Helping seniors live their best life

For seniors wanting to live their best life, the library is one of the greatest resources in the area. From collections, to services, to programs, seniors will find the resources you need at the library to keep reading, active, informed, and entertained.

In addition to one of the largest assortments of large print books you’ll find, we have other helpful items for checkout like magnification devices for those with low vision and a wide variety of activities activity directors and caregivers can use. Our Red Carpet Service delivers library materials to those who are unable to come into the library, visiting many long term care facilities, retirement facilities, senior housing complexes and homes of individuals who are homebound.

We offer a program for seniors every Monday afternoon as a part of its Senior Life series. The program topics include Medicare, caregiving, finance, housing, health, technology, staying active, law, games, crafts and trivia. Stop by the Red Carpet room (located near the customer service desk) or visit our senior events calendar to get a schedule of events for upcoming months, to see what programs are coming up. Be sure to grab lunch at the Millennium Cafe, as it is now a CHAMPSS site.

Our annual Senior Information Fair is coming up on Tues, Sept 19 from 9am – noon. This is your opportunity to connect with more than 45 vendors offering valuable information about services available for seniors in the Topeka and Shawnee County. Visit booths featuring a wide range of services including assisted living, home care, health, finance, health care, legal, community resources and nutrition. The fair will be in Marvin Auditorium, the library’s rotunda, front lobby and The Edge Teen Room. If you visit every vendor at the fair, you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to the Chandler Booktique.

While you’re at the Senior Information Fair, be sure to visit the east side of the library’s parking lot where representatives from the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, AAA of Kansas and Stormont Vail Health will conduct vehicle safety checks for any older adult drivers who would like their car inspected. Seniors, find out how well you currently fit your personal vehicle, learn about improve your fit and talk about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in your personal vehicle can greatly increase your safety and the safety of others.

If you have questions or want more information about the Senior Information Fair, library collections, senior services or senior programs please contact Nate at 580-4662 or nhohl@tscpl.org.

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I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.