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  • Focus on: Seniors LIBRARY SERVICE TO SENIORS → “Librarians have been criticized for interpreting the needs of older adults in a narrow, stereotyped way, using a ‘medical’ model of old age to concentrate on providing a limited range of services for those unable to leave their homes or living in communal homes” (Kendall, 1996, p. 17). → Traditionally, there is a lack of in- house programming for seniors,DEFINING SENIORS: NEEDS although seniors are enthusiastic about what is offered (Piper, et• Now constitute a rapidly growing proportion of the population al., 2009). → “The great majority of [public• Need to move away from perceiving older people as a libraries] gave a low priority to homogenous grouping on the sole basis of chronological age program development for older adults” (Turock, 1987, p. 137).• Trends: Declining solidarity of family care, changes in family patterns, dispersion of generations and increased C OLLEC TIONS S ERVING SENIO RS dependence on a personal community that is increasingly o Large Print o Audiobooks focused on friends, not family o Periodicals o Partnerships with CNIB• Older people need access to sustained, interpersonal o E-books and audiobooks interactions through social networks SE RVIC ES SE RVING SENIO RS• The Public Library is a potential source for helping seniors o Homebound services or build new ties to non-kin (friends) to access support deposit collections at nursing and retirement• Older people need opportunities to contribute meaningfully homes, and hospices o Computer classes• Interpersonal relationships as significant geared at seniors o Reading Clubs o As peers mobility and physical capacities fade, older o Flexible or extended loan people need to secure continuity of emotional and periods practical support through interpersonal relationships
  • 12 THE LOREM IPSUMS SPRING 2016 Our Library and the Community Served: PETERBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY: Pe te rbo rou gh i s a h u b o f activ ity • Known for exceptional quality of life Mission: The Peterborough Public Library is our • Located in the Kawarthas tourist communitys connection to a world of resources to region inform, inspire and enlighten • Diverse commercial and agricultural • They are located at the heart of base Peterborough • Two post-secondary institutions • They have two branches • Well positioned as a “hub” with • 35% of the population are active card major airports between Toronto and holders Ottawa • Annual program attendance: 9,155 • Activities which attract an “active older adult” population Se rvic es Cu rre n tly O ffe red for Sen io rs: • Walkable, vibrant downtown area — Computer Classes Pe te rbo rou gh v alu es cu ltu re — Memoir Writing and Storytelling • “Levels of activity far above those — Kniterary Night (all adults welcome) typically found in other communities — “Shut-in service” of its size” (Municipal Culture Plan — Accessible equipment and space (2011) p.31 • “Well preserved built heritage” PETERBOROUGH: • Cultural industry linked positively to “quality of life” and “continued economic prosperity” for Population: Peterborough City: 74,600 Including County: 135,000 Pe te rbo rou gh v alu es se ni ors • City Website dedicated page – easily Population is aging: accessible 2006: 13% of the population age 55-64 • Health Supports, Agencies – links to 2011: 15.3% of the population age 55-64 businesses geared to seniors needs Total: 15% change between 2006-2011 • Social activities • “Seniors rates” for monthly/seasonal transit pass • “HandiVan” special transportation • Tax Assistance – for 65+ with low income (-25K)/Tax Rebate for Heritage Property Owners 2