a resource 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.

Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, and Residences Services

Services for Older Adults reaches beyond the library to visit street fairs, senior residences, nursing homes, hospice care, and more. We arrange for cultural programs, speakers, and presenters at senior sites throughout Brooklyn. In addition to our Creative Aging programs, we also provide the signature programs below:

  • Words and Memories (since 1974) 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. (Offered in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian)
  • Crafty Cards Participants enjoy creating their very own greeting cards for every occasion at day centers, nursing homes, and hospice facilities.

Contact Services for Older Adults:

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.