December 2009 Issue
A New Leaf
As Margaret Danziger, deputy director of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, sat in the audience at an American Library Association conference three years ago, she couldn’t help but ponder one of the topics that had been discussed that afternoon: 78 million baby boomers, on the brink of turning 60, were eager to embrace this stage of their lives. And the library was the ideal place to help them begin that journey.
“Toledo is a great grandparent city,” Danziger says. “We have lots of grandparents and their families who live here their whole lives. We want to make sure they get the same kind of attention at the library that we give the younger members of their families.”
So this fall, the library launched a new feature, “The Art of Living – Age 50 and beyond,” on its Web site. Tailor-made for this target audience, the page provides information about health and wellness, lists community resources ranging from veterans benefits to Golden Buckeye card eligibility, offers travel and entertainment options in and around Toledo, proffers educational opportunities and includes a database designed to help with retirement planning. Historic photos add a touch of nostalgia.
“The people who read this page are looking for meaningful things to do,” Danziger explains. “They are looking for continuing education classes, part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities and new social connections. We designed this page with them in mind.”
Sam and Lois Billig fit that demographic. Dedicated readers, the Sylvania couple also enjoys browsing “The Art of Living.”
“The page is innovative and typical of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library,” says Lois. “It’s so easy to follow. You don’t have to be computer savvy to use it.”
Adds Sam, “We used to think of the library as just a place to find books, but now so much is provided electronically.
“Who knows? In a few years we may be reading our books on an electric tablet instead of turning pages.”
For more information, call 419/259-5207 or visit toledolibrary.org.