Once again Anoka County Library (ACL) has collaborated with the Coon Rapids Senior Center to provide seniors and their grandchildren with a Legacy program over MEA break with positive results. Mary Oliver, the Library's Youth Services Manager offers this report.
45 people attended the program at the Senior Center, 30 seniors and 15 of their grandchildren. The program was Ghosts of Anoka County and was presented by the Sarah Given, from the Anoka County Historical Society.
Many of the seniors attending the program used walkers. One of the ladies using a walker made it a point to thank the library for providing the program at the Senior Center. She had always wanted to go on the Ghost Walk in Anoka, but wasn’t able to handle the distance. She couldn’t believe she could finally take the tour virtually! She really enjoyed the program as did the rest of the audience. The history program was 80 minutes long but the children stayed attentive and many adults stayed after the program to talk about their “ghostly” adventures. Personally, I was intrigued by the local Anoka history that was mixed in with ghost stories. I can’t wait to go the 7th floor of the government center for an aerial view of City Hall---I had no idea the building is shaped like a handgun and I want proof!
This has been a valuable collaboration for the library. One of our goals for our Legacy funding projects was to bring our Library to unexpected places. Many of the seniors I spoke with at the program were not library users, but they took our hours brochure with them as well as the flyers for the upcoming history programs.
For more information about this successful collaboration, contact:
| Mary Oliver, Youth Services Manager
Anoka County Library