Older Adult Services
Older Adult Services provides programming of interest to our communities and will be of interest to adults 50+ years of age. Past events have included authors, mental health, spirituality, laughing and much more.
Homeword Bound Program
Older Adults Services trains volunteers to bring the riches of the library to seniors and others who are unable to visit their local branch library. We welcome new volunteers and people who are homebound.
Community Information for Older Adults
The information desk at each Library branch has current materials on community programs for older adults, including local information on food, nutrition and emergency response resources, in-home care, adult day care, senior housing, transportation and other social services.
Special library materials that may interest older adults, caregivers and others include large-print books, audio books and videos (standard, close-captioned and descriptive). The California State Library's Talking Books program serves those who are blind or have visual or specific physical limitations. Application forms and more information are available at branch information desks or at the California State Library's Talking Books website or by calling toll-free 1-800-952-5666.
Bifolkal kits are multi-sensory kits professionals and caregivers can use to help their audience trigger memories, communicate, and belong. The object is interaction. Kits include photographs, old advertisements, music from bygone eras, sniff cards, and even actual objects captured from another time (player piano rolls, jacks in a leather pouch, paint samples from classic cars). All kits include either a slide show or video. Nursing home or adult day care staff can book a kit by calling us at 510 745-1491. To find more detailed information or to see a complete list of all kits or slide binders (‘Slideas’), see www.bifolkal.org. Alameda County Library owns a partial selection of these kits so when selecting a kit it is best to have a second choice in mind.