Orange County Public Libraries

 

Designed library programming to address such Boomer topics of interest as health & nutrition, work, and lifestyle choices. Information packets on 12 major health concerns of Boomers were created and distributed to all OCPL branch libraries. Library staff also participated in a Boomer outreach event sponsored by a local healthcare center, and a 'walk and learn' event was offered in partnership with the Parks Department. Outreach to small businesses was expanded by increasing the number of SCORE workshop host sites from 3 to 5 branch libraries. Each workshop saw an average of 65 attendees. In fact, the demand for SCORE workshops was occasionally so great that staff had to turn people away because the library meeting room had reached maximum occupancy. Convened a half-day staff development training to better prepare staff to meet the growing demand from patrons for help with job searches. Offered a series of lifestyle programs including a literary event wtih mystery writers as well as a community book read of Three Cups of Tea – in which almost 300 people participated that resulted in the creation of a social networking blog.

Grant $20,000

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