Offered a series of Taking the Bite Out of the Sandwich Years (pdf) seminars that connected Boomers to local private and public resources on such topics as Redefining Aging, Caring for Your Aging Parents, Roadmap to Medicare, and Recareering Bootcamp. Also developed a Job Seekers Handbook (pdf) for library patrons. The originally envisioned 6 seminars grew to 14 due to popular demand. Created new high-impact volunteer opportunities (video) to assist with planning and staffing the library’s Readers’ Festival, managing the Friends’ online book inventory, and serving as homework tutors – 37 volunteers attended the first orientation for these high-impact volunteer positions. The Boomer response to these new volunteer opportunities not only fulfilled the specific project objectives but also helped this small library recoop some of their budget cuts. Prior to this project, the City Council had reduced the library’s book budget for the coming year to $50,000. Due to the specific community input from the Boomer volunteers who had participated in this library grant, the City Council reconsidered their previous budget allocation and increased the book budget by another $150,000!
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The Mission Viejo Readers' Festival has been an annual success since its launch in 2009. Planned, organized and led by teams of volunteers, the Readers' Festival brings books to life and families and individuals together for a daylong spectacular event featuring celebrity and author readings, book signings, entertainment, and food.