Since 2018, AgeOptions’ Library Program has connected suburban Cook County public libraries to the aging network to enhance older adult programming, focus on social isolation, and increase the community’s understanding of the available benefits and services. Through the pandemic, AgeOptions expanded the library program and partnered with libraries to address the digital divide by establishing a targeted tech-lending program with accompanying tech education and training.
For the fiscal year 2023, the mission of the Library Program is to address social isolation (such as having few friends and the loss of family) in communities by providing resources through technology and targeted programming to build community engagement.
Each of our partner libraries develops a unique and individualized plan to best serve older adults in their community, which may include:
Contact your local library for more information!
“Two of our most dedicated library patrons attended all of our live programs prior to the pandemic and were so disappointed when we went to virtual programming, and they could not attend. The iPads we purchased with AgeOptions CARES funds have allowed them to again attend our programs. We did a one-on-one technology session with them, and they came back a couple of days later to say how grateful they were for the iPads and how much they are enjoying them.”n
(Thank you note received from older adult library patron)
“Chair Yoga these past many months has been a vital part of my life. I look forward to it every week for the offering of live group energy doing the self-healing work of Yoga together. It soothes my mind and supports the flexibility and balance so needed, especially at this stage of life. I am grateful for it.”
“WITS Workout has been phenomenally popular at EPPL! I have had a steadily growing number of patrons joining the fun. I have had some new faces recently and when the hour is up everyone raves about the fun they have. We’re not so much focused on the specifics of the questions/trivia as much on the socialization aspect of the program. Everyone enjoys reminiscing during the recall activities and sharing stories from their youth. It’s always such a pleasure getting together with this group and I look forward to it every month!”
“We had a new patron, ‘Maria,’ come to our beaded bracelet class. She instantly became friendly with the group she sat with. By the end of the class, longtime patron Joan invited Maria to other programs we offer. Maria started seeing us for technology instruction, and now she attends all kinds of programs!”
AgeOptions is proud to partner with local public libraries and celebrates libraries all year, especially during National Library Week (click here to learn more). We encourage everyone to visit their local library!