ERIC Number: ED338233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
How To Serve Seniors in Your Community by Meeting Their Needs for Mental Stimulation, Delight, and Empowerment: Lively Minds Manual.
Gross, Ron; And Others
"Lively Minds," the Travelling Library Learning Program, involves older adults in Nassau, New York in weekly, 1-hour continuing education programs which use library services and materials for mental stimulation, enjoyment, and empowerment. The overall purpose is to give seniors personal intellectual experiences of the power and resourcefulness of their own minds, particularly when they work together, use new techniques for problem solving, and take advantage of library resources. The first of seven sections in this manual discusses four major reasons why a library or another community organization should start a program for seniors in its community. Addressing the leadership, outreach, and teamwork aspects of such a program, the second section describes the roles of the library director (or director of the agency initiating the program), the creative consultant, the librarian (or staff member from the sponsoring organization), and an advisory committee. The remaining sections cover designing the program, marshalling materials and resources, promoting the program, the minimal costs involved, and evaluating the program. A detailed description of a model session is appended together with a list of sources of information and exercises for sessions on six themes: Your Coping Mind, Your Creative Mind, Your Memorable Mind, Your Wise Mind, Your Critical Mind, and Your Growing Mind. A feedback form for participants is also included. (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Community Education, Community Organizations, Community Programs, Continuing Education, Cooperative Programs, Guidelines, Intellectual Experience, Library Directors, Library Materials, Library Services, Older Adults, Outreach Programs, Problem Solving, Public Libraries, Retirement
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: New York State Library, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY.