PELHAM – The library and senior center are partnering in a novel way to keep seniors involved in their community.
At least twice a month, adult services librarian Annie Seiler is delivering current best-sellers and recently released movies to the center, where seniors can sign up for library cards and borrow the materials.
A return box left at the center means seniors don’t even have to find their way to the library later.
“This is a really good program,” senior center director Sara Landry said. “It seems like the seniors are very excited about it.”
About 40 to 50 seniors regularly attend the center. Seiler said they flock to the tables when she puts out the books and movies.
Many have library cards, but some don’t. They don’t even have a chance to go to the library because of a lack of transportation.
Seiler said seven seniors have signed up for cards during the first two sessions.
She spends an hour at the center on each visit.
“I bring all large-print books, a lot of our new releases, so people can get the latest books,” Seiler said.
She also brings a few movies she thinks the seniors might enjoy or want to watch with their grandchildren.
Sometimes the seniors defy expectations.
A copy of the Academy Award-winning “The King’s Speech” was packed away for return to the library, while the seniors snatched up “The Hunger Games,” popular with teens.
“‘The Hunger Games’ went out very quickly,” Seiler said.
The program – “Library Hour at the Senior Center” – grew out of a brainstorming session between Landry and library director Corrine Chronopoulos about engaging seniors with community services.
A concern was that seniors might like to use their library, but aren’t always able to get there. Or, if they do have transportation, they might find walking from the parking lot into the library a challenge.