SEARSPORT — On Wednesday, April 12, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., the Carver Memorial Library will host a Good Day Memory Café. The Memory Café is a free, fun, friendly, and relaxed environment for people with dementia (or any memory concerns), together with their care partners, friends, and family. They are invited to come socialize with others in similar situations and enjoy a program of activities just for them. Ronda Nichols, Outreach Librarian, will lead the activities. The library hopes that this will become a monthly event, and the theme for April is Dogs.
The Memory Café is another way to highlight the Reading2Connect book collection, which is now available to borrow in the Large Print section. These specially designed books break through the barriers to reading, sparking older adults’ abilities to reflect, remember, learn, and to express themselves. They feature large print, fewer words, and color pictures on each page, with content appropriate to older adults’ interests and experiences, such as The Swing Era, Our Fascination with Birds, and Ireland: Land of Song. These books can be read with others and can spark memories and conversations.
“Carver Memorial Library is grateful to a Maine Humanities Council SHARP grant (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan), a portion of which made these programs possible,” said the Library, in a news release.
Thanks to another portion of the grant, the library now has children’s book outreach shelves at three locations around the community: Coastal Café, Searsport Laundry, and Windward Manor Apartments. These shelves have special “Carver Connects: Books to Borrow” collections that people are encouraged to explore, exchange, and enjoy, all without a library card.
Carver Memorial Library is located at 12 Union Street, on the corner of Mortland Avenue in Searsport.
For more information, call the library at 548-2303 or email email@example.com.
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