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Empowering seniors in the North Thompson ValleyHelping seniors and older adults is a top priority for Barriere Library

Barriere’s Library’s Branch Head Pam Rudd says a top priority of the library is “to help seniors and older adults, who are one of our more vulnerable populations, maintain connections in these uncertain times.”

She tells that after Dec. 1, patrons can contact the Barriere Library to receive a custom adult ‘Santa Sack’ – a collection of Christmas themed books/DVD’s/ and an adult colouring sheet or word search. There is also a children’s version available that includes a winter craft.

“We don’t have a formal name, start date or full details but we are working on a new program series and collections that are geared towards seniors and older adults to help stimulate memories and conversation,”said Rudd. “It is expected to roll out early in 2021.”

Our library has a virtual book club that meets via telephone once per month. Patrons can contact the library to register and make arrangements to receive the title. We will resume this in January, meeting again in February.”

Virtual author talks will be coming monthly in the New Year via Zoom, teleconference, and either Facebook live or You Tube live.

“The Thompson Nicola Regional Library (TNRL) is launching a dial-a-story service where we will have short stories, poems, and chapters from books pre-recorded on one of the public phone lines,” says Rudd, “Folks will be able to call in, press a number and listen to a staff member read aloud.”

She also notes that library patrons with print disabilities can access CELA (The Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NELS National Network for Equitable Library Service through the Barriere library’s ‘Take Out’ service (curbside delivery of materials) and ‘personal picks’ continues to be available to patrons of all ages. Call the library for more information or to arrange this service.

The StoryWalk in Fadear Park is multi-generational and accessible year round. Currently showing is The Bear and the Star says Rudd. “In this universal celebration of community and love, Bear gathers his friends from near and far to mark the changing of the season. The Bear and the Star is a stunning picture book from acclaimed author Lola M. Schaefer and award-winning artist Bethanne Andersen. With a focus on understanding, empathy, community, and hope, it’s the ideal choice for family sharing during the holiday season and throughout the year.”

Lastly, the Barriere Library is surrently seeking volunteers for the Library Home Service program which Rudd says they are hoping to launch in the New Year.

“Our library has been selected to trial rural Library Home Service – delivering materials to patrons who are unable to come to the library owing to mobility or health issues via carefully screened volunteers,” says Rudd, adding that people can go to: tnrl.ca/volunteer for more information on this new initiative.

For more information and upcoming programs at the Barriere or Clearwater Libraries go to: www.tnrl.ca or call Barriere at 250-672-5811, and Clearwater at (250) 674-2543.