My public library has a children’s room (pictured here). It has low tables, stuffed animals, picture books, and board games. Books are shelved low, making it easy for the pint-sized to make their selections.
My library has a teen room too with neon lights, counter seating, manga, and video games.
My library doesn’t have a senior reading room. The reasoning goes like this: the rest of the library is for adults; seniors are adults; a separate space isn’t necessary.
In my perfect world public libraries would set aside space for elders. Here are some features I’d hope to find in a senior reading room:
- Books would be shelved in a centered zone making it unnecessary to bend down or reach up.
- Bulletin boards and information racks would include posters and brochures about topics of interest to seniors: social security, medicare, assisted living, etc.
- Books and media in the senior reading room would reflect the needs and interests of seniors in the community.
Watch for part 2 on this topic next week.