Cambridge Public Library

Nov 12: Seniors at Truman apts


Seniors' Focus Groups - Harry S. Truman Apts.

Minutes of Meeting, November 12, 1996
In attendance: Nancy Woods, John Gintell, Ted Burton of Library 21

To provide access to all the people of Cambridge and to insure that we manage our resources well, Library 21 is gathering information from as many groups as possible about what the people want.

What would you like in the library?

A. Community Activity Center

  • Bingo is a favorite with many residents

B. Community Information Center
C. Formal Education Support Center

  • College degree or equivalent interested in earning

D. Independent Learning Center

  • Nutrition, interest in learning about

E. Popular Materials Lending Library

  • Ear phones
  • Tape players
  • Books on tape
  • Videotapes
  • Newspapers
  • Large print books
  • VCR, social worker helps residents with
  • Extra large print books

F. Preschoolers Door to Learning
G. Reference Library

  • Nutrition, interest in learning about
  • Social worker assists residents with books and VCR

H. Research Center
I. Other- important functions missing from list

  • Services for people with vision difficulties
  • Delivery of books currently every 3 or 4 weeks
  • Most seniors in focus group do not use library
  • Health problems make a visit to library less probable
  • One resident takes bus to library
  • Haitians live in senior housing- a significant number but none in focus group
  • Many Haitians have difficulty with English

J. An Important Civic Building

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