Friday, February 29, 2008

Senior Fridays: March 2008

Free Events for Older Adults
Fridays @ 1:30pm
Learn, Create, Sit-Back and Enjoy!

March 7: Movie: It Happened One Night!
Classic movie with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (1934)

March 14: Author Talk: Creative Writing Process
Free-lance writer and retired English Professor, Ken Sieben will talk about getting started in writing—at any age!

March 21: Talk & Discussion: Life Part 2
From the PBS series, Life Part 2, view and discuss the
episode on “The Aging Brain,” and more! Led by librarian,
Allan M. Kleiman

March 28: Talk & Discussion: Fire Safety in Your Home
Old Bridge Fire Marshall Tom Gerity will provide us with
tips that all of us need to know to keep our homes safe

No Registration Required--Light Refreshments Will be Served

“Senior Spaces”
Old Bridge Public Library
1 Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center
Route 516 and Cottrell Road
732-721-5600, ext. 5033

These programs are made possible under contract with the INFOLINK Regional Library Cooperative and a grant from the NJ State Library

Monday, February 25, 2008

Today's Outreach Program


Today Ellen and I made our long overdue visit to our neighbor--the Old Bridge Senior Center. I think it must be over 6 months since my last visit.

Today's program started out with senior center member (and library customer) Dorothy Miller who talked about "aging." She spoke about all the possibilities that we have today and how older adults should take advantage of learning and try out the new technology.

Dorothy has macular degeneration and gets around with the use of white cane. She has ZoomText installed on her computer at home. We have also helped her with some additional training on ZoomText at the Library, too!

Remember, Dorothy remarked, good cheese, wine and wood, only get better with age!

I was up next. Today we talked about last night's Oscars, our favorite movies from times past, Spring, we read together Trees by Joyce Kilmer, talked about what kind of tree we'd like to be, read a chapter from George Burns' 100 Years 100 Stories and finished by talking about Ethel Merman's 100 Anniversary, her career and sang "There's No Business Like Show Business!"

Some of the other props I brought for show-and-tell with me were copies of Reminisce Extra magazine and a selection of books in other languages (Chinese, Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish and Russian) and some recent large print books. The Senior Center Spanish Language class meets in our Library each Friday morning, too!

Our program was well received and we hope to be back in a few weeks for another "show." Next time, Ellen gets to be at bat!

Chat with you soon,

Saturday, February 23, 2008

PBS Series Life Part 2


We have just recently purchased the PBS Series Life Part 2.

"Life (Part 2) is an innovative PBS series by and about the whopping 26% of the American population who are 55 and older (and you know who you are)."

We purchased the series with public performance rights so that we can develop programming around the discussion topics.

I was wondering (rather than recreate the wheel) if another Library has done the same and was willing to share discussion materials that they created? and possibly their results?

If you are not aware of the series take a look at the PBS website. The URL is listed above. In fact, I never saw the series when it aired but discovered it in a PBS catalog that I recently received. It's really great!

Either post here to the list with comments or contact me directly.

Chat with you soon.

Allan M. Kleiman, MLS
Assistant Library Director
"Senior Spaces" Project Manager
Old Bridge Public Library
1 Old Bridge Public Library, Municipal Center
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Tel: 732-721-5600, ext. 5042
E-Mail:; or
Member, ALA OLOS Library Service to Older Adult Task Force
President, NJLA Special Populations Section
Chair, INFOLINK Diversity Committee
"I'm Glad That I'm Not Young Anymore!"