Thursday, May 5, 2011

ACLA Intergenerational Academy | Summer Programs

As part of the ACLA Intergenerational Academy, we are pleased to announce the following opportunity:

Create Together: An Intergenerational Art Program
Create Together is a six-week art series for children entering grades 3 through 6 and older adults to collaborate through the artistic process.  Each 2 hour workshop is taught by a local artist introducing participants to various media.   The workshops will take place from 10 am to 12 pm on weekdays.  All workshops start in mid-June (the week of June 13 or 20) and will run for six consecutive weeks.  Workshop size should be 10-12 participants (5-6 children; 5-6 older adults returning each week).  Participants are asked to commit to at least 5 or the 6 weeks.  Most past participants have not known each other in advance; grandparents and grandchildren are also welcome.

On Sunday, August 7 a collaborative art exhibit will be hosted at the Brew House Association, Studio 101.  Hosting libraries are asked to commit to 2-3 hours on Saturday, August 6 to help prepare the gallery for the final show and attend the exhibit for participant recognition.

Each hosting library will be responsible for sharing and collecting brief pre- and post-surveys and photo release forms to participants; providing a list of participant names and total attendance; collecting weekly artwork with participant names until the exhibit; and completing a concluding library survey.   Hosting libraries will also be responsible for creating a local follow up intergenerational program that will engage art program participants as well as new participants.

Library nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, May 10.  Selected libraries will be notified before May 15.  To nominate your library email leonettec [at] with answers to the questions below.

In partnership with the Brew House Association
(Summer; Weekly; Up to $300 in supplies purchased by library)

Intergenerational PALS Book Clubs
The Intergenerational PALS Book Clubs are open to high school students in grades 9-12 and older adults to foster intergenerational discussion and connections within each hosting community.  Clubs meet monthly late in the third week or early in the fourth week.  Books arrive on the 1st of each month including 10 trade paperbacks, 2 large print (when available) and 1 audio book with discussion resources.

Hosting libraries are asked to connect with their local high schools as well as provide feedback including monthly attendance and book title suggestions from readers. Library nominations are taken on an ongoing basis.

In partnership with the Highmark PALS (People Able to Lend Support) Program
(Ongoing; Monthly; No Cost)

Nomination Questions
To nominate your library email leonettec [at] with answers to the following questions.  For more information call Charity Leonette.

  • Library & requesting staff member names
  • Preferred start date
  • What audiences, organizations or individuals are you currently working with who could participate in or support an intergenerational program? (for example a teen advisory board, school, senior center, assisted living facility, other library staff members)
  • Where to you see programs and services to youth and older adults in the next 5-10 years?
  • What vision do you have for intergenerational programming at your library? (includes intentional and purposeful collaborations between children or teens and older adults on series or ongoing basis)
  • If you could create any intergenerational program or services (with no staffing or budgetary restrictions), what would it be?

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