Libraries and older adults: A perfect match

On an easel in Niagara Falls Public Library's art gallery, there's a painting of a lighthouse and a boat that is careful to avoid the danger the lighthouse hails.

There is a woman picking up deliveries for those who are unable to leave their home — she will brighten someone's day with a smile and some Library materials. A husband and wife bring in their iPads to get a bit of help from Library staff to download the newest digital platform for ebooks and audiobooks. These are all examples of how older adults interact with their Library and there are many more.

Libraries in the 21st century are vibrant, dynamic places that offer a wide variety of information, space and materials for everyone — especially older adults.

In a recent article written by Diane Peters titled "How Ontario communities are making themselves more senior-friendly," ( she reports that Ontario's older adult (65 years and over) population is expected to reach 25 per cent of the total population by 2041.So how can the local public library be of value to those finding themselves in this age category?

The library has space, welcoming space. For those looking to get a group together or to sit quietly and work on a project, libraries provide room to do so. Imagine a local age-friendly group meeting at the library to discuss upcoming issues and events.

Having the opportunity to meet together socially in a free, accessible space can increase happiness and sense of belonging and can decrease the social isolation that older adults may experience at times.

The library has interesting programs. Tracing your family roots and learning to use the Ancestry Library edition digital tool saves time for those working on family histories — libraries provide programs to do just that. Libraries can also help support wellness in providing programs such as meditation, self-care and learning the benefits of essential oils.

The library has resources. In addition to its physical collections, which can include, board games, local history archives and audiobooks, libraries offer digital platforms for older adults to access such services as magazines, newspapers music, movies, ebooks, audiobooks and language learning online. The library can offer access to makerspace equipment such as 3-D printing, VHS conversion and Photoshop software.

The library has events. Older adults can take advantage of a great variety of events that are hosted by the library. Free movie events are a great way to enjoy the latest feature films. Listening to a celebrated author reading their latest title can bring that book to life, and music which brings everyone together in community, experiencing local culture right in the library.
Here are just a few of the great programs, events and resources at your local library in the Niagara area.

Pick Up And Play Orchestra takes place at Niagara Falls Public Library on Wednesdays in April from 6 to 8 p.m. Dust off your old instrument and make some music. Registration is required so please call 905-356-8080. Join the group from Lincoln for Books and Brews. A once-a-month book discussion of Lincoln Public Library at Bench Brewing, 3991 King St., Beamsville. Books and Brews meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Please call 905-563-7014 to register. Get healthy at Grimsby Public Library with Nutrition and Body Detox at a session with whole foods expert Cindy Gouweloos, who will help participants understand how whole foods can heal and prevent chronic lifestyle diseases. Call 905-945-5142 to register.

Carrie Bosco is the customer service librarian at Niagara Falls Public Library and AFNN leadership council member

Library Notes


There’s no denying that so far it has been one scorcher of a summer. Every day seems hotter than the last and that humidity is enough to make a stone sweat!

Luckily for you, each branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library comes equipped with air conditioning and a number of fabulous cookbooks you can borrow to whip up some wonderful frozen desserts that will help you chill out.


As we enjoy the summer weather, thoughts of cooling off may sometimes cross our minds. Some of us may have fond memories of a few local swimming spots that were once used to beat the summer heat. For more than 35 years, thousands of children and adults made the Cyanamid swimming pool their summer destination of choice.


At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.  We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world.


Summer has arrived, and the Niagara Falls Public Library is busy with something for everyone! Be sure to pick up our Summer Library Magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening this summer.  


June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.

Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.


School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.


Throughout the years, Niagara Falls has certainly seen more than its fair share of Royal visitors. On June 7th of this week, it is the 80th anniversary of one such visit. It also was the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch to Canada.


When you work in a library, you use library jargon. However, sometimes you forget not all customers know what the “catalogue” is used for. Most recently, with the news about the elimination of the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan 

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