Yolo County Library undertook a community assessment process to ascertain how to better serve and engage mid-life adults as well as position the library as a catalyst, resource and meeting place for mid-life adults wanting to learn, teach, lead, build skills, re-career, and become more civically-engaged. The library established a 10-member Advisory Group, identified community and social service agencies currently serving this age cohort, and hired a consultant to conduct two focus group sessions that had a total of 50 participants. Based on these focus group findings and Advisory Group input, a plan for implementation and recommended next steps were established. A Community Summit was also hosted by the library at which 27 area organizations who offer services to adults ages 46-55 attended. No such community consortium had ever existed before and it provided participants with the unique opportunity of exploring how to best collaborate and coordinate services. One pilot program (a Community Fair) was also offered that enabled the public to learn about city, county and local non-profit agencies, their services, and volunteer opportunities available to mid-life adults. More than 500 community members attended. A contact list of 53 City of Davis, Yolo County and local non-profit organizations that provide services or volunteer opportunities to mid-life adults was created and distributed to each organization that attended the Community Summit and to all 10 branches of the Yolo County Library. The Advisory Group continues to support the library by providing partnership ideas and identifying potential programming speakers. They have also helped identify two future adult programming needs – caring for an aging family member and financial security – programs addressing these needs have already been planned for early 2012. A partnership with UC Davis Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has also been established because of this project.
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Yolo County Library offered this series on caregiving for aging parents in response to their community assessment.