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Library News and Resources of Senior Interest

Are you planning to travel this winter? (Perhaps someplace warm with lots of sun and palm trees sounds good). Now is the time to apply for a passport - or update your old passport if it has expired. We can help.

There is now a United States Passport office at the Bel Air Library Branch!

The Harford County Public Library has been designated as a Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility. A variety of services are offered at convenient hours Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit the web:www.HCPLonlinelorg or call the Bel Air Branch: 410-638-3151


Unable to travel far from home this year?
No worries: Be an “armchair traveler” by reading some great books this winter. The annual Winter Reading Program will return once again. Register at any branch or online www.HCPLonline.org between January 9, 2014 and March 1, 2014. Receive a pen for signing up and a commemorative mug at completion (while supplies last). And remember: eBooks and audio books count toward your goal. Have fun!

Library Resources

If it has become inconvenient or difficult to read regular (or even large print) books, here are some suggestions from the library. Whether your preference is fiction or non-fiction, you can borrow these from any branch:

Recorded books on CDs: These are sets of CDs that can be played in any standard CD player. A narrator reads the book as you relax at home or travel in your car.
Digitally recorded books on Playaway: these small (2' x3”) portable players are already pre-loaded with the book. You can listen to the book while you are “on the go” or if a CD player is not available. Enjoy your book in privacy as you plug in earphones and listen to your selection.
Downloading audio books: The library provides a selection of resources if you would like to download a book to your computer, e-reader or other mobile device. You can learn about all of the library's options by visiting

Recommended Websites

Looking for information on the web? Here are some locations to visit. Check back for changes and for different sights to be highlighted periodically.

Harford County, Maryland Office on Aging:
http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/aging/ Here you can find information from the Harford County Government about senior centers, support services, senior living, meal programs, volunteer opportunities and more. Take some time to explore the “Caregiver's Toolkit” for a wealth of information, particularly if you are looking for guidance as you make decisions about your loved one's care.

The National Aging in Place Council
http://www.ageinplace.org/
Studies have underscored what seems obvious to many: given a choice, most elders would prefer to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, rather than move to an institutional setting. The dilemma is how to safely support this choice in the face of increasing medical needs or cognitive challenges. This website helps seniors and caregivers navigate the manyconsiderations and services related to aging in place.

Some other helpful links:
Administration on Aging www.aoa.gov
Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org
Benefits Check Up www.benefitscheckup.org
Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov
Family Caregiver Alliance www.caregiver.org
Meals on Wheels www.mowaa.org
Medicare www.medicare.gov
National Council on the Aging www.ncoa.org
Senior Living Map www.seniorlivingmap.org
SeniorNet www.seniornet.org

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