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For Older Adults

Resources for Older Adults

MPL offers programs and services for today’s older adults that are designed for a wide variety of interests. Inspiration starts here – we help people read, learn and connect at every age.

Through the library's website, you're able to access a large number of resources that provide helpful information and entertainment. Below are links most often requested by older adults. At the bottom of this page is a list of current library programs that may be of interest to you.

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Books, Magazines, and Music

Bi-Folkal Kits
Bi-Folkal Kits provide activity ideas and materials that allow older adults to reminisce and create connections with others. These kits, which can be checked out for three weeks at a time, focus on several themes and can be adapted to inter-generational settings, religious groups, scouts, or schools.

Large Print Books
The library has a large selection of popular titles in large print.

Looking for an enjoyable listen? Check out an audiobook on CD.

eBooks and Music
On this page you'll find links to a large selection of e-books, audiobooks, music and video for use with a wide variety of portable devices, PCs and Macs including Wisconsin's Digital Library, CountyCat, hoopla, and Freegal.

Featured Title:

Hail Mary book coverImaginable: how to see the future coming and feel ready for anything--even things that seem impossible today by Jane McGonigal
When we look at the world at this moment in time, things we thought were “impossible” or “unimaginable” are happening right now.  The war in Ukraine, a global pandemic, police brutality continues, gross inequities, and marginalized groups are still facing daily threats to their very existence, this book helps the reader look to the future with confidence that we can make a difference and face the “impossible” with as little fear as possible.  The author offers scientific research into the power of imagination in tackling thoughts that tell you that something’s insurmountable and that thinking about the future doesn’t need to be scary.


Featured Video: Technology Tuesdays: Digital Vision Boards

Learn how to make a digital vision board in Canva and Google Jamboard and upload it to social media or print it to manifest your goals.  Older Adults YouTube page.


MPL 60+ programming is funded in part by gifts from Naomi B. Strehlow and St. John’s on the Lake.

Book Clubs
This is the place to find MPL book clubs, book club kits, and new titles.

Technology Tuesdays
View these short videos on the library's YouTube page to learn about a variety of technology topics ranging from how to use your PC, iPad, or laptop to social media information, curbside delivery, online family gatherings, online learning, and everything in between.

How To with MPL
This playlist on the library's YouTube channel not only includes Technology Tuesday programming, it also includes how to use your library card, library databases, and visiting the library during COVID.

Older Adult Program Playlist
A new playlist has been added to the library's YouTube account that will include videos of library programs that may be of interest to older adults. 


CETA Arts Program Photograph Collection
The CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) program was created to help reduce unemployment and improve the incomes and employability of participants. The photographs for the exhibit of "The Spirit of Milwaukee" were taken between February and May of 1976 in Milwaukee, documenting Milwaukee life during the 1976 Bicentennial. Copies of the images in this collection may be purchased. 

COVID Portal
The library's COVID Portal includes information on the pandemic, vaccines, basic needs, health and wellness and more.

Education and Outreach Services
The library provides outreach services that extend beyond the traditional library building into the Milwaukee community.

Gale Courses
Take a 6-week class on a wide variety of topics ranging from starting a small business to improving homeschooling skills to assisting aging parents. Every course is offered each month. Available for free to all library cardholders in Milwaukee County.

Genealogical Research
Start your family research here. The library has many resources available online for you to begin. For further help from librarians, please place a request by chat, text, phone or email at Ask MPL.

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of cooperating libraries.  WTBBL  circulates audiobooks, brailled materials, and playback equipment provided by the federal government to Wisconsin residents who cannot read standard print. Learn more about the service in this video created in celebration of WTBBL's 60th Anniversary:

Your Library Card

Your library card is your gateway to a world of information! Don't have a card? Need to renew yours? Here's all you need to know about your card.

Helpful Agency Websites

Below are links to agency websites frequently recommended by Milwaukee Public Library librarians.
AARP - The nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. 
LoveThyNeighbor - The site provides resources for older adults who want to stay in their home as they age. 
Medicare - The official government website.
Medicare Advantage Plans in Wisconsin - The site helps to guide seniors through the state’s available plans, eligibility requirements, and enrollment guidelines as well as providing a list of helpful community organizations throughout Wisconsin that can further support seniors with their healthcare needs. 
Milwaukee County Department of Aging (includes links to local Senior Centers)
     -  MCDA Health and Wellness Workshops

Serving Older Adults of Southeastern Wisconsin - A nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of older adults by providing programming to improve their health and well-being as well as a means for community engagement and socialization.
Social Security Administration - The official government website.

TimeSlips - This free website helps caregivers and seniors get creative and tell stories. Resources are offered that will encourage older adults with memory loss to have fun with their imaginations.

Recommended Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
Financial caregiving: Resources for those who help an older relative or friend manage their money.
Housing decisions: Help for those considering a reverse mortgage as well as current reverse mortgage borrowers.
Planning for retirement: Information on the factors that influence when to claim Social Security.
Online and mobile banking tips: A few tips to help older adults get started since bank and credit union hours may be limited.
Elder financial exploitation: Resources to help older adults and their caregivers prevent, avoid and report scams, fraud and other forms of financial exploitation.


Upcoming Events

May 31, 2022
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays at Virtual

Click here to register:   After…

June 1, 2022
6:30 PM
Creating a Pollinator Paradise w/ Melinda Myers at Virtual

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape…

June 6, 2022
5:30 PM
Recreation and Wellness Resources for Older Adults at Bay View

Please join us as Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Center…

June 7, 2022
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays at Virtual

Click here to register:   After…

6:00 PM
Pop Genre Romance Book Club at East

Are you interested in learning more about popular book genres but…

6:30 PM
In Conversation With Deanna Singh at Centennial Hall

Registration required: https:/ Milwaukee author and the Founder…

June 9, 2022
4:00 PM
Wellness and Recreation Resources in Milwaukee County at Villard Square

Please join us as Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource…

6:00 PM
Roll Out the Rain Barrel Workshop at Virtual

Register here to attend this event: Learn how…

June 13, 2022
5:30 PM
Knot Just Knitting at Good Hope

Beginners and Experts welcome! Start from scratch or bring your knitting,…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: Anxious People at Zablocki

Join us this month as we discuss,

June 14, 2022
6:00 PM
Book Chat with Mikey Cody Apollo at Virtual

Need something to read? Join librarians from the Milwaukee Public…

June 15, 2022
5:00 PM
Thrown for a Loop Knit and Crochet Group at Martin Luther King

Calling all fiber friends! Are you a crochet enthusiast or…

5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Club at Virtual

This book club approaches American identity as an evolving and ongoing…

7:00 PM
Supporting Native Bees w/ Melinda Myers at Virtual

The plight of the honeybee has been in the news…

June 20, 2022
5:00 PM
Listen, Laugh, Craft! at Bay View

Join us at the Bay View Branch Library for a…

June 22, 2022
6:30 PM
Maintaining your Landscape with Pollinators in Mind w/ Melinda Myers at Virtual

You can have a landscape that you and pollinators enjoy.…

June 27, 2022
6:00 PM
Climate Action Book Club: A Children's Bible at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet.…

July 9, 2022
10:00 AM
Estrategias para cuidar a alguien con la demencia at Mitchell Street

Estrategias al cuidar a alguien con comportamientos relacionados con la demencia…

July 13, 2022
2:30 PM
Recreation and Wellness Resources in Milwaukee County at Washington Park

Please join us as Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource…

July 18, 2022
4:30 PM
Mobile Bike Clinic with the Wisconsin Bike Federation at Good Hope

Bring your bicycle to select library locations for minor repairs…

July 19, 2022
6:00 PM
Meet the Artist David Najib Kasir at Mitchell Street

David Najib Kasir is an Artist/Painter/Muralist/Curator who lives and works in…

July 20, 2022
5:00 PM
Thrown for a Loop Knit and Crochet Group at Martin Luther King

Calling all fiber friends! Are you a crochet enthusiast or…

5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Club at Virtual

This book club approaches American identity as an evolving and ongoing…

July 21, 2022
1:00 PM
Recreation and Wellness Resources for Older Adults in Milwaukee County at Mitchell Street

Please join us as Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource…

July 25, 2022
6:00 PM
Pop Genre Horror Book Club at Bay View

Are you interested in learning more about popular book genres but…