Reading and development ideas for engaging an older audience

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  • 1. Reading development ideas forengaging an older audience inlibrariesBrent Libraries

2. Health Focus Health talks & Keep fit sessions Alternative health events improving awareness andprevention Author & health specialist talks Improved selection of health books Partnership projects with Health and Sports teams 3. Craft work galore & board games plus Crochet and knitting clubs Learn basic pottery Craft workshops for items for home use Jewellery workshops Scrabble, chess and quizzes 4. Food and appreciation Club Healthy food cooking and practices Natural foods; introducing new foods and herbs Alternative diets Author talksDont forget great book promotion displays toencourage borrowing 5. Gardening Growing plants indoors and outside Growing your own herb garden and medicinal plants Hosting gardening surgeries like gardeners questiontime on Radio 4 Author talks Improved selection of gardening books 6. Partnership workingWork with local partners toexplore new ways ofdelivering joint eventsFocus on art workshops Arts and HeritageServices Health & Sports Adult Social Care Equalities and DiversityTeam 7. Good practice from other Library Services Surrey County Council Birmingham Northamptonshire Staffordshire Bexley Havering Waltham Forest Lambeth 8. Good practice to focus on the healthagenda Arts and Older People with consultant Karen Taylor For best practice contact Surrey libraries. See alsotheir Reminiscence collection Successful History project in Birmingham : authenticexperiences of the community leading to commonthreads of activity Reggae bingo, blues installation 9. What really works Establishing relationships between people, notbetween people and organisations Projects where an artist or officer starts with therelationships outside the walls of their organisationand listens to the people they are trying to reach Outreach projects based on listening and sharing ofexperiences What happens outside the venue in the early daysseems to make the difference 10. Northamptonshire Application for bus passes Volunteering for older people Tech clubs : younger people teaching older people Making links with Dementia Friends AlzheimersSociety trainings and talks 11. Staffordshire Health walks from some libraries Very popular local and community history events Contact 12. Bexley New handicraft stock Stitch and sew sessions : handicraft, share skills,chat etc. Games clubs All volunteer led Joint sessions with our Pop in parlours- ran by AgeUK IT sessions, Wii sessions etc. 13. Havering In Stitches and knit and natter Craft and chatter clubs Free but small charge for refreshments Volunteers ran by charity crafters Young at Heart groups speakers from the localcommunity and other council departments Limited success with self-ran art groups Very successful Living Gratefully group requires morestaff interaction Food and natter sharing of recipes on a particular theme Allocated staff to start, welcome and make tea half waythrough 14. Waltham Forest Partnerships with Museums and archives Commissioning of a local writer and partnership withThe National Archive Stories of Migration : monologue performance withfantastic impact 15. Lambeth Reminiscence talks Elders talking to children stories of immigration inthe 50s and 60s Film clubs (needs licensing) Music from the past Storytelling/poetry readings 16. How do we spread the word in Brent Libraries? Wider publicity through social media and existingmarketing Links with Adult Learners Week and other initiatives Staff signposting Tailored promotions and interactions with existinggroups Marketing leaflets within libraries & outreach -WhatsOn