Free programs for seniors at local libraries
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library offers several free programs to help area seniors stay active and informed. Senior Spot, held every Wednesday at the University Heights Library, offers a variety of classes. Upcoming topics include the "University Circle Arts District" and "New Year Traditions around the World." Senior Spot also offers a book discussion group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Whole Foods Market.
A new book discussion group, begun in September, meets at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center on the first Thursday of each month. CH-UH librarians drop off copies of each month’s selection at the center two weeks prior to the meeting and then lead the discussions.
The University Heights Library hosts an informative lecture series for seniors on Thursday afternoons, sponsored by the University Heights Senior Adult Network. Lectures are presented on a broad range of subjects, including nature conservation, public television, and local government. The schedule for December is located on page 5 of the December print issue of the Heights Observer.
Other classes of interest to seniors include Getting Started with Medicare, on February 21 at the Coventry Library; Knitting Night, every other Tuesday at Lee Road; Noble Knitting Circle, every other Thursday at the Noble Neighborhood Library; and several introductory computer classes at Lee Road.
In addition to offering discussion groups and classes, the library also tries to provide easier access to reading for seniors. The Lee Road Library placed its large-print book section near the parking lot entrance, making the books more accessible.
The library’s Adult Outreach offers home delivery for seniors who cannot get to the library. Seniors can call the library to order books, which are then delivered by UPS free of charge. The service also delivers books on the third Wednesday of each month to Musicians Towers, Severance Tower, Judson Park, and The Homewood Residence at Rockefeller Gardens.
For more information on programs for seniors, call the Lee Road Library at 216-932-3600.
Judith Eugene, a native of Cleveland Heights, provides enrichment classes and activities for senior adults and those with physical and mental challenges. She can be reached at 216-408-5578 or Judith@LovingHandsGroup.com.