Announcing expanded space for our older patrons in the Wits and Wisdom room (aka the Teen Room) from, 9 a.m. – noon, Friday, Nov. 8. Coffee and pastries will be served.
Weekdays, during the school year from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. the Wits and Wisdom room will be available to senior citizens for a variety of activities.
Shelly Waidelich, the Y.A. librarian for the Cody library, will offer computer access, TV, Blue Ray/DVD players and assistance with technological issues. She plans to organize games like bridge, euchre and dominos. “I’m making a place for my seniors to hang their hats,” Shelly said.
Shelly found that she had excess capacity, especially Sept. – May. So, she taught computer classes and tutored patrons in the mornings. Then, one day in 2015, she noticed Olive Yates at the public computers. Yates looked a little puzzled. Shelly offered to help Yates set up her email account. Yates became a regular for morning sessions on the teen room computers. She researched her family history on Ancestry.com. The library has a subscription. Yates went on to refresh her Spanish language skills online.
The library promotes equitable access for all. Lack of technological skills can hinder people and Shelly sought to address that deficit. She held Tech Rodeos, encouraged teen tech tutors and formalized Senior Computer Days. She manifested the library vision, “Inspiring, Enriching and Empowering” and made it fun.
Given new tools to pursue their passions, lifelong learners are unstoppable. People may need help with smart phones, tablets and laptop computers, but, a little encouragement goes a long way at any age.
As our late colleague, friend and mentor, Altamae Markham, said of the library, “This is the place that permits me to continue my education.”
Contact Shelly at [email protected].