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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 coverI Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working by Shauna Niequist.
Does learning new things and being a “beginner” again send trickles of fear down your spine? Well, it certainly doesn’t have to! Shauna Niequist has some advice up her sleeve, from personal experience, on how to deal with grief, new beginnings, learning to let go, and having the faith to realize you will be OK.  So when “the way we’ve always done it” stops getting it done, this book might just provide you with the insight into how to let yourself be a beginner and trailblaze a new way of living your life!

Featured Video: Technology Tuesdays: Outlook Mail and Calendar

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

August 15, 2022
2:00 PM
Adult Coloring for Calm at Atkinson

Listen to calming music using Freegal, a free streaming service…

6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: The Searcher by Tana French at Zablocki

Please join us for a discussion of The…

August 16, 2022
6:30 PM
Meet the Author - Danielle Lincoln Hanna at Zablocki

Enjoy a night of storytelling. Join us for the next installment…

August 17, 2022
10:30 AM
Capitol Library Walking Club at Capitol

Join us at the library for a weekly neighborhood walk. We…

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…

5:00 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…

6:30 PM
Path Lit By Lightning: An Evening with Author David Maraniss at Central

Please register for this FREE event by clicking here: 

August 20, 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
Catey Ott Dance Collective at East

Catey Ott Dance Collective will perform Pressures and…

August 23, 2022
6:00 PM
In Conversation with author Emily Sullivan (Read A Romance Month) at Virtual

Celebrate the debut of The Hellion & The Hero, the…

6:30 PM
Music in the Courtyard: Trio du Monde at Zablocki

Enjoy an evening in the Zablocki Courtyard listening to Trio du…

August 24, 2022
10:30 AM
Capitol Library Walking Club at Capitol

Join us at the library for a weekly neighborhood walk. We…

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…

August 25, 2022
11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Zablocki

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

August 29, 2022
6:00 PM
Climate Action Book Club: Late Migrations at Virtual

Join us for a discussion of Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl.…

August 31, 2022
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…

September 6, 2022
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Smartphones for Seniors at Virtual

Register here:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-UTENUW_Ql6EM-aARIOkMA    In this introduction to…

September 7, 2022
10:30 AM
Capitol Library Walking Club at Capitol

Join us at the library for a weekly neighborhood walk. We…

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…

September 8, 2022
10:00 AM
Smartphones for Seniors: iPhones Part One at Tippecanoe

In this introduction to iPhones, we'll cover core concepts like…

11:00 AM
Bring Your Own Device at Zablocki

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

September 12, 2022
6:00 PM
Novel Ideas Book Club: Mr. Floods Last Resort by Jess Kidd at Zablocki

Join us for a discussion of Mr. Floods…

6:30 PM
"Where Does Anger Hide?" with Modern Buddhist Nun Gen Kelsang Gomlam at East

Sometimes we suppress our anger which can make us feel bitter and weak.…

September 13, 2022
4:00 PM
Technology Tuesdays: Smartphones for Seniors at Virtual

Register here:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-UTENUW_Ql6EM-aARIOkMA    In the second part…

September 14, 2022
10:30 AM
Capitol Library Walking Club at Capitol

Join us at the library for a weekly neighborhood walk. We…