How to Use Your Local Library's Resources
for Activity Programming
Your local library provides great resources to assist you with your activity programming. Best of all, it's free. Here are a few ideas for using your local library's resources for scheduled activities:
- Facility Library. Stock your facility's library with borrowed books from your local library. Coordinate with your library to borrow a box of books for about a month (see if they can send them to your facility) for residents to use.
- Library Cart. Pass out the borrowed books to your residents who enjoy the independent activity of reading.
- Musical-themed Meals. If your Dining Room has speakers, borrow CDs from your local library featuring music of interest to your residents. Pipe the music through the speaker during a weekly meal, e.g., Perry Como Luncheon or Nat King Cole Luncheon.
- Music History. Borrow CDs of a particular singer and play their music for your residents while sharing interesting tidbits about the entertainer's life.
- Musical Afternoon Socials. Host fun afternoon socials featuring the music of some of your residents' favorite singers.
- Classic Movie Night. Show classic movies that can be borrowed from the library.
- Animal Pictures. Borrow animal documentaries for your residents who love to watch animal pictures.
- Art History. Find DVDs featuring the works of famous artists for an educational art history program.
- Latest Releases. Borrow current movies of interest for residents to view, especially if you were unable to take them to the movie theaters to see the movie.
- Armchair Travel. Show DVDs featuring interesting places and landmarks.
Books on Tape
- Educational Series. Borrow books on tape and schedule a weekly educational series in which residents learn something new about a famous person or event.
- Independent Activities. Play the library's books-on-tape for residents who are bedridden or for book lovers with low-vision.
Trip to Library
- Computer Classes. Take residents for a free trip to the library to learn how to use computers.
- Educational Events. Research programs and lectures at your library for your residents to attend and enjoy.