The Next Chapter: A 50+ Resource Fair in NYC

September 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm 3 comments

2007 Lifelong Access Fellow Brigid Cahalan, Older Adult Services Specialist at the New York Public Library, writes:

Since participating as a Fellow in the 2007 Lifelong Access Institute, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the question of how libraries can contribute to enhancing the lives of active older adults in the community. What tools can we provide to promote civic engagement, healthy aging, and creativity and growth throughout the lifespan?

The New York Public Library has been in a process of transformation, and as part of the changes I’ve been appointed to a newly-created position–Older Adults Services Specialist. I was delighted to learn of my new role, and look forward to putting into practice many of the lessons from the Institute, as well as learning from the experiences of other Fellows–past, present, and future.

NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library will be hosting a resource fair entitled The Next Chapter: A 50+ Resource Fair on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 10 A.M.-3 P.M.  (Click here to see the flyer – PDF, 1 pg).  Seventeen organizations that focus on volunteering and education for New York City’s 50+ population will be sending literature and staffing resource tables. In an adjoining room, representatives from each will have 10 minutes each to speak about the opportunities they can provide.

And yes, there will  be Wii! A library page will be present to give attendees an opportunity to try some of the sports-related Nintendo Wii game products such as bowling, golf and tennis.

Take a look at the flyer to see which organizations will be coming and, of course, if you’re in New York City that day, stop by!


Entry filed under: Lifelong Events, Posts by Lifelong Fellows, Programming, Spotlight.

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  • 1. Allan M. Kleiman  |  September 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm


    I applaud the NYPL for being pro-active in their service to the 50+ generation and by designating Brigid Calahan to the newly designated older adult specialist position. A decade ago having a teen librarian was not usual; now it is common. So, I predict that in the next decade libraries all over the US and Canada will reorganize their Reference Departments and create new positions for older adults specialists, too!

    Now we need to see that all library schools, state library agencies, and public libraries continue to understand these changing 50+ demographics and work to make necessary training and staff changes happen.

    The interest in the 50+ generation is not just here in the US and Canadian but one that extends beyond our borders. Next week I travel to make a presentation at the Croatian Library Association on developing “Senior Spaces” programs in their libraries and this past August made a similar presentation at IFLA in Quebec.

    Twenty-five years ago when I first began to make presentations on serving the baby boomers and older adults the audiences often were small. Now as I travel across the United States the audiences are standing room only. Library staffs are interested in the change! How can we make it happen?

    So, as we all develop our programs and models, I hope that all the “players” can continue to share results, ideas, and best practices; so that all of us can benefit from them. We all need to work together to make this “shift happen!”

    Allan M. Kleiman
    Assistant Library Director
    “Senior Spaces” Project Manager
    Old Bridge (NJ) Public Library

  • 2. Pat McCarthy  |  September 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Northland Public Library was selected by AARP to receive the AARP Pennsylvania 2008 Library Services for Older Adults Award in recognition of the Boomer Connections program. This award will be presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association (PALA) conference on November 11, 2008.

  • […] Hill and the ways in which she has applied these new concepts and practices at NYPL.  (See her “Next Chapter” post on this blog).   Brigid is a born speaker!  No wonder her work is getting so much traction at […]


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