The Creative Aging Toolkit

CAT4PLThe Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries is a free, online resource for librarians and provides information about creative aging research, best practices, and practical advice for the planning and implementation of creative aging programs in public libraries. The Toolkit is designed, published and administered by Lifetime Arts, Inc.

The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries was developed as part of Creative Aging in New York State Libraries: A Regional Model with National Applicability, funded through a 2011 National Leadership Grant to Westchester Library System in partnership with Lifetime Arts, from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additional support was provided by the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation and theAmerican Library Association’s Public Programs Office.

Additional support to Lifetime Arts has been provided by AARP FoundationThe Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels FoundationMetLife Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).



The conceptualization, development and publication of the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries is the collective work of a team of cross-sector partners, all of whom share a dedication to public service, an understanding of the importance of artistic engagement, and a vision for the role of public libraries as centers for lifelong learning. We are grateful to all who have contributed their time, expertise and patience to this effort.

Special thanks go to our long time partners, Terry Kirchner, Director, Westchester Library System, and Mary Davis Fournier, Deputy Director, American Library Association Public Programs Office.

Many thanks also to the administrators and librarians of the collaborating library systems whose commitment to providing excellent, accessible programming to all patrons is unswerving. Thank you to: Boston Public Library, Brooklyn Public LibraryClinton Essex, Franklin Library SystemDallas Public LibraryMiami-Dade Public Library SystemNew York Public LibraryQueens Library and Westchester Library System.

Further thanks are due to the over 100 professional teaching artists who have pioneered creative aging programs in public libraries and especially to the older adult participants who have shared their creativity with us all.