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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.

Audiobooks
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:

Come on Over book cover

Norse Mythology: Tales of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes by Addie Farewell Brown, et. al.

Winter is still upon us and with February’s chill let us venture to northern Europe to visit the ancient legends of the Norse people.  Readers will delight in the adventures of Thor, Odin, Freya, and many other gods and heroes as they encounter giants and various magical beings. Become inspired as the screenwriters of the recent Marvel films such as Thor and the television show, Loki by these timeless myths.  You might just find they are still relevant to you today!

Ever wonder where the stories you are reading are taking place on this beautiful planet of ours?  Learn how to find them on a map or see the sights in real time using Google Maps and Google Earth!

Featured Video: Technology Tuesdays: Google Maps and Google Earth

Learn about YouTube, including how to engage with others, view your history, create playlists, and more.  Older Adults YouTube page.


 Programs

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. 


Resources

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

January 31, 2023
5:30 PM
New Year, New You: Business Edition at Central

Unleash Your Customer-Focused Business.  Unleash your customer strategy to shift your business approach…

February 1, 2023
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

This introduction to yoga will focus on low-impact standing and…

10:30 AM
Worker Connection Program: Job Assistance at Central

Department of Workforce Development's Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program…

11:00 AM
Tech-splanation @ MPL at Zablocki

You bring it in we'll explain how to use it! Do…

12:00 PM
Tech-splanation @ MPL at Bay View

You bring it in we'll explain how to use it! Do…

February 2, 2023
1:00 PM
Career Navigator Job Help at Mitchell Street

Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program will host a table…

February 6, 2023
12:00 PM
SDC Resource Table at Mitchell Street

Maria Villarreal, Community Outreach Specialist at the Social Development Commission…

4:00 PM
Milwaukee County ADRC Community Info Booth at Villard Square

Andrew Bethke, Outreach Social Worker for the Milwaukee County Aging and…

February 7, 2023
2:00 PM
Color Me Happy at Zablocki

Adults, color away the stress! Every 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

5:30 PM
New Year, New You: Business Edition at Central

Sell Your Value.  You are unique and so are your products and the…

6:00 PM
Getting Started with Computers - Computer Basics at Good Hope

Learn computer basics like turning a computer on and off,…

February 8, 2023
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

This introduction to yoga will focus on low-impact standing and…

10:30 AM
Worker Connection Program: Job Assistance at Central

Department of Workforce Development's Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program…

12:00 PM
Tech-splanation @ MPL at Bay View

You bring it in we'll explain how to use it! Do…

12:30 PM
Discovery Lunches @ Zablocki Library at Zablocki

Inspiration starts here! Discovery Lunches are one-hour programs that let you…

February 9, 2023
1:00 PM
Career Navigator Job Help at Mitchell Street

Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program will host a table…

February 13, 2023
12:00 PM
Employ Milwaukee Resource Table at Atkinson

Employ Milwaukee will be at the library to share information…

1:00 PM
Tech-splanation @ Villard Square at Villard Square

You bring it in, we'll explain how to use it! …

2:00 PM
Golden Gamers at Bay View

Calling all seniors! Stop on by the Bay View Branch…

4:00 PM
Older Adult Resources with Health and Human Services at Mitchell Street

Andrew Bethke, Outreach Social Worker from the Milwaukee County Department…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club at Zablocki

Please join us for a discussion of Yellow…

February 14, 2023
2:00 PM
Color Me Happy at Zablocki

Adults, color away the stress! Every 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

6:00 PM
Getting Started with Computers - Internet Basics at Good Hope

Learn internet basics like entering a web address, following a…

February 15, 2023
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

This introduction to yoga will focus on low-impact standing and…

10:30 AM
Worker Connection Program: Job Assistance at Central

Department of Workforce Development's Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program…

11:00 AM
Tech-splanation @ MPL at Zablocki

You bring it in we'll explain how to use it! Do…

12:00 PM
Tech-splanation @ MPL at Bay View

You bring it in we'll explain how to use it! Do…

5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Club at Virtual

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

February 16, 2023
1:00 PM
Career Navigator Job Help at Mitchell Street

Career Navigators in the Worker Connection Program will host a table…

February 20, 2023
12:00 PM
SDC Resource Table at Mitchell Street

Maria Villarreal, Community Outreach Specialist at the Social Development Commission…