Transforming Life After 50 Fellows Complete Studies

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Congratulations to the 16 individuals from Idaho libraries who completed a year-long fellowship focusing on libraries services for midlife adults ages 50+, along with 74 Fellows from 11 other states.   The Fellowship began with a 3-day Institute in Portland last September.  During the past 9 months the Fellows focused on community assessment, program development, and evaluation through a variety of blended learning opportunities.  They re-examined traditional views on aging and explored innovative ways in which public libraries can become centers of lifelong learning and civic engagement. The year-long program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Now, the Fellows will focus on planning and implementing Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) approaches in their own libraries, including locally appropriate programs and engagement strategies.  You will be hearing more about these efforts during the coming months as the Fellows share their stories, successes, and lessons learned in providing relevant services, resources, and volunteer opportunities for the 50+ generation.   For more information go to