Designed and lauched Be More @ Your Library – a series of 20 new library programs and 2 large community events responsive to Boomer interests. Combined, these programs attracted 1173 attendees – 60% of whom had never been in the library before. Programs included an ongoing, weekly games activity and a twice weekly computer class. Several innovative hands-on classes and lectures were also offered, including The Page and Stage Book Club where participants attended 5 plays at local theaters, were given backstage tours, and read the books the plays were based upon; and an alternative library art show, Celebrating Books Becoming Art, in which 23 area artists used discarded books to create works of art. In addition, 2 large community events – an art show and a Caregivers’ Information Faire – were also offered in collaboration with several community partners. Recruited and utilized 20 community volunteers who taught several of the new programs, with 45 additional volunteers assisting in other ways. A 6-member Advisory Board was created that also assisted with new programs. As a small, rural county with few cultural enrichment and educational opportunities, library programs of this type were non-existent prior to this grant. By creatively reaching out to their community of Boomers – not only to serve them but to utilize their talents to actually provide the desired programs – this library was able to provide creative, responsive adult programming.
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