Monday February 4, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire Athenaeum, in partnership with other civic organizations, will be unrolling a slate of activities aimed at Baby Boomers with the help of a $7,500 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Madeline Kelly, reference services supervisor for the athenaeum, said there could be as many four events a month from April through May covering topics such as long-term financial planning, recreational activities, cooking, and other valuable lessons tailored for Berkshire County’s sizable Boomer population born between 1946 and 1964.

Promotion for the events, which are still being planned and developed, would begin in March. More than 40 percent of the Berkshire County population is over 50 years old, according to the 2010 census.

"We’re looking to offer programming that would get people thinking about directions they might want to take now (that they are older)," Kelly said.

The workshops, Kelly said, will offer Boomers and others the opportunity to "pursue things you couldn’t while working and putting children through college and paying the home mortgage as well as other things."

Berkshire Athenaeum will be working in collaboration with the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and Council on Aging on the programming, which is still being developed.

"As the Baby Boom generation moves into retirement you want that to be done in a meaningful way," said Kelly, who emphasized that people are living to a later age and they will have time to explore interests.

Kelly said that grant funding provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is often tailored toward specific groups, such as Baby Boomers, teenagers or people who don’t speak English.

The information will be distributed through the athenaeum social media sites, senior newsletters and other media publications.

Kelly said that the Library Services and Technology Act Grant funding must be used by October.

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