Senior Living Resources
An area in the Mariposa Library called Aging Issues and Senior Resources features a Senior Information Portal bulletin board with current information postings. Other library features enjoyed by seniors include reading areas with large print books and magazines, reading magnifiers, and a Rollator walker with a basket for carrying books in the library. Seniors also have access to free computer tutoring with student or senior tutors, and free access to online genealogy databases.
Computers & The Internet
To learn how to use computers and specifically how to use the Internet, begin here — California Connects Living with Technology. The California Connects website is designed to help people understand the power and the opportunities that the use of computers and the Internet can provide. The free lessons on the site include an introduction to basic computer parts, Internet security, shopping, and much more.
Free Internet Tutoring for Seniors
Learn how to use the Internet, with free tutoring at the library ...read more.
Library's Amazon Wish List
Anyone who wishes to donate books or movies to the library can do so via the library's Amazon Wish List. The Wish List includes the library's ship-to address, so you can pick out an item and have it sent to the library as you checkout at Amazon. Each donor will have a ‘donated by’ notice placed in the item and have 'first read' if the donated item is a book, or 'first watch' if it's a movie. Please note: 'Donated by' plates will automatically be placed on items donated via the Wish List unless the library is notified that the donor wants to remain anonymous.
Merlin is an enhanced magnifier that enables the visually handicapped to read small print. It is an enhanced viewer in that you can see the item you are looking at in several different modes and magnifications. These modes change the color of the print and background in combinations that enable those with vision problems to read the print using a more comfortable means. Merlin is connected to the Internet and available for anyone who is visually handicapped and wishes to go online but needs extra help reading the screen. Merlin is in the senior area of the library and available for anyone who needs a little extra help reading.
Videos for Visually Handicapped
California State Library, Sacramento, CA — The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) Descriptive Video Service (DVS) launched in 2012 and is going strong. New titles have been added to the collection.
What is descriptive video? Descriptive videos are movies that have a second audio track with a narrator's voice describing the action on the screen during breaks in the dialog and sound effects. The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) offers both DVD and VHS collections of descriptive videos that patrons may borrow for a two-week checkout.
How do I sign up to borrow videos? You must complete a separate “Descriptive Video Borrower Registration Form” before you can use our descriptive video service. Either complete the online Descriptive Video Borrower Registration Form or contact BTBL and request that a print Descriptive Video Borrower Registration Form be mailed. You must be a current BTBL patron in good standing to be able to sign up for videos.
How do I order videos? Once you have signed up, videos may be requested in the same way you request books: in person, by telephone, by mail, by email or through the online Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog. There is no limit to the number of requests patrons may place on file for future loan. The first available descriptive video on a borrower's request list will be sent automatically each time a title is returned.
Selected websites for seniors:
Finally! Magazine: for the 45+, boomer & senior generation
Grand Times: senior portal to the web
Senior Journal: senior citizens news & information daily on the web