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,

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