According 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.