San Leandro Public Library
Developed a series of new, innovative, and wide-ranging programs to address Boomer interests in cultural enrichment, health and fitness, lifelong learning, and leisure activities. Programs included: San Leandro Reads – a book discussion group, lecture, film viewing, and museum tour; Healthy San Leandro – a lecture and health fair, co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente; Hawaiian Ethnic Celebration – lectures and music concerts on Hawaiian culture; San Francisco Barbary Coast Field Trip; Chinese History – a lecture. A series of how-to workshops – the Baby Boomer Academy – was also offered, ranging from cooking workshops, eco-friendly landscaping, and antique appraisal, to a 5-week creative writing class. The both programs and workshops drew huge crowds, some in excess of 400 people. A Boomer volunteer advisory group of 9 members was recruited that continues to meet, present ideas, and implement new programs. This group, coupled with significant community partnerships, made these high quality programs with well-known personalities possible. The community buzz that resulted has inspired people to rethink what kinds of activities can take place at a library.
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