Outreach Services

Services Your Jackson District Library Provides

Outreach Services is responsible for delivering library materials and providing library services to individuals who are homebound or in residential facilities. This service is available for individuals on a temporary or permanent basis.

Outreach Services is also responsible for maintaining a depository collection of large-print materials in residential facilities.

For Information call our Outreach Services coordinator at (517) 788-4087 Ext. 1343.

On the Horizon: JDL’s Project BRIDGE

At JDL, we are committed to do our best to meet the needs of ALL our patrons. In order to help meet that goal, Project BRIDGE (Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences) has been created to cater to the growing senior population in Jackson County, as well as patrons with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and their caregivers. To give you a sneak peek of what is in active development, here is a summary of the BRIDGE programs and when they will be available for our patrons.

  • Music and Memory

    will debut in summer, 2018. JDL, in partnership with the Jackson Symphony Guild, will have available Individualized iPod Kits for participants with dementia. Outreach staff will meet with care givers to create a playlist that is meaningful to the individual. Studies have shown this assists a person with Alzheimer’s/dementia to remember past events, improves communication, reduces stress and anxiety as well as reducing the need for certain types of medications.

  • Reminiscence Kits

    make their appearance in September of 2018. These multi-sensory kits bring sight, sound, touch, taste and smell together to explore a foreign land or nostalgic topic. A small sample of Reminiscence Kit titles include: Summertime, Camping, Poland and Spain. There are 5 countries and nearly 20 topics to explore. This is excellent for one on one or groups of up to 12 people.

  • JDL On the Road

    comes to our community in November 2018. This program does exactly as it sounds; the wonderful, fun and informative programs JDL offers at our many library locations will be coming to senior facilities and senior centers to make access to these experiences possible for those who may not be able to travel to library sites.

  • TimeSlips©

    is a beautiful program debuting in January 2019. Leaving the hurt and frustration of memory loss behind, this program focuses on the ability to create, imagine and have fun! Groups of up to 10 people share ideas and create a unique story together. No two stories are ever the same and the process always brings about smiles and laughter!

  • Connections

    is the final Project BRIDGE program to meet our patrons. March of 2019 will bring this program to the general public. Connections uses vibrant photos and minimal text in specially selected books to create conversation among caregivers and those in the moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer’s/dementia. This experience can help create special moments and memories for the caregiver as well as calming and reducing stress for the individual in care.

If you have any questions about these programs, feel free to contact Project BRIDGE Coordinator, Danielle Leithauser at leitd@myjdl.com.

NOTE: Project BRIDGE is funded through a grant from the Library of Michigan’s LSTA grant program. Funding for the Library Services & Technology Collaborative Library Services Grant Program is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.lmls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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