Hello library community! As Andrea mentioned in her previous blog post about librarians during COVID-19, we are anxious and ready to continue serving our communities. During the Shelter-in-Place order, we have had to change the way we think about programming. From your home, you can access materials through Hoopla, Libby, OverDrive, and Axis360. You can participate in an online reading challenge with Beanstack and even accomplish Earth Day Activities right in your own yards.
Some of our library populations are having a more isolated Shelter-in-Place, specifically our residents in Assisted Living homes. The Bookmobile normally gets to visit folks every two weeks for checkouts and socializing. We really enjoy offering these services and start to rely on seeing people with every visit. Since we cannot visit and visitors in general are not allowed, these communities are even more isolated during this time. Social isolation can be particularly dangerous for seniors, as it can lead to depression and exasperate medical conditions. Helping seniors to remain socially connected during Stay-at-Home orders is essential in helping them remain healthy and happy.
So, what CAN we do? We wanted to come up with a program that encourages human interaction while staying safe for everyone. The Mail to Our Seniors program is way for the community to reach out via mailed cards and letters to people who need some cheer. Activity Directors collect the mail and distribute it to everyone at facilities who need to know people care.
You can help demonstrate how strong our community is by lifting up those who need cheer by sending some mail to the addresses on the list. Homemade cards, postcards, and drawings are requested. Also, handwritten letters in legible large type, ‘thinking of you’ cards, and cards of encouragement would be beneficial too. Let’s all come together for our Assisted Living homes for even small acts of kindness can be powerful.
Check out our website for an entire list of the participating addresses of the Mail To Our Seniors program or click on this link. You can also share your photos of making and writing cards with the hashtag #MailToOurSeniors to help promote the program. Be sure to @lewisandclarklibrary so we can see your photos! Stay safe and stay well!