(Note: Apologies for the broken links in the previous email. These should be correct.)
There’s a lot of talk, lately, about bringing the library to the people, rather than the other way around. To some extent, we have been doing that for a long time: Bookmobiles have existed for
about 100 years (check out that link for a great picture of “elephant libraries" in Thailand) and many libraries have excellent outreach divisions, including those that bring books to homebound patrons.
We can also acknowledge that, as the baby boom generation approaches “senior” status, the amount of Americans aged 65 or older is growing rapidly – in fact, the number of adults living in the US that are over 65 is
larger than it has ever been. Of that population,
rougly 5% are in a nursing home, and that percentage increases with age.
Many of us also know someone whose life has been touched by dementia. The statistics are startling: 1 in 9 people over 65 have Alzheimer’s, it is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and fully 1 in 3 senior citizens will die of either Alzheimer’s or another dementia (this, and more information can be found in
a great infographic created by the Alzheimer’s Association).
One such person whose life was touched by this disease was librarian Tysha Shay, one of last year’s Library Journal
Movers and Shakers. Tysha spent time caring for her grandmother while she had Alzheimer’s and as a result of her experiences, developed the “Stories for Life” program, which brings outreach visits and programming to area nursing homes.
What a great initiative to address this growing concern and an excellent way to bring the library to the people!
That's why we here at SWON are excited to share the opportunity to talk with Tysha during one of our upcoming
Innovation Conversations on May 31st. These conversations are FREE for employees of our
supporting member institutions, $25 for anyone living in our
Ohio service area or $50 for anyone, anywhere.
Can’t make the webinar? Let us know and we can make the archive available to you. We hope you can
register for the event here and we look forward to talking with Tysha about this innovative program that touches the lives of an often underserved population. See you there!