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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:

How to Grow Your Own Food book cover

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger

October brings about thoughts of scary jack-o-lanterns, Halloween candy, costumes, and children trick-or-treating but also those bumps in the night that we find between the pages of our favorite scary tales. Many folks do not know that without female writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley we wouldn’t have such wondrously frightening stories such as Frankenstein, or the haunting of our teenage minds from the works of V.C. Andrews, or one of the scariest haunted house tales, The Haunting of Hill House, without Shirley Jackson. Monster, She Wrote shares short biographies of these “founding” mothers of horror/speculative fiction but also points readers to other works to sink their teeth into…maybe some that are lesser known.  Enjoy some spine-chilling flights of fancy by checking out Monster, She Wrote!

Featured Video: Spooky and Scandalous Wisconsin with Anna Lardinois

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

October 6, 2022
11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Zablocki

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or…

October 10, 2022
1:30 PM
Recreation and Wellness Resources in Milwaukee County at Atkinson

Please join us as Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource…

October 11, 2022
4:30 PM
Garden Homes Chess Club at Atkinson

Community Run Chess Club

6:00 PM
Getting Started with Computers - Cybersecurity Basics at Villard Square

Learn to safely manage accounts and passwords online and receive…

October 12, 2022
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

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

11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Bay View

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or…

12:30 PM
Green Roof Tour at Central

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1:00 PM
Introduction to Jewelry Making at Capitol

Learn to create custom jewelry in this series with an emphasis…

October 13, 2022
1:00 PM
Chills, Thrills and Craft at Zablocki

Join us at Zablocki Library for an hour of spookiness and…

October 15, 2022
12:00 PM
Bring Your Own Device at Villard Square

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or other…

2:00 PM
David Drake presents: Blowing in the Wind at Bay View

From the days of "Make Love, Not War" Sing along with…

October 17, 2022
5:30 PM
Cake Decorating 101 at Good Hope

Ever wondered how cake decorators make their creations so beautiful?…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: Nutshell by Ian McEwan at Zablocki

Please join us for a discussion of Ian McEwan's 

October 18, 2022
4:30 PM
Garden Homes Chess Club at Atkinson

Community Run Chess Club

6:00 PM
Getting Started with Computers - Email Basics at Villard Square

Learn the basics of email including how to send, reply…

6:30 PM
Chills, Thrills and Craft at Zablocki

Join us at Zablocki Library for an hour of spookiness and…

October 19, 2022
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

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

11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Bay View

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or…

12:30 PM
Green Roof Tour at Central

FREE Green Roof Tours of Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library…

5:30 PM
Coming to America Book Club at Virtual

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

October 20, 2022
11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Zablocki

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or…

11:00 AM
Business Commons: Grand Opening Celebration at Central

Please join us for an official Grand Opening celebration for…

October 25, 2022
4:30 PM
Garden Homes Chess Club at Atkinson

Community Run Chess Club

October 26, 2022
10:30 AM
Wellness Wednesdays: Gentle Chair Yoga at Capitol

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

11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Bay View

Do you have a question about your smartphone, tablet, or…

12:30 PM
Green Roof Tour at Central

FREE Green Roof Tours of Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library…

October 31, 2022
6:00 PM
Climate Action Book Club: The Intersectional Environmentalist at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of The intersectional environmentalist : how…

6:00 PM
Pop Genre Horror Book Club at Bay View

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

November 1, 2022
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays - Featured Library Database Showcase at Virtual

Click here to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m9obJlh3QLmrHJa81M4ySw.  After registering, you…

4:30 PM
Garden Homes Chess Club at Atkinson

Community Run Chess Club