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....

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. 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.

Check out the Fall 2015 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.

Our Streets, 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 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 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.

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.

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. We also provide 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 and Russian)
  • Talking Needles Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and friendly conversation at senior sites
  • Crafty Cards Participants enjoy creating their very own greeting cards for every occasion at day centers, nursing homes, and hospice facilities.
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.


Contact the 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.