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DeKalb County Public Library Celebrates the Power of Connection for Older Americans Month

More than 40 free pro­grams are planned for seniors to learn, social­ize and have fun.

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DECATUR, Ga. — (April 16, 2024) — DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library (DCPL) announced today its slate of pro­grams, activ­i­ties and events for Old­er Amer­i­cans Month (OAM) in May. The theme, Pow­ered by Con­nec­tion,” high­lights the pro­found impact that mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions have on the well-being of old­er adults. The theme was cho­sen by the Admin­is­tra­tion for Com­mu­ni­ty Liv­ing (ACL), a fed­er­al agency.

Seniors are some of our most trea­sured library patrons, and many of them have been vis­it­ing DCPL for decades,” said Myguail Chap­pel, branch super­vi­sor for Library Take-Out Ser­vices, DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library. They tell us that the library is an impor­tant part of their social infra­struc­ture, and we want to let all seniors know we are here to sup­port them. Hon­or­ing them each May dur­ing Old­er Amer­i­cans Month is one of the ways we do that.”

This year, the library is bring­ing back its pop­u­lar senior tal­ent and vari­ety show. The event takes place on May 22, 2024 at Porter San­ford III Per­form­ing Arts and Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter dur­ing the library’s annu­al OAM celebration.

The library is also using this oppor­tu­ni­ty to high­light its Senior­CON­NECT pro­gram for home­bound peo­ple, age 55 and up. The pro­gram aims to decrease social iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness by pro­vid­ing library resources and sup­port such as book dis­cus­sions, tech­ni­cal assis­tance for library resources and access to vir­tu­al pro­grams. Find more infor­ma­tion at dekalbli​brary​.org/​s​e​n​i​o​r​c​o​nnect.

The guide to all OAM pro­grams at the library is locat­ed on the library’s Old­er Amer­i­cans Month web­page. Pro­grams are offered free of charge, though some require registration.

Estab­lished in 1963, Old­er Amer­i­cans Month is cel­e­brat­ed every May. OAM is a time to rec­og­nize old­er Amer­i­cans’ con­tri­bu­tions, high­light aging trends and reaf­firm com­mit­ments to serv­ing the old­er adults in our communities.