Due to restroom ren­o­va­tions, the Redan-Trot­ti Library will be closed Sat­ur­day, April 13.

DeKalb County Public Library Celebrates Older Americans Month

More than 30 Free Pro­grams Planned for Seniors to Learn, Social­ize and Have Fun

DECATUR, Ga. – (April 24, 2023) – DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library (DCPL) is pleased to announce its line­up of pro­grams for Old­er Amer­i­cans Month (OAM). Estab­lished in 1963 by the Admin­is­tra­tion for Com­mu­ni­ty Liv­ing (ACL), the theme for this year is Aging Unbound.

Accord­ing to ACL, OAM is a time for us to acknowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments of old­er Amer­i­cans, high­light impor­tant trends and strength­en our com­mit­ment to hon­or­ing our old­er citizens.”

There are more than 30 pro­grams hap­pen­ing through­out May. Pro­grams fea­ture book clubs, arts and crafts, excit­ing games of bin­go, line dance lessons, health and fit­ness class­es, retire­ment plan­ning and more. Events are free and open to the public.

We have some very active seniors in DeKalb who love the library, and we look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing Old­er Amer­i­cans Month with them each year,” said Myguail Chap­pel, Library Branch Super­vi­sor, Library Take-Out Ser­vices. Mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty who serve on our Senior Advi­so­ry Board help guide the pro­grams and ser­vices we offer for OAM and year round. With their feed­back, we have some­thing to do for most everyone.”

DCPL is col­lab­o­rat­ing with DeKalb Coun­ty Human Ser­vices and DeKalb Coun­ty Recre­ation, Parks and Cul­tur­al Affairs for sev­er­al OAM pro­grams. Some of these pro­grams are co-locat­ed at neigh­bor­hood and mul­ti­pur­pose senior cen­ters or oth­er coun­ty facilities.

Peo­ple age 65 and over make up 16 per­cent of DeKalb County’s pop­u­la­tion, accord­ing to the U.S. Census.

The guide to Old­er Amer­i­cans Month at DCPL can be down­loaded here. Some events require reg­is­tra­tion. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion can be found at dekalbli​brary​.org/​e​vents by search­ing for Old­er Amer­i­cans Month.