Services for Older Adults

Services for Older Adults at BPL offers inclusive programming and services tailored to our patrons over the age of 55, including lectures, films, performances and educational programs that reflect the wide interests of today’s older adults.

Programs & Classes
Programs & Classes for Older Adults

For the convenience of our older adults, we offer programming in person or virtually via Facebook Live, Zoom meetings, and streaming from our branch staff!

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Books by Mail
Books by Mail

This fast, convenient service provides books, audiobooks and videos to people who are homebound or have a visual disability.

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Creative Aging
Creative Aging

Multi-session art workshops for patrons ages 55 and older, led by a professional teaching artist.

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Technology For All
Technology For All

Assisting you in all your tech demands.

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More Services from BPL's SOA

We supply reading and viewing materials to older adults in nursing homes, senior centers and adult day-care centers. Materials include books in English and other languages (some in large print), DVDs and audiobooks. Books-to-Go Application

Monthly teleconference and online courses for those who are homebound or living in senior residences or nursing homes. Visit dorotusa.org for more information.

OSOS is an ongoing oral history project exploring Brooklyn from the words of its residents.

We reach beyond the Library to visit street fairs, senior residences, nursing homes, hospice care and more. Throughout Brooklyn, we host cultural programs, speakers and presenters at senior sites.

Upcoming Events

Ulmer Park presents Creative Aging: Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy

Thu, Apr 18 11:00am
Ulmer Park, Meeting Room

Artists on Site arts and crafts Chinese

Learn how to paint in the Chinese style. Themes of paintings inspired by nature. Bamboo, birds, flowers, fish, scenery, and other subjects. Learn the basic techniques in Chinese painting and develop your own style. A brief introduction to Chinese characters. 

Weekly Lessons:

Creative Writing: Our Story To Tell

Thu, Apr 18 1:30pm
Virtual

creative aging creative writing Virtual Programming

In this nine week series, we focus each week on a different theme, central to our lived experience of the world. 

Instructor Ari Satok starts each class by bringing in a piece of writing for us to read and discuss. He then introduces the weekly theme and provides various quotes,…

Creative Aging: Artistic Impressions in Watercolor

Fri, Apr 19 11:00am
Virtual

arts and crafts creative aging Virtual Programming

Join us in this nine week virtual Watercolor series. This is an Intermediate class but everyone is welcome. Nigel Morgan will teach you techniques to make your paintings look even better. This series will end in a culminating event in which you will get to share your beautiful pieces of art with…

Creative Aging: Charcoal Creations

Mon, Apr 22 4:00pm
Brighton Beach Library, Auditorium

Artists on Site arts and crafts creative aging

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and shading.  This 9-week charcoal workshop is designed for beginners.  We will explore simple techniques that will certainly help in improving your drawing ability.  This class series will be taught by Nigel Morgan. 

Supplies will be…

Creative Aging: Poetic Collage

Tue, Apr 23 1:00pm
Spring Creek, Meeting Room

Artists on Site arts and crafts creative aging

This poetry in visual forms workshop approaches language as a tangible entity and the image as literal and figurative word. We will explore the intersection of the drawn, written, & spoken line, considering public space, placement, and design. 

For the workshop we…

Adult Coloring and Puzzles

Tue, Apr 23 2:00pm
Brownsville Library

arts and crafts creative aging

Do you enjoy coloring? What about crossword, sudoku, or word search puzzles? Join us on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm for this known stress reliever.  

Decorate Your Own Tote Bag!

Tue, Apr 23 2:00pm
Gravesend, Auditorium

arts and crafts creative aging

Come decorate your own tote bag using acrylic paint and paint markers! All supplies will be provided. 

Registration Required. To Register, please visit Gravesend Library at 303 Ave X at West 2nd Street or call the branch at 718-382-5792.

 

Creative Dancing and Movement with Silver Shoes Dance Club

Wed, Apr 24 10:30am
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

creative aging dance fitness and classes health and wellness

Do you like music? Do you like to dance? Whether you have experience or not this is the great program for you. You can Cha-cha, Swing, Salsa, and more. Join Daniela from Silver Shoes Dance Club for nine weeks of social dance classes. Feel fit and fabulous learning new dance styles weekly all…

Puzzles in the Afternoon

Wed, Apr 24 12:30pm
Clinton Hill Library

creative aging table-top & board games

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as you work on a puzzle with members of the community! A great way to relax and slow down. 

This free program is designed for adults and all supplies will be provided. 

CA: Embracing Artistic Growth: A Journey through Acrylics

Wed, Apr 24 12:30pm
Crown Heights, Auditorium

Artists on Site arts and crafts creative aging

Our 'Embracing Artistic Growth: A Journey Through Acrylics' program invites Older Adults to explore the vibrant world of acrylic painting over nine weeks. Each session is designed to build upon the last, from foundational techniques to the nuances of personal expression. Participants will…

Technology for All 

 Services for Older Adults' new initiative, Technology For All, may assist you in your tech needs, such as:

  • Screen Readers (NVDA, JAWS, Voiceover)
  • Phone & Android (Smartphones)
  • Computer Support (Google Suite, Microsoft365, Outlook, Gmail)
  • Virtual Programs (Zoom, Microsoft Team)
  • Social Media (Youtube, Instagram, Facebook)
  • Microsoft & Mac iOS Software. 

Email seniors@bklynlibrary.org or call 718-938-2525 for more information. 

Technology for All is generously supported by the New York Community Trust.

 

Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Debate 

For Teens and Older Adults ready for a fun challenge and a chance to be heard…

Bridging the Gap is a 10-week intergenerational debate program in which elders [ages 55+] and youth [ages 14-19] will learn the art of debating and practice debate skills. There will be four weeks of instruction, two weeks of practice debates, with the last four weeks of the program featuring the debate tournament and leading to a championship round. An awards ceremony and reception will take place on the final day.

Over the course of the series sessions, participants will work in intergenerational pairs learning and practicing the art of debate. From what an argument is to crafting and developing a persuasive and impactful argument, Bridging the Gap will teach youth and older adults to develop and hone their research and public speaking skills. A podcast will be produced at the end of the series capturing the experiences, observations, and insights of the participants.

Youth and older adults have some of the same challenges, including social stereotyping and political underrepresentation. Bridging the Gap will provide a safe library space for generations to learn about one another while listening to one another. It’s where the fresh, creative energy from the young will pair with the useful, tested experience of older adults.

Bridging the Gap at Brooklyn Public Library, Winter 2024: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm, January 16 - March 19, Virtually on Zoom.

For more information on Bridging the Gap, please contact Berena Hughes at 718-236-1760 ext. 51143 or 929-466-1158 or email bhughes@bklynlibrary.org.

Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Debate at BPL brought to you in partnership with and made possible by a grant from The Eisner Foundation

 

Services for Older Adults is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the NYS Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development. All programs are sponsored by BPL’s Department of Outreach Services, which was established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation.