In Virginia Beach, we have started a weekly program, Tuesdays @ Two, in the afternoon for older adults, though we’re letting people self-select to attend based on the time of day. Attendance fluctuates with the weather, but this week has been warm and we had 19 people.
I took the opportunity to experiment. One inspiration was Gene Cohen’s The Creative Age, which is about much more than the arts but does talk about how his “Liberation Phase” inspires older artists. I prepared to talk about artists who changed style or methods as they aged, especially how they dealt with disabilities, like Renoir who had rheumatoid arthritis.
Another inspiration was the movie, In Winter Still, that I saw in the ALA exhibits last summer. An excerpt is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ahlWR23vWk This is a fictional story about Claude Monet. The movie went over very well and so did my presentation. We then proceeded to “paint” a mural with colored paper and glue sticks and everyone got really into it as you can see.
Diantha Schull writes:
Lifelong Access Colleagues,
With the turn of the New Year, we are all focusing on the key roles that libraries can play in the lives of 50+ adults, especially in the context of increased longevity and worsened economic conditions. A new study by the American Council on Education underscores the importance of post-secondary education opportunities for older adults. This study may be helpful to you as you consider lifelong learning programs in 2009 at your library. It may also be helpful in framing the issues for your conversations with Trustees, colleagues and community partners.
Best wishes for 2009!
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