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New Hampshire State Library

For Librarians - Library Management - Senior Services

Resources for Librarians Serving Seniors



NH library staff interested in sharing information and ideas related to library services for older adults are welcome to subscribe to a statewide listserv.

Programming Ideas

Adult Library Programs—Connecting with your Community : You can download free monthly activity calendars from Demco geared to adults.

Adult Programs in NH: Find a presenter that other NH libraries have hosted. Add your own comments about your experience with the presenter at this blog.

Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries: The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries is a free, online resource for librarians and provides information about creative aging research, best practices, and practical advice for the planning and implementation of creative aging programs in public libraries.The Toolkit is designed, published and administered by Lifetime Arts, Inc.

Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library: Created by ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, this toolkit contains advice on programming, accessibility concerns, finding funding, engagement and implementation, model programs, and more.

Montana State Library—Baby Boomer Programming Ideas : Scroll down the page to the Programming section.

NH Humanities—Humanities to Go : NH Humanities offers many programs for libraries that are geared to older adults.

Programming Ideas—for Adults: This Pinterest page offers many creative and tested library programming ideas.

Programming Librarian—Older Adults: Search for programming ideas from ALA’s Public Programs Office.

Public Libraries Online: Senior Programming: This PLA blog offers programming ideas for seniors.

Transforming Life After 50: A Resource Guide: This initiative was designed by California State Library to help libraries meet the changing needs of patrons over 50.

WebJunction: Older Adults & Seniors: WebJunction has a wide array of resources to assist librarians in creating programming, services, and outreach for older adults.

Library Website

Making Your Web Site Senior Friendly : The National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine offer a checklist for designing a web site that can be easily used by seniors.

General Resources for Seniors

AARP—New Hampshire : The AARP has information geared to NH residents.

Active Retirement Association: The ARA provides educational and cultural programming in the Seacoast area and beyond.

Alzheimer's Association of MA and NH: This regional chapter provides free programs for caretakers and those with an Alzheimer's diagonis. Workshops are also available for librarians.

Discounts for NH Senior Citizens: Find a list of discounts for seniors for restaurants, retail stores and travel.

Eldercare Locator: A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator connects families to services for older adults.

The Friends Program—Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: In addition to volunteer opportunities, the Friends Program offers programs that libraries can host such as Bone Builders, a fitness program for seniors.

Housing Resources for Seniors: New Hampshire: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a resource page for each state.

National Institute on Aging: Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the NIA offers research-based information and resources related to health and aging.

NH Legal Assistance for Seniors: The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems.

The Savvy Senior: This national information network is devoted to older Americans and the families that support them.                                               

Seasoned Times: This site offers active seniors recipes, crossword puzzles, links to helpful resources and other topics.

ServiceLink: Aging and Disability Resource Center: A program of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, ServiceLink helps individuals access and make connections to long term services and supports, access family caregiver information and supports, explore options and understand and access Medicare and Medicaid.

Today’s Seniors: This site offers information on a wide range of issues of interest to seniors.

Educational Opportunities for Seniors

NH Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver: New Hampshire residents who are age 65 or older and are not enrolled in a degree program are eligible to take a maximum of two credit-bearing courses per academic year tuition-free at UNH.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College: OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Granite State College offers educational opportunities to individuals 50+ years of age. There is also an OLLI at Dartmouth College.  

Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE): In partnership with the Road Scholar Institute network, this is an organization for learning in retirement for those 55 years and older.

For more information, please contact Deborah Dutcher at Deborah.Dutcher@dncr.nh.gov

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