Rhea Joyce Rubin has been an independent library consultant for over thirty years. She specializes in extending public library services to people who do not traditionally use the library, and in outcome measurement. Working exclusively with libraries, Rubin divides her time between consulting (problem solving, planning and evaluation) and training. She has trained more than 10,000 librarians and paraprofessionals in more than 40 states. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the American Library Association, including the Shaw Award for Library Literature in 1980 for her first two books. For more about Rubin, go to her website.
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"Intergenerational programming as defined by the National Council on Aging is "activities or programs that increase cooperation, interaction, or exchange between any two generations. It involves the sharing of skills, knowledge, or experience between young and old." Written by an independent library consultant who specializes in such programming, this handbook is divided into four main parts: the what and why of intergenerational programming; who benefits and how; planning and evaluation suggestions with detailed worksheets to aid in the process; successful program models including literacy, pen pal, history, reading, and storytelling programs; and, finally, quick and easy ideas to start. The appendix lists helpful organizations and resources. The information presented here can be used as a springboard to creating programs that are customized to a community's demographics, needs, and resources; a library's strengths; and a librarian's interests and expertise. When more adults are living longer and when families are fragmented, intergenerational programming is the cutting edge of public library services. A valuable addition for professional collections."