The Cambria County (PA) Library used LSTA grant money to develop an area in the library tailored for adults 55 and better. It's a 450-square-foot area dubbed the "Classic Corner."
The area is intended to create a parlor-type atmosphere with a new gaming table, puzzles, board games and a Wii game system.
The library’s large-print books and periodicals also will be housed in the area.
Trudy Myers, the library’s public relations coordinator, said there also will be scheduled events such as movie matinees. “The area can be what the library and community would like it to be, with materials, information and programming that is interesting, useful and targeted to the older adults,” Myers said.
“As the baby boomers retire, they will be looking to their public libraries to provide recreation, lifelong learning, civic engagement, ideas for second careers and meaningful volunteer opportunities,” she said.
Myers said the library already has a space designated for teens on the third floor.
“Teen Escape is based on the same order,” she said.
“The kids have their own computers and games. They really like it.”
An advisory committee oversaw the design and development of the Classic Corner, Myers said.
Esther Vorhauer, reference librarian, led the team, which will continue to oversee Classic Corner.
Paul Nelson notes in his blog post that "Nearly 20% of Cambria County's residents are 65 and older, compared to just under 13% nationally."
Image credit: John Rucosky for The Tribune Democrat (Johnstown, PA)