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Highlights from the 2018 Seniors Festival

Flyer for seniors

In 2018 NSW Seniors Festival celebrated its 60th birthday. There were hundreds of events, activities and offers which took place across NSW.

For the Seniors Festival 2018 the Drug Info and Find Legal Answers services of the State Library of NSW offered promotional packs to support the many NSW public libraries hosting events and activities in their communities. The pack consisted of a showbag and a range of promotional material including pens, Your Room postcards, Find Legal Answers magnets, Literary Mocktail recipe cards and Know Your Standards items. A new targeted promotional flyer about drug and alcohol and legal information for seniors was also included.

Over five thousand packs were distributed across NSW public libraries. 

Libraries used the packs for a range of different activities from library displays, free in-library giveaways, and events such as pop-up libraries and collaborative council-run events.

2018 Seniors Festival activities

Here is a snapshot of the activities held in NSW public libraries:

Several NSW public libraries used Find Legal Answers and Drug Info promotional material to create inviting library displays during the festival period including Narellan, Blacktown and Bankstown libraries.

At Leeton Shire Major Dooley Library and Gunnedah library Find Legal Answers and Drug Info promotional merchandise was made available throughout the library and distributed during library events.

Staff at Max Webber Library in Blacktown moved their seniors’ brochure display from their fiction section to a prominent area near the library entrance during the Seniors Festival. They also placed Find Legal answers posters/brochures and Seniors Festival infomation in the permanent fiction location.

Ulladulla Library distributed showbags to participants attending library Seniors Festival events which included a Movie Club and morning tea, local history talks and a technology session.

Singleton Library showcased library materials relevant for seniors, as well as drug and legal information materials at the Seniors Week event at Sacred Space.

Showbags and promotional material were distributed at a popular terrarium workshop at Warrawong library.

At Kings Cross Library staff initiated one-on-one conversations with library patrons about the resources available from the State Library website and the Find Legal Answers and Drug Info collections.

Know Your Standards alcohol information was included in a "from garden to table" cooking workshop at Narellan Library. 

Bankstown Library presented a range of Seniors Festival events including talk on retirement villages by NSW Fair Trading, a talk by the NRMA on safe driving for older drivers, a smartphone/tablet class for seniors, a screening of the movie Sully and a library group tour for older menour. Library staff also gave a promotional talk to Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre. All participants received a showbag containing the legal and drug information as well as general library promotional material. 

Seniors' Open Day at Gunnedah Shire Library involved a number of activities for both young and old. Seniors pariticipated in reading stories and helping with craft during pre-schooler storytime and at a Storytelling for Seniors session library staff read extracts from books and poetry to a group of older people.  The mayor launched  'Bookends' a literacy programme that would enable children to 'borrow' a senior for twenty minutes after school to read aloud to them and get one on one reading assistance.  'Bookends' will start during Library and Information week at the end of May.

Over 130 people attended the Boots and Pearls luncheon, a free event hosted by Coonamble Shire Council. This event celebrates the contribution that seniors make to the community. 

Coolamon library held a "Active Minds" workshop as part of  the Seniors’ Festival with participants involved in playing games such as "Find a Word", puzzles and colouring pages.  A performance by the Riverina Conservatorium of Music was a feature of the festival and showbags were distributed by the library at both events.

Planning ahead

This is just a small snapshot of some of the amazing events and activities held across NSW public libraries during the 2018 Seniors Festival. 

For ideas and free resources to use to promote your Drug Info or Find Legal Answer services to older people during the Seniors Festival and at any other time of the year, see the information available Find Legal Answers for public libraries or Drug Info for public libraries sections of the Public Library Services website.