Featured Library: Ames Free Library
Angela Hanshaw | January 08, 2013
This month we’re highlighting Ames Free Library in North Easton, Massachusetts, for their upcoming programs for Baby Boomers. The library received a $7,500 grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners to help fund the programming, which will begin in February and continue through September.
Planned program topics include travel, with a focus on planning rather than on specific destinations; health issues relevant to aging boomers, with guest speakers to include a chiropractor and an acupuncturist; caring for aging parents; genealogy; memoir writing; volunteer opportunities; and adjusting to empty nests, including cooking for one or two and downsizing. Lifelong learning programs will include tech talks on using e-readers and tablets, selling on Ebay, and using Skype. In addition, the library will be launching an oral history project to coincide with its 130th anniversary. A brochure detailing all of the programs will be available at the library in February.
Programs of interest to the general public in January include Ask a Nutritionist, which will include a panel of nutritionists to answer questions on food allergies, organic versus non-organic foods, interpreting food labels; and GMO foods; book discussions on Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara; book club meetings for grades one through three, and four and five; a lecture on natural horsemanship; a beading craft session; The Story Behind Self-Publishing: Local Authors Speak, with local authors reading excerpts from their books, discussing the writing process, and sharing how they moved from being writers to published authors; and a film screening of Restrepo.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.