Aging Minds are Active in the Library

Grandparents reading with childAccording to the Mayo Clinic, for people between the ages of 70 and 89, activities like “reading books, playing games, participating in computer activities and crafting led to a 30 to 50 percent decrease in the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.” All of these activities can be enjoyed at the Darby Community Public Library. Library staff lead Computer Basics classes that are open to all ages and can help any family find the right materials to help aging family members’ brains active.

The Experience Corps Trial, in which older men and women volunteer to teach reading skills to kindergarten through third graders in Baltimore city schools, is using brain-imaging studies to determine the effect of reading on an aging brain. After just a few months, people who volunteer show beneficial changes in their brains similar to those that other research teams have seen with similar exercises. Some of this interaction takes place in libraries.

We don’t need a study in Darby to understand the importance of the library to people of all ages. In 2013-2014 the library had over 400 programs for community members. The 3-mill increase for library funding on the September ballot will ensure that support is available to help our community use the library spaces, materials, and programs to their fullest.  It will provide about 1/3 of the annual budget and we NEED your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

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Your Health at Your Library

Your Healthatyour libraryOver one third of your neighbors, family, and friends, most likely rely on computers and Internet access at the Darby Community Public Library for everyday and just in time health and wellness advice. They are looking to find ways to become more active, find doctors, research a family member’s illness, locate health care insurance, or track down discount medications. The library is an important component of our health system.

In fact, “Opportunity for All,” a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, found that meeting health and wellness needs was one of the most frequently reported uses of public access technology, with 37 percent of users reporting having looked for health information, treatment options, caregivers, or ways to improve their health; 56 percent of these users also reported seeking out these types of information for relatives, friends, colleagues, and others. In order to continue to provide this critical access for everyone in Darby, we need YOUR help!

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library!

Important Dates to Remember!

  • Forgot to register? No problem late registration begins August 18.
  • Ballots are mailed August 26th.
  • Return your ballot by September 15th!