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.
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.
This spring, we are providing eleven Creative Aging programs at various locations including senior centers. There will be more programs in the fall, 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
Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project is ongoing at the Leonard, Kings Bay and Flatbush 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.
Interview with Zlata, a library patron at the Mill Basin Library, about the power of technology for sharing family experiences.
Gitana the Creative Diva participated in The Moth Storytelling Workshop at Mill Basin this spring. I asked her to send some stories for our new Words of Wisdom section, and here they are: Morph and The Big Day.
Elizabeth Reph, one of the Dyker Singers who perform regularly at the Dyker Library as part of the Creative Aging program, shares a memoir about the 1940s.
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.
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
Service to the Aging brings our services out of the library and into street fairs and senior sites, including but not limited to senior residences, nursing homes, and hospices.
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:
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.