I think I am a senior citizen. Maybe not officially since I'm not collecting anything, but it sure is nice to have a movie discount and a break at McDonald's. I wasn't aware of the latter until a young man who has long used the library asked very gently "I don't want to hurt your feelings but aren't you over 55?" Answering yes got me a coke at less than half. So now I claim senior citizenship whenever possible.
I bring this up because I have been watching patrons come in the door of the Cherokee Public Library and by the number of gray heads, it's pretty obvious that our community has its fair share of older citizens. There are several library services we offer that are important to seniors so it might be good to put a reminder out as to what they are.
Large print books are one our hottest checkouts. Anyone whose eyes are getting older may want consider those. Audio books on cd are another popular item with people having vision problems. We also have information from the Iowa Department of the Blind if anyone is in need of their services, which include free home delivery of audio books.
For seniors on limited budgets, it can be difficult to justify newspaper and magazine expenses. We subscribe to around 100 of those so come to the library and read them. The current issue of a magazine needs to stay on the shelf, but past issues may be checked out and taken home.
Another boon for limited budgets is our collection of DVDs. We have over 2,000 movies, everything from current releases to classics, concerts and documentaries. Checkout is free with each household being allowed 6 at a time for a period of one week.
We offer shut in service to anyone who can't get to the library on their own steam. In some cases we just choose items and a family member picks them up. For others we deliver to homes. Sometimes it is only a winter thing, but for those who no longer drive, it can be a year round service. Give us a call at 225-3498 if you need this courtesy and we'll make arrangements.
I also want to put in a plug for the Good Times Place, the senior center located in the community center. I recently became a board member and discovered that lots of activities with social interaction are to be found there. Unfortunately, I'm not free to do any of them yet, although I did get to one amazing potluck by providing a program. Their activities are listed on a newsletter available at the community center, city hall and here at the library.
And from Groucho Marx ... "Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."