Senior Services & Outreach

PLYMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY * SENIOR SERVICES & OUTREACH

The Library provides specific services and collections of interest to older adults, such as large-print fiction and non-fiction, books on tape, and materials on topics including health/aging issues, retirement and investments. We also provide service to individuals who would otherwise not have access to library materials, such as people who are homebound, institutionalized, or disabled.  Finally, we actively promote consumer health literacy. Programs this past year have been funded through a Health Literacy grant from the South Shore Community Partners in Prevention, CHNA-23; also funded in part by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

Outreach To Organizations

Plymouth organizations that house a resident population, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers, may elect to receive a "deposit collection" of library materials for use by their residents. Deposit collections are checked out to the organization on an Outreach Organization Card, and the distribution of library materials within the organization is managed by a designated organization representative, typically the Recreation or Activities Director. Deposit collections are picked up and returned to the library approximately every four weeks, according to a schedule agreed upon by the Outreach Librarian and the organization's designated representative.

Recorded Books & Machines

Through a cooperative arrangement with the Perkins School for the Blind Braille and Talking Book Library in Watertown, Massachusetts, the Plymouth Public Library's Outreach Department has a deposit collection of approximately 150 talking books for loan to Plymouth patrons who are blind or visually-impaired. These recorded books or talking books, require the use of a special cassette player, which is available free of charge from the Braille and Talking Book Library to qualified users. Find out more at the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library website at www.perkins.org/community-programs/btbl/

We also work closely with the Town of Plymouth's Center for Active Living.

For further information please contact the Senior Services/Outreach Librarian, Tom Cummiskey, at 508-830-4250, ext. 248 or TTY 508-747-5882, email to [email protected]

PAST PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS