About This Session:
Both seniors and teens can face prejudice, isolation and disempowerment. Intergenerational programs can be used in our communities to combat ageism, break down stereotypes and build support between these two populations. Learn how Edmonton Public Library’s Then and Now project brings seniors and teens together with the help of Then and Now Kits. Then and Now Kits are suitcases filled with objects and photographs that speak to teen life – both past and present. Kits can be used in programming to spark curiosity and dialogue, improve memory function, and encourage connections between the generations. Participants will then explore ways they can add to or adapt their own programming offerings to welcome an intergenerational audience.
- Participants will learn about strategies for engaging with youth and seniors, potential challenges, and tips for a participant-driven process.
- Participants will learn about an intergenerational conversation program led at Edmonton Public Library through the use of Then and Now kits.
- Participants will discuss and explore ways to adapt their current programs to be more intergenerational in nature, or add new types of intergenerational programs to their offerings.
About the Presenters:
Jen Waters is the Youth Services Librarian at the Mill Woods Branch of Edmonton Public Library. She is a strong advocate for intergenerational play, CBC Radio and dresses with pockets. Kate Charuk is the Community Librarian at the Abbottsfield - Penny McKee Branch of Edmonton Public Library. She is a strong advocate for community leagues, winter biking, and trousers.
Social media handle: @EPLdotCA
Non Members: 55.00