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Beyond the Books: Lifelong Learning for Adults

Clearview Library District Adult Programs, News

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Beyond the Books — the library’s new leadership program — offers community members a monthly immersive and behind-the-scenes look at the Clearview Library District. Each month we’ll offer a recap of the session. In October, participants learned all about resources and programs for adults at the Clearview Library District, as well as the Friends & Foundation.

Learning doesn’t stop with the toss of the graduation cap. The library is the place where adults of any age can find opportunities for continued learning and discovery.

“Studies have shown that when adults engage in lifelong learning they often live healthier, more productive lives,” said Jennifer Bradley, Adult Programming and Collections Librarian. “There aren’t too many opportunities for adults to learn and socialize for free outside of school. Our role as a library is to help fill that gap.” 

We look to cultivate these lifelong learning experiences through two avenues: programs and resources.

Programs

In 2018, we held 262 programs exclusive to adults — more than a 100 percent increase from 2017. These programs cater to the diverse interests of our community, from writer clubs and author talks, to pub trivia and stops at assisted living facilities.

“We’re here to not only provide entertaining, educational experiences for the adults in our community, but also to create social spaces, both inside the building and out, where people can learn new skills, share ideas, and explore their creativity,” Bradley said.

Patron Cindy Schiller has been a library program regular since she moved here in 2013, attending three to four programs per month.

We enjoy learning. We find that the Adult programming has a variety of interesting topics, and we know we can learn something new or review things we may have forgotten and all for free,” Schiller said. “The programs also give us a social outlet to meet and get to know other community members.”

Resources

Behind the scenes, the Adult Services team works to provide access to the library’s diverse resources, whether that be physical materials or digital. Digital materials — e-books and audiobooks — are on the rise with popular apps Hoopla and OverDrive.

OverDrive is our most popular Adult resource, followed closely by Hoopla,” Bradley said. “Both of these online services give our patrons access to huge catalogs of e-books and audiobooks.”

New to the Adult Services team this year is Business Resource Librarian Kelly Hall. Hall works to connect business owners to library resources that can help them start or grow their business.

“Our local companies are very fortunate to have this valuable resource in Windsor,” said Windsor Chamber Director Scott Soldat-Valenzuela. “Kelly and the library district are truly redefining the value and image of having a local library."

Whether you’re searching for a program or a resource, the Adult Services team strives to be community driven in all that they do.

“We love coming up with new and better ways to serve our community, and our users help play a big role in this,” Bradley said. “If you see a book or movie we don’t have, let us know, and we’ll do our best to get it for you. If you have an idea for a program you’d like us to offer, again, let us know! A number of the adult activities we’ve hosted at the library have come from people in the community reaching out to us.” 


Lobby Stops: Library Services at Assisted Living Facilities

 

Each month, library staff travel to five local assisted living facilities through our Lobby Stop program, bringing library materials and resources directly to residents.

“Lobby Stops allow us to offer members of our community access to library resources," Adult Services Assistant Kali Dhayatkar said. "They help guarantee that all of our community members have equal access to their local library regardless of their ability to visit the library building."

 

Bright Assisted

1st / 3rd Fridays, 3 - 3:30 p.m. 

Century III Homes

1st / 3rd Fridays, 2 - 2:30 p.m. 

Columbine Commons

2nd / 4th Thursdays, 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. 

Good Samaritan

Every Tuesday, 1 - 1:45 p.m. 

Governor's Farm

1st / 3rd Thursdays, 1 - 1:30 p.m.

The Windsor / Westwood

2nd / 4th Thursdays, 12:30 - 1 p.m.