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Baby Boomers And Their Elders Have Arrived!

Baby Boomers And Their Elders Have Arrived!

Posted June 09, 2009 B By John Saccenti

Congratulations to the East Brunswick Public Library! The Library, in partnership with the township’s Office on Aging, is the recipient of a $20,000 contract from INFOLINK, the Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.
The contract funds will go towards the creation of a physical space inside the Library, as well as special programs and materialsThe competitive contract was awarded because of its three components: partnership with the Senior Center in designing programs for boomers and their elders, creation of a special space in the Library, complete with seating and display units for new materials, and coordination with the Library’s new “Just for the Health of it” initiative and the Senior Center’s “Building our Strengths: the Mind and Body Connection” initiative.

The first phase of the contract will allow the Library to conduct a telephone poll of 350 township residents who are 55 years old and up, to ask what services and programs they would like to see at both the Library and the adjacent Senior Center.  Using the results, the Library will identify areas that can be addressed immediately by purchasing additional materials and by tailoring programs offered by both institutions.  In addition, the Library will create a separate but integrated space where new materials can be accessed in a comfortable, friendly environment.

“We are deeply grateful that the Infolink Regional Library Cooperative  is willing to fund projects that enhance services to all our residents and can be duplicated around the state, “ said Assistant Library Director MaryEllen Firestone. “The timing of this contract could not be better since Baby Boomers and their elders are looking for quality information and programs that will allow them to meet the challenges that every age brings.  The Infolink contract will encourage East Brunswick residents to voice their needs and desires for collections and programs for the next three to five years. We look forward to helping our residents age with health and vitality.” 
Infolink Regional Library Cooperative and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.
For more information, please call 732-390-6767.