News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/02/2008
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Receives Grant for New Program for Boomers
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668

Palo Alto, CA – The California State Library recently awarded Palo Alto City Library a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to offer a series of programs targeted to local Baby Boomers.

Palo Alto City Library was awarded over $14,000 to provide a series of lunch-time programs at the Downtown Library. Called "Feed Your Head: Nourish Your Boomer Brain at the Library," the goal is to inform Palo Alto’s Boomers about the importance of brain fitness to healthy aging by introducing them to techniques that stimulate and enhance mental capacities to maintain a high quality of life. The Library’s partner, Stanford University, will provide speakers for several of the programs. Attendees can look forward to spending their lunch hours learning from experts while enjoying healthy foods provided by local restaurants. While at the Downtown branch, Boomers will also be able to try out and assess brain fitness software made available on laptop computers.

The State Library’s LSTA program, "Transforming Life After Fifty," was developed to promote productive aging through learning and civic engagement. To be eligible for an award, libraries were required to send representatives to an informational institute on aging, perform a community needs assessment and develop partnerships with local organizations. Grants were awarded to 25 of the 43 California libraries participating in the "Transforming Life After Fifty" initiative.

Currently under development, the "Feed Your Head" program is scheduled to begin in May 2009. For more information, contact the Library’s Assistant Director, Cornelia van Aken, at 650-329-2668.