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Older Adult “program-in-a-bag”

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Program kits are designed for use in settings where participants may have challenges in the area of memory or cognition. Choose from over 50 kits on topics designed to spark memories from the past. Available kits are produced by the Bi-Folkal company as well as other themed kits created by librarians.

Kits from the Bi-Folkal company. Click here   Please note all kits have been updated and now contain DVD and CD formats only.

Print-friendly list of ALL available kits. Click here


“The process of reviewing memories helps validate who they are and builds their sense of identity. At a time in their lives when older adults may feel most vulnerable, isolated or lonely, reminiscing and memory-sharing helps restore confidence and self-esteem and acknowledges their contribution to life.”

Carmel Sheridan, Reminiscence: Uncovering a Lifetime of Memories,
(San Francisco: Elder Press, 1991), back cover.

Borrowing a Kit:

Kits are available to agencies/organizations with a valid Agency card*. Kits may not be checked out to individuals at this time. Kits are delivered to the library of your choice for convenient pick up and are loaned out for six weeks only, no loan extensions are permitted. Fines for late returns are $1/day. Be sure to request your kit at least 4 weeks in advance to ensure availability of the kit you want and assure on-time delivery.

Requesting a Kit:

Online: Form

By phone:  858-7159 (M-F 9am- 3pm)
Please have the following information available when calling:

  • ·        Your name
  • ·        Agency name
  • ·        Agency card number
  • ·        Agency contact phone number
  • ·        Kit you would like to borrow Print-friendly list of kits
  • ·        Alternate choice if your first choice is unavailable
  • ·        When you need the kit
  • ·        Where to send the kit for pick-up

You will receive a confirmation phone call or email within two business days confirming receipt of your request and availability of the kit(s) requested.

* Statement of Eligibility for Agency card:

Any business, agency, or community organization conducting business or engaged in activity in Erie County, which can meet identification requirements established by B&ECPL Administration and can authorize an individual to accept financial responsibility for the use of library resources, is eligible for an Agency Card.

Click here to print an application. Bring ID and completed forms to your nearest library location.


Senior Resource Subject Guide 
Links to national and local resources and catalog links to library resources