Studies show that seniors who read stay mentally sharper and have a lower risk of dementia. But the truth about their reading habits is surprising.
According to a Pew Research study, only 70% of seniors have read a book in the last year, compared to 79% of millennials.
If your community library is appealing and well stocked, it could encourage more residents to read on a regular basis. Below are some affordable suggestions to help make your library more inviting.
- Be creative about book donations. Book fairs, garage sales, resident donations, and organizations like Better World Books are all good sources.
- Recruit volunteers—especially former librarians. They can lead other volunteers and get your library into shape.
- Build community partnerships. Trading donations and cross-promoting literary events with your local library can be mutually beneficial.
- Hold a unique fundraising event. One Texas community held a highly successful three-day book festival complete with local authors.
- Get inspiration. Check Pinterest and other sites to see the innovative ideas other libraries have used.