Library seeking input for new Savvy Seniors programs

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Petawawa Public Library has further expanded its services with the addition of the Savvy Seniors series of programs.

The initiative is the result of the Seniors Community Grant Program, which will allow the library to run about 18 weeks of free activities, workshops and seminars on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To ensure maximum satisfaction, decisions on the program topics will be made at the Savvy Seniors Open House on Aug. 18. There will be three one-hour sessions at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the library’s Rotary Room. The multiple session will allow as many people as possible to have their say in what they want to see occur.

“We are looking for programs that will be a social, educational learning experience,” said Library CEO Sheila Durand. “... We have an idea of what might work for our seniors, but we want to know exactly what they want.”

It is important that the library offer activities for seniors, she added, particularly in light of the Town of Petawawa’s desire to make the community “age friendly.” A need for older adult entertainment and educational opportunities has become apparent, and the library can help fill that gap.

“We have to meet the needs of everybody in our community,” said Durand.

If the desire is demonstrated at the open house, then technology, independent living and financial planning will be at the forefront of programs offered by Savvy Seniors, including topics like Facebook 101, retirement planning, pension management and healthy cooking classes. Some other possible programs will help seniors expand their social circles and stay healthy.

“They’ll be able to make connections as well with other adults,” said Elizabeth Pombiere, the program’s facilitator. “As well as bridging that gap between generations.

“The ultimate goal is to provide what they want to see in the community,” she added, noting there is no limit to what they could offer.

Programs will be adjusted to meet the needs and interests of the group over the upcoming year, whether they want to go snowshoeing and geocaching, or prefer to learn about estate planning.

The series of programs is targeted to those 55 and over, but anyone can attend. For more information, please contact the library at 613-687-2227.